Health and Living

Is it worth giving up alcohol for a month?

Does giving up booze for a month make any difference to our health? Thousands across the UK are set to do just that as part of Go Sober for October, in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.

Oct 11 2018

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Young people feel loneliest

Findings from the BBC Loneliness Experiment indicate that 16-24 year olds experience loneliness more often and more intensely than any other age group. Around 55,000 people took part in the survey, making it the largest of its kind in the world.

Oct 11 2018

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Vitamin D supplements don’t help bone health

Vitamin D supplements do nothing for bone health, according to the authors of the biggest review of the evidence ever carried out. The findings challenge the established view of vitamin D and will dismay the many people who believe a daily dose of it is doing them good. But the large meta-analysis, the authors of which compiled 81 separate studies to come to the most robust possible conclusions, found there was no evidence to justify taking vitamin D supplements for bone health, except for those at high risk of a few rare conditions.

Oct 11 2018

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Stigma against gay people can be deadly

L.G.B.T. people experience a range of social, economic and medical disparities that jeopardize their long-term health. I’ve never been sure what to expect when meeting someone who’s just tried to take his own life. But I’ve learned to stop expecting anything.

Dhruv Khullar, M.D.Oct 11 2018

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A pain in the back

As sedentary lifestyles become the norm in urban centres, back pain and backaches are all the more common. Recently, back pain has become one of the most frequent reasons behind people visiting the doctor or failing to go to work, and the leading cause for long-term disability worldwide. Currently, more than 540 million people globally are affected by activity-limiting lower back pain.

Dr Vikram Nyaupane, Oct 11 2018

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The big myth about teenage anxiety

We hear a lot these days that modern digital technology is rewiring the brains of our teenagers, making them anxious, worried and unable to focus. Don’t panic; things are really not this dire.

RICHARD A. FRIEDMAN, Oct 04 2018

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What body lotion should I use?

What do you look for in a body moisturiser? Is it the smell, how smooth it leaves your skin feeling, or how much it costs? Winter tends to make skin dry and can exacerbate existing skin conditions.

Oct 04 2018

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Don’t drink in front of the children

When you’re drinking wine at home, don’t look as if you’re enjoying it—at least not if you have kids. How much you drink, how often you say:

Oct 04 2018

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Are dogs good for health?

Dogs really are our best friends, according to a Swedish study that says canine ownership could reduce heart disease.

Oct 04 2018

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How poetry can light up our darker moments

How can learning poetry by heart help us to be more grounded, happy, calm people? “Let me count the ways,” says Rachel Kelly, who has suffered from anxiety. Whenever she’s feeling wobbly, she finds reciting lines of poetry is grounding, validating and connects her to others who have felt as she is feeling in this moment.

JOANNA MOORHEAD, Oct 04 2018

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What foods to avoid to prevent kidney stones?

Drink more fluids, consume less sodium and eat a diet that includes calcium-rich foods. The rest depends on the chemical composition of your stones.

Sep 27 2018

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Ten minutes of exercise for sharp memory

Just 10 minutes of light physical activity is enough to boost brain connectivity and help the brain to distinguish between similar memories, a new study suggests.

Sep 27 2018

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Kids may pick up marijuana from mothers

When mom uses marijuana, kids are more likely to try the drug at a younger age, a new study shows. When mothers used cannabis during the first 12 years of a child’s life, there was a 40 percent higher likelihood the kid would start using the drug earlier than peers whose moms weren’t using, researchers reported in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

Sep 27 2018

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Trim and fit? You may still have heart disease

Don’t assume that your coronary arteries are in great shape because your “numbers” are good, you’re taking the prescribed medications to keep them that way, you’re trim and athletic and you live a mostly heart-healthy life.

JANE E BRODY, Sep 27 2018

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How much is academic achievement shaped by genes?

Children differ widely in how well they do at school. In recent years, researchers have shown that around two-thirds of differences in school achievement can be explained by differences in children’s genes.

Kaili Rimfeld, Margherit aMalanchiniSep 27 2018

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