Health Features

Viva! Health unravels the most recent scientific research and makes it easy to understand. Here we update you on the latest findings...

No other plant food divides opinion like soya – some champion its health and nutritional benefits, others say it should be avoided at all costs. Why are there so many scare-stories surrounding this humble bean and is there any truth to them?
Every day in the UK, more than 500 people have to visit the hospital due to a heart attack and 460 people lose their lives due to cardiovascular disease – that’s one death every three minutes. Over seven million people are living with cardiovascular disease in the UK – it’s our biggest killer. 
Dr Ameera Brett explains how prescribing health documentaries is helping her patients 
The microbes that live in and on our bodies are easy to overlook – not that we could see them if we tried! We’ve known about these microscopic organisms for a long time, but only now is research beginning to reveal how important they really are to our health.
It’s natural for us to eat meat – we’re designed for it, aren’t we? Or is this just used as an excuse to justify the killing of animals for food? The answer lies in our past – what did our ancient ancestors eat and what types of food are we best suited to?
Public Health England recently announced that there are 165 new antibiotic resistant infections every day in England. Antimicrobial-resistance (AMR) is a global problem and it is increasing. Where are these new infections coming from and should we be worried?
Lactose intolerance and cow’s milk allergy often get mixed up. Lactose intolerance is caused by a lack of an enzyme that helps you to digest the sugar in milk. Cow’s milk allergy, on the other hand, is an adverse immune reaction to proteins found in milk. They are completely unrelated conditions except that they share a common cause – cow’s milk and dairy products.
It’s a myth that you need meat to get enough iron – a varied vegan diet contains plenty!                                                                                                                                        

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