E-cigarettes, varenicline and cytisine are the most effective stop-smoking aids, analysis of over 150,000 smokers reveals
12 September 2023
Oxford-led study identifies nicotine e-cigarettes, varenicline, and cytisine as top aids for stopping smoking long-term. Comprehensive analysis offers clear insights for effective quit strategies.
28 June 2023
A clinical trial, led by a team at NDPCHS, has shown that a three-month rapid weight loss programme was not only safe but also effective in reducing the severity of a liver disease called non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) with liver fibrosis.
27 June 2023
Researchers from the University of Oxford's Livestock Environment and People (LEAP) programme look forward to engaging thousands of members of the public with leading research on the health and environmental impacts of meat consumption.
Professor Peter Scarborough co-leads new £5.4 million national consortium to transform the food system and encourage healthier diets
1 June 2023
SALIENT will co-design and evaluate interventions that support healthier diets and reduce the environmental impacts of our food system, working with partners in local government, food charities, community support teams and the food industry.
New study shows quitting smoking can improve mental health, providing reassurance to smokers and clinicians
31 May 2023
A new cohort study led by Oxford University has provided compelling evidence that quitting smoking can lead to improved mental health outcomes among people with and without mental health disorders, alleviating concerns raised by both clinicians and smokers.
14 December 2022
Leading researchers from Denmark and the University of Oxford's Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, will develop and test new obesity management programmes. The goal is to improve health and quality of life through solutions that can contribute to lasting changes, including long-term weight loss. The Novo Nordisk Foundation is backing the project with a grant of £21 million.
9 August 2022
New research, led by researchers at the universities of Oxford and Aberdeen, highlights a new way of assessing the environmental impacts of supermarket food. It finds that plant-based foods have the lowest environmental impacts and that more nutritious foods are often more sustainable.
Research from Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences contributes to new guidelines on faecal immunochemical testing (FIT) in patients with signs or symptoms of suspected colorectal cancer
4 August 2022
The joint guideline from the Association of Coloproctology of Great Britain and Ireland (ACPGBI) and the British Society of Gastroenterology (BSG) provides a clear strategy for the use of FIT in the colorectal cancer diagnostic pathway.
4 August 2022
Weight loss is a sign of undiagnosed cancer regardless of the interval over which it occurs.
More children aged 8-17 trying to lose weight than a decade ago, including children of a healthy weight
19 July 2022
New research from Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences researchers, including DPhil student Melissa Little, has found that the number of children aged 8-17 reporting weight loss attempts has increased over the last decade. The researchers also identified key characteristics linked to an increased likelihood of weight loss attempts.
COVID-19 vaccine protects people of all body weights from hospitalisation and death, a study of 9 million adults in England finds
1 July 2022
Two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine are effective against severe disease for people who are underweight, overweight, or who have obesity, finds new research published in The Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology, led by researchers at the University of Oxford.
24 March 2022
Banning prominent in-store displays of Easter eggs and seasonal confectionery could help reduce calories in shopping baskets, according to an independent evaluation by researchers at the University of Oxford. The team worked with a large UK food retailer who removed end-of-aisle and store entrance freestanding promotional displays of seasonal chocolate in a sample of stores, for seven weeks before Easter 2019. They found a significant attenuation of the usual seasonal increase in confectionery sales in these intervention stores compared to control stores.
NDPCHS Professors Susan Jebb and Paul Aveyard lead new project to help people into remission from type 2 diabetes
17 March 2022
Researchers from Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences are to lead a new £2.2 million project aimed at giving more people newly diagnosed with type 2 diabetes the chance of going into remission.
31 January 2022
Boosting the number of plant-based options can be an effective way of encouraging people to choose them and reducing meat purchase and consumption. New research finds that increasing the ratio of meat-free to meat-based meals in canteens could be a simple intervention to promote more sustainable food purchases, and is published in the International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity.
Foods associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease and death in middle-age identified
22 April 2021
Two common dietary patterns identified in British adults, which include high intakes of chocolate and confectionary, may be associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease and death in middle-age, according to a study published in the open access journal BMC Medicine by Oxford University researchers.
26 March 2021
Five simple communication changes could enable doctors to have more equitable and effective conversations about weight loss, finds new research from the University of Oxford and Loughborough University. With obesity as one of the few modifiable risk factors for developing severe COVID, the findings are especially important during the current pandemic.