Spectator report on the effect of the sugar tax needs more context
The Spectator said the “achievement” of the sugar tax is an increase in sugar consumption. This data referred to food which isn’t covered by the tax. Sugar consumption in drink that is covered fell.
The Mail’s diabetes front page needs context
Type 2 diabetes sufferers make up one in 10 hospital admissions in England but a small fraction were admitted for type 2 diabetes as the main diagnosis.
We can’t say how many people are ‘hooked on’ prescription drugs
Research by Public Health England into certain prescription medications found there wasn’t enough evidence to say how many people were addicted.
Being ‘measles free’ doesn’t mean there are no cases of measles
It means that the number of cases has been reduced to such a point it can’t circulate easily.
You’ve less than a one in three chance of reaching 100
The chance of reaching 100 for a 30 year old in the UK is estimated to be 17.2% for women and 12.5% for men. Not “one in three” as claimed by Matt Hancock.
Has cocaine use really doubled in five years?
There isn’t enough available evidence to say that cocaine use in Britain has doubled, and certainly not that one in 50 Londoners are snorting it.
The heart disease death rate isn’t increasing
But it is falling more slowly than it used to be.
Reports on the benefits of 10 minutes of exercise need a health warning
The study looked at the impact of doing 10-59 minutes of moderate activity a week, compared to inactivity.
Don’t attempt ‘cough CPR’ if you think you’re having a heart attack
If you think you’re having a heart attack you should dial 999.
Booze telling the truth? Is Britain sobering up or not?
Newspapers have reported a new NHS report on alcohol consumption in very different ways.