British Medical Journal

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…

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…

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…

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.…

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,…

Eating fruit as a teenager protects against breast cancer decades later

Eating a lot of fruit during adolescence can lower your risk of breast cancer by a quarter, according to a…

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…

The Times is wrong about a sugar tax. It won’t make us thinner — just poorer

The Times has come out in favour of a sugar tax today. ‘It is time for a sugar tax,’ says…

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…

The symptoms of pancreatic cancer are usually ignored. Here is what you should know

The pancreas is a leaf-shaped gland about 10 centimetres long situated just under the stomach. It produces digestive juices in…