‘Exercise labels’ should be added to food packets, expert argues

“Food and drinks should carry labels showing how long it would take to walk or run off the calories, a leading health expert suggests,” the Daily Mail reports.

In an opinion piece in the British Medical Journal, Shirley Cramer, chief executive of theRoyal Society for Public Health, …
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“Food and drinks should carry labels showing how long it would take to walk or run off the calories, a leading health expert suggests,” the Daily Mail reports.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YxeFwJvJ7hY

In an opinion piece in the British Medical Journal, Shirley Cramer, chief executive of theRoyal Society for Public Health, argues that the current “traffic light” food labelling system is not promoting positive changes in public health.

Cramer makes the case that “activity equivalent” labelling could change people’s behaviour.
Traffic light labelling

Fruit may be good for you, but don’t ditch the statins

“Daily fresh fruit lowers heart death risk as much as statins,” The Daily Telegraph reports.
A study of over a half a million Chinese people found that a diet rich in fresh fruit was linked to a reduced risk of cardiovascular diseases.

But don’t ditch the statins in favour of…
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“Daily fresh fruit lowers heart death risk as much as statins,” The Daily Telegraph reports.

A study of over a half a million Chinese people found that a diet rich in fresh fruit was linked to a reduced risk of cardiovascular diseases.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7qTfRcHFSp4

But don’t ditch the statins in favour of an “apple a day”, if they have been recommended for you.

The study looked at people without cardiovascular disease, and did not compare fruit to statins.

Statins are prescribed for people with cardiovascular disease, or a

Anti-smoking drug may also help combat sugar cravings

“Anti-smoking drugs could stub out your sugar cravings,” the Daily Mail reports.
A study in rats suggests that varenicline (Champix), used to relieve nicotine cravings, could also help reduce the desire to consume sugary foods and drinks.

Varenicline targets what are known as the…
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“Anti-smoking drugs could stub out your sugar cravings,” the Daily Mail reports.

A study in rats suggests that varenicline (Champix), used to relieve nicotine cravings, could also help reduce the desire to consume sugary foods and drinks.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pwOiQFztUmE

Varenicline targets what are known as the “reward pathways” of the brain. These are areas that respond to certain stimuli, which can range from illegal drugs, sex or gambling to sugary foods.

They react by releasing more of the “feel-good” neurotransmitt

Global obesity rates expected to soar in next decade

“One-fifth of adults worldwide will be obese by 2025,” The Guardian reports, while The Sun warns that the “UK’s population to be fattest in Europe” by the same date. These are just some of the conclusions of a major modelling study of global obesity trends.

The …
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“One-fifth of adults worldwide will be obese by 2025,” The Guardian reports, while The Sun warns that the “UK’s population to be fattest in Europe” by the same date. These are just some of the conclusions of a major modelling study of global obesity trends.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lM_ZpNNGkew

The study used data covering 19.2 million adults in 186 countries, which was then used to estimate the number of people falling into different body mass index (BMI) categories across the decades, from 1975 to 2014. During that time, the average

Study argues ditching butter for veg oil won’t prevent heart disease

“Ditching butter for veg oil may not be better for heart,” the Daily Mail reports.
An analysis of previously unpublished data from the 1960s and 70s found no benefit in replacing sources of saturated fats with vegetable oils.

The original study was conducted from 1968 to 1973 in six …
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“Ditching butter for veg oil may not be better for heart,” the Daily Mail reports.

An analysis of previously unpublished data from the 1960s and 70s found no benefit in replacing sources of saturated fats with vegetable oils.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b_o4YBQPKtQ

The original study was conducted from 1968 to 1973 in six US psychiatric state hospitals and a nursing home. People were randomly assigned to eat a diet that switched saturated fat with vegetable oil rich in linoleic acid, or a control diet including saturated fat plus linoleic acid for ab

Diluted apple juice ‘as good as’ rehydration drinks for children

“Scientists have revealed which fruit can stop toddlers crying due to stomach pains,” says the Daily Mirror, missing the point of the study it reports on.
The study looked at the use of diluted apple juice to prevent dehydration in children withupset stomachs.

When children get …
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“Scientists have revealed which fruit can stop toddlers crying due to stomach pains,” says the Daily Mirror, missing the point of the study it reports on.

The study looked at the use of diluted apple juice to prevent dehydration in children withupset stomachs.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WsVCjr0m6i4

When children get diarrhoea or vomiting, the main danger is that they will lose too much fluid (become dehydrated). Severe dehydration can be life-threatening and can happen quickly in young children.

To prevent this, doctors often recommend giving them spec

Can you really ‘catch’ obesity?

“Obesity could be contagious like superbug C diff, suggest scientists,” The Daily Telegraph reports. This rather alarming headline follows a study that explored characteristics of bacteria living in the human gut.

The study did not, however, look at any link to obesity….
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“Obesity could be contagious like superbug C diff, suggest scientists,” The Daily Telegraph reports. This rather alarming headline follows a study that explored characteristics of bacteria living in the human gut.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8IUvIw5YWno

The study did not, however, look at any link to obesity. There’s no reason to think that you can “catch” obesity from spending time with people who are overweight.

The colony of bacteria in the human gut (known as the microbiome) affects how we digest food, our immune system, how our body temperatur

Is a pint of beer a day good for the heart?

“Pint of beer a day could protect you from heart attacks,” The Independent reports. A new review on the alleged protective effects of moderate beer drinking has been warmly welcomed by the UK media – but nobody reported that it was funded by an Italian beer trade assoc…
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“Pint of beer a day could protect you from heart attacks,” The Independent reports. A new review on the alleged protective effects of moderate beer drinking has been warmly welcomed by the UK media – but nobody reported that it was funded by an Italian beer trade association.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ucDDx8Hflc

Researchers reviewed the existing evidence about beer and health, including the effects on heart and circulation, cancer, liver disease, dementia and overall leng

No evidence probiotics promote ‘gut diversity’ in healthy adults

“Probiotic goods a ‘waste of money’ for healthy adults, research suggests,” The Guardian reports. A new review of previously gathered data found no evidence that probiotics improved the balance of gut bacteria in healthy adults.

Probiotics are live bacteria and yeasts,…
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“Probiotic goods a ‘waste of money’ for healthy adults, research suggests,” The Guardian reports. A new review of previously gathered data found no evidence that probiotics improved the balance of gut bacteria in healthy adults.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OHJK7Awy_4w

Probiotics are live bacteria and yeasts, often added to yoghurt or taken as a supplement, that are promoted as helping stimulate the growth of “friendly bacteria” in the gut.

Supporters claim they can help treat a wide range of conditions, from eczema to irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), b

Study says there’s no link between cholesterol and heart disease

“Controversial report claims there’s no link between ‘bad cholesterol’ and heart disease,” the Daily Mail reports, while The Times states: “Bad cholesterol ‘helps you live longer’,”.

The headlines are based on a new review which aimed to …
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“Controversial report claims there’s no link between ‘bad cholesterol’ and heart disease,” the Daily Mail reports, while The Times states: “Bad cholesterol ‘helps you live longer’,”.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9aS5A3QNpMk

The headlines are based on a new review which aimed to gather evidence from previous observational studies on whether LDLcholesterol (so-called “bad cholesterol”) was linked with mortality in older adults aged over 60. The conventional view is that having high LDL cholesterol levels incre

Three servings of wholegrains a day ‘cuts risk of early death’

“Eating Weetabix for breakfast ‘can slash your risk of dying early from any cause’,” the Daily Mirror reports.
A new study looking at wholegrain consumption (not just Weetabix) found a strong link between consumption and improved “long-term health and…
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“Eating Weetabix for breakfast ‘can slash your risk of dying early from any cause’,” the Daily Mirror reports.

A new study looking at wholegrain consumption (not just Weetabix) found a strong link between consumption and improved “long-term health and longevity” compared with people who ate little or no wholegrain.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dXFGmADicKY

This study pooled data from 14 large studies, which included 786,076 people. It found that the chances of dying from any cause during study follow-up was 16% lower for people who ate the most wholegrain, compared to those who a

Coffee’s cancer risk downgraded (as long as you don’t drink it hot)

“Very hot drinks may cause cancer, but coffee does not, says WHO,” The Guardian reports.
A review by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) concluded that only beverages consumed at higher than 65C posed a possible cancer risk.

The working group’s…
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“Very hot drinks may cause cancer, but coffee does not, says WHO,” The Guardian reports.

A review by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) concluded that only beverages consumed at higher than 65C posed a possible cancer risk.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ooUAVHJAcyk

The working group’s report re-evaluated the cancer-causing properties of drinking coffee, maté (a South American drink), and very hot beverages.

Coffee was classified as a possible cause of cancer in 1991, but the group has cleared the previous classification and suggested any suspected lin