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  • Daily serving of leafy greens could help prevent dementia, study suggests

    Daily serving of leafy greens could help prevent dementia, study suggests

    Eating plenty of leafy green vegetables every day could ward off dementia in later life, new research suggests. A study of elderly people found those who ate around one serving of leafy greens each day had brains that were the equivalent of 11...

  • Would regulating fast food outlets affect obesity?

    Would regulating fast food outlets affect obesity?

    The type of neighbourhood you live in predicts how likely you are to be obese, latest research shows. And it’s a bit more complicated than some might assume. Obesity is associated with a range of diseases, such as type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular...

  • Teens at risk

    Teens at risk

    Both LGBQ sexual identity and traumatic experiences in childhood are linked to a heightened risk of suicidal thoughts and behaviours, US researchers say. Teens who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or are questioning their sexual identity are...

  • Traffic pollution, but not traffic noise, tied to low-birth-weight risk

    Traffic pollution, but not traffic noise, tied to low-birth-weight risk

    Air pollution, but not traffic noise, appears to be linked to an increased risk of having low-birth-weight babies, reports a new study from the UK. Previous studies have tied road traffic air pollution to low birth weight. Road traffic produces...

  • What type of milk is best?

    What type of milk is best?

    Photo: Shutterstock   Milk had a rather bad press in the 1970s and 1980s. In the UK, for example, there has been a marked decline in milk consumption from about 2,700ml per person per week in the early 1970s to 1,400ml per person per week in...

  • Sleep problems tied to female infertility

    Sleep problems tied to female infertility

    Non-apnea sleep disorders may increase women's risk for fertility problems, a recent study suggests. Previous research has linked sleep apnea with infertility. But the current study looked only at women with other types of sleep disorders,...

  • Childhood obesity is ‘climbing with media use’

    Childhood obesity is ‘climbing with media use’

    Children’s waistlines have been expanding in lock step with the amount of time they spend with televisions, computers, smartphones and tablets, European doctors say. In the past 25 years, obesity rates have climbed rapidly among European children...

  • Finland lets stores sell stronger drinks, health chiefs complain

    Finland lets stores sell stronger drinks, health chiefs complain

    Finnish lawmakers narrowly voted on Friday to let grocery stores sell stronger alcoholic drinks, after months of public debate pitting supporters of drinker's rights against health campaigners. Shops will be able to sell drinks with an alcoholic...

  • Childhood get more obese the more screen time they spend

    Childhood get more obese the more screen time they spend

    Children’s waistlines have been expanding in lock step with the amount of time they spend with televisions, computers, smartphones and tablets, European doctors say. In the past 25 years, obesity rates have climbed rapidly among European children...

  • Newborn with heart outside chest survives surgery in the UK

    Newborn with heart outside chest survives surgery in the UK

    A baby born with a rare condition has survived three successful surgeries to put her heart back into her chest, which is believed to be a UK first.  Vanellope Hope Wilkins was born with her heart outside her body and no breastbone - an extremely...

  • Deep sleep

    Deep sleep

    As work worries abate, sleep difficulties may also diminish when workers make the transition to retirement, according to a recent study from Finland. In particular, complaints of nonrestorative sleep and waking up too early in the morning...

  • Blame it on... Peppa Pig

    Cartoon character Peppa Pig has been blamed for contributing to patients' unrealistic expectations of what they can expect from their GP. A general practitioner, writing in the BMJ, also suggested the TV show aimed at preschoolers could be...

  • Dentures linked to greater risk of frailty in joints and muscles

    Wearing dentures has been linked to a higher risk of musculoskeletal frailty, research has found. A study by scientists at King’s College London found that over 50s with fewer than 20 of their own teeth are more likely to experience frailty in...

  • Austria ditches smoking ban plans

    Austria ditches smoking ban plans

    While much of the West has barred smoking in restaurants and bars, Austria's planned ban has gone up in smoke. The small, affluent country is famed for its Alpine scenery and its capital, Vienna, is regularly rated as the world's best city to live...

  • Road traffic air pollution putting unborn babies’ health at risk

    Road traffic air pollution putting unborn babies’ health at risk

    Air pollution from road traffic is putting unborn babies’ health at risk, according to a study. The findings published in the BMJ suggest exposure to traffic pollution in London during pregnancy is linked to low birth weight. A team led by...

  • 28% of elite footballers in UK have exercise-induced asthma

    28% of elite footballers in UK have exercise-induced asthma

    More than a quarter of elite footballers, screened from top clubs across England, have exercise-induced asthma (EIA), a study has found. Researchers at the British Thoracic Society’s Winter Meeting in London were to call for all top clubs to...

  • Harmful particles can cancel out benefits of walking for older people

    City air pollution can cancel out the beneficial effects of exercise in older adults, say scientists. A London study found that short-term exposure to traffic fumes greatly reduced the positive impact of walking on the heart and lungs. Previous...

  • Eating almonds with chocolate may lower cholesterol

    Eating almonds with chocolate may lower cholesterol

    Overweight and obese people who eat almonds and chocolate every day may have lower cholesterol than their counterparts who don’t consume these foods, a recent experiment suggests. Consumed separately, almonds and chocolate have each been linked to...

  • Eating healthy this Christmas

    Eating healthy this Christmas

    We have all heard the statement: “You are what you eat.” However, as research shows, you are not only what you eat, but you eat what you see. This is especially evident around Christmastime when many people increase the number of occasions to eat...

  • Premature balding may be a better predictor of heart disease than obesity

    Premature balding may be a better predictor of heart disease than obesity

    Male-pattern baldness and premature greying are associated with a greater risk of heart disease before the age of 40 than obesity, according to a new study from India. Does this mean that doctors should be screening our hairline alongside...