Diet 

Ultra-processed foods ‘linked to cancer’

A link between highly processed foods and cancer has been suggested by French researchers. They classified foods including cakes, chicken nuggets and mass-produced bread as “ultra-processed”. A study of 105,000 people hinted the more of such foods people ate, the greater their risk of cancer. A lot of caution is being expressed about the study, but experts said a healthy diet is best. Diet is already known to affect the risk of cancer. Being overweight is the biggest preventable cause of the disease after smoking and the World Health Organization…

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Who Really Needs to Go Gluten-Free

It seems like “gluten-free” labels are popping up everywhere, including on foods that never had any gluten to begin with. Is this a health bandwagon you should jump on … or shy away from? Gluten is a protein found mostly in wheat, barley and rye. A gluten-free diet is a must for the 2 percent of the population diagnosed with celiac disease, to avoid serious intestinal inflammation. Some people have a lesser condition called non-celiac gluten sensitivity and may feel better on a gluten-free diet. What to avoid when you…

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Habits 

NO SAFE LEVEL OF SMOKING, STUDY FINDS

Smokers need to quit cigarettes rather than cut back on them to significantly lower their risk of heart disease and stroke, a large BMJ study suggests. People who smoked even one cigarette a day were still about 50% more likely to develop heart disease and 30% more likely to have a stroke than people who had never smoked, researchers said. They said it showed there was no safe level of smoking for such diseases. But an expert said people who cut down were more likely to stop. ‘Stop completely’ Cardiovascular…

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Is Obesity ‘Contagious’?

Living in a neighborhood with a high rate of obesity might raise the odds that you and your children will become plus-sized, too. That’s according to a new study involving more than 1,500 U.S. Army families. The researchers say their findings may help explain why high obesity rates in the United States tend to cluster in certain geographic areas. “Living in a community where obesity is more of the norm than not can influence what is socially acceptable in terms of eating and exercise behaviors and body size,” explained study…

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Life Style 

Apple investors urge action on ‘smartphone addiction’

Big investors have called on Apple to develop software that limits how long children can use its smartphones. The call came from two investment groups that hold $2bn (£1.48bn) of Apple stock between them. A letter calling for the digital locks, signed by Jana Partners and a California teachers’ pension fund, was sent to the iPhone maker this weekend. The call for better controls was welcomed by academics studying youngsters’ use of technology. Design conflict Jana Partners and the California State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS) called on Apple to consider…

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Life Style 

Middle-aged can reverse heart risk with exercise, study suggests

The new year is a time when many plan to shape up after the excesses of the festive period. Now there is good news for those who fear it might be too late in life to improve their fitness. People into late middle age can reverse or reduce the risk of heart failure caused by decades of sedentary living by exercising, a study has found. But there is a catch – it takes two years of aerobic exercise, four to five days a week, researchers said. ‘Sweet spot’ The study,…

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Diet 

Death in the frying pan

In the 21st century, one would have expected more improvement in the appreciation of health our needs. Unfortunately, a wide gulf of ignorance still surrounds humanity leading to untimely deaths. And when this is placed besides the poverty situation of African countries and other developing countries the world over, the danger is exacerbated. One area of concern is the habit of food preparation and consumption, an area of human life that directly affects the health of millions of people due to poverty and ignorance and sometimes the combination of the…

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Life Style 

10 foods that will naturally boost your complexion without bleaching

When it comes to complexion concerns, most of us tend to turn to topical treatments and over-the-counter solutions, particularly when a case of spotty skin rears its ugly head. But what if, when it comes to the secret to better skin, changing what’s going in to your body is even more important than what’s going on it? There are a number of foods jam-packed with vitamins and minerals that have been long-heralded for their skin clearing properties which, when combined with fresh air, plenty of exercise, and a good skincare…

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Life Style 

What are the secrets of the superagers?

What will you be like in your 80s? Living independently, robust in body and mind, with a wide social circle? Manage that and you will be a superager. It is a worthy aspiration, but the reality is rather different for most of us. Although we are living longer, more of those extra years are being spent in ill health, often with multiple chronic conditions. Of the 65 million people in the UK, 8.45 million are projected to live to 100, according to analysis from the Office for National Statistics. That’s…

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Habits 

G-strings trigger vaginal infections – Gynaecologist

Women, especially the youth who are in the habit of wearing skimpy underwears known as G-strings or thongs excessively, are at risk of contracting vaginal infections, a medical expert has cautioned. A Gynaecologist at Healthlinks Medical clinic, Dr Clarence O. Addo-Yobo in an interview with The Mirror noted that the infections, if not treated could result in unpleasant discharge, pains, swelling and likely cause harm to the reproductive system. The gynaecologist also warned that excessive wearing of tight jeans, also called ‘skinny’ could trigger abrasion around the vulva. Dr Addo-Yobo…

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