BMJ

‘Hundreds of thousands’ give up smoking thanks to e-cigarettes

The increasing popularity of e-cigarettes among American adults is linked to the significant decrease in the number of people who…

Is red meat bad for you? The evidence is far from clear

Eating red meat may raise the risk of dying from heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer’s and diabetes, a study in the…

Cycling to work ‘halves your risk of heart disease and cancer’

Daily cycling appears to reduce our risk of premature death by 40 per cent, according to a study carried out…

alcohol

Moderate drinking is good for the heart. Why won’t public health admit it?

A new study in the British Medical Journal has found that moderate drinkers have a lower risk of heart attack,…

vitamin D

Evidence suggests vitamin D pills help against colds and flu

Taking vitamin D supplements will reduce your risk of getting the common cold or a similar infection, according to research…

Seeing the same GP ‘means fewer wasted trips to hospital’

Older patients are less likely to be readmitted to hospital if they routinely see the same GP, according to research…

acupuncture

Acupuncture isn’t the answer to a crying baby

This week there has been enormously wide coverage in the press for one of the worst papers on acupuncture that…

Enjoying life may mean a better chance of living for longer

People who enjoy life are less likely to die prematurely, according to research at University College London. The study, published…

IVF clinics are selling ‘add-ons’ with little evidence they work

There is no high-quality evidence proving that IVF ‘add-on’ treatments offered by British fertility clinics increase the chance of a…

Painkillers like ibuprofen ‘increase risk of heart failure’. But we don’t have to stop taking them

Using common anti-inflammatory painkillers is linked to an increased risk of heart failure, according to research published in the British…

Six hours of exercise a week is ‘best dose to ward off disease’

The minimum amount of exercise recommended by the British Government and the World Health Organisation is insufficient to prevent cancer,…

Thousands of knee operations carried out each year ‘aren’t justified’

The NHS carries out thousands of unnecessary knee operations every year, according to a study in the British Medical Journal.…

Botox has changed the lives of my patients. But not by changing their looks

If someone mentions the word ‘Botox’ to you, I suspect the first image it conjures up is of people desperately…

A heavy potato habit ‘will raise your risk of high blood pressure’

Higher consumption of potatoes (whether fried, boiled, baked, or mashed) is associated with an increased risk of high blood pressure,…

Weight loss surgery works. Why is the NHS so reluctant to offer it?

Weight loss surgery should be made more freely available on the NHS, according to a report in the British Medical…

A global wake-up call: common antibiotics are failing in up to half of all children

The most common antibiotics are failing in up to half of children, a study published in the British Medical Journal…

Short men have been sold a tall story. Life chances aren’t dictated by height

Researchers at the University of Exeter have claimed that short men have ‘reduced chances in life’. The Napoleon complex, ran…

Moderate drinking does increase breast cancer risk — but the headlines have skewed the story

Having just one drink a day significantly increases the risk of breast cancer, a major study has found. The study,…