Vaccines, routines and screens: Tips for a healthy school year from a physician mom

It’s back-to-school time, the time of year that often has parents rushing to buy school supplies, new clothes and healthy snacks to stock the pantry. It also tends to bring stress around homework, earlier bedtimes and an influx of colds and coughs. Dr. Tina Ardon, a family medicine physician and mom of three, provides some back-to-school tips to keep parents […]

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Bottles of alcohol to carry information on healthy drinking guidelines

Bottles of alcohol will finally carrying information on healthy drinking guidelines more than three years after new rule was introduced The Government’s chief medical officer issued guidelines back in January 2016  It has taken three years for the government to impose strict new packaging rules  Members of alcohol standards industry told in 2016 printing guidance optional  Alcohol firms will finally […]

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Addicted to tanning: When it's about more than achieving 'a healthy glow'

‘Tan Mom’ says she was ‘proclaimed dead’ before emerging from recent health scare Patricia Krentcil, dubbed the ‘Tan Mom’ after allegedly bringing her 5-year-old daughter into a tanning booth, is said to have been ‘proclaimed dead’ before emerging from a recent health scare. Placed in a medically-induced coma after collapsing on a Florida street, Krentcil is now recovering from her […]

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What you’re not told about ‘secretly healthy’ foods

Food gives us the nutrients we need to survive, and we know a balanced diet contributes to good health. Beyond this, many people seek out different foods as “medicines”, hoping eating certain things might prevent or treat particular conditions. Fancy drinking 200 bottles of red wine?Credit:Shuttestock It’s true many foods contain “bioactive compounds” – chemicals that act in the body […]

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Study highlights importance of healthy lifestyle during menopause

Australian research has further debunked the myth that people gain weight during menopause, adding to existing opinion that there is instead a redistribution of weight during this period. According to research from the Australian National University, published in American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology this month, while women do gain weight as they age, it is not attributable to the […]

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Healthy meal kits can boost children’s long-term health

A scheme that helped parents plan well-balanced family dinners for three months kept their children healthier for years after, a study has found. Low-income families who were given simple recipe kits to cook five healthy meals a week decreased their children’s body mass index (BMI) compared with peers who continued their normal eating patterns. Another initiative that encouraged families to […]

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Half of patients on statins fail to reach ‘healthy’ cholesterol level after 2 years

Half of patients prescribed statins in primary care fail to reach ‘healthy’ cholesterol levels after two years of treatment with these drugs, reveals research published online in the journal Heart. The findings back up those of previous studies, and highlight the need for personalised medicine to tackle high cholesterol and lower the significantly increased risks of future heart disease and […]

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We reveal the guide to being a healthy gardener

From avoiding a cricked back and swarms of insects to gloves that help conquer arthritis…we reveal the guide to being a healthy gardener Gardening is one of a handful of activities that could lower the risk of dementia  However, being out in the garden makes us vulnerable to a host of health hazards Here, doctors review a selection of products […]

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Healthy diet can ease symptoms of depression

An analysis of data from almost 46,000 people has found that weight loss, nutrient boosting and fat reduction diets can all reduce the symptoms of depression. Dr. Joseph Firth, an Honorary Research fellow at The University of Manchester and Research Fellow at NICM Health Research Institute at Western Sydney University, says existing research has been unable to definitively establish if […]

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Intestinal bacteria from healthy infants prevent food allergy

New research shows that healthy infants have intestinal bacteria that prevent the development of food allergies. Researchers from the University of Chicago, Argonne National Laboratory and the University of Naples Federico II in Italy found that when gut microbes from healthy human infants were transplanted into germ-free mice, the animals were protected from an allergic reaction when exposed to cow’s […]

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