Food and drink companies are using the same dodgy tactics as tobacco companies to protect profits, leading experts warn

Food and drink companies are using the same dodgy tactics as tobacco companies to protect profits, leading experts warn Report says global firms are using sneaky tactics that jeopardise healthInclude lobbying governments to block health regulations against junk food Other methods include distorting research findings and paying large sums of money to form close relationships with health bodies By Anna Hodgekiss PUBLISHED: 13:26 GMT, 12 February 2013 | UPDATED: 15:03 GMT, 12 February 2013 Food, drink and alcohol companies are employing tactics used by the tobacco industry to get around public health policies aimed at reducing obesity and other health problems, warn researchers Leading food, drink and alcohol companies are employing tactics used by the tobacco industry to get around public health policies aimed at reducing obesity and other health problems, a damning report has claimed.

Multi-buy deals on alcohol heading for the axe as Government announces minimum price plans

Multi-buy deals on alcohol heading for the axe as Government announces minimum price plans Government wants to impose minimum price of 45p per unit to stamp out binge-drinking Plan would mean an extra 70p on some bottles of wine and extra 1.30 on two-litre bottle of ciderHome Secretary Theresa May to launch a ten-week public consultation todayWine and Spirits Trade Association said decision is ‘breathtaking’ | UPDATED: 09:33 GMT, 28 November 2012 Two-for-one deals on cheap booze in supermarkets and off-licences face the axe under plans to introduce a minimum price for alcohol announced today.

Cereals: Is your "healthy" muesli as sugary as Frosties and how do you choose between all the wholesome-looking packets?

Is your 'healthy' muesli as sugary as Frosties and how do you choose between all the wholesome-looking packets | UPDATED: 02:22 GMT, 16 October 2012 Sales of sugar-coated breakfast cereals are falling, and it seems many of us are turning to mueslis and granolas instead.

Cough medicine: Are expensive cough mixtures a waste of time? Which? casts doubt on health claims

Are expensive cough mixtures a waste of time Which casts doubt on health claims | UPDATED: 07:13 GMT, 15 October 2012 Effective: Benylin cough syrup is popular off the shelves, but just how effective is it Popular medicines we spend billions of pounds on a year do not work as well as they claim to do, according to experts.

Patients" lives put in danger by doctors who make "thousands of prescription errors every week"

Patients' lives put in danger by doctors who make 'thousands of prescription errors every week' In just one week, pharmacists had to double-check 4,409 pharmacies across EnglandPrescriptions contain the wrong doses, quantities and instructions for medicines | UPDATED: 14:53 GMT, 14 September 2012 Doctors are erroneously filling out tens of thousands of prescription forms that leave patients severely injured or even dead, it emerged today.

Benefits of statins are exaggerated and not the best way to prevent heart disease, study claims

Benefits of statins are exaggerated and not always the best way to prevent heart disease, study claims NHS spends 450million a year on cholesterol-lowering drugsMost are prescribed as a preventative measure for heart disease, however experts admit they find it difficult to predict who is at risk | UPDATED: 12:08 GMT, 9 August 2012 Cure-all Statins have had no effect on Britain's heart disease rate, study claims Statins, cholesterol-lowering drugs which are taken by seven million people in the UK, are not the best way to prevent heart disease, according to new research.

Drugs companies "are putting profits ahead of medical discoveries"

Drugs companies 'are putting profits ahead of medical discoveries' For every 1 spent on basic research a whopping 19 is spent on marketing, claim expertsCurrent reward system discourages innovation, they add | UPDATED: 15:13 GMT, 8 August 2012 The pharmaceutical industry is in crisis because companies are rewarded for developing new drugs that have few clinical advantages over existing ones, experts say.

Bride KNITS her own dress and hunts out crockery from charity shops for 5,000 recession wedding

Thrifty bride KNITS her own dress and hunts out crockery from charity shops for 5,000 recession weddingLydia Tayler, 26, made her dress for under 200 using 300g of yarn and 100,000 stitche. When Lydia Tayler and Ash Pears wanted to hold their dream wedding and still have money left over to buy a house, they knew they needed to be inventive.