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It isn’t hard to find an architect who will tell you that vast swathes of the British urban landscape are ugly, grey and unappealing – nor would you struggle to find people who agreed with them. But could it be that the look and the layout of our cities is actually bad for our health?

People with a consistent Mediterranean diet are 12 per cent less likely to develop diabetes

Greek study shows benefits of a Mediterranean diet

People who consistently eat mostly vegetables, fruit and nuts, fish and seafood and olive oil are 12 per cent less likely to develop diabetes

Threat to diabetes sufferers as NHS rations testing strips to save money

Diabetes UK claims people are being put at risk from serious complications

The Home Secretary was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes two months ago and must now inject herself with insulin at least twice a day for the rest of her life, the Mail on Sunday revealed.

Theresa May diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes

Home Secretary insists: 'It doesn't and will not affect my ability to do my work'

Mexican clay artist Alejandro Santiago dies of heart attack aged 49

Alejandro Santiago, a Mexican artist who filled the streets of his home town with clay figures to represent the migrants who left for the United States, has died at the age of 49.

Skipping breakfast can increase your risk of a heart attack by as much as 27 per cent

Skipping your breakfast can increase the risk of heart attack by almost 30%

Study shows a morning meal is needed to take the body out of its  protective ‘fasting state’

Body mass index (BMI) divides your weight by your height

'One size fits all' BMI index may be wrongly applied by doctors for ethnic groups, says NICE

Some minorities could miss out on treatment for weight-related conditions such as diabetes

Weighing it up: The high cost of childcare means that many parents rely on older – and less physically active – family members to look after the young

Grandma doesn't always know best when it comes to a child's diet

It may be cheap, but getting your parents to look after your children may be storing up trouble, Roger Dobson discovers

Don't use painkiller diclofenac if you have a heart problem, health officials warn

Health officials have advised patients with heart problems to avoid an over-the-counter painkiller used by millions after research found it can significantly increase the risk of a heart attack or a stroke.

Psychiatrists call for action over premature deaths of mentally ill

Experts say it is time to close the gap between treatment of physical and mental illnesses

'Artificial pancreas' promises to transform treatment of diabetes

Successful trial means diabetics could be freed of constant need to check blood glucose levels

Wellbeing boards are 'missing a chance' to tackle diabetes

NHS organisations are "missing an opportunity" to tackle the tide of diabetes, a charity has warned.

US rapper Tim Dog accused of faking his own death

Lack of a death certificate or burial site and sparse obituary information has led to talk in hip-hop circles that rapper Tim Dog, who owes thousands of dollars to women he was convicted of swindling, faked his own death.

Britons show Victorian attitudes to epilepsy as children who suffer from the condition are accused of being 'possessed'

One in five children who suffer with epilepsy has been accused of being “possessed” after having a seizure, according to shocking new research.

The UK latest figures show 2.3 million people used cannabis in the last year

Cannabis linked to prevention of diabetes

Regular users of the drug found to have lower levels of insulin after fasting, research shows

The News Matrix: Wednesday 15 May 2013

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