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You can’t detox your body. It’s a myth. So how do you get healthy?

Whether it’s cucumbers splashing into water or models sitting smugly next to a pile of vegetables, it’s tough not to be sucked in by the detox industry. The idea that you can wash away your calorific sins is the perfect antidote to our fast-food lifestyles and alcohol-lubricated social lives. But before you dust off that juicer or take the first tentative steps towards a colonic irrigation clinic, there’s something you should know: detoxing – the idea that you can flush your system of impurities and leave your organs squeaky clean…

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Is bacon dangerous? The science behind food trends

The great diet food con Have you ever wondered why people on diets seem to be on and off them forever? Or why it’s really only people who struggle with their weight who have extra low-fat mayonnaise in their fridge? Most processed foods branded as diet, low-fat, light or lighter aren’t what they’re cracked up to be. And if you look at their lengthy ingredients lists, you’ll realise that they’re not even very good for you. Take low-fat mayonnaise. When you strip out the fat you have to reinject flavour…

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Finding the Right Contact Lenses

Contact lenses have come a long way and offer some exciting options. You can bat a pair of baby blues one day, then flash golden tiger eyes the next. You can even toss disposable lenses in the trash each night. For people with vision problems, contacts remain an effective, almost invisible tool. The thin plastic lenses fit over your cornea — the clear, front part of your eye– to correct vision problems including nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism. You can wear contacts even if you have presbyopia and need bifocals. Talk…

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Potatoes ‘pose pregnancy diabetes risk’?

Eating potatoes or chips on most days of the week may increase a woman’s risk of diabetes during pregnancy, say US researchers. This is probably because starch in spuds can trigger a sharp rise in blood sugar levels, they say. Their study in the BMJ tracked more than 21,000 pregnancies. But UK experts say proof is lacking and lots of people need to eat more starchy foods for fibre, as well as fresh fruit and veg. The BMJ study linked high potato consumption to a higher diabetes risk. Swapping a…

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Everything you ever wanted to know about skin (but were too busy exfoliating to ask)

Do I really need to cleanse, tone and exfoliate? Your skin functions as a protective barrier, preventing pollutants and microbes from entering, and too much moisture from escaping. Using a cleanser to remove dirt and excess oil is a good idea in principle, but removing too much oil can be damaging. Soap and water is too harsh for most skin types, so use a gentle moisturising cleanser instead. Although toning implies an improvement in skin quality, many dermatologists consider it unnecessary. Similarly, although exfoliating may leave your skin feeling smoother…

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Is having no social life as bad for you as smoking?

Relationships with friends and family reduce the risk of disease at every stage of life, says a new study. So should we all be getting out more? How often do you see friends or family? Go to a sports club or church group? If the answer is rarely, then you need to get out more. Being socially isolated is terribly unhealthy. Studies since the 1980s have shown that if you haven’t got friends, family or community ties, your chance of dying early may be 50% higher than if you did….

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10 facts on ageing and the life course

1. The world’s population is rapidly ageing The number of people aged 60 years or older will rise from 900 million to 2 billion between 2015 and 2050 (moving from 12% to 22% of the total global population). Population ageing is happening more quickly than in the past. For example, while France had almost 150 years to adapt to a change from 10% to 20% in the proportion of the population that was older than 60 years, places like Brazil, China and India will have slightly more than 20 years…

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WHO: Processed meat linked to cancer; red meat is risky, too

PARIS (AP) — It’s official: Ham, sausage and other processed meats can lead to colon, stomach and other cancers — and red meat is probably cancer-causing, too. While doctors have long warned against eating too much meat, the World Health Organization’s cancer agency gave the most definitive response yet Monday about its relation to cancer — and put processed meats in the same danger category as cigarettes or asbestos. A group of 22 scientists from the WHO’s International Agency for Research on Cancer in Lyon, France evaluated more than 800…

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Tax sugary drinks by 20%, say doctors

    Media caption The British Medical Association says a 20% tax on sugary drinks should be introduced to tackle obesity An extra 20% tax on sugary drinks should be introduced to tackle the obesity crisis, the British Medical Association says. It estimates poor diets are causing around 70,000 premature deaths each year. In a major report on unhealthy diets, the body called for the extra money raised to be used to subsidise fresh fruit and vegetables. The Food and Drink Federation said the measure would not change diets. There…

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Electric pants aim to stop bedsores

    Could electricity beat bedsores? Underwear designed to jolt the buttocks with electricity may be able to prevent dangerous open wounds called pressure sores, claim researchers. Sores form when people are stuck in one position for too long, which compresses the skin and cuts off the blood supply. Canadian academics said that in a short trial on 37 people, the mild current mimicked fidgeting and prevented the sores forming. The Royal College of Nursing said sores cost the NHS up to £2bn a year. Pressure sores are a common…

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