How does UK healthcare perform and compare to other nations?

It’s hard to imagine what life was like in the UK before the National Health Service. It was a time when healthcare was unreliable and of course treatment had to be paid for. Now the UK has a free, state-run NHS. Funded by taxpayers and with a budget of more than £100 billion, it’s the [read the full story…]

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…]

More links between sitting time and chronic disease: new research from Australia

We’re hearing more and more about the negative impact on our health of sitting down too much of the time and here comes another bit of evidence which suggests that, though it’s not the type of study that can tell us about causes, only associations. It’s part of a big cross-sectional study in New South Wales, [read the full story…]

Can sitting down for too long each day increase your risk of diabetes, cardiovascular disease and death?

Calling all you couch potatoes out there!  Make sure you stand up while you read this because it seems the longer you sit, the shorter your life could be! Here in the woodland we elves know that a sedentary lifestyle can contribute to many preventable causes of death.   So we like to keep ourselves busy [read the full story…]