Category Diet

Staying sane in a world of food frenzy

If I took at face value every medical study I’ve written about this year, I’d be sitting in a corner, chewing slowly on a raw carrot. Here are a few recent news stories, with links to the analyses I wrote for NHS Choices’ Behind the Headlines service: Non-stick chemicals linked to weight gain Slower eating […]

Vitamins in pregnancy

We’ve all seen the adverts, usually accompanied by a photograph of a glowing pregnant woman or an adorable baby, selling vitamins and minerals ‘specially designed’ for pregnancy. They’re often expensive, but for many woman, the reassurance of taking a supplement that seems to promise a healthy pregnancy and a bouncing baby is well worth the […]

Eat yourself happy?

Can what you eat affect the way you feel? It sounds like a no-brainer. I get grumpy and cross when I’m hungry; I feel better after a healthy¬†meal; I feel a bit sick and guilty after a Christmas session on the Quality Street. But evidence to show that food significantly affects our mood, much less […]

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 […]

Hot stuff: chilli, curry and long lives

I love writing for the Behind the Headlines service at NHS Choices, because they ask you to do a good job. While mainstream health reporting is so often about finding a catchy angle, or a good headline, BtH is all about looking hard at the evidence and making an assessment of how useful a new […]