Feasting and fasting

‘Keep the metabolic syndrome away!’ This was the mission of the government of Japan when in 2006 two deputy ministers for health announced that they would cut their backs. Undoubtedly buoyed by the intense scrutiny of his progress by the media, he duly did so, reducing Keizo Takemi’s girth from […]

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In rude health

Reaching 60 is often associated with people slowing down and feeling their age. For example, Britons are entitled to a free bus pass. But their universal health care system, the National Health Service (NHS), which celebrates its 60th birthday on July 5, is largely considered to be in better shape […]

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