With 2,426 articles, cancer retained the top position in the bimonthly survey of UK magazines and newspapers. But the number of mentions was down from the previous rankings, published in November, when cancer garnered 2,677 mentions.
Breast cancer was still the most featured type of cancer, with 565 references in newspapers and magazines - five times more coverage than bowel cancer. The references can be attributed to the release of figures showing the number of women diagnosed with breast cancer had reached a record high.
A study that also received coverage in the nationals found men who drink lots of green tea could cut their chances of getting prostate cancer by half (Daily Mail).
Mental health reclaimed second place, notching up 1,018 references, which included a study that found three-quarters of people with mental health problems had been subjected to bullying in the past two years (The Times).
Diabetes and heart disease received 747 and 473 mentions respectively in
November and December. Articles included US regulators imposing a tougher warning on GlaxoSmith-Kline's diabetes drug Avandia (Financial Times) and a study that found breast-fed babies are less likely to be obese or have heart disease in later life than bottle-fed ones (The Times).
Flu and MRSA are new to the top ten, as is obesity - in third place in the latest chart.
Eye health and dermatology failed to make it into the top ten, with fewer mentions during November and December than in previous months.
Health Watch is compiled by Presswatch Media from articles across national newspapers and 300 magazines, including periodicals.