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Andy Burnham assured Prince Charles over complementary medicine plan

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Andy Burnham, when he was health secretary, assured Prince Charles that he was keen to move forward with a pilot study to integrate complementary medicine with standard NHS care in England in response to the royal’s latest written intervention in the subject. Burnham, thanking the prince for his “kind letter” on his appointment as health […]

June 7th, 2015 | Posted in Health,Society | Read More »

I’m thinking of having a baby on my own

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I am 36 and have been single for over a decade. Although I would like a partner, I am fairly happy (and definitely resigned) to singledom. I am incredibly conscious that time is running out if I am going to have children. I always imagined that I would have met someone by now and that […]

June 6th, 2015 | Posted in Health,Society | Read More »

Should I stop drinking bottled water?

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It’s the world’s bestselling soft drink – more people buy bottled water than fruit juice or fizzy drinks. In 2013, the UK glugged 2.4bn litres of it, and by 2014 this had risen to 2.6bn litres. Yet, remarkably, you can get this particular beverage from the tap, for free. Bottled water can cost between 500 […]

June 5th, 2015 | Posted in Health,Society | Read More »

Australian doctors told not to prescribe homeopathic items as ‘they do nothing’

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The official body for Australian GPs has asked pharmacists to strip their shelves of homeopathic products and warned doctors not to prescribe them because they do nothing. The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) has formally recommended GPs stop prescribing homeopathic remedies and says pharmacists must also stop stocking such products because there is […]

June 4th, 2015 | Posted in Health,Society | Read More »

Pregnant women who exercise cut risk of diabetes, says study

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Women who exercise while pregnant cut their risk of becoming diabetic and are more likely to gain less weight than those who do nothing, according to a study that could see mothers-to-be being advised to be more active. Expectant mothers who take moderate exercise can reduce by as much as 30% their chances of developing […]

June 3rd, 2015 | Posted in Health,Society | Read More »

Office employees should be on feet for four hours of working day, study says

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Office workers should spend a minimum of two hours on their feet at work – building up to an ideal four hours – in order to avoid the ill effects of a sedentary lifestyle, according to a study co-commissioned by Public Health England. Research has long linked excessive time spent sitting to increased risk of […]

June 2nd, 2015 | Posted in Health,Society | Read More »

Cancer drug combination ‘shrinks 60% of melanomas’

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A pair of cancer drugs can shrink tumours in nearly 60% of people with advanced melanoma, a new trial has suggested. An international trial on 945 patients found treatment with ipilimumab and nivolumab stopped the cancer advancing for nearly a year in 58% of cases. UK doctors presented the data at the American Society of […]

June 1st, 2015 | Posted in Health,Society | Read More »

Nigel Slater’s summer salad with meat recipes

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We left strips of pork belly, cut into squares, in a paste of finely chopped chilli, ginger, lemon and fish sauce, turning them every 20 minutes or so. Then we roasted it, so the marinade caramelised into a dark and intense coating, then tossed it, still hot enough to burn our mouths, with chunks of […]

May 31st, 2015 | Posted in Health,Society | Read More »

Is it worth it? Zone Dome

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What is it? Gyms are boring and outside is unpredictable. What you need is a Zone Dome – a huge curved screen that sits in front of a treadmill, playing footage of running trails from around the world to make you feel as if you’re really there. It’s a fancy Google Street View, basically. How much […]

May 30th, 2015 | Posted in Health,Society | Read More »

Escape from Alcatraz – with nothing but a wetsuit

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Only one prisoner was known to have survived a swim from Alcatraz Island to the mainland: he was found the morning after, washed up to shore and hypothermic, then shipped immediately back to “the rock”. Three others – made famous by Clint Eastwood in Escape from Alcatraz – escaped on a makeshift raft and were […]

May 29th, 2015 | Posted in Health,Society | Read More »