Could Canada help Scotland on minimum pricing for alcohol?

Today the Scottish parliament’s health committee is due to start hearing evidence on the Alcohol (Minimum Pricing) (Scotland) Bill. We’ve been here before, of...

The BMJ goes to Borsetshire – a health check for The Archers

For a certain group of people – a community, if you will – this time last year was one of anxious anticipation. No, not...

A convent truth? New research advises nuns to go on the pill

Is the Lancet really trying to wind up the Pope just as he approaches one of his busiest times of the year? The venerable...

Imagine if Loch Lomond was Loch Loo-mond: World Toilet Day

A shocking new image reveals how one Scotland's most cherished bodies of water would look if we had to endure the same sanitary conditions...

Going into hospital in August? You’d be ill-advised

If you want to improve your chances of surviving a visit to hospital, best wait until September. That’s the implicit message from the Royal College...

TV shortens life, exercise lengthens it – but what if you mix’n’match?

Apparently watching six hours of television per day can shorten your life by five years. Researchers in Australia have come up with this finding...

Calorie intake lower where menus provide figures, research shows

Customers at several major fast food chains, including McDonald's, were more inclined to buy lower-calorie meals after the introduction of a menu labelling system...

Struggling to slim? It might be your genes (if you’re from Europe)

Scientists at Aberdeen University have discovered a genetic “switch” which they believe makes Europeans far more likely to choose high-fat food and alcohol than...

No clear benefit from increased water intake, says Glasgow GP

A Glasgow GP is warning consumers that they should “just say no” to those trying to urge them to drink more of a popular...

She sighed as his fictional virility emperilled her sexual health…

An agony aunt and broadcaster has hit out at romantic novels for the impact they have on women’s sexual health. In a paper entitled: “He...