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Understanding Health Research

A tool to guide you through a series of questions to help you review health research that you have come across. You will also be given some guidance on how [...]

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Can simple changes in diet reduce menopause symptoms?

The menopause typically begins to affect women around the age of 50 and may be accompanied by a range of symptoms, including hot flushes, vaginal dryness, anxiety and depression. A [...]

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Food additives and the "yuk" Factor

Flavourings, stabilisers and preservatives are all harmless additives that go into our food to help keep it fresh and tasty. So I started to get rather irritated when a number of [...]

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Flyer claiming supplement could cure cancer taken down and reported

I spotted a flyer in my local leisure centre which made numerous claims about a super food supplement which can help to overcome many medical conditions. This pill can supposedly [...]

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Is red wine treatment for acne spot on?

Resveratrol hit the headlines again last week with The Independent, The Business Standard and the Drinks Business – reporting the findings of a study on Acne treatment. [...]

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5 a day: why bother with fruit and veg at all?

This week we’ve asked for evidence behind the 5 a day message, whether it’s working and how much it costs and how advice differs across the world. But what are the [...]

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5 a day all over the world?

Advice on how much fruit and veg you should eat every day varies hugely across the world. We’ve found out that depending on where you happen to live, you could [...]

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Natural And Man Made Chemicals

Natural And Man Made Chemicals [...]

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5 a day: is it working and what does it cost?

“5 a day” is possibly one of the most successful pieces of dietary advice in terms of how far and wide the message has spread. But has it actually be [...]

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Who Says Your Diet is Chemical Free?

Who Says Your Diet is Chemical Free? [...]

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Asking for Evidence on 5 a day

“5 a day”. It’s a phrase we in the UK know well. It’s used in adverts to sell smoothies and diet regimes and it’s even the basis for the School [...]

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The Dose Makes The Poison

The Dose Makes The Poison [...]

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Making Sense of Food Additives

A presentation produced by Sense About Science on food additives. [...]

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Spoof Diets

Extraordinary claims need extraordinary evidence: Can you tell what diets in this document are good for you and what’s good for a laugh? [...]

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Debunking Detox

The multi million pound detox industry sells products with little evidence to support their use. These products trade on claims about the body which are often wrong and can be [...]

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Health benefits of 'Calamari Gold' squid oil capsules

Health benefits of omega-3 fatty acids are frequently reported in consumer products. This article focused on one form of omega-3 fatty acid – DHA – citing its properties in brain [...]

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Elemental Herbology claim that green tea can prevent wrinkles

I read in a Daily Mirror article a statement from Elemental Herbology founder Kristy Cimesa, that drinking green tea provides “a powerful dose of protective antioxidants that keep wrinkles at [...]

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Pret A Manger questioned on their policy to “shun obscure chemicals”

Alice Tuff called the Pret A Manger customer helpline to point out that all food is made of chemicals, after seeing one of their leaflets suggesting they “shun obscure chemicals”. [...]

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Nestle Ski unable to give any evidence for their Ski yoghurt that can 'optimise the release of energy from our diet'

Nestle Ski yoghurts were marketed with claims that they can ‘optimise the release of energy from our diet’. I contacted Nestle Ski and asked for the evidence they had to [...]

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Lack of response from NHS on their advice to drink 1.2 litres of water a day.

I read a claim on the on the NHS Choices website saying ‘research measuring water loss has shown that we should drink about 1.2 litres of fluid every day to [...]

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Is there evidence that Vitabiotics’ supplements can improve athletic performance to 'gold-winning standard?'

On London underground advertisements, Vitabiotics claimed that taking their supplements (Wellwoman/Wellman) helped to improve athletic performance to gold-winning standard. I asked Vitabiotics for evidence to back this up. They responded by [...]

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'Detox' off the menu at Wellcome café

I recently visited my favourite science hangout, the Wellcome Collection. After seeing the new exhibition and doing a light spot of Christmas shopping in the bookshop, I was in need [...]

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Irrelevant 'evidence'

Mike spotted a product in his local Holland & Barrett which made some bold claims about helping with weight management and detoxification. It also suggested that "for maximum effect" it [...]

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British Dietetic Association Food Fact Sheets

The British Dietetic Association has produced Food Fact Sheets to help you learn the best ways to eat and drink to keep your body fit and healthy. [...]

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Ask for Evidence on 5 a day

We are all familiar with '5 a day'. But if you look abroad it turns out other countries are advising six, or seven or even ten portions of fruit and [...]

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Detox Dossier

An investigation by early career researchers into some of the many products, special diets, tonics and supplements which are widely promoted as being able to ‘detox’ you after the festive [...]

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Food & Diet Knowledge Bank

The BDA Food Fact Sheets are written by dietitians to help you learn the best ways to eat and drink to keep your body fit and healthy [...]

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