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Just when you thought it was safe to venture into the middle aisles of a supermarket, even more evidence is merging about the damaging effects of the modern, Western diet. A new term, Ultra-processed foods has been used to define the modern obsession with sugary drinks, breads, ready-made meals, confectioneries and processed meats. There have been a number of studies over the years showing the deleterious effects of all of these foods for a variety of conditions. For example, the daily consumption of one soft drink has been linked to a marked increase in type 2 diabetes and obesity, osteoporosis,...

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A group from Israel has made the rather extraordinary claim that within 12 months they will have a cure for cancer. Before you sign up for the treatment or start investing in the company, it is important to realise when you hear any news about major breakthroughs in medicine in the news media, that often it is purely hype, a push to lift the share price or the treatment has only been shown to work...

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drugs, health, marijuana, medicine, science -

Over the Christmas break, the subject of pill testing has been paramount because of the increasing deaths occurring during the numerous dance festivals happening over this period. I mentioned in my last article on the subject a few weeks ago that I had no issues with pill testing, as long as it has been shown to save lives (which does appear to be the case from preliminary evidence from Europe)...

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Over the festive season, there is usually a lull in medical news and information. Because of yet another death at a music festival recently, the discussion has reemerged about pill testing at these venues.

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Firstly, let me make the point that it is my opinion that any intervention that saves lives is important and should be considered. Secondly, let me make the even more...

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celebration, christmas, habit-building, health, lifestyle -

Well, it is that time of the year when the very common burnout sets in and most of our thoughts turn to the Christmas break. Although Christmas should always be a time for rest, reflection and rejuvenation it often becomes a time for excessive partying, overeating, overindulging in other bad habits, not to mention those interactions with relatives who we hardly see throughout the year. There is...

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