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26 March 2021

New Statesman death comparison creates misleading picture

Rising death tolls do not necessarily show people are getting sicker, as the population is ageing and growing.

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New Statesman death comparison creates misleading picture
17 February 2020

Research suggesting health benefits of golf could also suggest benefits of being rich

Golfers in a study were less likely to die prematurely than other over 65s but the research didn’t prove that golf was the reason why.

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Research suggesting health benefits of golf could also suggest benefits of being rich
15 January 2020

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 …

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Spectator report on the effect of the sugar tax needs more context
4 November 2019

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.

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The Mail’s diabetes front page needs context
12 September 2019

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.

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We can’t say how many people are ‘hooked on’ prescription drugs
20 August 2019

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.

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Being ‘measles free’ doesn’t mean there are no cases of measles
14 June 2019

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 …

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You’ve less than a one in three chance of reaching 100
23 May 2019

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.

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Has cocaine use really doubled in five years?
15 May 2019

The heart disease death rate isn’t increasing

But it is falling more slowly than it used to be.

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The heart disease death rate isn’t increasing
26 March 2019

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.

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Reports on the benefits of 10 minutes of exercise need a health warning

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