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  • Weight loss, even if regained, reduces heart risks on diabetics

    Weight loss, even if regained, reduces heart risks on diabetics

    A large weight loss, even if regained, may help people with type 2 diabetes to improve blood sugar control, hypertension and cholesterol, a new study shows. The participants that regained the weight back after a large weight loss had greater...

  • Antibiotics diminish benefits of breastfeeding, researchers find

    Antibiotics diminish benefits of breastfeeding, researchers find

    Giving antibiotics to infants who are breastfeeding diminishes the beneficial effects of this food source and alters the infant's intestinal microbiota, researchers from Finland report. "The findings support current recommendations to continue...

  • Africa is hurtling into an obesity crisis

    Africa is hurtling into an obesity crisis

    With more money in their pockets, Africans are eating more fast food and adopting more sedentary lifestyles, leading to a surge in obesity and associated diseases like diabetes and cancer, experts said today. Rates of obesity and overweight are...

  • Can coffee cause cancer? Only if it's very hot, says WHO

    Can coffee cause cancer? Only if it's very hot, says WHO

    There is no conclusive evidence that drinking coffee causes cancer, the World Health Organization's cancer agency will say as it downgrades its warning, but it will also say all "very hot" drinks are probably carcinogenic. The International Agency...

  • Eating whole grains may lead to a long life

    Eating whole grains may lead to a long life

    Bumping up whole grain intake even slightly may lower the risk of death from heart disease, cancer and other chronic diseases, according to review published today in The British Medical Journal. The new report echoes a study released Monday in the...

  • Older people can cut death risk with 15-minute brisk walk daily - study

    Older people can cut death risk with 15-minute brisk walk daily - study

    A 15-minute brisk walk each day could reduce an older person's risk of death, a new study has found. Fifteen minutes of exercise a day may be a reasonable target for people over 60 who do not feel able to reach current recommended targets for the...

  • Too little sleep linked to health problems in children, teens

    Too little sleep linked to health problems in children, teens

    Updated sleep recommendations for children and teens point to the benefits of getting enough sleep and the dangers of getting too little. "At least 25 per cent of 12-year-olds get less than the recommended nine hours of sleep per night and there...

  • Trying e-cigarettes? You're likely to shift to tobacco soon

    Trying e-cigarettes? You're likely to shift to tobacco soon

    Older teens who try electronic cigarettes have six times the odds of trying regular cigarettes within two years than those who never puffed on the devices, a study published on Monday found. "We're concerned that kids who experiment with...

  • Official map finds Zika-transmitting mosquitoes in much of US

    Official map finds Zika-transmitting mosquitoes in much of US

    Mosquitoes that can transmit the Zika virus have been found to live in nearly all US states, according to maps released this week by authorities trying to assess the public health threat. The maps show the two breeds of virus-carrying mosquitoes,...

  • A new plate for adults

    Three out of five of us are carrying extra weight and have a BMI over 25. This extra weight is leading to increasing numbers of people living with long term diseases such as diabetes, hypertension and heart disease, some cancers and...

  • Gut illness and weight gain

    Gut illness and weight gain

    There is a very interesting connection to weight gain resulting from a gut illness. A couple took a trip to Peru in 2008. They backpacked up the Inca Trail to the Amazon, where they caught a particularly nasty bout of diarrhoea. They seemed to...

  • The mathematics of muscle

    The mathematics of muscle

    I believe it was Descartes who many years ago claimed that mathematics was the true foundation of all sciences. From the information-proces­s­ing algorithms that make your smart phone tick, to the mathematical constants gloriously revealed by the...

  • Mediterranean diet ‘better strategy than low-fat plan’

    Mediterranean diet ‘better strategy than low-fat plan’

    A no-calorie limit Mediterranean diet rich in olive oil is not a recipe for weight gain – and may actually be a better strategy than avoiding all fatty foods, research has shown. The finding adds to the current controversy surrounding health...

  • Women are ‘nearly twice as likely’ to be anxious as men

    Women are ‘nearly twice as likely’ to be anxious as men

    Women are almost twice as likely to experience anxiety as men, according to research. University of Cambridge researchers are calling for more resources to study the disorder, which is estimated to affect four in 100 people, and disproportionately...

  • Cancer patients urged to consider impact of diet, exercise

    Cancer patients are being urged to consider the impact of diet and exercise as experts launch the world’s biggest trial into how weight loss may stop the disease coming back. It is already known that being overweight contributes to the development...

  • Alternatives to hormone therapy

    Alternatives to hormone therapy

    Last week we looked at the history and studies relating to the good and bad sides of hormone replacement therapy (HRT). One of the studies was the Million Women Study, which led researchers to believe that 1,300 women in the UK had developed...

  • A look at sudden deaths in elite sport

    A look at sudden deaths in elite sport

    Last week we had a look at exercise through clinical lenses, and likened it to a prescription medication due to its ability to assist in the prevention, treatment and management of a range of conditions and diseases. Just like a drug, however,...

  • Migraine tied to stroke among women

    Women who suffer from migraines may be at an increased risk of cardiovascular problems like myocardial infarction and stroke, according to a US study. Researchers analysed data from 115,541 female nurses aged 25 to 42 who entered the study in 1989...

  • Childhood obesity linked to bowel cancer development

    Childhood obesity linked to bowel cancer development

    Children who struggle to stay at a healthy weight run an increased risk of developing bowel cancer in later life, research suggests. A Danish study of more than 250,000 individuals found young people with higher body mass index (BMI) had an...

  • Bigger waistline may mean higher risk of aggressive prostate cancer

    Bigger waistline may mean higher risk of aggressive prostate cancer

    The risk of developing aggressive prostate cancer can be worsened by being an unhealthy weight and having a large waistline, a study has found. Researchers found that every 10cm increase in waist circumference can increase a man’s chances of...

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