News & Analysis

Tidying, the secret to weight loss? Don’t be fooled by the Mail’s mad claim

There is an old adage in news reporting, which goes something like: a dog biting a man is not news;…

Over-eating food that is high in fat ‘may cause anxiety and depression’

Over-eating foods that are high in fat could be a cause of anxiety and depression, a study has suggested. The…

Jamie Oliver’s sugar panic is making kids think they are doomed to an early death

The Jamie Oliver show arrived in Parliament yesterday as part of the health select committee on childhood obesity. Perhaps it…

How to gauge skin cancer risk: count the moles on your arm

According to research carried out at King’s College London, the number of moles on the body is a reliable indicator…

Stress at work raises your risk of a stroke — and the link is especially strong for women

According to an analysis published in the journal Neurology, people with high-stress jobs are significantly increasing their risk of stroke.…

Study suggests prolonged sitting may not be so bad for you after all

New research challenges the widely held belief that prolonged periods of sitting is bad for your health. A study by…

Tweaked malaria protein ‘can find and destroy nine out of 10 cancers’

Where would medicine be without the good fortune of a discovery made by accident? Scientists at the University of Copenhagen…

The Coca-Cola ‘exposé’ had all the spin of a classic anti-sugar smear piece

The Times ran an ‘exposé’ of Coca-Cola funding of scientists last week which was similar to the New York Times…

Multiple sclerosis starts later for people who spend their summers in the sun

According to a study published in the journal Neurology, environmental factors play a greater part in the development of multiple…

The EU’s attack on e-cigarettes will bring a golden age of vaping to an end

Walking down most British high streets you could be forgiven for thinking that e-cigarettes are more common than tobacco. It’s…

The secret to healthy bones? It’s not just about drinking milk

Our nutritional needs for bone health change as we age, according to a study published in the journal Osteoporosis International.…

Time to dump those pills: antioxidants found to hasten spread of cancer

In 1999 a book called The Antioxidant Miracle was released. Its publicity material stated: ‘A pill that strengthens your heart,…

Scientists discover a new way to stop cancer cells spreading

Researchers at the University of Copenhagen and the Francis Crick Institute have discovered a new way to stop cancer cells…

Exploring obesity: a Health podcast special

Obesity is not as straightforward as it might seem, and there are many wide-ranging reasons behind it. In this View from…

An ‘exercise pill’ is closer to being a reality than you think

Researchers from the University of Sydney have mapped the effects exercise has on our bodies at a molecular level, creating…

Bad news for night owls: late sleepers are more likely to gain weight

People who go to bed late are more likely to gain weight, according to a study by researchers at the…

Intense exercise lasting just eight minutes can improve teenagers’ health

Teenagers who exercise three times a week for between eight and ten minutes reduce their risk of developing heart conditions,…

Diabetes drug taken by millions has unexpected benefit: making children taller

A common diabetes drug taken by millions of people seems to have an unexpected side effect: it makes children slightly…