Duncan Selbie’s Friday message – 31 August 2018

Dear everyone I hope many of you have enjoyed a good and restful summer break. I am delighted to say that we have a new Chair for the PHE Advisory Board, Dame Julia Goodfellow. Dame Julia was previously Chair of the British Science Association and was also president of Universities UK from 2015 to 2017 […]

A Well-Intentioned Rant Concerning Our Cultural Dissolution

A Well-Intentioned Rant Concerning Our Social DissolutionAs a society we are finding ever more inventive ways to hurdle ourselves to depths of depravity once thought unattainable a short time ago. Like a speeding bullet we blithely propel ourselves right through any moral safeguards designed to protect us from our lowest carnal nature as we descend […]

Erin Brockovich – wehearthealthliteracy – Medium

Alt: A doodle lies on a couch, happily watching a movie on their computer. From the movie come the words: “That’s all you got, lady—two wrong feet and…” Here at We ❤ Health Literacy Headquarters, we love movies that put real-world public health heroes in the spotlight. Bonus points if that hero is played by a […]

Beware of Health Foods Beware of So-Called Health Foods!

Beware of These So-Called Health Foods: Unpacking the Marketing Speak Food labels are sales tools. It’s vital to remember that, so we don’t get sucked into believing the slogans on the front of the packets. With more people aware of the connection between the food we eat and the health we experience, food manufacturers have […]

Drinking – The Washington Post

(iStock) It wasn’t the headline that raised eyebrows; it’s the tiny text below it. “It’s safest not to drink while pregnant,” the headline reads, echoing the consensus among public health organizations around the world. But the next text, in much smaller type, left some room for interpretation about whether alcohol is safe for pregnant woman. […]

Salmonella-tainted chicken kills one in New York, sickens 17, CDC says

Illustration of Salmonella. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) One person has died and 17 others were sickened by a multistate outbreak linked to Salmonella-tainted chicken, federal health officials said Wednesday. The illnesses occurred between Sept. 25, 2017 and June 4. The death occurred in New York state, with the others sickened in a large […]

10 superfoods to boost a healthy diet – Harvard Health Blog

No single food — not even a superfood — can offer all the nutrition, health benefits, and energy we need to nourish ourselves. The 2015–2020 US Dietary Guidelines recommend healthy eating patterns, “combining healthy choices from across all food groups — while paying attention to calorie limits.” Over the years, research has shown that healthy […]

FDA pushes for development of non-opioid pain medications

Scott Gottlieb, commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, says he wants to foster development of nonaddictive pain medications. (Toya Jordan Sarno/Bloomberg News) The Food and Drug Administration is planning new steps to encourage the development of nonaddictive alternatives to opioid pain medications, Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said in an interview. As part of the effort, […]