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The 'Vibro-Slim,' 1928 (Photo: Henry Guttmann/Getty Images)

Sod the diet and lose weight anyway – here’s how

20 October 2014 10:33

Who enjoys all that calorie counting? If you hate diets but love the idea of losing a bit of weight, these quick fixes might just help you shift a few… Continue reading

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Labour Party Leader Ed Miliband Visits The Univerity College London Hospital

Labour’s NHS strategy – tax tobacco, save the cancer patients

18 October 2014 13:22

Labour wants the next election to be about the NHS, one of their strongest issues. Party strategists have been struck by how it has been rising up voters’ list of… Continue reading

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The limits of ‘superfood’ – debunking broccoli

17 October 2014 16:43

Over in my day job, I recently wrote a piece about ‘superfoods’ and the myths that a particular kind of food can protect you from illnesses. The only food advice… Continue reading

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A 1892 advert for the amazing Carbolic Smoke Ball, which supposedly cured all manner of ailments  (Image: Hulton Archive)

Five ways to fight the flu – or why you should curl up with hot fruit cordial

16 October 2014 14:37

No one likes getting the flu and for some people, in particular the sick and elderly, the virus can prove deadly. So it’s worth taking a few simple steps in… Continue reading

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The horrid, helpful egg-freezing scheme at Facebook and Apple

16 October 2014 13:08

Was the chief operating officer of Facebook, one Sheryl Sandberg, involved, do you reckon, in the company’s exciting invitation to its women employees to freeze their eggs so they can… Continue reading

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Lord Freud was right and Miliband shameful

15 October 2014 16:27

Markets are amoral. If a severely disabled person cannot produce more than the minimum wage’s worth of work, no employer will be able to profitably employ them. Some generous ones… Continue reading

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Stop ‘Stoptober’: seven health benefits associated with smoking

15 October 2014 14:19

James Delingpole’s latest Spectator column laments the pernicious portmanteau afflicting this fine month: Stoptober. Geddit? That’s ‘-ober’, as in the second half of ‘October’, with the word ‘Stop’ cunningly positioned where the… Continue reading

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Of course marijuana isn’t ‘safe’ – but should it be illegal?

13 October 2014 9:26

Sometimes I read things that really get on my wick, and last week was one of those times. A new, ‘definitive’ 20-year study has ‘demolished the argument that the drug… Continue reading

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Uterine transplantation is the final gynaecological frontier

10 October 2014 14:02

The successful transplantation of a uterus represents the last major surgical goal in the field of reproductive gynaecology. This feat has recently been achieved by a team at the University… Continue reading

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University College Hospital, London, December 1936 (Photo: Fox Photos/Getty)

There is more to lung-cancer diagnosis than a chest X-ray

10 October 2014 11:42

Chest x-rays have been around for 100 years and are still widely used in health care. According to the government’s ongoing National Awareness and Early Diagnosis Initiative (NAEDI) a chest… Continue reading

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A French cartoon circa 1800, published in 'The History of Inoculation and Vaccination for the Prevention and Treatment of Disease' (Image: Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Winter is coming: do you really need a flu jab?

9 October 2014 11:27

Winter is coming. You can tell because the days are drawing in, the light has that autumnal greyness, and the first bloody advent calendars are in the shops. Also, those… Continue reading

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Seven foods that will help lower high blood pressure

9 October 2014 9:57

Consuming certain foods and drinks may help reduce one of the main risk factors for heart attack and stroke. Who knows, you could find you don’t need medication after all… Continue reading

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Excalibur the dog barks from his owners' balcony in Madrid  (Photo: Getty)

One dog down, in Spain’s Ebola panic

8 October 2014 16:17

[UPDATE: The dog is now dead, WSJ reports.] For anyone concerned about Spain’s ability to contain Ebola, after a Spanish nurse’s aide tested positive for the virus, fear not: Madrid’s regional… Continue reading

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Ten reasons to give up smoking

8 October 2014 10:52

Earlier this year a research study revealed that people were more likely to quit smoking when confronted with the reasons why they should give up rather than being told how… Continue reading

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To statin or not to statin: a new test could help decide

7 October 2014 12:36

In the context of the ongoing and increasingly sterile debate about the pros and cons of statins to lower cholesterol, it is refreshing to hear something new. At a recent… Continue reading

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The Pulse: Could red wine solve the world’s problems? Probably not…

6 October 2014 12:35

The Pulse is the Spectator’s answer to media nonsense about health. Tom Chivers looks past the headlines and all the conflicting advice about health in the news to find out… Continue reading

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Cameron’s shield and spear

1 October 2014 17:29

Today’s speech was all about equipping the Tories with the weapons they’ll need to fight the next election. The Cameroons have always been convinced, with justification, that the Tories can… Continue reading

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Prime Minister David Cameron prepares his keynote speech at the Conservative party conference on September 30, 2014 in Birmingham, England. Image: Getty

Tories will keep NHS ring fence, Cameron to announce

1 October 2014 0:01

The Tories will protect the NHS budget, David Cameron will announce in his speech to his party conference today. Extracts of the Prime Minister’s speech, which he will deliver in… Continue reading

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Has Cameron actually considered the realities of his seven-day GP access scheme?

30 September 2014 17:37

David Cameron’s seven-day opening scheme for GPs sounds like an excellent idea for patients, but I’m not convinced it is. I’d be lying if I said that I wanted to… Continue reading

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Leader of UKIP Nigel Farage speaks to the media as he arrives for the annual party conference at Doncaster Racecourse on September 26, 2014. Image: Getty

Ukip conference: Louise Bours’ shouty sermon on the NHS

26 September 2014 12:53

Politicians always speak about the NHS with passion. It is our national religion. So today Louise Bours, Ukip’s health spokeswoman, adopted the demeanour of a Pentecostal preacher, addressing her party… Continue reading

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‘Unhealthy’ foods that are surprisingly healthy

17 September 2014 10:00

Thank you, oh thank you, dear scientists, for rehabilitating these dietary dangers: Chocolate Previously dismissed as full of sugar and fat, chocolate is now claimed to have all sorts of… Continue reading

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Ten healthy reasons to drink a cup of tea

8 September 2014 10:45

Drinking tea might stop you having a stroke. A meta-analysis of nine studies revealed that people who drank three or more cups of tea (black or green) had a 21%… Continue reading

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China’s public health crisis

25 August 2014 11:08

During a recent visit to China I knew I was being watched. My family were also frequently photographed and videoed. But I don’t believe there was anything sinister about the… Continue reading

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Pubs And Clubs in England and Wales Prepare For New Licensing Laws

Forget warnings and labels. Make problem drinkers pay for their excess

11 August 2014 13:26

It was news to me that there exists an All Party Commons Committee on Alcohol Misuse, but when you think about it, the notion makes complete sense; for evidence, all… Continue reading

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Ten foods to tackle diabetes

7 August 2014 14:58

Diabetes is spreading to epic proportions in the UK. It affects 3.2 million people, a figure which has doubled since 1996 and is expected to rise to five million by… Continue reading

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