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Food: our first and best medicine

On World Health Day 2019, chef and nutritionist Izabella Natrins says its time we educated our primary healthcare practitioners to make food our first and best medicine.

Even light physical activity has health benefits

New evidence suggests that each extra hour of light activity above three hours – including daily chores – cuts your risk of heart attack by 15%.

UK survey: Brits aren’t getting enough nutrients from food

A new government survey reveals that people in the UK are failing to meet 5-a-day goals and are not getting adequate levels of key vitamins and minerals from their diets.

A pill for loneliness? If only it were that simple

Loneliness isn’t a medical condition, so why are pharmaceutical companies trying to make a pill to help ‘fix’ it?

Alzheimer’s is linked to gum disease – but bad oral health is not the only culprit

Intriguing new research links Alzheimer’s to poor dental hygiene – but as always total health – smoking, medication use, food choices – is important too.

Why we shouldn’t all be vegan

The way we eat should change, but, experts argue, we need a wider – and better informed – debate about what constitutes a sustainable diet.

Could ‘ food glue’ additive trigger celiac disease?

Microbial transglutaminase – a kind of ‘food glue’ used in processed foods could trigger celiac disease in some sensitive individuals.

Top five ways to boost your health in 2019 – based on the latest research

The basics of staying healthy in 2019 and beyond are not complicated – or expensive. You just have to remember to do them!

Five popular hangover cures, reviewed by experts

What’s the best way to deal with the after effects of holiday excess? From black coffee to a hair of the dog – here’s the science behind popular hangover remedies.

How to get rid of head lice without spending loads of money

New rules in the UK prevent GPs from routinely prescribing pesticide treatments for headlice – thankfully there are lots of more natural remedies at hand.