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E-cigarettes more helpful than nicotine replacement treatments for dependent smokers
30 June 2021

A randomised trial has shown that e-cigarettes are much more effective than nicotine replacement treatments in achieving long term smoking reduction and cessation in smokers who were previously unable to stop smoking using conventional treatments.

“Heat not burn” product compared with cigarettes and e-cigarettes
18 May 2021

Devices that deliver nicotine without smoke inhalation have potential to help smokers who cannot or do not want to stop using nicotine to reduce dramatically the risk of smoking-related disease and death. However, for smokers to switch to these alternatives, the products need to provide what smokers expect from cigarettes. 

Improved method to predict Parkinson’s disease
6 April 2021

Researchers from the Wolfson’s PNU have developed a more accurate method to identify people at higher risk of developing Parkinson’s disease.

Risk of dying from dementia higher among the socioeconomically deprived
23 March 2021

A new study shows for the first time that a large proportion of dementia deaths in England and Wales may be due to socioeconomic deprivation. Socioeconomic deprivation is also associated with younger age at death with dementia, and poorer access to specialist diagnosis.

More accurate prediction of long term outcomes for pre-invasive breast cancer
16 March 2021

A study published in Clinical Cancer Research confirms the role of the oestrogen receptor biomarker in ductal carcinoma in situ, and presents a new and more accurate method to predict long term outcomes for this pre-invasive stage of breast cancer.

Consumers misled by health claims on high salt pulse-based snacks
9 March 2021

Research from The Wolfson Institute’s Action on Salt group shows that of 118 pulse-based snacks assessed (such as lentil curls, chickpea chips and puffs), 43% were high in salt (>1.5g/100g).

Convincing evidence that type 2 diabetes is associated with increased risk of Parkinson’s
8 March 2021

Research from the Wolfson Institute’s Preventive Neurology Unit has concluded that there is convincing evidence that type 2 diabetes is associated with an increased risk of Parkinson’s disease. The same study found that there was also evidence that type 2 diabetes may contribute to faster disease progression in patients who already have Parkinson’s. Treating people with drugs already available for type 2 diabetes may reduce the risk and slow the progression of Parkinson’s. Screening for and early treatment of type 2 diabetes in patients with Parkinson’s may be advisable.

Attending consecutive mammography screens protects against breast cancer death
2 March 2021

A study funded by the American Cancer Society and conducted over 24 years among over half a million Swedish women has shown that attending the two most recent screening appointments before a breast cancer diagnosis protects against breast cancer death. For women who had participated in both of their previous two screening examinations, the incidence of breast cancers proving fatal within 10 years of diagnosis was 50% lower than in women who did not attend either of the last two screening examinations. Compared with women who attended only one of the two previous screens, women who attended both had a significant 22-33% reduction in breast cancer mortality.

Proposed strategy to address obesity and meet UK fat intake reduction target
2 March 2021

A paper led by Wolfson researchers has proposed a strategy for a 20% reduction in saturated fats in manufactured and out of home foods in the UK. The study examined the fat and energy contribution from 46 food categories and calculated that in five years this strategy would lead to a reduction in bodyweight for the average UK person of 2.7kg, which could correspond to 4.5 million fewer cases of overweight and obesity. Over 20 years, the 20% reduction in saturated fats in these foods across the entire UK adult population could prevent around 200,000 incident cases of type 2 diabetes, and lower LDL cholesterol sufficiently to prevent 97,000 ischaemic heart disease and stroke deaths.

International cognitive assessment test translated into Bengali for the East London Parkinson’s Project
1 March 2021

Wolfson Preventive Neurology Unit team member Tahrina Haque has completed the formal translation into Bengali of the widely used and internationally recognised Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MoCA) for detecting mild cognitive impairment.

Salt reduction will prevent nearly 200,000 cases of heart disease and save £1.64bn
22 February 2021

A combined study from both the Wolfson Institute and the Institute for Population Health Sciences shows that, if 2018 salt intake levels are maintained, England’s salt reduction programme will have led to nearly 200,000 fewer adults developing heart disease, and £1.64 billion of healthcare cost savings by 2050.

Changes in blood counts may occur years before Parkinson’s diagnosis
20 February 2021

A new study led by authors from the Wolfson Institute’s Preventive Neurology Unit has shown that changes in blood counts that are associated with an increased risk of Parkinson’s disease may occur years before a Parkinson’s diagnosis.

Public Engagement Awards
15 February 2021

Wolfson researchers Maria Turri (CFP) and Zoe Davies (CEPM) have each received Centre for Public Engagement Large Grant funding scheme awards.

How women make choices about surgery to prevent ovarian cancer
11 February 2021

A study by researchers at Queen Mary University of London has investigated how women who are at high risk of ovarian cancer make choices about possible preventive surgery.

Evaluating HPV self-sampling
1 February 2021

A study led by Wolfson researchers has compared the performance and acceptability of a urine test and four different vaginal self-sampling collection devices to detect high risk Human Papilloma Virus (HPV).

Call for randomised trial of time restricted eating weight loss plan after successful pilot study
28 January 2021

A pilot study of time restricted eating, in which food is consumed only within a daily eight-hour period, has shown that the plan is simple, easy to follow, and that weight loss is at least as good as that achieved through more complex dietary interventions. Fifty participants with obesity attempted to follow the plan for 12 weeks. Telephone surveys were conducted weekly, and at 6 and 12 weeks participants attended the clinic to be weighed. Almost 60% of participants were still following time restricted eating at three months, and had lost an average of 3.5kg, but even those who did not manage full adherence also lost weight. The authors, from the Wolfson Institute’s Health & Lifestyle Research Unit, say that the adherence and weight loss results are encouraging enough to warrant a randomised trial with long term follow-up.

Professor Fiona Walter appointed as Joint Director of Wolfson and IPHS
27 January 2021

Professor Fiona Walter will take up the new role of Joint Director of the Wolfson Institute and Institute for Population Health Sciences in April.  She joins us from the University of Cambridge, where her research focuses on primary care and the cancer pathway, including awareness, screening, detection and diagnosis, living with and beyond cancer, and global health. Professor Walter has said: “One of the most exciting things about coming to Queen Mary is that there is so much locally and globally impactful work on population health and preventive medicine already being done here.” 

Bone density loss from Anastrozole partially reverses after treatment stops
22 January 2021

A study published in the British Journal of Cancer shows that bone loss known to be associated with the use of the breast cancer prevention drug Anastrozole partially reverses, particularly at the lumbar spine, after stopping treatment. Anastrozole is a hormone treatment recommended by NICE to prevent breast cancer in high-risk postmenopausal women. A sub-study of 1410 women from the International Breast cancer Intervention Study (IBIS-II) investigated bone density in women who had completed anastrozole treatment. At the seven-year mark, two years after women stopped treatment, the study found that those with weakened bones experienced an increase in bone density at the lumbar spine. The increase did not occur at the total hip. The results suggest that decreased bone mineral density due to anastrozole treatment improves after anastrozole treatment is stopped.

Wolfson laboratory to process over 1 million Covid-19 tests per year
19 January 2021

The Wolfson’s Covid-19 testing laboratory, which has been operational since December, has reached the milestone of 50,000 samples processed. With 28 members of staff, and operating from 0800-2300 seven days a week, the laboratory now has a throughput of 2000 tests per day. 

Remote vitamin D sampling in the UK Multiple Sclerosis population
12 January 2021

A study of vitamin D levels in people with multiple sclerosis (MS) in the UK has demonstrated the feasibility of a large-scale research project based on remote sampling using dried blood spots.

Think Brain Health conference highlights: Personalized plans, blood biomarkers and early conversations
11 January 2021

Presentations at the November 2020 Think Brain Health conference have highlighted three important areas for development in achieving the Think Brain Health goals: personalized plans, blood biomarkers, and early conversations.

Health and Lifestyle Research Unit to provide Newham stop smoking service
6 January 2021

The Wolfson's Health and Lifestyle Research Unit has been commissioned by the London Borough of Newham to be the provider of their stop smoking service.

Call for Food Manufacturer Salt Reduction Targets to be made mandatory
17 December 2020

The Wolfson’s Action on Salt Research group has today called for UK salt reduction targets set in September this year to be made mandatory, in the light of evidence that food manufacturers have not met the previous voluntary targets. As an example, the group are citing the results of their latest report, which shows that Warburtons have failed entirely to reduce the salt in their crumpets over the last four years. “The UK’s number 1 crumpet” remains the saltiest such product on the market, and the salt in Warburtons gluten-free crumpets has actually increased by more than a third, despite the existence of a UK-wide salt reduction programme. Reducing salt intake is the most cost-effective measure to lower blood pressure and reduce the number of people suffering from strokes and heart disease, two of the biggest causes of death worldwide.

European version of most popular US e-cigarette may have “limited potential” to help UK smokers quit
3 December 2020

A study by Wolfson Institute researchers shows that the European version of the US Juul e-cigarette delivers much less nicotine than Juul US. Juul US is currently the most popular e-cigarette  in the United States, and is expected to be particularly effective in helping smokers quit, because it uses protonated nicotine to deliver nicotine in a similar way to cigarettes. Results from the new study show that this innovative feature does not compensate for the lower nicotine content in the EU version of the product, and the EU version may therefore have more limited treatment potential to help smokers quit. In the UK, where EU Tobacco Products regulations apply, nicotine concentrations of over 20 mg/ml in e-liquid are prohibited.

NHS Breast Screening Programme still effective in reducing deaths in England
23 November 2020

An England-wide case-control study led by Wolfson researchers has shown that, despite major improvements in diagnostic techniques and treatments, mammography screening continues to play an important role in lowering the risk of dying from breast cancer. The study of over 23,000 women showed a 37% reduction in breast cancer mortality for women screened at least once, corresponding to approximately nine breast cancer deaths prevented between ages 55 and 79 for every 1000 women attending screening at ages 50-69. The effect of screening within the NHS Breast Screening Programme in England is stronger and longer lasting in women aged 65 or over, but it remains highly relevant for younger women.

Funding for WASSH to develop and implement salt reduction in Malaysia and Eastern Mediterranean
12 November 2020

The World Action on Salt, Sugar & Health (WASSH) team based at the Wolfson Institute has received over £200k from Resolve to Save Lives to implement a salt reduction strategy in Malaysia, and to establish salt reduction targets in the Eastern Mediterranean region.

New Wolfson laboratory to process 200,000+ Covid-19 samples
27 October 2020

The Wolfson Institute has received a £3.6 million grant to establish a laboratory for UK Covid-19 testing. Dr Belinda Nedjai is leading the set-up of the Molecular Epidemiology Laboratory, including recruitment of 20 new staff and coordination of the infrastructure to process at least 200,000 COVID-19 samples from the general population in London between December 2020 and March 2021. As part of the Med-City Testing Alliance, Queen Mary, along with UCL, King’s, and Imperial, will offer a combined capacity of at least 20,500 more RT-PCR tests a day. The Wolfson is recruiting laboratory scientists, molecular biologists, and technicians (Contact Dr Nedjai).

Wolfson midwife calls for recognition of enslaved black women experimented on by the “father of gynaecology”
22 October 2020

Heidi Downes, Antenatal Screening Counsellor Midwife at the Wolfson Institute, is campaigning for recognition of the role of young black women in the advancement of obstetric practice. In an opinion piece published on The Conversation, Heidi explains that enslaved black women were “gifted by their owners” to the so-called father of gynaecology, Marion James Sims, who used them in a series of experimental surgeries in America in the 1850s.

Improved risk prediction for NHS Lung Health Checks in England
19 October 2020

An updated risk model could improve the current test for selecting people from the Targeted Lung Health Checks programme in England who would benefit from lung cancer screening. The programme uses the Liverpool Lung Project risk assessment model, which has now been updated by researchers from the Wolfson Institute in collaboration with colleagues in Liverpool.

Making a Psychopath - New book by Wolfson author Mark Freestone
14 October 2020

Mark Freestone, Reader in Mental Health at the Wolfson Institute, today releases his new book, Making a Psychopath. Widely recognised as the psychologist who helped bring Killing Eve assassin Villanelle to life, Mark now shares his insights into seven of the most dangerous minds he has encountered over the last 15 years.

WHO funding for WASH research group to promote salt action in South East Asia
13 October 2020

The World Action on Salt & Health (WASH) team, based at the Wolfson Institute, has received funding for the development of a salt reduction toolkit for the WHO South East Asia Region.

Salt intake in China more than double the WHO maximum recommended level
6 October 2020

A study of over 5300 adults across six provinces in China has shown an average salt intake of 11 grams per day, more than double the maximum level recommended by the World Health Organization. The study is the largest to date to measure urinary sodium and potassium excretion, using the most accurate method of 24-hour urine collection, in subjects representing the broad range of dietary habits and economic levels in China.

Decrease in breast density continues for up to five years from start of Tamoxifen breast cancer prevention therapy
5 October 2020

A study of women at increased risk of breast cancer who take the preventive drug Tamoxifen has found a consistent and large average reduction in breast density over the first year of treatment, and a continued reduction for up to four years thereafter. Tamoxifen is known to reduce mammographic density, and there is some evidence that women with the largest reductions benefit most from this preventive therapy. This study showed similar average declines in mammographic density across four different fully-automated methods, but also found that breast density change on an individual basis was not stable enough to be used as a basis for personalised clinical decisions to be made at one year.

Alastair Noyce to chair opening session of the first Think Brain Health conference
28 September 2020

Dr Alastair Noyce of the Wolfson Institute’s Preventive Neurology Unit will chair the opening session of the first Think Brain Health conference, to be held online on 24 and 25 November 2020.

People with severe mental illness access general medical services more often than those who are unaffected
23 September 2020

People with severe mental illnesses, such as bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and psychosis, are more likely to use general non-psychiatric health services than people without severe mental illness.

The impact of COVID-19 on access to Parkinson’s disease medication
21 September 2020

A global survey of health professionals has shown that during the COVID-19 pandemic, patients with Parkinson’s disease in large parts of Asia, Africa, and Latin and South America experienced difficulty in accessing their medication, which is likely to have led to deterioration of symptom control.

Wolfson experts call for labelling on children’s sugar-loaded “healthy” fruit snacks
17 September 2020

A new product survey by the Action on Sugar group within Queen Mary’s Wolfson Institute has revealed that ‘healthy’ fruit snacks aimed at children are loaded with sugars, with some containing the equivalent of nearly five teaspoons of sugar.

Improving Prediction of Parkinson’s Disease
16 September 2020

A study led by researchers from the Wolfson Institute shows that including genetic markers in addition to well known risk factors improves tests to predict Parkinson’s disease.

8 September 2020

A study to assess an artificial intelligence solution for detecting prostate cancer has been selected from over 530 applicants as one of the first winners of the Artificial Intelligence in Health and Care Award.

The contribution of early life obesity to the risk of multiple sclerosis
26 August 2020

Childhood obesity is projected to contribute up to 14% of overall risk of Multiple Sclerosis in 2035, according to a paper published on 26 August 2020 in the International Journal of Epidemiology. The collaborative study, by researchers from Queen Mary’s Wolfson and Blizard Institutes, Barts, and the University of Oxford, used published literature from the UK, USA, Russia, and Australia, to estimate and project the proportion of Multiple Sclerosis incidence that could be attributed to two modifiable risk factors: smoking, and childhood and adolescent high body mass index.

Proposed new surgery protocol highly acceptable among premenopausal women at increased risk of ovarian cancer
17 August 2020

For women at high risk of ovarian cancer, standard preventive practice is to offer removal of both the fallopian tubes and ovaries, but the surgery induces menopause in women who have not yet reached this stage of life. A study led by researchers from Queen Mary’s Wolfson Institute has found that, among those who undergo this risk reducing surgery, premenopausal women have much higher regret rates than postmenopausal women. A proposed alternative two step surgical protocol, which delays the induced menopause caused by the removal of the ovaries, is highly acceptable to this premenopausal group of women.

Screening women from age 40 would reduce breast cancer mortality
12 August 2020

Breast cancer screening is currently offered to UK women aged 50-70, but uncertainty exists over whether to start screening at a younger age. In a paper published in Lancet Oncology on 12 August 2020, researchers from Queen Mary’s Wolfson Institute, with an international group of collaborators, present the 23-year follow-up results of the UK Breast Screening Age Trial. Their results show that, despite recognised problems inherent in screening younger women, annual mammography from age 40 would reduce breast cancer mortality, with no appreciable increase in overdiagnosis. There was a substantial and significant reduction of around 25% in breast cancer mortality in the first ten years, and although this reduction attenuated thereafter, the absolute benefit remained roughly constant at one death prevented per 1,000 women screened.

Population based testing for BRCA1/BRCA2 is cost effective
15 July 2020

An international study led by Wolfson Institute researchers has shown that population based BRCA1/BRCA2 genetic testing is cost effective in high and upper-middle income countries. The paper, published 17/07/2020 in Cancers, concludes that testing in the general population could prevent tens of thousands more breast and ovarian cancer cases than current practice.

Experts urge PM to meet previous obesity plan commitments and implement junk food advertising restrictions
15 July 2020

Ahead of imminent government plans to address obesity in the UK, the Wolfson Institute’s Action on Sugar and Action on Salt groups have led 47 other health charities and eminent researchers in a letter urging the Prime Minister to meet the Government’s previous commitments made under the Childhood Obesity Prevention plan. A “Scorecard” analysis compiled by Action on Sugar/Action on Salt shows that many of the previously agreed recommendations, including calorie reduction and taxation of unhealthy foods, have been side lined.

Obesity and COVID-19: the role of the food industry
10 June 2020

The Food industry must share the blame not only for the obesity crisis, but also for the severity of COVID-19, according to a new BMJ Editorial by researchers at QMUL’s Wolfson Institute.

Post-pregnancy relapse rates in women with Multiple Sclerosis decreasing over time
1 June 2020

In women with Multiple Sclerosis, relapse rates are known to fall during pregnancy, and rebound post-partum. A study led by the Wolfson Institute’s Dr Ruth Dobson now shows that while this remains true, the post-pregnancy relapse rate appears to be decreasing over time.

Wolfson experts provide Obesity Intervention Plan to Government to prevent further COVID-19 deaths
1 June 2020

Ahead of the UK Government’s imminent review of factors affecting the impact of COVID-19 on infected patients, the Wolfson Institute’s Action on Sugar and Action on Salt group has delivered an evidence-based plan for the Prime Minister to address obesity.

Personalised Ovarian Cancer Risk Prediction Reduces Cancer Worries
18 May 2020

A study offering personalised ovarian cancer risk prediction to women in the general population shows that 98% of participants felt less worried after finding out their ovarian cancer risk status.

Early breast cancer detection rectifies inequality of breast cancer outcomes
14 May 2020

A study of breast cancer outcomes in nine Swedish counties has found that differences among counties in the effect of screening on breast cancer outcomes were mainly due to survival variation in women not participating in screening.

Early Mammography Screening Lowers Fatal Breast Cancer Risk
11 May 2020

An analysis of data from over half a million Swedish women reveals that mammography screening reduces the rates of advanced and fatal breast cancers.

UK Covid and Gynaecological Cancer Study (UKCOGS) Launched
27 April 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has created unprecedented changes in gynaecological cancer treatment delivery in the UK, with many aspects of the patient pathway affected and treatments prioritised and modified. The UK Covid and Gynaecological Cancer Study (UKCOGS) launched on 27 April is a multi-phased study recording and assessing changes and outcomes in patient care across the patient pathway, within the multi-disciplinary team context. 53 UK sites have now registered, and the British Gynaecological Cancer Society has awarded the study COVID19 research funding.

Survey reveals plant-based restaurant meals loaded with salt
10 March 2020

In the largest survey of its kind, The Wolfson Institute’s Action on Salt research group have exposed the reality that many ‘healthy’ sounding plant-based and vegan meals served at UK eating establishments are shockingly high in salt, with some containing more salt than eight McDonald’s Hamburgers.

9 March 2020

A successful first meeting of the PROTECTOR study collaborators has been held,  under the guidance of Chief Investigator Professor Ranjit Manchanda and his team at the Wolfson Institute.

3 March 2020

A new meta-analysis published in the BMJ shows that salt reduction lowers blood pressure across the whole population, including among those with “normal” blood pressure, but also that people who are older, have higher blood pressure, or are of non-white ethnicity have an even bigger fall in blood pressure for a given reduction in salt intake. The study by the Wolfson’s Action on Salt group and other international researchers provides new evidence supporting salt reduction as a key public health strategy to lower blood pressure and reduce the risk of strokes and heart disease.

High Sugar Pre-mixed Spirits & Cocktails Avoid Soft Drinks Industry Levy
21 January 2020

A new survey by the Wolfson Institute’s Action on Sugar research group shows that ‘ready to drink’ pre-mixed spirits and cocktails are extremely high in hidden sugar.

Food industry fails to meet salt reduction targets in bacon
9 January 2020

New survey findings by Action on Salt, based at the Wolfson Institute of Preventive Medicine, Queen Mary University of London, have revealed astonishing and varying levels of salt in bacon, whilst at the same time exposing the dismal lack of progress made by the food industry in meeting voluntary salt reduction targets. Bacon is the second biggest contributor to salt in the UK diet, and salt is the leading cause of raised blood pressure, which is the major cause of strokes and heart disease.

E-cigarettes paper in top 20 Altmetric list for 2019
17 December 2019

Research on e-cigarettes led by Professor Peter Hajek and colleagues from the Health and Lifestyle Research Unit at Queen Mary’s Wolfson Institute is among the 20 most discussed papers in the world in 2019.

Anastrozole protects against breast cancer for at least 12 years
12 December 2019

A study led by Wolfson Institute Director Professor Jack Cuzick has confirmed that Anastrozole offers significant long-term protection for postmenopausal women who take it for five years. Findings from the IBIS-II trial published in the Lancet, and simultaneously presented at the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium in Texas, show that in trial participants 12 years after starting Anastrozole (up to seven years after they last took the drug), breast cancer incidence was 49% lower than in women given a placebo.

Soft drinks’ sugar content successfully reduced following introduction of sugar tax
9 December 2019

A survey comparing sugar content in 83 carbonated sugar-sweetened soft drinks before and after the introduction of the Soft Drinks Industry Levy has found a mean sugar decrease of 42%.

3 December 2019

A national survey by Action on Sugar has found that some festive hot beverages contain almost as much sugar as three cans of Coca Cola, but these milk-based drinks remain exempt from the soft drinks industry levy.

Cervical pre-cancer can be detected in self-collected urine or vaginal samples
4 November 2019

Dr Belinda Nedjai and colleagues at the Wolfson Institute of Preventive Medicine, Queen Mary University of London, have developed a non-invasive test to detect cervical pre-cancer by analysing urine and vaginal samples women collect themselves. In a presentation at the 2019 NCRI Cancer Conference, Dr Nedjai said that the self-sampling test had proved popular with women taking part in the study – suggesting it’s likely to improve participation in cervical cancer screening programmes.

‘Cluster of disadvantage’ could explain exceptional psychosis rates amongst ethnic minorities in Hackney
30 October 2019

Excess psychosis diagnoses amongst Black and South Asian men in deprived urban areas could reflect a cluster of disadvantage in specific places, rather than individual experiences of deprivation alone, a study led by Wolfson Institute of Preventive Medicine researchers at Queen Mary University of London concludes.

Genetic Testing For All Breast Cancer Patients At Diagnosis Could Save Lives
9 October 2019

An analysis published on 3 October in JAMA Oncology describes a lifetime model evaluating the financial, health and social impact of multi-gene testing (BRCA1/2/PALB2) at diagnosis for all breast cancer patients, and concludes that the policy would save lives and be extremely cost effective for both UK and US health systems. The model incorporated data from 11,800 breast cancer patients in the UK, USA and Australia, and suggests that just one year’s testing could save 2102 cases of breast and ovarian cancer and 633 lives in the UK alone. In the US this would save 9733 cases of breast and ovarian cancer and 2406 lives.

3 October 2019

An expert neurology research group co-chaired by Alastair Noyce of the Wolfson Institute of Preventive Medicine at Queen Mary University of London has produced an evidence-based report of policy recommendations, calling for policymakers, researchers, funding bodies, and healthcare professionals to collaborate in planning for the healthcare structures of the future, and to encourage individuals to actively prioritize their own brain health.

Only a third of women take up all offered cancer screenings, new research finds
24 September 2019

In a paper published in the Journal of Medical Screening, researchers from the Wolfson Institute of Preventive Medicine at Queen Mary University of London and King’s College London have found that despite free cancer screening programmes, only 35% take part in all offered programmes.

Sauces in China 4.4 times saltier than similar sauces sold in the UK
9 September 2019

A new study on the salt content of sauces in China and the UK, led by researchers at the Wolfson Institute of Preventive Medicine and The George Institute China, has found that: 

  • Sauces sold in China contained on average 4.4 times more salt than similar sauces sold in the UK
  • A large decline in the salt content of UK sauces over the course of the past 10 years has been observed in most sauces for which salt targets were set;
  • 70% of UK products met the UK 2017 salt targets. If the same targets were applied to the Chinese products, only 13.4% would meet them.

Salt intake in China among highest in the world for the past four decades
19 July 2019

Salt intake in China is confirmed to be among the highest in the world, with adults over the past four decades consistently consuming on average above 10g of salt a day, which is more than twice the recommended limit, according to new research led by Queen Mary University of London.

The 17th Wolfson Lecture "Clinical Applications of Genomic Medicine - what can we realistically expect?"
31 May 2019

Professor Hugh Watkins
(Radcliffe Department of Medicine, University of Oxford)

Dr Mark Freestone (CfP) talks to the Evening Standard about his work on BBC series “Killing Eve”
29 May 2019

The Evening Standard's article about Mark Freestone's work on creating the character Villanelle
The Evening Standard's article about Mark Freestone's work on creating the character Villanelle

Consumers misled on honey
3 May 2019

Consumers misled on honey and so-called healthier syrups, despite them being officially categorised the same way as table sugar

Professor Jack Cuzick wins ASCCP2019 Abstract Award
1 April 2019

The American Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology has awarded their prize for the  Best Overall Scientific Abstract 2019 to Professor Jack Cuzick and his co-authors.

E-cigarettes more effective than nicotine replacement therapies, finds major UK clinical trial
30 January 2019

E-cigarettes are almost twice as effective as nicotine replacement treatments, such as patches and gum, at helping smokers to quit, according to a clinical trial led by Queen Mary University of London.

NEW Survey Finds Shocking Amounts of Salt in Popular Branded Sausages
1 March 2018

CASH slams failure by many companies to reduce salt despite three weeks to go to reach the 2017 salt targets


Four QMUL researchers in the top 1 per cent
1 March 2018

Four researchers from Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) have been placed in the top 1 per cent in the world, in this year’s Highly Cited Researchers list.


NEW Findings Reveal Lunchtime Meal Deals Serve Up FOUR Full Days’ Worth of Sugar in Just One Meal
1 March 2018

NEW shock survey reveals certain lunchtime meal deals sold by supermarkets and retailers contain up to 30 TEASPOONS of sugar – that’s the amount of sugar in 79 chocolate fingers

Kawther Hashem, Nutritionist and Researcher for Action on Sugar at QMUL receives GG2 Young Achiever Award
1 March 2018

We are proud to announce that Kawther Hashem, Nutritionist and Researcher for Action on Sugar at Queen Mary University of London, has been awarded the GG2 Young Achiever Award at the GG2 Leadership Awards ceremony on Thursday 26th October. GG2 Leadership Awards have been, for the past 19 years, celebrating British talents and achievements among ethnic minorities.


New CASH Survey Reveals Shockingly High Levels of Salt in Pesto as 2017 Salt Targets Are Ignored
1 March 2018

NEW findings reveal some food manufacturers have INCREASED salt levels in their pesto sauces despite warnings that salt damages our health

Cancer researcher wins Lifetime Achievement Award
1 March 2018

Professor Jack Cuzick from Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) has received the Cancer Research UK Lifetime Achievement Award for his work on cancer prevention and detection.

£1.5m awarded to apply preventive medicine to brain disorders
8 August 2017

Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) will establish a new Centre for Preventive Neurology, thanks to £1.5m of funding from Barts Charity.

Wolfson staff win prizes at William Harvey Day
8 August 2017

Two members of staff from Wolfson Institute won prizes from the four poster awards at William Harvey Day yesterday.

Professor Jack Cuzick elected as Fellow of the Royal Society
8 August 2017

Professor Jack Cuzick from Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) has been elected as a new Fellow of the Royal Society. The election is in recognition of his achievements in the application of basic science discoveries to the practice of medicine, particularly preventive medicine in cancer.

Wolfson MSc student wins QM prize
8 August 2017

One of our MSc students – Ioanna Skaltsa - has been awarded one of only 5 College prizes within the SMD this year awarded to postgraduate taught students for academic excellence ( as indicated by the award of a Masters Degree or an MClinDent with distinction).

TOMMY Trial results: improving breast cancer screening in the UK
8 August 2017

At the CCP, Professor Stephen Duffy is continuing his exceptional research track record in cancer epidemiology, screening and policy.

His new publication reports the results of the TOMMY trial that tested the effectiveness of adding a 3D imaging technique to standard mammography.

Cuzick and Bhui receive honours from the Queen
8 August 2017

Academics from Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) have been given two appointments of Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) and an appointment of Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE), as published in the Queen’s New Year 2017 Honours List.

Tesco First to Take Action on Sugar
8 August 2017

  • Action on Sugar’s plan for sugar reduction is underway!
  • Tesco first to commit to reducing added sugars by 5% incrementally a year in ALL own label soft drinks
  • Call on the Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt MP to implement this strategy across the whole of the food and drink industry, with robust enforcement measures in place
  • The UK can lead the world in reducing both the obesity and type 2 diabetes crisis


Sugar Content of Carbonated Sugar-Sweetened Beverages in the UK is ALARMINGLY High and a Major Contributor to Sugar Intake – BMJ Open Study Reveals
8 August 2017

A study being published on 15th November in the BMJ Open entitled: Cross-sectional survey of the amount of sugar and calories in carbonated sugar-sweetened beverages on sale in the UK reveals, that the sugar content in carbonated sugar-sweetened beverages (CSSB) was found to be alarmingly high – with large variation in sugar content between different flavours and within the same type of flavour ranging from 3.3 to 52.8 g/330 mL – equivalent to 12 teaspoons.

Sugar - Cameron Must Act Now
8 August 2017

  • Government's advisory committee FINALLY agrees to halve the recommendation for free sugars intakes to less than 5% of daily energy intake (i.e. 30g (7 tsp) for an adult) – less than one can of Coca Cola
  • Calls for sugar-sweetened beverages to be minimised
  • This represents a large and absolutely necessary reduction in sugar from current intakes; 12.1% to 5% for adults and 15.6% to 5% of daily energy intake for teenagers
  • David Cameron must immediately take charge if the NHS is going to be saved from the crisis that we face from obesity and type 2 diabetes

Study reveals text messages help one in six patients remain on essential medicines
8 August 2017

Scientists from Queen Mary University of London have found text messaging prevents one in six patients from forgetting to take, or stopping, their prescribed medicines.

State of the Art Conference: Violent Radicalisation and Terrorism
8 August 2017

Violent Radicalisation and Terrorism are on the news on a daily basis with concerns expressed about young people involved in international terrorist movements. The process by which violent radicalisation takes place is complex and continuing to be investigated whilst counter-terrorism experts continue to try and minimise the risks and maximise public safety.

State of the Art Annual Congress
8 August 2017

This Mental Health Research Congress will bring together the best psychiatric research from international experts ranging from genomics through to public health. We will have cutting edge research presentations by international experts and by and from promising junior researchers who will become future leaders.

Squeezing the truth out of hidden sugars in children's juices
8 August 2017

  • Children’s juices can contain more sugars than Coca Cola!
  • Parents should give their children water or whole fruit instead of juices 
  • These drinks are a major and unnecessary source of sugars and calories, causing tooth decay, obesity and type 2 diabetes

Shocking Amount of Sugar Found in Many Hot Flavoured Drinks
8 August 2017

Up to 25 teaspoons of sugar per serving: equivalent to ≈ 3 cans of Coca Cola
  • 98% of hot flavoured drinks would receive a ‘red’ (high) label for excessive levels of sugars per serving – with 35% containing the same amount or more sugar than a can of Coca Cola
  • Starbuck’s Hot Mulled Fruit - Grape with Chai, Orange and Cinnamon Venti is the worst offender, containing a whopping 25 teaspoons of sugar - more than THREE times the maximum ADULT daily intake of free sugars (7tsp/d)
  • With the imminent release of the government’s Childhood Obesity Strategy – Action on Sugar is calling for stricter product reformulation of sugar and fat with mandated targets, a ban on promotions and marketing of unhealthy products and a 20% tax on sugar-sweetened drinks

Salt reduction yields extra benefits for type 2 diabetes patients
8 August 2017

A modest reduction in salt intake could reduce the risk of strokes, heart attacks and kidney disease in people with early onset type 2 diabetes, according to a study by Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) and St. Helier Hospital.

QMUL scientists win Cancer Research UK prize
8 August 2017

A team of researchers led by Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) have been awarded the 2014 Cancer Research UK Prize for Translational Cancer Research at the NCRI Cancer Conference in Liverpool.


Professor Kamaldeep Bhui launches community study on depression and radicalisation in the UK
8 August 2017

New study on the link between depression and radicalisation launched

Professor Jack Cuzick receives American Cancer Society Medal of Honor
8 August 2017

Leading QMUL cancer researcher Professor Jack Cuzick has been given a prestigious award for his contributions to clinical research

Parents Being Misled into Buying So Called ‘Fruit Snacks’ Not Permitted in Schools
8 August 2017


  • 85% of processed fruit snacks contain more sugars per 100g than sweets e.g. Haribo Starmix
  • These snacks are a completely unnecessary source of sugars and calories, contributing to tooth decay, obesity and type 2 diabetes and should NOT form part of a child’s 5 A Day
  • New government urged to set sugar reduction targets immediately


New test shows major increase in bowel cancer screening uptake
8 August 2017

Research led by CCP's Professor Sue Moss and the Bowel Cancer Screening Hubs has shown a markedly increased participation in a bowel cancer screening pilot study in England using a faecal immunochemical test for haemaglobin (FIT).

Data was presented in the prize-winning poster at the National Awareness and Early Diagnosis Initiative (NAEDI) Conference, hosted by Cancer Research UK on 27-28 March 2015, which demonstrated that the uptake of screening with FIT was significantly greater than that for the currently used guaiac-based faecal occult blood test (gFOBt).

New Survey Reveals Shocking Levels of Salt and Sugar Found in Popcorn
8 August 2017

  • Survey exposes misconception that popcorn is a healthy snack
  • Cineworld large salted popcorn contains nearly the MAXIMUM daily recommended intake of salt for an adult! That’s more salt than two McDonald’s Big Mac & fries, and nearly the same amount of calories! 
  • Popcorn can also be extremely high in sugars, with some cinema popcorn containing nearly 30 teaspoons of sugar – more sugar than three cans of coca cola 
  • CASH calls for these very high levels of salt and sugars in popcorn to be immediately reduced

New Survey Names and Shames UK’s ‘Saltiest' Family-Friendly Eateries and Warns of a New Generation of ‘Salt Addicts’
8 August 2017

  • Children’s meals in ‘family friendly’ eateries revealed to STILL contain dangerously high levels of salt - habituating children to the taste of salt
  • Over a quarter of meals surveyed contain 2g or more of salt per meal - that’s the entire maximum recommendation for a whole day for a 1-3 year old – and more salt than 4 packets of crisps!
  • Too much salt in childhood puts up blood pressure, which leads to strokes and heart failure
  • Call for the maximum recommendation of salt for children to be lowered

New Study Shows High Salt Intake May Directly Increase Risk of Obesity
8 August 2017

  • New analysis suggests direct link between salt intake and obesity. A 1 g/day increase in salt intake is associated with more than 25%
  • increase in risk of obesity (both children and adults)
  • Findings are independent of energy intake or sugar-sweetened beverage consumption
  • CASH warns that an escalating obesity epidemic will cripple the NHS if the increase in diet related issues are not stopped immediately
  • Government urged to act now by applying pressure on the food industry to achieve a 30% reduction in population salt intake

New study published in the BMJ shows children can play a key role in lowering family's salt intake
8 August 2017

New research in northern China funded by the UK MRC shows that:

  • Primary school children can get their whole family to reduce salt intake while being taught during their usual health education lessons about the dangers of eating salt and how to reduce it
  • Over one school term (3.5 months), salt intake was reduced by a quarter in both children, and parents and grandparents with a significant fall in systolic blood pressure in adults
  • This represents a novel and important way of reducing salt intake in countries where most of the salt is added by consumers
  • It is estimated that the reduction in salt intake would prevent approximately 200,000 stroke and heart attack deaths per year in China alone, and also have major implications for other countries

New research reveals one in two people in the UK will get cancer
8 August 2017

New research has predicted one in two people in the UK will develop cancer at some point in their lives, according to the most accurate forecast to date from Queen Mary University of London and Cancer Research UK.

The new study, published today in the British Journal of Cancer, highlights the urgent need to bolster public health and NHS cancer services so they can cope with a growing and ageing population and the looming demands for better diagnostics, treatments, and earlier diagnosis. Prevention must also play an important role in the concerted effort required to reduce the impact of the disease in coming decades.
The UK’s cancer survival has doubled over the last 40 years and around half of patients now survive the disease for more than 10 years. But, as more people benefit from improved healthcare and longer life expectancy, the number of cancer cases is expected to rise. This new research estimating lifetime risk finds that, from now on, one in two people will be diagnosed with the disease.
This new estimate replaces the previous figure, calculated using a different method, which predicted that more than one in three people would develop cancer at some point in their lives.
Age is the biggest risk factor for most cancers, and the increase in lifetime risk is primarily because more people are surviving into old age, when cancer is more common.
Professor Peter Sasieni, who led the study at Queen Mary University of London, comments: “Cancer is primarily a disease of old age, with more than 60 per cent of all cases diagnosed in people aged over 65. If people live long enough then most will get cancer at some point. But there’s a lot we can do to make it less likely – like giving up smoking, being more active, drinking less alcohol and maintaining a healthy weight. If we want to reduce the risk of developing the disease we must redouble our efforts and take action now to better prevent the disease for future generations.”
Harpal Kumar, Cancer Research UK’s chief executive, said: “We’re living longer and that means we’re more likely to develop a range of age-related health issues. We need to plan ahead to make sure the NHS is fit to cope. If the NHS doesn’t act and invest now, we will face a crisis in the future – with outcomes from cancer going backwards. As Simon Stevens set out in the NHS Five Year Forward View, we need better planning and innovative design of services. We also need to ensure the health service is adequately funded if we’re to deal effectively with the growing burden of cancer and offer all patients the best chance of long term survival. 
"But NHS investment isn’t the only answer. We need a concerted approach and a broader sense of how we can save lives and money by preventing more cancers. Growing older is the biggest risk factor for most cancers – and it’s something we can’t avoid. But more than four in ten cancers diagnosed each year in the UK could be prevented by changes in lifestyle – that’s something we can all aim for personally so that we can stack the odds in our favour.”

Media Coverage:

New International Survey Reveals Huge Differences in the Sugar and Salt Content of Global Breakfast Cereal Brands
8 August 2017

  • Over half of cereals (58%) contained high levels of sugar (over 22.5g/100g) – nearly 6 teaspoons of sugar per 100g
  • Not one single product featured contained low levels of sugar
  • The UK leads the way with SALT reduction BUT still has a way to go with SUGAR reduction – Kellogg’s Frosties contains a whopping 9 teaspoons of sugar/100g
  • 98 out of 291 (34%) of cereals surveyed were above the 2017 UK salt target for breakfast cereals
  • WASH calls on breakfast cereal manufacturers to reduce the salt and sugar of its products to the lowest levels across all countries

Full data set availablehere [PDF 500KB]

Full media coverage here 

New International Study Reveals Dangerously High Levels of Salt in Children’s Meals and Calls for Global Action NOW
8 August 2017

  • Eight out of ten (134/163) meals contain more than 1g salt per serving – that’s the max recommendation for a meal for a child aged 4-6 years 
  • One meal contained as much salt as 10 packets of ready salted crisps (5.34g) 
  • Over a year, a child in Costa Rica could be eating a WHOPPING 18 teaspoons (106.56g) MORE salt than a child eating the same meal in the UK 
  • Too much salt in childhood habituates children to the taste of salt, and puts up blood pressure, which leads to strokes and heart failure

New HPV vaccine offers greater protection again cervical cancer than current vaccine
8 August 2017

Scientists have developed a new HPV (human papilloma virus) vaccine which protects against nine types of the virus – seven of which cause most cases of cervical cancer. The new vaccine offers significantly greater protection than the current vaccine, which protects against only two cancer causing types of HPV.

New evidence reveals tamoxifen reduces breast cancer rates by nearly a third for 20 years
8 August 2017

The preventive effect of breast cancer drug ‘tamoxifen’ remains virtually constant for at least 20 years – with rates reduced by around 30 per cent – new analysis published in The Lancet Oncology reveals 

Instant Noodles Can Contain More Salt Than In 12 Pac of Crisps – New Survey Reveals
8 August 2017


  • New research exposes instant noodles can contain dangerously high levels of salt e.g. Ko-Lee Instant Noodles Chicken Flavour contains more salt per serving than 12 packets of salted crisps!
  • 6 products contain 5g or more of salt per serving – that is more than the World Health Organisation recommended maximum daily intake for salt
  • Several supermarkets’ own labels contain 10 times less salt
  • Over a third of products surveyed contain more than 2 teaspoons of sugar per serving


How Andrew Lansley and the coalition government derailed the UK’s successful salt reduction strategy, putting thousands of lives at risk unnecessarily
8 August 2017

The food we eat is now the BIGGEST cause of death and ill health in the UK, owing to the large amounts of salt, saturated fat and sugars added by the food industry. The UK is in desperate need of an independent agency to improve nutrition, which the responsibility deal has failed to do according to a new paper by CASH (Consensus Action on Salt and Health), published today in the BMJ.

The UK’s salt reduction programme, started in 2005 and pioneered by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) and CASH, has been considered a worldwide success. The programme involved a collaborative effort with the food industry to reduce salt in the nation’s diet. This was done by setting up specific salt targets for 86 categories of food, with the aim of re-setting them every 4 years. Whilst the targets remained voluntary, monitoring of the food industry was maintained throughout, ensuring no company lagged behind. As a result, significant reductions in salt intake were made at a population level, consequently reducing blood pressure and resulting in fewer deaths from heart attack and stroke.

Unfortunately under the coalition government, responsibility for nutrition was taken away from the FSA by Andrew Lansley, disturbing progress in salt reduction made by the FSA. Lansley’s decision to hand power back to the food industry as part of the flawed responsibility deal has meant potentially 4 years of salt reduction has been lost, putting an estimated 6,000 lives per year at risk and draining valuable NHS resources.

CASH is now calling for urgent action to protect and improve the nation’s health together with an independent agency for nutrition and a transparent monitoring programme to improve the food that we eat once and for all.

“The food industry is the biggest and most powerful industry in the world. Most of the foods that it currently provides are very high in salt, fat and sugars, causing increased risk of strokes, heart failure and heart attacks, and predisposing to cancer than healthier alternatives. It is therefore imperative that robust mechanisms should be set up immediately to control the food industry in a similar way to the tobacco industry,” says Professor Graham MacGregor, Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine at Queen Mary University of London and leading author of the BMJ paper.

“If the food industry were forced to produce healthier food, it would result in major reductions in cardiovascular disease and cancer, as well as healthcare costs.”


In 2005, the FSA – the independent governing body responsible for nutrition at that time – developed the first set of voluntary salt targets for the food industry to follow. This was drawn up following strong evidence that salt intake raised blood pressure. Along with public awareness campaigns e.g. Sid the Slug, close monitoring and enforcement of the targets was made by the FSA and non-governmental organisations to ensure that all major food companies were involved. The targets were set up with the intention of gradually lowering them further every four years until the target for population salt intake of 6g/day was achieved.

In the 5 years after the policy was introduced the salt content of many food products has been gradually reduced by around 20-40%, with no reported loss of sales. Within the same period of time, average population salt intake has fallen by 15%, from 9.5g/day to 8.1g/day. This was accompanied by a fall in population blood pressure and mortality from stroke and coronary heart disease. As a result of these reductions, it is estimated that 9,000 deaths from stroke and coronary heart disease have been prevented each year, with annual healthcare savings of around £1.5bn in the UK.

Disruption by the coalition government

Following the formation of the coalition government in 2010, Andrew Lansley was appointed secretary of state for health and transferred responsibility for nutrition from the FSA to the Department of Health. This disrupted the salt reduction programme, making it unclear who would be responsible for the policy. In 2011, Lansley launched the responsibility deal, whereby he made the alcohol and food industries responsible for reducing alcohol consumption and improving nutrition, respectively!

No further commitment to the salt targets were made by the responsibility deal, until Andrew Lansley was replaced by Jeremy Hunt and Anna Soubry was appointed minister for Public Health. New targets were eventually set in 2014 to be achieved by 2017, but the delay has meant momentum in salt reduction has been lost, with many companies stopping or slowing down their planned reductions in salt added to foods.

The outcome

This delay has disrupted progress in salt reduction. CASH estimates that over the last four years salt intake would have been further reduced by around 0.9g/day. Assuming no salt reductions have been made over this period, the lost 0.9 g/day corresponds to approximately 6,000 deaths per year from stroke and heart attack which could have been prevented, over 4,000 per year of which would have been premature.

Additionally, there has been very poor sign-up to the 2017 salt targets, with big companies such as Unilever, McDonalds and Kellogg’s failing to publicly commit to the responsibility deal.

Sonia Pombo, a nutritionist at CASH and joint author says, “The responsibility deal is no longer fit for purpose. For too long the food industry have been allowed to police themselves, putting the health of our nation at risk. It is therefore imperative that responsibility for nutrition be handed back to an independent agency, where it is not affected by changes in government, ministers, or political lobbying. Let’s get the UK back on track with salt reduction and retain our status as world leaders.”

CASH Website
BMJ link

Healthy Breakfast Biscuits? You Might As Well Have a Bowl of Coco Pops NEW Study Reveals
8 August 2017

  • 46% of breakfast biscuits surveyed contain the same or more sugars than a bowl (30g) of Kellogg’s Coco Pops
  • 38% of products would have a red warning colour on front of pack nutrition labelling for high sugar content
  • Not ONE single product featured green front of pack labelling for sugars
  • Every single product contained at least one and some up to four teaspoons of sugars per serving
  • Government urged to include reformulation and clearer guidance on labelling as part of its long overdue Childhood Obesity Strategy due to be published this summer

Four QMUL researchers among the most influential one per cent in the world
8 August 2017

Academics researching molecular biology and clinical medicine have been named on Thomson Reuter’s Highly Cited Researchers 2015 list which recognises the top one per cent most cited papers published between 2003 and 2013

Energy Drinks Fuel the Obesity Epidemic
8 August 2017

  • New research reveals huge and unnecessary amount of sugars in energy drinks
  • Energy drinks contain up to 20 teaspoons of sugar (78g) per 500ml serving – more than THREE times the maximum ADULT daily intake of free sugars per day (25g)
  • These products serve no purpose whatsoever but make children addicted to caffeine and habituated to sugars
  • Sales of energy drinks to children under 16 should be BANNED! 

For full data per 100ml, click here [PDF 253KB]

For full data per serving, click here [PDF 302KB]

For media coverage, click here 

Dips to Pick (and skip!) – New Survey Exposes ‘Healthy’ Dips as Being Salt and Fat Traps
8 August 2017

  • NEW research exposes many shop bought dips as being huge salt and fat traps loaded with excess calories 
  • A staggering 74% of houmous products have a red front of pack label for fat
  • A serving of ASDA’s taramasalata contains as much salt as 13 Ritz crackers
  • CASH is urgently calling for the government’s to stop dragging their feet and produce a strong and robust Obesity Strategy that will include reducing salt and fat in the nation’s diet

Cereals Still Stuffed With Sugar
8 August 2017

  • Manufacturers claim to be improving the nation’s breakfast but in fact the highest sugar containing cereals have either increased or stayed the same since 2012
  • 14 out of 50 cereals contain a THIRD or more (≥33.3g/100g) sugar, or 8 teaspoons per 100g
  • Companies should look to the success of the salt reduction programme and reduce sugars, NOW!

CASH Warns of Thousands of Unnecessary Deaths from Salt and Urges Public Health England to Take Immediate Action
8 August 2017

  • NEW findings reveal only 1 out of the 28 food categories surveyed by CASH are on track to meet Public Health England’s (PHE) 2017 Salt Reduction Targets - with just 9 months to go New FoodSwitch UK App exposes huge variations in salt content of similar shopping basket items – the saltiest shopping basket had 107g of salt compared to a basket containing the same categories of foods with only 47g of salt i.e. a 60g difference which is equivalent to 130 bags of Walkers Ready Salted crisps
  • Galaxy Ultimate Marshmallow Hot Chocolate is saltier than seawater and has 16 times more salt (per 100g) than the maximum target – one serving is saltier than a bag of crisps!
  • CASH is now asking PHE to immediately ensure that the 2017 targets are met and that they urgently set MANDATORY targets for 2020, as asked for by many leading supermarkets

Call for Sugar-Sweetened Soft Drink Manufacturers to Set Global Sugar Reduction Targets to Help Halt Worldwide Obesity Epidemic Set to Reach 1.12 billion by 2030
8 August 2017


  • 88% of sugar-sweetened soft drink products contain more than your entire recommendation for the day (25g)1 in a 330ml can
  • Sprite in Thailand contains the highest amount of free sugars - a staggering 12 tsp of sugar in a single can2
  • UK manufacturers still producing drinks high in free sugars despite being one of the countries in Europe where obesity, type 2 diabetes and tooth decay are high
  • Leading supermarkets in the UK prefer to follow set sugar reduction targets – branded companies must now do the same


A Slice of Sugar Reduction Required - Coffee shop cake with more sugar than 10 Krispy Kremes – New Study Reveals
8 August 2017

NEW research by Action on Sugar reveals a popular fruity cake – Pret a Manger’s Lemon Drizzle slice - contains a whopping 18 tsp of sugar per slice!
That’s three times a child’s entire daily-recommended maximum sugar intake1 and more sugar than 10 Krispy Kremes

  • A Lemon Slice, Blueberry Muffin and a Carrot Cake are the worst offenders, sold in Starbucks and Pret a Manger – each with 10 or more teaspoons of sugar per serving
  • Compared to cafes, supermarkets are leading the way when it comes to offering customers lower calories and sugar per serving
  • Action on Sugar urges food manufacturers and cafes to participate in Public Health England’s voluntary sugar reduction programme to help tackle obesity and type 2 diabetes

Action on Sugar Backs Jamie Oliver's Obesity Strategy and Launches its Own Evidence - based Action Plan to Save Lives and the NHS
8 August 2017


  • Today, Action on Sugar publishes an evidenced-based 6 point plan for immediate action by Cameron
  • Establishing an independent, but government-funded, agency is critical for industry regulation
  • The escalating costs of obesity (£5.1 billion) and type 2 diabetes (£10 billion) are likely to bankrupt the NHS