Can incentives help children resist starting smoking?

Who doesn’t like the chance to win a prize? I can still remember the thrill of taking my turn at the Egg & Bacon competition at our summer féte, when I was a very small elf. You had to choose an egg from a box, all looking the same, but only some were still whole. [read the full story…]

Cranberries ineffective for preventing urinary tract infections (but still nice with turkey)

Remember when Delia Smith put cranberries in all those winter recipes, creating such a demand for them that they were the 1995 equivalent of the iPhone 5, if with a little less functionality? If domestic goddesses were excited by the thought of putting this fruit where previously there’d only been sage and onion, others bought [read the full story…]

New Cochrane review has strong evidence that some interventions can reduce falls in older people

The Elf Mother is worried about falling, as well she might be, for a fall can have serious consequences in later life and may mean that a person who had been living independently is no longer able to do so. Around 30% of people aged over 65 and living in the community fall each year. Today’s new [read the full story…]

Alcohol misuse prevention programmes: reviews show some may work, but we need better trials

Here in the European Union, we drink more alcohol than anywhere else in the world (11 litres of pure alcohol per adult each year) and this makes for huge problems in terms of health and wellbeing. It’s staggering to learn that more than one in four deaths amongst men aged 15-29 and one death in [read the full story…]

Giving teens life skills plus information looks a promising combination in preventing substance misuse

When it comes to encouraging youngsters to make healthy lifestyle choices and to resist the temptations of addictive and harmful substances such as tobacco, drugs and alcohol, schools can play a vital role. But how can they best do that? An appraisal of a systematic review on school-based marijuana and alcohol prevention programmes targeting ten to [read the full story…]