NHS gives Amazon free use of health data under Alexa advice deal

 Details of contract agreed by the health secretary, Matt Hancock, came to light after FoI request. Photograph: Hollie Adams/Getty Images Amazon has been given free access to healthcare information collected by the NHS as part of a contract with the government. The material, which excludes patient data, could allow the multinational technology company to make, advertise […]

Want To Know Your Risk Of Obesity, Diabetes Problems? Here Is A Calculator

A new calculator developed by a team from The Cleveland Clinic can help calculate the risk of … [+] © 2014 BLOOMBERG FINANCE LP It’s not clear when you can say, “there’s an app for that,” because Apple has apparently trademarked the phrase. But now there’s an app to help determine whether to undergo weight-loss surgery. It […]

These 3 factors predict a child’s chance of obesity in adolescence (and no, it’s not just their weight)

Three simple factors can predict whether a child is likely to be overweight or obese by the time they reach adolescence: the child’s body mass index (BMI), the mother’s BMI and the mother’s education level, according to our new research. The study, published in the International Journal of Obesity, found these three factors predicted whether children […]

Importance of when adolescents sleep to obesity and cardiometabolic healthImportance,of,when,adolescents,sleep,to,obesity,and,cardiometabolic,health

A new study led by researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital for Children (MGHfC) and Harvard Medical School has found that adolescent sleep timing preferences and patterns should be considered risk factors for obesity and cardiometabolic health, and that the effects are greater in girls than in boys. Poor quality and short duration of sleep are […]

Overweight and obesity levels dipping in Alberta preschoolers, but severe obesity unchanged: U of A study

Rates of overweight and obesity among preschool-aged children in Alberta are down since 2010, but the rate of severe obesity hasn’t changed, according to a new study by U of A researchers. (Photo: Getty Images) The number of overweight and obese preschool-aged children is on the decline in Alberta, but severe obesity remains virtually unchanged, […]

Guy Nattiv’s Skin: What Are We to Make of Another Redemption Tale About Neo-Nazis?

The concept of white male violence — how it replicates and ripples through the world — is fertile ground for exploration, especially right now. Skin, written and directed by Academy Award winner Guy Nattiv, begins by juxtaposing such sickening violence, the kind fueled by right-wing ideology, with surprising grace. As the film progresses, however, the tactic only […]

Obesity rivals smoking as cause of cancer, UK charity warns

Excess weight causes about 1,900 more cases of bowel cancer than smoking in the UK each year. Photograph: Alamy Stock Photo Obesity is rivalling smoking as a cause of cancer, responsible for more cases of bowel, kidney, ovarian and liver cancer than cigarettes, according to the UK’s leading cancer charity. Smoking is still the biggest cause of […]