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WHY IS OUR HEALTH going backwards?

UK hospital visits for Victorian illnesses such as scarlet fever, whooping cough and gout have risen by 52 per cent since 2010. They’d previously been all but wiped out, so why are they back? Dr Martin Dedicoat explains
Compiled by Ceri Moorhouse. Photographs Stocksy

There’s been an increase in cases of scarlet fever in the UK – with last year’s outbreak the worst in nearly 40 years. There are now around 20,000 cases a year. For whooping cough, it’s about 3000, admissions for which have increased by 59 per cent since 2010. Tuberculosis (TB) was dropping off until the early 1990s, but it rose until around 2016 and peaked at about 9000. Now there are around 6000 cases per year. About one in 40 people in the UK get gout, with a steady increase since the mid-1990s.

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Welcome to the October/November issue of healthy. Our nutrition issue is here and in the latest edition, we look at why healthy diet is important for your physical and mental health. Plus, we’ve got some delicious seasonal recipes for you to try. We’ve all heard the phrase: ‘You are what you eat’, but to what extent is that true? Writer Charlotte Haigh attempts to give a definitive answer in our cover story, by looking at the nutrition tips we can all take to improve our health, despite the differences in our genetic makeup. In our recipe section, we’ve got a range of delicious seasonal dishes that are perfect for early autumn, along with immunity-boosting recipes to see you through the colder months. We also revisit the fermenting trend with some tips for having a go yourself. And that’s not all. In addition to our nutrition content, writer Laura Potter takes a thoughtful look at the potentially negative impact of fertility reporting, while controversial expert Ronald Purser gives powerful arguments against mindfulness in our ‘Fresh thinking’ franchise. Find all this and more in the new issue of healthy.