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No diet, no detox: how to relearn the art of eating | Bee Wilson

No diet, no detox: how to relearn the art of eating | Bee Wilson | Recent health news stories and thoughts on them | Scoop.it
The long read: Our relationship with food has become disordered and obsessive. As the new year brings diet madness, it needn’t be such a struggle to learn good eating habits
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Not quite a current news story, but an interesting insight into food fads and the annual food guilt that comes after Christmas.
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Processed meat scare: a bacon sandwich won't kill you … will it?

Processed meat scare: a bacon sandwich won't kill you … will it? | Recent health news stories and thoughts on them | Scoop.it
As a new scare over salami and sausages emerges, is it time to ditch processed meat products from our diet?
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A good and balanced summary of the processed meat/cancer story

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How Doctors Die | The Health Care Blog

How Doctors Die | The Health Care Blog | Recent health news stories and thoughts on them | Scoop.it
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A moving reflection on death. And timely in these last days of the Liverpool Care Pathway.

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Woman, 50, wins right to refuse life-saving treatment because her 'sparkle' has gone

Woman, 50, wins right to refuse life-saving treatment because her 'sparkle' has gone | Recent health news stories and thoughts on them | Scoop.it
Mr Justice MacDonald said although many would be horrified by the woman's decision, she had the mental capacity to refuse treatment
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An interesting story from last week. I have since read that she had a diagnosis of narcissistic personality disorder, so wanted to highlight that this explicitly does not change her right to make her own decisions.
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Getting a flu shot every year? More may not be better

Getting a flu shot every year? More may not be better | Recent health news stories and thoughts on them | Scoop.it
Getting flu shots repeatedly can gradually reduce the effectiveness of the vaccines under some circumstances, research increasingly suggests.
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Good summary of the recent story about whether frequent flu vaccinations are less effective #fluscenario

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Ellie Hothersall's comment, December 8, 2015 3:12 PM
The research the article refers to is here: http://cid.oxfordjournals.org/content/59/10/1375.full.pdf+html?sid=9034b716-eb10-4c0d-98c9-304a1949e25b (Open access)