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Why might shift-workers be at increased risk of multiple sclerosis?

When I was a junior doctor, like a lot of junior doctors, I was not thrilled when my bleep would go off in the middle of the night to be called to attend to a sick person. It was not uncommon for this to happen after a full and busy day at work. Sometimes, little […]

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Difficulty getting up in the morning in the winter? It might be SAD

Here in the UK the days are noticeably shorter, and this time of year will herald for some the advent of low mood or sometimes full-blown depression known as ‘seasonal affective disorder’ (SAD). Anecdotally, I’ve noticed that many people dislike the winter because they can struggle to get up in the mornings. A lot of […]

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Podcast – 7th October 2011

Why ‘raised’ cholesterol can be a cause for celebration, protein supplementation can help fat loss, fair-skinned individuals are at risk of vitamin D deficiency. For RSS feeds, click on http://www.podcastmachine.com/podcasts/8966 and then the ‘RSS feeds’ button to the right. For help regarding the playing, downloading and subscribing of the podcasts, click here.

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Fair-skinned individuals at risk of vitamin D deficiency

The recent spell of warm and sunny weather we’ve had here in the UK (which came to an abrupt halt this week) has been welcomed by most. While the sun has perhaps made us feel better and given a glow to our skin, the downside is that at this time of year, the sun is […]

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Podcast – 2nd September 2011

Coffee and blood pressure, women being misled over mammograms, British doctor worries about sun protection policy for children. For RSS feeds, click on http://www.podcastmachine.com/podcasts/8966 and then the ‘RSS feeds’ button to the right. For help regarding the playing, downloading and subscribing of the podcasts, click here.

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British doctor concerned about calls to protect children from sunlight

Des Spence is a general practitioner based in Glasgow, Scotland, UK, who writes a weekly column in the British Medical Journal. Although I’ve never met Des, I like him a lot. I like how he writes and what he writes, almost always. He’s never afraid, it seems, to buck the trend and express a view […]

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Podcast – 26th August 2011

Hydration is important during exercise, controversy around FDA’s plans to relax conflict of interest rules, study shows light exposure can improve energy and wellbeing in the winter. For RSS feeds, click on http://www.podcastmachine.com/podcasts/8966 and then the ‘RSS feeds’ button to the right. For help regarding the playing, downloading and subscribing of the podcasts, click here.

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Light therapy found to benefit energy and wellbeing in the winter

It’s an extremely grey (and rainy) day here in London as I write this, which reminds me that autumn and winter are not too far away. Some look to the colder, darker seasons with some trepidation, because they can find general vitality and mood take a dive at this time. At its worst, this phenomenon […]

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Vitamin D has potential to combat Type 2 diabetes

Vitamin D has in studies found to be associated with a reduced risk of a range of conditions including several forms of cancer, heart disease, multiple sclerosis and ‘auto-immune’ diseases such as Type 1 diabetes, multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis. There has, in recent years, been some interest in the role that vitamin D might […]

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Podcast – 24th June 2011

Why sleepiness is not always due to lack of sleep, higher-protein, lower-carb diet best for weight loss, and fructose found to be more toxic than glucose. For RSS feeds, click on http://www.podcastmachine.com/podcasts/8966 and then the ‘RSS feeds’ button to the right. For help regarding the playing, downloading and subscribing of the podcasts, click here.

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