Do antihypertensive drugs do more harm than good in patients with mild hypertension?

I know that I can be prone to bouts of high blood pressure (hypertension) particularly when I see those pesky goblins careering round the woodland causing havoc – they certainly make my blood boil!  There are plenty of people out there though who have no idea they suffer from this condition and that ultimately their [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…]

Can male-only weight loss programmes be effective?

The kind of questions you hear bandied around these parts by the body image conscious Elf maidens are, ‘Does my bum look big in this tunic?’ or  ‘Are my ears way too small?’  The Elf males just don’t seem to have the same insecurities.  Maybe some do though eh? Maybe they are just too shy [read the full story…]

New evidence further tips the scales against low carbohydrate-high protein diets

‘Flabs to abs in a day!’, ‘Thin in a fortnight!’, ‘Eat What You Like And Still Lose Weight!’. You know the kind of thing. We are constantly bombarded by diets that promise to help us shed the extra pounds and get the bodies we always wanted. We also get conflicting information; one week this or that [read the full story…]

Eating less salt lowers your stroke risk. And it doesn’t have to be boring.

It’s been called a divine substance. All over the world and throughout history, it has been associated with sex, with religion, with magic. It has provided an answer to everyday needs. Today its uses are said to exceed 14,000, from making drugs to dyeing textiles. I’m talking about salt. Today sees the start of Salt Awareness [read the full story…]