Dr Aseem Malhotra
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Cardiologist and writer with a special interest in improving the nation's diet, as my experience has taught me that prevention is definitely better than cure when it comes to our health. Campaigning to tackle obesity through public health intervention. Passionate advocate of free health care for all as I believe it is a marker of a developed society and doctors are better clinicians when not primarily incentivised by financial gain in treating patients.

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The Great Statin Con?

(16) Comments | Posted April 4, 2016 | 1:50 AM

Despite complaints of debilitating muscle pain a General Practitioner friend of mine told a patient to continue taking his cholesterol lowering statin pill, worried that stopping it might result in him suffering a fatal heart attack. She was shocked when I told her that even in those at high risk...

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The Truth About Obesity

(25) Comments | Posted June 18, 2015 | 7:00 PM

Two weeks ago, an article by Chris Snowdon appeared in the Spectator, entitled "The Big Fat Myths of our Obesity Epidemic". It suggested that the health risks and costs to healthcare of obesity have been over-stated, and that obese people dying younger would actually help. Nothing could be...

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Big Pharma Harms Patients for Profit but Doctors Must Also Share the Blame

(23) Comments | Posted March 14, 2013 | 7:00 PM

Earlier this week, the government's chief medical officer Professor Dame Sally Davis created headlines by announcing that the threat to our health posed by antibiotic resistance was on a level comparable to global terrorism. She suggested greater government collaboration to financially incentivise Big Pharma to produce newer, more effective antibiotics....

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Leading British Indians Urge Indian Prime Minister For Action to Protect Women Against Sexual Violence

(2) Comments | Posted January 3, 2013 | 6:38 PM

Following the brutal rape and tragic death of "Damini", leading British Indians including professionals from the medical, business and legal sector have written a letter to the UK Indian ambassador Dr Bhagwati and the Indian Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh, calling for urgent action to ensure the protection of women in...

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If We Know Breast Is Best, Why Are We Allowing the Baby Food Industry to Get Away With 'Murder'?

(27) Comments | Posted December 5, 2012 | 6:04 PM

On the eve of the World Breast Feeding Conference taking place in Delhi this weekend, a special international report released by the World Breastfeeding Trends initiative reveals some profoundly shocking and worrying statistics. The study of 51 countries, which makes up two thirds of the world's children, demonstrates that only...

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How False Advertising by Big Food Is Driving Obesity

(32) Comments | Posted October 15, 2012 | 7:33 PM

A special report on BBC's Newsnight yesterday revealed that dozens of lawyers in the United States, including many that took on the tobacco companies, have filed cases against food industry giants including PepsiCo and Heinz for misleading consumers and violating federal regulations by wrongly labelling products and ingredients. Whether this...

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To Combat Obesity We Must Alter Our Environment

(4) Comments | Posted July 18, 2012 | 3:41 AM

Today's study published in the Lancet claims that if populations as a whole exercised more we could potentially save millions of lives worldwide. I would certainly advocate the multitude of health benefits of regular physical activity such as reducing the risk of heart disease, reducing blood pressure, improving muscle tone...

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