No diet, no detox: how to relearn the art of eating | Bee Wilson

5 Jan

The long read: Our relationship with food has become disordered and obsessive. As the new year brings diet madness, it needn’t be such a struggle to learn good eating habits

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Not quite a current news story, but an interesting insight into food fads and the annual food guilt that comes after Christmas.

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Processed meat scare: a bacon sandwich won’t kill you … will it?

8 Dec

As a new scare over salami and sausages emerges, is it time to ditch processed meat products from our diet?

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A good and balanced summary of the processed meat/cancer story

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Getting a flu shot every year? More may not be better

8 Dec

Getting flu shots repeatedly can gradually reduce the effectiveness of the vaccines under some circumstances, research increasingly suggests.

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Good summary of the recent story about whether frequent flu vaccinations are less effective #fluscenario

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Freakonomics » Why Doesn’t Everyone Get the Flu Vaccine? A New Freakonomics Radio Podcast

8 Dec

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This is a really thought provoking podcast about #fluscenario vaccination

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Meat and tobacco: the difference between risk and strength of evidence

29 Oct

Comparing smoking to bacon in terms of risk of cancer is extremely misleading, despite the strength of evidence being similar

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Fantastic summary of the processed meat debate: why it matters and what it means

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Margaret McCartney: Cash as a treatment for poverty

29 Oct

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Excellent discussion of why health professionals should care about the current debate around tax credits (apart from just because we want to be engaged citizens…)

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Dangerous Air Pollution Episode Currently Spreading Across Parts of Scotland | Friends of the Earth Scotland

9 Sep

Air pollution warnings have been issued as several parts of Scotland are experiencing a high pollution episode, leaving asthmatics particularly vulnerable to attacks.

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Why not #MakeYourDayHarder?

11 Jun

Today sees the launch of a national campaign, #MakeYourDayHarder, where people make their day harder (get off a stop early, park at back of lot, take stairs, have a walking meeting, ride, walk to lunch, etc.) and then share +/- pic/video on social (twitter, FB, instagram) with the #MakeYourDayHarder hashtag.

Why are we doing this? See below (PA=Physical Activity). The black line is sedentary time. Sitting disease has become an independent risk factor for poor health outcomes. People who are active but sit all day have worse outcomes.

This is not about workouts, sports etc., it’s about working activity into your average day. The guy/gal who take the stairs while everybody else is escalating is our hero.

Who: An Olympian/Doctor (@JaneSThornton), a design agency (@pivoting), a patient engagement star (@emily_Nicholas8), more doctors (@docmikeevans, @docandrewmurray) and me (@e_hothersall). We don’t have any funding. We are just doing to see if we can start to make a little social nudge towards more activity in our days. Kind of an experiment to see if we can start changing the culture of easy.

The new website has just launched and summarises science about both sitting disease and challenges (i have arthritis, i am too tired, too busy, etc..)

More info: a less than 4 minute video explains the plan

The Whiteboard explaining the science

What you can do: 1) spread the word.

2).Help with the launch today by tweeting #MakeYourDayHarder about something, or putting it on Facebook or other social media. Dr Mike Evans is giving a speech today at the YMCA on “The Better Life Experiment at 6 pm to launch, so getting involved with that online would be great.

Dangerous Air Pollution Episode Currently Spreading Across Parts of Scotland | Friends of the Earth Scotland

19 Mar

Air pollution warnings have been issued as several parts of Scotland are experiencing a high pollution episode, leaving asthmatics particularly vulnerable to attacks.

Source: www.foe-scotland.org.uk

Environmental health and environmental justice are important issues we are not very good at paying attention to.

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Toddler Dies Of Measles In Germany, Country Vows To Boost Vaccinations

26 Feb

(refiles fixing slug) BERLIN, Feb 23 (Reuters) – An 18-month-old boy who was not vaccinated against measles has died of the virus in Berlin, health officials said on Monday, adding they would try to boost vaccination rates and incre…

Source: www.huffingtonpost.com

Sad story, but it won’t be the last one.

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