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Celebrity ads for diet aids should be banned, says top doctor

Celebrity ads for diet aids should be banned, says top doctor

Health
Social media companies should ban "damaging" celebrity-endorsed social media ads promoting weight loss aids, England's top doctor has said.Some celebrities with large followings are promoting products such as diet pills and detox teas on social media.Prof Stephen Powis, NHS medical director, argues these products have a damaging effect on the physical and mental health of young people.He is also urging influential celebrities to act "responsibly".Prof Powis said: "If a product sounds like it is too good to be true, then it probably is. "The risks of quick-fix weight loss outweigh the benefits, and advertising these products without a health warning is damaging. "Highly influential celebrities are letting down the very people who look up to them, by peddling products which are at best ineff...
Meet the doctor curing fake vaccine news

Meet the doctor curing fake vaccine news

Technology
The anti-vaxx hoax, which claims that life-saving vaccines actually cause autism in children, has spread in Italy - and beyond - in recent years, causing a drastic increase in the number of parents who refuse to protect their kids from deadly diseases.Waging a Twitter war against conspiracy theories, a 56-year-old doctor has become an unlikely celebrity in Italy, perhaps even a future political figure.Roberto Burioni doesn't mince words, which is part of his appeal."I don't mind being curt with those who spend five minutes on Google and want to teach me about virology, which I have studied for 35 years," he told Sky News in an interview."Science is no democracy." Image: Roberto Burioni has become a social media celebrity Anti-vaxxers ...
Tax junk food high in sugar and salt, says top doctor

Tax junk food high in sugar and salt, says top doctor

Health
England's top doctor has accused the food industry of "failing the public" and is calling for taxes on unhealthy food high in sugar and salt.Chief medical officer Prof Dame Sally Davies said her dream was to make fruit and vegetables cheaper for everyone from the proceeds.In her annual report, she also urged the government to ban added sugar in jars of baby food.The food industry said taxes would not change consumer behaviour.Dame Sally Davies' report details plans to create a more healthy nation by 2040, with the focus on improving the environment we live in to make it easier for people to be healthier.This means tackling the preventable causes of 50% of chronic diseases and 40% of cancers - namely, unhealthy diet, smoking, physical inactivity, drinking ...
The doctor is out: Many millennials choose convenient clinics over doctor's offices

The doctor is out: Many millennials choose convenient clinics over doctor's offices

Health
This story is from Kaiser Health News. Calvin Brown doesn’t have a primary care doctor — and the peripatetic 23-year-old doesn’t want one. Since his graduation last year from the University of San Diego, Brown has held a series of jobs that have taken him to several California cities. “As a young person in a nomadic state,” Brown said, he prefers finding a walk-in clinic on the rare occasions when he’s sick. “The whole ‘going to the doctor’ phenomenon is something that’s fading away from our generation,” said Brown, who now lives in Daly City outside San Francisco. “It means getting in a car [and] going to a waiting room.” In his view, urgent care, which costs him about $ 40 per visit, is more convenient &...