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Two diet drinks a day linked to stroke risk for women

2019-02-20T09:34:40+01:00

Kat Lay, Health Correspondent The Times Gerry Gajadharsingh writes: “I am a fan of the saying “unintended consequences”. With the UK government’s sugar tax, more drink producers and consumers are turning to diet/low calorie drinks. I suspect this will turn out a bit like the diesel scandal. Research is showing that low calorie sweetened [...]

Two diet drinks a day linked to stroke risk for women2019-02-20T09:34:40+01:00

Inflammation in Midlife Linked to Later Cognitive Decline

2019-02-20T09:03:26+01:00

Sue Hughes Medscape Gerry Gajadharsingh writes: “This research confirms the link between inflammation in mid-life (40’s and 50’s) and cognitive change later on in life. There has been previous research linking inflammation with Alzeimer’s but most of it carried out on older people. This research may help people to understand that what they do [...]

Inflammation in Midlife Linked to Later Cognitive Decline2019-02-20T09:03:26+01:00

Microbiome Model Predicts Glucose Spikes Better Than Carbs, Calories

2019-02-20T08:16:51+01:00

Medscape Marlene Busko Gerry Gajadharsingh writes:  “Interesting research looking at how individuals vary in their response to eating carbohydrates. Carbs are broken down in the gut into glucose (a simple sugar) before they pass into the blood stream. Elevated levels of glucose cause a corresponding raise in insulin, the hormone that moves glucose out [...]

Microbiome Model Predicts Glucose Spikes Better Than Carbs, Calories2019-02-20T08:16:51+01:00

Breathing, it’s the new health fad. Are you sure you can do it properly?

2019-02-05T21:27:51+01:00

The wellness brigade believe how you breathe affects your mental and physical health. Scientists think it can improve your memory as well. Harry Wallop The Times Gerry Gajadharsingh writes:  “It’s great that breathing “properly” is becoming more main stream and I agree with the general thrust of the article below. But I wish people [...]

Breathing, it’s the new health fad. Are you sure you can do it properly?2019-02-05T21:27:51+01:00

Phlebotomy (taking a blood sample), behind the scenes!

2019-02-05T14:36:35+01:00

I have been doing phlebotomy as part of my clinical job at The Health Equation for about 20 years. Using the results from blood tests and their accurate interpretation are an important part of diagnosis and the technique of getting a blood sample from a patient is called phlebotomy. The NHS changed over to [...]

Phlebotomy (taking a blood sample), behind the scenes!2019-02-05T14:36:35+01:00

Why your gut is responsible for your happiness

2019-01-20T09:25:02+01:00

Tim Samuels Apple News Gerry Gajadharsingh writes: “The article below was sent to me by one of my lovely patients, Ann, who was recently diagnosed with Type II diabetes. She’d had a variety of health challenges over the past few years including the diagnosis of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), a rheumatological condition, bone [...]

Why your gut is responsible for your happiness2019-01-20T09:25:02+01:00

Exercise as good as medicine in bringing blood pressure down

2018-12-19T09:14:01+01:00

Chris Smyth Health Editor The Times Gerry Gajadharsingh writes:  “At an estimated cost of £163M per annum to the UK taxpayer for blood pressure medication, having an alternative to a pill, that is equally effective at reducing blood pressure and without the potential side effects that comes with many medications, and helping patients to [...]

Exercise as good as medicine in bringing blood pressure down2018-12-19T09:14:01+01:00

Pouring Billions into treating mental illness doesn’t add up

2018-12-17T15:54:54+01:00

Matthew Paris, whose family has been affected by depression and suicide, argues it’s wrong to spend so much on talking therapies and medication when there is little evidence they work The Times Gerry Gajadharsingh writes: “The recent news suggesting that GP’s are trying an average of 12 types of antidepressants on some patients before [...]

Pouring Billions into treating mental illness doesn’t add up2018-12-17T15:54:54+01:00

Children cutting out sugar ‘suffer like drug addicts’

2018-12-17T11:42:59+01:00

Kat Lay Health correspondent The Times Gerry Gajadharsingh writes: The important conclusion from this research is that “High sugar intake activates similar neural circuitry and reward systems as substances of abuse. Adolescence is a particularly susceptible period for addiction, when still- developing brains are highly sensitive to substances and when risk-taking is more likely”. [...]

Children cutting out sugar ‘suffer like drug addicts’2018-12-17T11:42:59+01:00

We’re hardwired to resist changing our minds

2018-12-14T15:17:09+01:00

Jenni Russell The Times Gerry Gajadharsingh writes: Whilst this article is about Brexit, I found the subject interesting on a clinical/patient management level: why is it that so many people are reluctant to follow your advice, at least initially? It is because it often requires changing our mindsets/beliefs and reframing what we think is [...]

We’re hardwired to resist changing our minds2018-12-14T15:17:09+01:00