Shingles vaccination for older people: effective, but can they get it?

We Lifestyle Elves are pretty keen on encouraging people to do all those things we know are good for health and reduce our risk of illness and disease. We particularly like tackling those ‘modifiable risk factors’, things we can choose to do something about for the benefit of our health, so we’re always banging on about [read the full story…]

Guest blog: Heart attacks not reduced in people taking vitamins and antioxidants

Guest blog: Today we’re kicking off National Heart Month with this guest blog, written for us by Dr Harry Boardman, who is part way through his Cardiology specialist training in Oxford. Something to think about while you are lining your vitamin and antioxidant tablets up next to the marmalade on the breakfast table tomorrow morning, [read the full story…]

Less fat in, less fat on: good evidence that lower fat intake leads to lower body weight

In shining the spotlight on body weight and diet last week, the British Medical Journal looked not just at new research on the links with sugar intake, which I blogged on Monday, but also at fat intake. Fair dos really. A research team did a systematic review and meta-analysis  to investigate the relationship between total fat intake [read the full story…]

No such thing as just a spoonful of sugar: new research on eating too much of it and its links with weight gain

There’s been plenty of the white stuff in the news over the weekend. It’s everywhere, affecting every household. Most of us love it, a few of us hate it, and it poses risks to our health. Yes, I’m talking about sugar! It’s been discussed in the House of Commons, as the PM David Cameron fessed up [read the full story…]

Can the London 2012 Olympics really ‘inspire a generation’?

‘Legacy’ was the buzzword of summer 2012. Here in the Woodland, even with all this snow on the ground, I’m still able to bask in the warm glow that comes from knowing that our London Olympics and Paralympics were such a huge success. It was common knowledge that hosting the Games was going to cost [read the full story…]

Health benefits of Nordic walking

So it’s day 11 of the New Year and you’re half way through the second week of sticking to your lose weight, get fit resolutions (or so I hope!). Fed up of running round the block yet or swimming up and down, up and endlessly down the local pool?  Well, I might just have an [read the full story…]

A diet low in total fat can reduce your body weight

I know, I know, it’s simply not the time of year to be worrying about this kind of thing. Feel free to finish that mince pie, close your eyes, stick your fingers in your ears and give a loud ‘Ho, Ho, Ho’ or two. I’m sure it comes as no surprise but with the World [read the full story…]

Helping older people in care homes and hospitals to avoid falls: new Cochrane evidence

We all know that falls can have very serious consequences for older people, and there are around three times as many falls amongst the over 65s in care homes and hospitals than out in the community. Back in the summer, I blogged about a Cochrane review on strategies to prevent falls in this population and this has [read the full story…]

More intensive behavioural support means more smokers successfully quit, finds new Cochrane review

Talk to anyone who’s ever given up smoking, or tried to, and they’ll tell you that it’s hard. Very hard. Here in the UK, you’ll probably be offered support in the form of individual or group sessions as well as nicotine replacement products and you can read more about that, including where to find your free local NHS [read the full story…]

“Mother’s kiss” effective for removing objects from children’s noses

Christmas is coming and with it toys with small components and craft kits with micro beads, googly eyes, buttons and the like. Of course, these are perfect for small children to push up their noses, just when you were thinking of sleeping off that second helping of Christmas pudding. Objects up noses are at risk [read the full story…]