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#WorldKindnessDay: Being kind can be beneficial to your health

Kindness shown in intentionally saying thanks, making every social encounter count and volunteering in cause groups may get you an extra health boost, according to Kelli Harding, M.D., MPH, psychiatrist and author of ‘The Rabbit Effect.’ “Kindness influences health and ageing on a microscopic cellular level,” she said. She continued that a supportive hug from […]

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Seven vital ways in which you can prevent skin cancer

Know your moles Moles are clusters of pigment-containing cells (melanocytes) and are usually harmless. Melanomas – the least common, but most dangerous type of skin cancer – can arise in pre-existing moles. Things to look out for include rapid growth, a change in colour, shape or border, and a previously flat mole becoming raised. Bleeding, […]

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Here’s what you need to know about cramps and its possible causes

Are leg cramps a sign of liver disease?

Muscle cramps are commonly overlooked in liver disease cases. But there’s been sufficient medical data to demonstrate the prevalence of muscle cramps in cirrhosis patients. According to Atif Zaman, MD, M.P.H., associate editor of NEJM Journal Watch Gastroenterology, the prevalence of muscle cramps in patients with cirrhosis ranges from 22-88 per cent, depending on the […]

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Exposure to green spaces in childhood may improve mental health of adults

Living in greener neighbourhoods linked to better heart health, state researchers

At the population level, residential green space has long been linked to a lower risk of death from heart disease and respiratory problems, as well as a lower risk of hospitalisation for events like heart attacks and strokes, researchers note in the Journal of the American Heart Association. But there isn’t as much evidence showing […]

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Want to lose weight? Have a mushroom-rich breakfast

Eating a mushroom-rich breakfast may result in less hunger and a greater feeling of fullness, thereby helping you avoid consuming extra calories later, new research suggests. The findings, published in the journal Appetite, suggest that meat can be replaced by mushroom in some meals. “As with previously published research, this study indicates there may be […]

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