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Tim Spector

Tim Spector

Tim Spector is a Professor of Genetic Epidemiology at Kings College, London & Director of the Department of Twin Research and Genetic Epidemiology at St Thomas’ Hospital, London. Professor Spector graduated from St Bartholomew’s Hospital Medical School, London. After working in General Medicine, he completed a MSc in Epidemiology, and his MD thesis at the University of London.

He founded the UK Twins Registry of 11,000 twins in 1993, which is one of the largest collections of genotype and phenotype information on twins worldwide. Its breadth of research has expanded to cover a wide range of common complex traits many of which were previously thought to be mainly due to ageing and environment. He has published over 700 research articles on common diseases and is ranked in the top 1% of world scientists.

He has written several original articles on the heritability of a wide range of diseases and traits including back pain, acne, inflammation, obesity, memory, musical ability and sexuality. He has published widely on obesity, food and nutrition. He also is interested in new areas of biology such as epigenetics and recently our gut microbiome and is director of the British Gut project

He has written several books, He is also author of - The Diet Myth: The real science behind what we eat by W&N 2015 and Identically different: Why you can change your genes, by W&N in 2012 and Your Genes Unzipped in 2003.

Why frequent dieting makes you put on weight – and what to do about it

Nov 26, 2016 03:00 am UTC| Health

People who regularly go on diets tend to lose weight initially but bounce back and even gain weight after stopping the regime. This phenomenon dubbed yo-yo dieting is associated with changes in metabolism and is one...

Eat your fibre or face the flesh-eating microbe cannibals

Nov 22, 2016 13:27 pm UTC| Health

Eat your bran even if it tastes horrible its good for you! Many of us remember this advice from decades ago. While fibre has been a good cure as a bulking agent for exciting disorders like constipation, it has a dull...

If there was a Nobel silver medal, I'd award it to Jeffrey Gordon and our gut microbes

Oct 05, 2016 12:29 pm UTC| Insights & Views Science

A hot tip for this years Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine was Jeffrey Gordon. (In case you missed it, the prize went to Yoshinori Ohsumi.) Over the past 15 years, Gordon has progressed an obscure study of boring gut...

Keen to be healthier in old age? Tend your inner garden

Jan 29, 2016 15:08 pm UTC| Health

The worlds oldest man, Yasutaro Koide recently died at the age of 112. Commentators as usual, focused on his reported secret to longevity: not smoking, drinking or overdoing it. No surprises there. But speculation on the...

GI diets don't work – gut bacteria and dark chocolate are a better bet for losing weight

Jan 11, 2016 14:50 pm UTC| Health

The GI (glycaemic index) rating score as well as its cousin the glycaemic load have been the mainstay of most of the diet regimens of the last 30 years. Famous best-selling diet books such as the G-Plan Diet, The South...

The sun goes down on Vitamin D: why I changed my mind about a celebrated supplement

Jan 11, 2016 14:50 pm UTC| Health

Everyone loves D, the sunshine vitamin. Doctors, patients and the media have been enamoured with vitamin D supplements for decades. As well as their clear benefit in curing severe vitamin D deficiencies, endless headlines...

Festive heartburn cures: why over-the-counter drugs may be hurting your gut

Dec 31, 2015 10:27 am UTC| Health

At the time of Xmas parties many of us may be waking up with regrets, sore heads, fragile stomachs and some heartburn (acid reflux) which in a year can affect over 40% of us and one in five weekly. In the past, we may...

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Economy

Indian government raises country of origin rule vs Amazon, Walmart

The Indian government is giving Amazons local unit and Walmarts Flipkart 15 days to explain why sellers on their platforms are not complying with a rule specifying the goods country of origin. In its notices, the...

Chinese to post 5.2% Q3 surge, on track for 2.3% full-year growth

Chinas economic recovery surged in the third quarter with growth expected to come in at 5.2 percent due to consumer spending gradually stepping up as fears about coronavirus waned, AFPs survey revealed. AFPs survey,...

Biden's poll lead boosts shares of gun manufacturers

Shares of gun makers have been surging as Democratic candidate Joe Biden who vowed to increase gun regulation widened his lead in the polls against President Donald Trump since their debate. Smith Wessons stock is up...

UK is not doing enough to get Irish-facing ports ready for Brexit

Much of the UK debate surrounding Brexit has revolved around two kinds of border. The first is the land border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. We have seen a combination of economic concerns about the...

India offers incentives to Samsung, iPhone suppliers to boost smartphone industry

India is giving 16 companies involved in manufacturing smartphones and components incentives to invest in the countrys smartphone industry. The list of companies includes Samsung, Austrias ATS, several Indian firms, and...

Politics

Joe Biden warning: Former VP says he expects more attacks from Donald Trump and allies about Hunter Biden reports

A big talking point amongst Donald Trump and his allies is former vice president Joe Bidens son Hunter Biden and his business dealings in Ukraine. Following the widely disputed New York Post reports about his son, Biden...

Ivanka Trump backlash: White House adviser criticized for environmental support tweet amidst father's anti-environment agenda

Environmental conservation and protection is one of the biggest challenges that people face today aside from climate change as a prevalent issue. However, Ivanka Trumps sudden support for conserving trees was criticized,...

Melania Trump slams former friend in White House statement following DOJ lawsuit

While a handful of books have already been written about first lady Melania Trump, she has usually remained mum or has already dismissed all the claims in the book. However, following the tell-all written by her former...

Donald Trump revelation: POTUS' new golf course in Scotland criticized by conservationists

Donald Trump is known for having properties in and outside the United States. Trumps new venture in building another golf course in Scotland was met with criticism coming from conservationists. Trump has received the...

Science

Climate change discovery: Changing global temperatures may have been the cause of human extinction in the past

Climate change today is becoming more and more of a problem that the toll it has taken on the environment has become more evident especially in recent years. Aside from leading to the extinction of certain species of...

NASA discovery: New study suggests Moon once protected Earth from solar rays

Earth has often been hit by solar rays and solar radiation, but the atmosphere has protected us from the intense and dangerous amount of radiation given by the sun. A new study by NASA, however, suggests that at some point...

Asteroid alert: 11-meter space rock to fly past Earth this weekend

Asteroids regularly pass by our planet during their journey through space. This weekend, another rock is set to approach Earth, as NASA has detected. NASA has detected an asteroid traveling through space at a rate of...

Climate change discovery: 6.4 million year-old fossil reveals monkeys learned to adapt to rising temperatures

Over time, Earth has experienced the problem of climate change. Unfortunately, it has become even more evident today, with the temperatures continuously rising due to human activity. An archaeological discovery has...

Technology

iPad Air 4 release date listed as Oct. 23 by several retailers

More evidence has surfaced online suggesting that the iPad Air 4 pre-order will open on the same day as the iPhone 12 on Friday, Oct. 16. Reports have it that third-party retailers have also listed the tablet with a...

Playstation 5: Pre-orders of PS5 console units sold out faster than expected

PlayStation 5 is arriving next month and Sony officially opened its pre-order options last month. The company already announced months ago that it will only offer a limited number of PS5 units due to the COVID-19 pandemic...

‘Valorant’: New map Icebox arrives in Competitive mode at a later date

The addition of the Icebox map has to be one of the reasons Valorant patch 1.10 was widely anticipated. However, the new gameplay map will not roll out on all game modes just yet as Riot Games confirm it is going live at a...

‘Overwatch’ Halloween Terror event is back; Blizzard launches Junkenstein’s Revenge challenges, new skins and more

Overwatch holds its Halloween Terror event every year and this 2020, this annual spooky fest is returning with new challenges, Halloween skins and more. Blizzard also launched the Junkensteins Revenge co-op mode and there...
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