Dave’s Blog

CMO annual report: ‘we must adapt for an ageing population’

Posted: 13th Nov, 2023 by Dave Lee

In his annual report, England’s Chief Medical Officer, Professor Chris Whitty, highlights the need to adapt healthcare policies and practices to address the challenges posed by an ageing population. The report underscores the need to improve the quality of life for older citizens, positioning it as a central goal for both policy and medical strategies. […]

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We are living longer, but with major health problems

Posted: 9th Nov, 2023 by Dave Lee

The Health Foundation recently published an article discussing the significant challenges facing the health and care sector in England. This article explores nine significant challenges facing the health and care sector in England. In this post, I will focus on one of these challenges, specifically the fact that people are living longer lives but with […]

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Dieting versus healthy eating

Posted: 17th Jan, 2023 by Dave Lee

I am frequently asked by individuals who want to lose weight if it is more beneficial to follow a specific diet plan or to adhere to the principles of healthy eating instead. Both dieting and healthy eating can be effective for weight loss and overall health, but they approach weight loss and health goals differently. […]

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Find out your local health profile

Posted: 14th Nov, 2022 by Dave Lee

Our health and wellbeing is influenced by a wide variety of factors, including environmental and societal factors, or determinants of health. ‘Environmental’ factors refer to how our physical surroundings impact on our health, and can include, for instance, things like air pollution, safe neighbourhoods, and our living and working conditions. ‘Societal’ factors may include, for […]

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Sleep myths

Posted: 25th Nov, 2021 by Dave Lee

I came across a very interesting article the other day about sleep myths. You can see the reference below, as well as a link where you can download the article yourself. In this article the authors presented 20 false beliefs that are widely held (i.e., myths), yet lack an evidence base (or have a very […]

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Fibromyalgia and Exercise

Posted: 18th Feb, 2020 by Dave Lee

In today’s post, I am going to talk about fibromyalgia (or fibromyalgia syndrome), a condition that I am coming across more-and-more. The aim of this post is to raise awareness of this condition and highlight the role exercise can play in managing the symptoms. What is it? Fibromyalgia is a chronic (long-term) condition that leads […]

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Happy to chat

Posted: 21st Oct, 2019 by Dave Lee

Recently, whilst browsing through the usual gloomy and disheartening news feeds, I came across a heart-warming story. The article introduces us to an extremely simple, yet ingenious, idea which is reportedly gaining traction around the world – ‘Happy to Chat’ benches. These are basically public benches with signs attached saying “Happy to chat bench. Sit […]

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