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Climate change already damaging health of children around the world, reveals major study

A child born today faces multiple and life-long health harms from climate change – growing up in a warmer world with risks of food shortages, infectious diseases, floods and extreme heat, a major global study has found. Climate change is already harming people’s health by increasing the number of extreme weather events and exacerbating air […]

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Cancer overtakes heart disease as the biggest killer in developed countries

  Publishing the findings of two large studies in The Lancet medical journal, the scientists said they showed evidence of a new global ‘epidemiologic transition’ between different types of chronic disease. While cardiovascular disease remains, for now, the leading cause of mortality worldwide among middle-aged adults – accounting for 40% of all deaths – that […]

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Exercise makes you happier than having money, according to research

The scientists found that, while those who exercised regularly tended to feel bad for around 18 days a year, non-active participants felt bad for 35 days more on average. The team also noticed that certain sports that involve socialising can have more of a positive effect on your mental health than others. It’s clear exercise […]

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Early exposure to traffic linked to spike in asthma cases worldwide among children

The study published in the journal The Lancet Planetary Health highlights the impact of inhaling nitrogen dioxide from motor vehicle exhaust in 194 countries and 125 major cities worldwide. It shows that between 2010 and 2015, 64 per cent of all new cases of asthma occurred in urban areas. The researchers from the George Washington […]

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Parental diet before conception can have a major impact on a child’s health

What a mother and father eat, and whether they are seriously overweight, in other words, can have ‘profound implications for the growth, development and long-term health of their children before conception,’ they warned in a trio of studies. The findings, reported in The Lancet, a leading medical journal, should heighten awareness of ‘preconception risk factors,’ […]

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Poor diet biggest risk factor for early deaths worldwide

The Global Burden of Disease Study looked at dietary consumption between 1990 and 2017 in 195 countries, focusing on 15 types of food or nutrients. In a paper that features in The Lancet, the study investigators conclude that, due to its contribution to non-communicable diseases, poor diet accounted for 1 in 5, or 11 million, […]

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Lancet study reveals, climate change linked with both obesity and undernutrition

The recently published ‘Global Syndemic of Obesity, Undernutrition and Climate Change: The Lancet Commission report,’ mentions the total opposites malnutrition and obesity and also a seemingly independent third factor, climate change,’ as ‘tri-demic’ or ‘syndemic’. It says that they are factors which are triggered by common problems and require common solution. It further mentions that […]

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Obesity-linked cancers on the rise in young adults, reveals US study

In a sweeping study covering two-thirds of the US population, they showed that half a dozen cancers for which obesity is a known risk factor became more frequent from 1995 to 2015 among women and men under 50. The younger the age bracket, the more quickly these cancers gained ground, they reported in The Lancet. […]

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IVF tied to slight increased risk of rare childhood cancer

Several other factors may explain preterm births associated with IVF, finds study

Women are more likely to have preemies when they use reproductive technologies like in vitro fertilization (IVF), but a new study comparing outcomes for these babies to siblings conceived naturally suggests that other factors may be the cause of these early arrivals. Compared to babies conceived naturally, infants born after women used assistive reproductive technology […]

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