Category Cardiovascular disease

How long have I got: mortality predictors from UK Biobank

A lot of research  gets reported in terms of whether something increases or decreases your chance of death. We’ve yet to find anything that reduces your chance of death to zero – we all die of something, eventually. Most of us would like to die of something as far into the future as possible. Which […]

Sugar, diets and healthy living

It’s pretty clear that diet has an impact on health. Exactly how much impact, and which bits of diet, is less clear. I analysed two studies this week for the excellent NHS Choices’ Behind the Headlines feature, which takes apart health studies in the news to see whether they stand up to the hype. The […]

From antidepressant prescription to tight glucose control: seven clinical controversies that keep on going

Some clinical stories become perennials – issues that never seem to get completely resolved and pop up year after year. What’s the betting we can see the end of any of these seven controversies in 2015? 1: Are antidepressants over-prescribed? To some, depression is under-diagnosed and under-treated. Others think we’re medicalising ordinary sadness. 2: Bariatric surgery for […]