George Michael’s heart failure death sparks questions

Studies show heart-related deaths are five percent more likely around Christmas and New Year’s, perhaps due to factors like excess food, alcohol, stress and lack of exercise this time of year

George Michael’s heart failure death sparks questionsA day after the sudden death of long-time pop icon George Michael, many fans are struggling to understand how the fit-looking 53-year-old singer suddenly died of a heart condition. Confirmed by his London-based publicist on Christmas Day, Michael died in his sleep of heart failure. Heart failure, also referred to as congestive heart failure, happens […]

Explained: Link between weight loss and how it prevents blood cancer

Being overweight or obese has been known to increase the risk of multiple myeloma, a cancer of the plasma cells in the blood and bone marrow that develops more often after age 60

Explained: Link between weight loss and how it prevents blood cancerThe study, by a team at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, is published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. Being overweight or obese has been known to increase the risk of multiple myeloma, a cancer of the plasma cells in the blood and bone marrow that develops more often after […]

‘Playing outdoors is the most important part of a child’s day’

Let me take this opportunity to wish all kids a super children's day and may they be blessed with a healthy mind and body!

‘Playing outdoors is the most important part of a child’s day’Let me take this opportunity to wish all kids a super children’s day and may they be blessed with a healthy mind and body! Is there any significance of the day beyond the customary greetings and celebrations? If there is, then it needs to be conveyed to children. And as everything else, it falls to the parents […]

Contrary to popular view, there is no connection between muscle soreness and lactic acid

Lactic acid build up is not responsible for the muscle soreness felt in the days following strenuous exercise, say researchers

Contrary to popular view, there is no connection between muscle soreness and lactic acidAs our bodies perform strenuous exercise, we begin to breathe faster as we attempt to shuttle more oxygen to our working muscles. The body prefers to generate most of its energy using aerobic methods, meaning with oxygen. Some circumstances, however, –such as evading the historical saber tooth tiger or lifting heavy weights–require energy production faster […]

How genetic predictions of heart disease can be lessened by healthy habits

Do genes have the final word, it seems it might not only if you are determined to make some changes

How genetic predictions of heart disease can be lessened by healthy habitsA new analysis of data from more than 55,000 people provides an answer. It finds that by living right — by not smoking, by exercising moderately and by eating a healthy diet heavy in fruits, vegetables and grains — people can tamp down even the worst genetic risk. “DNA is not destiny; it is not […]

Overweight? 8 types of cancer you’re more likely to have

The good news in this rather bleak picture, the researchers write, is that weight gain is largely preventable.

Overweight? 8 types of cancer you’re more likely to haveBeing overweight or obese carries even more cancer risk than previously thought, according to a new review. The researchers—a working group convened by the International Agency for Research on Cancer—examined more than 1,000 studies and found that obesity increased risk for 13 types of cancer, 8 more than had been previously linked to weight. In […]

Green Urban Spaces deliver multiple health benefits

The report concludes that there is a need for both small, local green spaces situated very close to where people live and spend their day

Green Urban Spaces deliver multiple health benefitsA new WHO report summarizing evidence on the health effects of green space in urban areas shows that green spaces offer numerous public health benefits, including psychological relaxation and stress reduction, enhanced physical activity and a potential reduction in exposure to – among other harmful urban factors – air pollution, noise and excessive heat. The […]

After you lose weight, where does it go?

It turns out all that panting through your workout is actually good for a reason

After you lose weight, where does it go?Wobbly and out of breath, you jab at the button on the treadmill that makes the machine come to a stop. Finally, it’s over. You completed your workout and can now go home to grab a shower and complete the ritual of stepping onto the bathroom scale — your fate, all but sealed in the […]
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