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  • The genetic secret that protects isolated Greeks from heart disease

    The genetic secret that protects isolated Greeks from heart disease

    A group of villagers living in a remote part of northern Crete have a genetic variant that protects them from cardiovascular disease despite eating foods high in animal fat, researchers have discovered.People from Mylopotamos live long and healthy...

  • The seven ideal cardiovascular health goals associated with longer life

    The seven ideal cardiovascular health goals associated with longer life

    Meeting some or all of the American Heart Association’s seven ideal cardiovascular health goals is associated with longer life and fewer heart attacks and strokes, no matter your age. In fact, in a group of elderly patients, “the benefit of an...

  • Fighting back through fitness

    Fighting back through fitness

    It’s a stereotypical scene we’ve probably all seen in a movie or TV series at some point or other. Son gets bullied at school, dad finds out, son and dad meet in the garage to practise some basic boxing techniques. “This is the jab, this is the...

  • High hopes ride on marijuana painkillers amid opioid crisis

    High hopes ride on marijuana painkillers amid opioid crisis

    A handful of drugmakers are taking their first steps toward developing marijuana-based painkillers, alternatives to opioids that have led to widespread abuse and caused the US health regulator to ask for a withdrawal of a popular drug this...

  • Thousands hit the mat for International Yoga Day

    Thousands hit the mat for International Yoga Day

    From the deck of an aircraft carrier to the sub-zero temperatures of a Himalayan military outpost, tens of thousands of Indians joined Prime Minister Narendra Modi today to celebrate the third International Yoga Day. Rains failed to dampen the...

  • Aspirin use risks for elderly

    Aspirin use risks for elderly

    Taking a daily low-dose aspirin to prevent blood clots can be disabling or even lethal for people aged 75 and over with a history of heart attacks or strokes, findings released last week from a major UK study show. The study followed 3,166...

  • Yoga as good for low back pain as physical therapy

    Yoga as good for low back pain as physical therapy

    Chronic lower back pain is equally likely to improve with yoga classes as with physical therapy, according to a new study. The study found that 12 weeks of yoga lessened pain and improved function in people with low back pain as much as physical...

  • Seeking optimal HIV treatment

    Seeking optimal HIV treatment

    It has been 30 years since the discovery of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), the underlying cause of acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (Aids). This discovery led to the development of antiretroviral therapies that have substantially improved...

  • Five keys to food safety

    Five keys to food safety

    Every year, millions of people globally suffer from food-borne illness, hundreds of thousands are hospitalised and thousands die. In the EU, over 320,000 human cases are reported each year, but the real number is likely to be much higher. Reports...

  • More than 10 percent of young teens are smokers

    More than 10 percent of young teens are smokers

    Roughly 11 percent of youth aged 13 to 15 around the world use tobacco products like cigarettes and cigars, a global survey of students suggests. Tobacco use is the world’s leading cause of preventable death and serious illness, killing an...

  • Unleashing bird flu pandemic

    Unleashing bird flu pandemic

    Scientists have identified three mutations that, if they occurred at the same time in nature, could turn a strain of bird flu now circulating in China into a potential pandemic virus that could spread among people. The flu strain, known as H7N9,...

  • Meditating away stress effects

    Meditation alters the activity of genes linked to stress and depression, a study has shown. Researchers examined evidence for mind-body interventions (MBIs) such as meditation, yoga and Tai Chi, affecting DNA. Data from 18 studies involving 846...

  • Hidden risks of poor sleep

    Hidden risks of poor sleep

    Properly treating obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) may have benefits for the heart and for blood sugar, a study suggests. If people with OSA don’t use continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) at night to help keep the airway open, measures of...

  • Overweight women urged to slim down before conception to avoid birth defects

    Overweight women urged to slim down before conception to avoid birth defects

    Experts have urged overweight women trying to have a baby to slim down before trying to conceive.  The call comes after new research showed a rising risk of serious birth defects as the body mass index (BMI) of mothers increased. Women of...

  • Science may soon be able to provide suntans without harmful UV rays

    Science may soon be able to provide suntans without harmful UV rays

    Sun worshippers might someday be able to get a tan without exposing their skin to the harmful ultraviolet (UV) radiation that's responsible for skin cancers, a new study suggests. The goal of the research is to prevent skin cancers by darkening...

  • 30% of global population overweight, study finds

    30% of global population overweight, study finds

    Almost a third of adults and children around the world are overweight, a study has found. Many are at risk of potentially fatal diseases despite not being classified as obese, say researchers. Of four million deaths attributed to excess body...

  • What’s in a name? A more appealing vegetable

    People may be more likely to eat vegetables when they come with seductive names like “sweet sizzlin’ green beans and crispy shallots” than when they’re peddled as health foods, a recent experiment suggests. Researchers at Stanford University in...

  • Drinking in pregnancy tied to subtle changes in babies’ faces, study finds

    Drinking in pregnancy tied to subtle changes in babies’ faces, study finds

    Women who drink even a little bit of alcohol during pregnancy may be more likely to have babies with slight facial abnormalities that have been linked to developmental problems, a recent study suggests. When researchers examined data from facial...

  • Overcoming mental health stigma

    Overcoming mental health stigma

    Stigma can be defined as a sign of dishonour, which ultimately has the power to set an individual apart from others. Mental health stigma remains a dominant negative attribute among society, owing to the fact that many people still perceive mental...

  • 'Never work more than 10 hours a day,' expert says

    'Never work more than 10 hours a day,' expert says

    Ensure employees do not work long hours – every extra minute could be risky – and engage in constructive criticism, employers are being urged. Gregor Breucker, from Germany’s BKK Federal Association, a sickness insurance fund, spoke to Times of...

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