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  • Sitting quietly not only way to meditate

    Meditation has been hailed as a way to boost mental health, help chronic pain, reduce stress and build a new appreciation for the world around us. But even with all this interest, misconceptions about what this ancient practice can do for human...

  • WHO: no more than five grams of salt per day

    Every year a World Salt Awareness Week is held in March to remind the world of the harmful effects of eating too much salt and highlighting the amount of salt present in everyday foods. People are encouraged to play their part and make simple...

  • Six common misconceptions about meditation

    Six common misconceptions about meditation

    This isn’t the only way to meditate. Microgen/Shutterstock   Meditation has been hailed as a way to boost mental health, help chronic pain, reduce stress and build a new appreciation for the world around us. But even with all this interest,...

  • Mini cars drive away children's fears of surgery

    Mini cars drive away children's fears of surgery

    Wearing a big grin, Marame clambers into the small electric sports car and drives off -- to the operating theatre.  The five-year-old girl is a patient at the public hospital in the northern French city of Valenciennes, which has begun using toys...

  • Austrian no-smoking petition against government reaches 500,000 mark

    Half a million Austrians have signed a petition calling for a smoking ban in bars and restaurants, embarrassing the ruling coalition of conservatives and far right that has championed both direct democracy and the right to smoke. As part of their...

  • Early puberty linked with increased risk of obesity for women

    Early puberty linked with increased risk of obesity for women

    Girls who start puberty earlier are more likely to be overweight as adults, a study has found. Researchers at Imperial College London said their findings strengthen existing evidence of a link between the onset of puberty and a woman's body mass...

  • Study challenges 'healthy but obese' theory

    Study challenges 'healthy but obese' theory

    Being overweight or obese does pose a risk of heart disease, despite claims to the contrary, a study of nearly 300,000 British adults suggested Friday. While it is generally accepted that being overweight increases a person's disease risk, some...

  • Breakthrough in genetic ways to lower diabetes risk

    Breakthrough in genetic ways to lower diabetes risk

    Scientists have identified seven new genetic variants that could lower a person's risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. The research studied 451,000 people involved in the UK Biobank to find variations in certain genes that were linked to levels of...

  • Not only fleas: five diseases you can catch from pets

    Not only fleas: five diseases you can catch from pets

    Love them or hate them, it is hard to get away from pets. And even if you don’t own one yourself, you are likely to come across them (or things they have left behind) regularly. Most interactions between humans and pets are likely to be...

  • Top bottled water brands contaminated with plastic particles: report

    Top bottled water brands contaminated with plastic particles: report

    The world's leading brands of bottled water are contaminated with tiny plastic particles that are likely seeping in during the packaging process, according to a major study across nine countries published Wednesday. "Widespread contamination" with...

  • Too much meat can exacerbate various chronic diseases

    Too much meat can exacerbate various chronic diseases

    Evidence is mounting that high consumption of red and mainly processed meat is unhealthy to humans and is related to chronic diseases such as cancer, type 2 diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. A new study published in the Journal of Hepatology...

  • ‘Game-changer’ drug defeats hot flushes

    ‘Game-changer’ drug defeats hot flushes

    A new class of drug has been developed that promises to end the misery of menopausal hot flushes. In an early trial, one experimental pill reduced hot flush episodes by almost 75% in just three days. The severity of flushes was also cut by more...

  • Smoking may increase risk of hearing loss

    Smoking may increase risk of hearing loss

    Smoking is not only bad for the lungs and heart, it can also damage your hearing, research suggests. A study of more than 50,000 participants showed an increased risk of hearing loss among current smokers compared with people who had never...

  • Lead poisoning may hasten death for millions in US: study

    Lead poisoning may hasten death for millions in US: study

    Persistent, low-level exposure to lead over decades is statistically linked to some 400,000 premature deaths in the United States each year, far more than previously thought, researchers said. Compared to people with little or no lead in their...

  • Call for salt action on Chinese takeaway dishes

    Call for salt action on Chinese takeaway dishes

    Salt warnings should be compulsory for Chinese takeaways and ready meals, health campaigners have said. Action on Salt said there is urgent need to reduce salt content in popular takeaways and ready meals. The comments come after it found that...

  • Hopes for new treatments as scientists link 100 genes to breast cancer

    Hopes for new treatments as scientists link 100 genes to breast cancer

    Scientists have linked more than 100 genes to an increased risk of breast cancer - paving the way for more personalised treatments, a study has said. A team at The Institute of Cancer Research in London identified a "treasure trove" of specific...

  • Europe's drinks sector tells EU it will offer more product info

    Europe's drinks sector tells EU it will offer more product info

    Europe's drinks sector announced plans on Monday to inform consumers more about the energy content and ingredients in beer, wine and spirits in a self-policing move, but critics said much of this information would only be available...

  • Sperm counts are falling, but scientists can't say why

    Sperm counts are falling, but scientists can't say why

    They can make test-tube babies, grow human eggs in a lab and reproduce mice from frozen testicle tissue, but when it comes to knowing how a man's sperm can swim to, find and fertilize an egg, scientists are still floundering. Enormous advances in...

  • Babies should sleep on firm, flat surfaces - cot death charity

    Babies should sleep on firm, flat surfaces - cot death charity

    A cot death charity has warned that some popular sleeping products could be putting babies at risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). The Lullaby Trust said items such as cushioned sleeping pods, nests, cot bumpers, pillows, duvets and...

  • Ageing at the frontier of science

    Ageing at the frontier of science

    Although ageing is inevitable – most likely due to the accumulation of damage at cellular level, rather than from any one specific programme – the actual rate of ageing can be modified. Although we will all die, there is a certain amount of...