Sarah Chapman

My name is Sarah Chapman. I have worked on systematic reviews and other types of research in many areas of health for the past 17 years, for the Cochrane Collaboration and for several UK higher education institutions including the University of Oxford and the Royal College of Nursing Institute. I also have a background in nursing and in the study of the History of Medicine.

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How can we get kids to be more active at school? New review highlights gaps

boy looking through hole in playground equipment

What do you remember about school break times? Did we fall into predictable groups, with boys playing football and girls walking round arm in arm, sharing gossip? It seems to me, looking back, that it was a time spent on the move, one way and another, and from a health perspective that was a Good [read the full story…]

Medicines improve your chance of quitting smoking

cigarette and pills

We’ve always got plenty to say about smoking here at the Lifestyle Elf and few things make our pointy ears prick up as fast as hearing about new, high quality evidence on what can help people quit. So we’re very pleased to see a Cochrane overview on the effectiveness and safety of medicines to help [read the full story…]

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How can we help parents keep their children safe from injury at home?

young dad kissing baby

We’ll wrap up our look at evidence on injuries this week with a move away from sports into the home. Not many of us run marathons, but we all run the risk of injury from everyday hazards and need to think how we can minimize the risks and keep ourselves and our families safe. So [read the full story…]

Perineal massage cuts risk of needing stitches after giving birth

woman cuddling her new baby

Listen up all you pregnant women out there, for I have good news for you today. Unless you are about to give birth any day now, that is, in which case best of luck with that! When I was pregnant, more than a decade ago, it was all yoga and perineal massage in my bit [read the full story…]

No link found between smoking and weight in young people

cigarettes and tape measure

Smoking – bad for your health, good for your waistline? Overall, weight is lower in smokers and higher in those who quit, but we know that the relationship between smoking and weight is complicated and there’s a fair bit of research seeking to understand it better. Many people think that smoking can help them keep [read the full story…]

If you view, will you do? This sex survey says…

teen girl on sofa with laptop

…well, what do you reckon? My guess is that you’d put your money on the answer being ‘yes’. Many people fear that today’s youth are getting to see sexually explicit material (SEM) of varieties and in ways which are a far cry from nicking your Dad’s copy of ‘Playboy’; that they’re seeing more, sooner, and [read the full story…]

The Lifestyle Elf takes a break

It may still feel like winter in our woodland but the calendar tells us it’s nearly Easter, so we’re taking a break. We’ll be back in the middle of April and hope to bring some new bloggers into the fold, so do check back!

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Quitting smoking cuts your risk of heart disease even if you gain some weight, new study suggests

Breaking the habit

No Smoking Day saw the publication of a study which is encouraging for those smokers who’ve taken the first steps in quitting but are worried about weight gain. A lot of people find they put on weight when they give up smoking, something I’ve blogged about before (you can find it here), and it raises [read the full story…]

It’s No Smoking Day – will you join the ranks of those quitting smoking?

‘Swap Fags For Swag’ is the theme of this year’s No Smoking Day, which is today. This new campaign puts the emphasis on how smoking hits the pocket and visitors to the We Quit site, which is available all year, can try out a new tool to show how much money they spend on tobacco [read the full story…]

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Fat is a local issue

Next month, responsibility for managing obesity as a public health problem passes from the Primary Care Trusts to the local authorities (LAs) and the National Obesity Observatory (the NOO, itself undergoing a change, as it will become part of Public Health England from April 1st) has just launched a new online resource to help LAs [read the full story…]