News & Analysis

Forget paleo, go mid-Victorian: it’s the healthiest diet you’ve never heard of

If you were to ask a member of the public to name a particularly healthy cuisine they might say the…

‘Silent’ heart attacks are being missed by scans and affect more people than you think

According to research in the Journal of the American Medical Association, many people suffer ‘silent heart attacks’ which go unnoticed…

Mouth cancers are on the rise. Here is how to stop them

According to figures released by Cancer Research UK, oral cancer is now the tenth most common cancer in men and…

Our obesity crisis

A complex issue with no silver bullet

For older people, strong legs equal a healthier brain

Researchers have observed a ‘striking positive relationship’ between strong legs and brain structure. The study, which was carried out on…

Barbecued meat ‘will raise your risk of kidney cancer’

Last month the World Health Organisation commissioned a report which suggests that processed meat can cause cancer. Now researchers from…

Junk food ‘not to blame for the obesity crisis’

According to research published in the journal Obesity Science & Practice, consumption of junk food is not related to body…

The case against sugar isn’t closed. But we do have astonishing new evidence

My Spectator Health colleague Christopher Snowdon has strongly criticised Professor Robert Lustig’s case series, published last week, about the effects…

For depression, omega-3 supplements are likely to be a waste of time

There is insufficient evidence that omega-3 fatty acid supplements are effective in treating major depressive disorders, according to new research.…

In terms of cold, hard cash, smoking is good for taxpayers. Public health campaigns aren’t

An article in the Guardian warns readers that ‘cuts to public health funding will cost the NHS dear’. This is…

People who live alone have poorer diets and single men fare particularly badly

Research at Queensland University of Technology has found that people who live alone are more likely to have unhealthy diets.…

Long, brisk walks may be better for our weight than sessions in the gym

For people trying to lose weight a brisk walk is more beneficial than a session at the gym, according to…

Why processed foods are bad: they massacre our microbes

Last week the people of the world were in shock when many of their favourite meats were labelled as carcinogenic…

Interrupted sleep is worse than a short sleep and its effects are cumulative

A short amount of sleep can be more beneficial than a longer period of interrupted sleep, according to a study…

Butter is not your enemy. Decades of dogma got it wrong about saturated fat

Challenging a medical or scientific paradigm can be seriously bad for your health, as any heretic, from Galileo to John…

Bacon may cause cancer but here is why you shouldn’t be worried

The presenter Karl Pilkington once said that if he could be a super hero he would like to be ‘Bullshit…

South West good, Merseyside bad: for cancer diagnosis where you live matters

New analysis of health data by Cancer Research UK has shown that where you live is a major factor in…

A wonder drug could eradicate Aids. So why isn’t it offered in Britain?

You have probably never heard of Truvada, but it is a pharmacological breakthrough that has the potential to consign Aids…