Life and Style Only 3.4 per cent of the Solihull area is covered by housing

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?

The number of diabetics doubled to 3.1 million between 1994 and 2009

Diabetes timebomb: Only half of NHS patients receiving acceptable care

Sweeping variations in standards of care for diabetic patients is costing thousands of lives and wasting tens of millions of pounds every year, the government’s spending watchdog reveals.

Patients able to compare treatment by GPs online

Patients will be able to compare the performance of their local family doctors and nearby hospitals on a single website, under plans to bring the NHS into the information age.

Research has suggested that dieting during pregnancy could reduce complications for women and lead to healthier babies

Now dieting in pregnancy is good for you

Study finds losing weight benefits mother and child, overturning decades of advice

'No excuse' for diabetes errors

Almost one in three diabetic hospital patients are victims of medication errors that can cause dangerous blood glucose levels, a report has found.

Diabetes 'to cost sixth of NHS budget'

Diabetes will cost the NHS more than a sixth of its entire budget by 2035, a report has found.

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‘Girls used to have dolls, now they have iPhones’

Pollyanna Woodward says technology has become fashionable

Diabetes complications at new high

Rates of stroke and kidney failure in people with diabetes have reached record levels, according to a new analysis.

MP calls for new law to cut sugar in soft drinks

Soft drinks manufacturers would be forced to reduce their sugar content under a parliamentary move to prevent more children and adults developing the life-shortening disease diabetes.

Pofessor Greg Whyte: Fat is not an Olympic legacy issue, fitness is

The global pandemic of obesity that blights developed nations has driven a national obsession which has demonised fat and created a "fatist" society. For over two decades we have been subjected to a media vilification of those who dare to carry a few extra pounds and an incessant diatribe of diet propaganda purporting to possess the panacea for health.

MPs call for new rules to reduce sugar in soft drinks

Soft drinks manufacturers would be forced to reduce their sugar content under a parliamentary move to prevent more children and adults developing the life-shortening disease diabetes.

Chemicals in plastic linked to rise in obesity and diabetes

Man-made chemicals present in homes, schools, offices, cars and food are probably contributing to the sharp rise in obesity and diabetes in western societies, according to a review of scientific literature published today.

White rice 'could cause diabetes'

Eating white rice may be linked to a higher risk of Type 2 diabetes, researchers have said.

Home care is disgraceful, says consumer group Which?

Older people are suffering "disgraceful" home care including missed medication and confinement to soiled beds, an undercover investigation revealed.

In the United Kingdom, only 1per cent of babies are exclusively breastfedat six months

Women 'pressured' to breastfeed babies

For decades women have been cajoled to breastfeed their babies with slogans such as "breast is best." Now researchers have criticised the approach, saying it is "idealistic" and "sets parents up to fail", and that greater recognition of the multiple demands new parents face would reap greater dividends.

A diabetic 'medical tat'

Doctor, doctor, I've got this strange tattoo

Forget Angelina Jolie's shoulder-covering Buddhist incantation or David Beckham's Christ on the cross. The smart money is on a new kind of tattoo: the medical tat.

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