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Buddha branding is everywhere – but what do Buddhists think?

Buddha branding is everywhere – but what do Buddhists think?

New year, new tenuously legitimate diet rooted in spirituality. The Buddha diet is one of January’s horde. Ostensibly rooted in sensible, restrictive eating, it’s also one of the latest examples of consumer society co-opting asceticism to sell stuff. The

8 January 2017 in Health
 
Will new FDA rules curb antibiotic use in farm animals?

Will new FDA rules curb antibiotic use in farm animals?

New federal rules went into effect last week that ban the use of antibiotics to help livestock gain weight, a practice that leads to antibiotic-resistant bacteria that pose health threats to humans. Meat producers will also need a veterinary prescription

8 January 2017 in Health
 
Theresa May denies 'humanitarian crisis' in Britain's NHS

Theresa May denies 'humanitarian crisis' in Britain's NHS

Theresa May has rejected claims by the British Red Cross of a “humanitarian crisis” in the health system but acknowledged there were “huge pressures” on the NHS. “I don’t accept the description the Red Cross has made of this,” the prime minister said. “Y

8 January 2017 in Health
 
Bird flu found in North Yorkshire back yard

Bird flu found in North Yorkshire back yard

Bird flu has been found in a small flock in a back yard in North Yorkshire, the UK’s chief veterinary officer said, warning that people who kept chickens and ducks in their gardens needed to be vigilant. A 3km protection zone and a 10km surveillance zone

8 January 2017 in Health
 
Designer babies: an ethical horror waiting to happen?

Designer babies: an ethical horror waiting to happen?

Comfortably seated in the fertility clinic with Vivaldi playing softly in the background, you and your partner are brought coffee and a folder. Inside the folder is an embryo menu. Each embryo has a description, something like this: Embryo 78 – male • No

8 January 2017 in Health
 
Changing the way you think

Changing the way you think

Many of us may already be struggling with our New Year’s resolutions, but at least we can take comfort in modern neuroscience. Forty years ago, we’d have been less hopeful. Back then neuroscience would say that the brain was fixed after early childhood.

8 January 2017 in Health
 
Now, open wide. Then I can tell how rich you are

Now, open wide. Then I can tell how rich you are

A study published in the Journal of Oral Rehabilitation reports that more than 100,000 A&E visits a year are caused by tooth problems, with patients trying to avoid NHS dental charges by going to hospitals for free treatment, frequently at...

8 January 2017 in Health
 
My cancer diary: tasteless dinner on the Isle of Wight and a dash to A&E

My cancer diary: tasteless dinner on the Isle of Wight and a dash to A&E

24 December 2016 So here we are – Christmas proper is upon us and I have to drive to the Isle of Wight to see the kids and lots of their aunties, uncles and cousins. I’ve got over the disappointment of the rather exciting clinical trial I was lined up fo

8 January 2017 in Health
 
How dropping acid saved my life

How dropping acid saved my life

Some time ago – for reasons that will become apparent I am not allowed to say when, exactly – the American writer Ayelet Waldman scored some LSD. She did this, not on a street corner or via the dark web, but middle-class style, through an acquaintance of

8 January 2017 in Health
 
Is America developing a ‘crack-like addiction’ to Botox beauty?

Is America developing a ‘crack-like addiction’ to Botox beauty?

A remarkable new study of the use of Botox in America has revealed that some women suffer a “crack-like” addiction to the process, as they attempt to top up previous treatments. The number of women aged between 19 and 34 having the cosmetic procedure has

8 January 2017 in Health
 
Theresa May cannot ignore NHS crisis or brush off critics

Theresa May cannot ignore NHS crisis or brush off critics

Most months, and most weeks during winter, the openness the NHS claims to practise yields an array of statistics showing how the service has performed against a range of targets. The figures usually tell a grim story. Whether it’s ambulance response time

7 January 2017 in Health
 
Theresa May urged to get a grip on NHS as winter sickness grows

Theresa May urged to get a grip on NHS as winter sickness grows

Theresa May is under intense pressure to announce an emergency NHS rescue plan to parliament – amid a chorus of warnings that hospitals and GP services across England have finally reached breaking point. NHS crisis: Corbyn calls on May to face urgent Com

7 January 2017 in Health
 
NHS boss rejects claim of 'humanitarian crisis' in hospitals

NHS boss rejects claim of 'humanitarian crisis' in hospitals

The NHS has rejected claims it is facing a “humanitarian crisis” as it deals with winter pressures after it emerged that two patients had died on trolleys in one accident and emergency department in the last week. The Red Cross said it had stepped in to

7 January 2017 in Health
 
My partner bought me a Fitbit but I’m a couch potato – is it worth trying?

My partner bought me a Fitbit but I’m a couch potato – is it worth trying?

Every week a Guardian Money reader submits a question, and it’s up to you to help him or her out – a selection of the best answers will appear in next Saturday’s paper. This week’s question: I’ve been given a Fitbit Flex by my partner. I’m a bit of a cou

7 January 2017 in Health
 
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