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  • Britain launches soft drinks sugar tax to fight obesity

    Britain launches soft drinks sugar tax to fight obesity

    Britain said today it would tax companies which sell sugary soft drinks and invest that money in health programs for school children, part of a long-awaited strategy to curb childhood obesity that critics say is too weak.  Drinks companies were...

  • Battling the bulge - Malta has the worst obesity rate in the EU

    Battling the bulge - Malta has the worst obesity rate in the EU

    According to the World Health Organisation, Malta currently has the worst obesity and overweight rates in the EU and ranks third in the whole of Europe. What will tip the scales to healthier weight? asks Ronald Cassar. Some see obesity as the...

  • More evidence trampoline parks are dangerous places for kids

    More evidence trampoline parks are dangerous places for kids

    Trampoline parks may be a lot of fun for kids, but a new study of injuries from one hospital in Australia adds to growing evidence suggesting these facilities can also be dangerous for children. The hospital is located just about three and a half...

  • Yellow fever outbreak could spread to Europe

    Yellow fever outbreak could spread to Europe

    Massive vaccination campaign expected to get under way today as charity warns that the largest epidemic of disease to hit central Africa in 30 years may go global A deadly virus sweeping across parts of Africa in the largest epidemic for decades...

  • Parents’ lifespans linked to chances of their offspring reaching old age

    A mother or father’s lifespan has a direct bearing on the chances of their children reaching a ripe old age, research has shown. For every decade at least one parent lives from the age of 70 onwards, the likelihood of dying prematurely is reduced...

  • Heart groups suggests people get up every now and then

    Heart groups suggests people get up every now and then

    People should get about 30 minutes of exercise each day to counteract the potentially harmful effects of being inactive for too long, according to a new statement from a leading US heart group. Research suggests inactivity may be linked to...

  • An Italian MP wants to criminalise raising children as vegans

    An Italian MP wants to criminalise raising children as vegans

    If parliamentarian Elvira Savino has her way, Italian parents who insist on a vegan diet for their children will risk up to four years in jail. Savino, from the conservative Forza Italia party, has put forward a law that would hold parents legally...

  • Trying to quit smoking? Try moving further away from the tobacconist

    Trying to quit smoking? Try moving further away from the tobacconist

    Having to walk further from home to get to a tobacco shop increases the odds that smokers will quit, according to a large study in Finland. Researchers found that every 500-metre increase in distance to the nearest tobacco shop increased an...

  • Solutions to ease back pain

    Solutions to ease back pain

    Last week we looked at two new solutions for helping, and in some cases, solving back pain. They were the Egoscue and Gokhale methods. Today we are going to look at foundation training, created by American chiropractor Eric Goodman. Foundation...

  • Good foundation is crucial to any sport

    Good foundation is crucial to any sport

    With the Olympics in full swing, random channel-surfing may accidentally hook you onto some interesting new sport you never thought might tickle your fancy. This time round I’m loving the fencing. While many sports involve more apparent...

  • Polio resurfaces in Nigeria, and it's Boko Haram's fault

    Polio resurfaces in Nigeria, and it's Boko Haram's fault

    Two children living in areas of Nigeria controlled by terrorist group Boko Haram have been paralysed by polio, the World Health Organisation has said.  The infections represent a big setback for the WHO, which had previously thought it had managed...

  • Wake-up call as tobacco use is 'linked' to most fatal form of stroke

    Wake-up call as tobacco use is 'linked' to most fatal form of stroke

    A possible link between a deadly form of stroke and smoking has been discovered by scientists. Researchers in Finland found a sharp drop in the number of people who suffered a subarachnoid haemorrhage - the most fatal form of stroke - occurred in...

  • South Korea looks to generate buzz for edible insects

    South Korea looks to generate buzz for edible insects

    Bae Su-Hyeon's lunch of sweet potato soup and funghi pasta has bugs in it. They're part of the recipe. "It didn't feel like eating insects," says Bae, an 18-year-old student having lunch with a friend at Papillon's Kitchen, a Seoul restaurant...

  • Paralysed patients ‘walk again’

    Paralysed patients ‘walk again’

    ‘Surprising’ clinical results show people with spinal cord injuries have some sensations in legs and muscle control after virtual reality system training Eight people who have been paralysed for years from spinal cord injuries have regained some...

  • Exceeding recommended exercise can lower disease risk

    The minimum recommended amount of exercise should be increased, researchers have said after a study found that more exercise can drastically lower a person’s risk of five serious diseases. Exceeding the current recommended minimum levels of...

  • Period pain drug could help in Alzheimer's treatment

    Period pain drug could help in Alzheimer's treatment

    A commonly used anti-inflammatory drug could help to treat Alzheimer's disease, early findings from a new study show. Memory loss and brain inflammation in mice were completely reversed when they were given mefenamic acid, a common nonsteroidal...

  • Eating your veggies literally makes you happier

    Eating your veggies literally makes you happier

    You've long known that eating more fruit and vegetables makes you healthier. But what if chomping on your greens made you happier too?  Researchers at the University of Warwick and University of Queensland have made the startling discovery that...

  • Quitting smoking wins you more friends, study finds

    Quitting smoking wins you more friends, study finds

    Some smokers fear that quitting will result in losing friends, but the opposite seems to be true, according to a new study. Smokers may worry that trying to quit will alienate them from other smokers, said coauthor Megan E. Piper of the Center for...

  • ‘Volunteering boosts mental well-being’

    Middle-aged and elderly people can boost their mental well-being by volunteering, a study suggests. But those under 40 are less likely to reap similar benefits, the authors found. Previous research has linked volunteering to mental well-being but...

  • Teens keep vaping because it is cheaper than cigarettes, study finds

    Teens keep vaping because it is cheaper than cigarettes, study finds

    Young people try electronic cigarettes out of curiosity about the devices and alluring flavors ranging from cotton candy to pizza, but keep vaping because of their low cost, according to a new study. The report published in Pediatrics found that...

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