Most of the nation’s teens aren’t getting enough exercise

With the explosion of smartphones, teens have learned to swiftly scroll and type away using only their thumbs. But the rest of their bodies are woefully inactive—and the effects are far-reaching. Only about 1 in 4 high school students get the recommended hour a day of physical activity, according to statistics from the American Heart Association. Screen time is partially […]

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Doubts cast over accuracy of many popular fertility and pregnancy planning apps

Many popular fertility and pregnancy planning apps may be inaccurate, suggest the results of a scoping review of the available evidence, published online in the journal BMJ Sexual & Reproductive Health. Despite their growing popularity, there’s little hard evidence to inform the use of these apps in practice, coupled with minimal regulation, note the researchers. And many apps seem to […]

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North Korea insists it is free of coronavirus

North Korea remains totally free of the coronavirus, a senior health official in Pyongyang has insisted, despite mounting scepticism overseas as confirmed global infections near one million. The already isolated, nuclear-armed North quickly shut down its borders after the virus was first detected in neighbouring China in January, and imposed strict containment measures. Pak Myong Su, director of the anti-epidemic […]

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Banjos and Russian grammar: Tips from polar explorers for surviving months of isolation

Due to Antarctica’s extreme winter, which includes four months of total darkness, polar explorers endured intense confinement in close quarters for long periods of time. American pioneer Richard Byrd explained, “little things … have the power to drive even the most disciplined … to the edge of insanity. The ones who survive with a measure of happiness are those who […]

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‘Smart’ devices help reduce adverse outcomes of common heart condition

A new study, published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, highlights the feasible use of mobile health (mHealth) devices to help with the screening and detection of a common heart condition. Atrial fibrillation (AF) is a heart rhythm condition that causes an irregular and sometimes, abnormally fast heart rate. In AF, the heart’s upper chambers (atria) contract […]

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Kylie Jenner Thinks She'll be the Next of Her Friends to Have a Baby

A sibling for Stormi? Kylie Jenner believes she’s the most likely to have a baby next out of her friends. The Keeping Up With the Kardashians star, 22, was playing “Most Likely To” in a throwback YouTube video published on Friday, March 27, with Yris Palmer, Victoria Villarroel and Anastasia Karanikolaou. “Hi guys! We filmed this a few weeks ago […]

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