By Lilian Anekwe
Our roundup of health news headlines on Thursday 25 November.
All that glitters is not gold, and all of today’s health stories that promise you a better life free of some cursed or banal annoyance, like dieting and foreign holidays, may not actually be that great.
For example, the Daily Mail says you – yes you – can eat as much as you like and still lose weight.
But this seemingly wonderful news comes with a string attached that means you have to eat only the ‘correct’ foods – muesli without sugar, wholegrain cripsbread, vegetable sticks, low-fat meats and fish such as liver and mackerel, washed down with water or low-fat milk. As delicious as that sounds, I think I’ll stick to my egg nog latte.
Similarly, those of you sitting smug in the knowledge that you will soon escape the worst November freeze in 17 years by going on a long-haul holiday should beware – experiments in hamsters show jet lag can affect your long-term memory.
Getting high is certainly not risk-free, either. cannabis can cause damage to the immune system and leave potheads at risk of cancer and infectious diseases.
The Guardian reports that heart surgeons in England and Wales are the best in Europe, according to a study by the Royal College of Surgeons, which represents heart surgeons in England and Wales.
The Daily Telegraph says data from the NHS has revealed the extent of the postcode lotteries in patient care for the first time.
Anyone whose mother has had Alzheimer’s is at greater risk of the disease, the Daily Mail says.
And occupational asthma costs the taxpayer more than £100m, the Daily Telegraph says, reporting on a study that estimated 3,000 develop asthma because of their work.
Spotted a story we’ve missed? Let us know and we’ll update the digest throughout the day…