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Health & Fitness

  • Diet: a cunning plant

    Diet: a cunning plant

    Whether you are overweight or obese, the main issue, unless it is a medical condition, is to stop eating the foods you crave, uncontrollably. I say uncontrollably because that is how it feels. You have to be putting food in your mouth, whether you...

  • The whole lot

    The whole lot

    My journey to studying holistic nutrition started in a doctor’s office about four years ago after going through major surgery. It had been quite a traumatic and tough couple of months and all I wanted was to get my life back to normal and never go...

  • Where there’s smoke…

    Where there’s smoke…

    The increased risk of stroke that comes with smoking may extend to non-smokers who live in the same household and breathe in second-hand smoke, a US study has suggested. Researchers found that never-smokers who had a stroke were nearly 50 per cent...

  • Tackling the big issue: obesity

    Tackling the big issue: obesity

    Today’s issue is big, really big. It’s big in every sense of the word, not just because its implications reverberate both within and beyond our shores, but also because it deals with large proportions. Our own proportions to be precise. We’ve...

  • It's official: cranberries don't prevent urinary tract infections

    It's official: cranberries don't prevent urinary tract infections

    Over the course of a year, taking cranberry capsules did nothing to stave off urinary tract infections (UTIs) among older women living in nursing homes, a US study has found. There was no significant difference in the presence of bacteriuria plus...

  • Struggling with menopause? Find a better workplace, study suggests

    Struggling with menopause? Find a better workplace, study suggests

    Women experiencing menopause symptoms like hot flashes and sleeping problems do better if they have a comfortable workplace and a supportive boss, according to an Australian study. By offering support to menopausal women, such as trained managers...

  • The dangers of heading a football

    The dangers of heading a football

    Research into heading a football has identified “significant” changes in brain function from routine practice. The study by the University of Stirling is the first to detect direct changes after players are exposed to everyday head impacts, as...

  • Childhood immunisation benefits far outweigh non-specific effects

    Childhood immunisation benefits far outweigh non-specific effects

    The benefits of childhood immunisation in reducing morbidity and mortality far outweigh any non-specific effects, according to two systematic reviews. "It was interesting that although we reviewed an astonishing number (over 11,000) of scientific...

  • Change your food, change your sleep

    Change your food, change your sleep

    Following on from last week’s revelations that what you eat can have a huge effect on how you sleep, there are some items we ingest that are clinically proven to damage or disorient yourgut microbiome. Last week we saw that what happens in the gut...

  • Therapy for sleep problems

    Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA) is a common and debilitating condition and can affect people at any age, although it is most prevalent from middle age. In OSA the upper part of the air passage behind the tongue narrows and often blocks during...

  • Baby squats

    Baby squats

    There’s nothing quite like the lyrical sound of a young child’s spirited laughter. It is with great amusement and fascination that I watch my little nephew Benji, at the tender age of a year-and-a-half, tirelessly chuck things about, insert random...

  • Put people, not cars, first in transport systems - UN

    Put people, not cars, first in transport systems - UN

    Governments should invest at least 20 per cent of their transport budgets in infrastructure that promotes walking and cycling, to save lives, curb pollution and cut climate-changing emissions from vehicles, the United Nations' environment agency...

  • Burger King, Subway at bottom of UK hospital food healthy eating table

    Burger King, Subway at bottom of UK hospital food healthy eating table

    Food retailers in hospitals have been rated according to how well they are meeting healthy eating targets set down by NHS England, with Subway and Burger King at the bottom of the rankings. Firms such as Costa, Starbucks and Subway have been rated...

  • Doctors think you don't use enough sunscreen

    Doctors think you don't use enough sunscreen

    Even though most dermatologists recommend sunscreen to prevent skin cancer and premature aging of the skin, nearly all of them believe patients aren't getting the message, a US study suggests. "There is an understandably long list of reasons most...

  • Obesity - Teach children to cook, parents say

    Obesity - Teach children to cook, parents say

    Children should be given more opportunities to learn how to cook in a bid to curb the growing number of obese youngsters, a new UK poll suggests. More than a quarter of parents (28%) believe that giving children more opportunities to learn to make...

  • Keeping sodium intake low ‘could prolong life’

    Keeping sodium intake low ‘could prolong life’

    Keeping sodium intake low may prolong life according to a study that set out to clarify the long-term risk of eating too much sodium and the benefits of cutting down. Based on following more than 3,000 people with elevated blood pressure for over...

  • PepsiCo sets global target for sugar reduction

    PepsiCo sets global target for sugar reduction

    PepsiCo Inc has set a target for reducing the amount of sugar in its soft drinks around the world as part of a suite of goals aimed at tackling problems ranging from obesity to climate change. The New York-based company will announce today that...

  • Why parents are stressed out by smartphones

    Why parents are stressed out by smartphones

    Parents searching for a work-life balance may see smartphones and tablets as a way to escape the office in time to be home for dinner each night. However, these gadgets can also be a huge distraction and source of stress, a recent study...

  • Beauty sleep and your diet

    Beauty sleep and your diet

    A good night’s sleep is the most important requirement in our lives. Ask anyone who hasn’t slept through the night for months, or years, and they would give anything to place their head on the pillow at night and wake up eight hours later.  Sleep...

  • Step-counting without gadgets

    Step-counting without gadgets

    Instead of focusing on the benefits of physical activity, researchers have been busy turning their attention to the dangers of falling victim to its polar opposite: the phenomenon of physical inactivity. Take the dangers of sitting down too much...

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