Posts for health

The reality of caring for someone with dementia – stressful but rewarding too

Pexels Warren Donnellan, University of Liverpool Dementia is set to become one of the biggest global health challenges of our generation. In the UK alone there are around 850,000 people […]

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Jeremy Kyle Show: a psychologist explains the risks in reality TV and how aftercare should be done

Host Jeremy Kyle broadcasting before the show was axed. The Jeremy Kyle Show/ITV John Oates, The Open University The psychological impacts of participating in broadcast productions can be much greater […]

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Ultra-processed food causes weight gain – firm evidence at last

Darryl Brooks/Shutterstock Richard Hoffman, University of Hertfordshire We know we should eat less junk food, such as crisps, industrially made pizzas and sugar-sweetened drinks, because of their high calorie content. […]

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Why GPs and patients need to talk more openly about death

Hospitals have a role to play too. Navalnyi/Shutterstock Lucy Pocock, University of Bristol Dealing with death is part of the job description for all doctors. For those working in general […]

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Innovative brain cancer treatment could benefit 2000 patients a year

The innovative cancer treatment aid 5-ALA is now available across the country and will transform treatment for patients. Known as ‘the pink drink’, 5-ALA uses fluorescent dye and ultraviolet light […]

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Type 2 diabetes: losing even a small amount of weight may lower heart disease risk

Anton Mukhin/Shutterstock Jean Strelitz, University of Cambridge People with type 2 diabetes are often encouraged to lose weight. And recent studies have shown that losing a lot of weight can […]

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Empathy in healthcare is finally making a comeback

michaeljung/Shutterstock Jeremy Howick, University of Oxford A doctor friend – let’s call her Anne – was teaching three smart medical students who were told to diagnose a woman complaining of […]

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Anger linked to illness in old age

TeodorLazarev/Shutterstock Louise A Brown Nicholls, University of Strathclyde Not all negative emotions are necessarily bad. In fact, they can direct your behaviour in useful ways. If you’re stuck in traffic […]

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UK is the worst EU country for social isolation – can things change?

The Eden Project’s Big Lunch commissioned a major research report Closing the Distance, to explore this question: How close are we to our neighbours and does it matter? Here is what […]

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Couch to 5K

It’s one of those times when you realise you’ve put back on the half stone you lost through sensible eating and more exercise, and realise that less needs to go […]

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