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Fainting and the summer heat: Warmer days can make you swoon, so be prepared

Fainting and the summer heat: Warmer days can make you swoon, so be prepared

Fear, pain, the sight of blood or prolonged standing – think the long lines of summer travel – can trigger fainting. These triggers set off a reflex that causes our hearts to paradoxically slow instead of speed up, and our blood vessels to dilate instead of constrict. Blood pressure and brain blood flow plummet, and we faint.

May 27, 2017 | By | Reply More
Ten reasons why we should all love cyclists – a view from the UK

Ten reasons why we should all love cyclists – a view from the UK

Cyclists globally are much maligned by drivers who may never have thought about the many benefits they provide. In fact, cycling as a form of truly sustainable transport is increasingly the focus of attention by governments seeking solutions to multiple societal problems..

May 18, 2017 | By | Reply More
Houston hospital checking to see if patients’ cupboards are bare

Houston hospital checking to see if patients’ cupboards are bare

Sherry King lost her job last year and was having trouble finding money to purchase the food she needed to stay healthy. Her doctor’s office took note of her situation and helped connect her to several food banks that carry fresh produce and some meat.

May 15, 2017 | By | Reply More
What science tells us about successful ageing

What science tells us about successful ageing

If we look to animal models of successful ageing, biological and chronological ageing don’t always go hand in hand. Lobsters live a very long time and they don’t seem to show reductions in function with aging. And naked mole rats show reduced ageing. Their chronological age differs from their biological age and their mortality rates don’t accelerate as they age, like in most mammals.

May 11, 2017 | By | Reply More
Beware the hype – springy soles won’t make you run much faster

Beware the hype – springy soles won’t make you run much faster

Most runners believe a good pair of running shoes is worth the investment. But advances in running shoe technology have sparked debate about whether shoes help you run faster. Can newer shoes really help you improve your personal best?

May 7, 2017 | By | Reply More
Cycling to work: major new study suggests health benefits are staggering

Cycling to work: major new study suggests health benefits are staggering

Cycling to work was associated with a 41% lower risk of dying overall compared to commuting by car or public transport. Cycle commuters had a 52% lower risk of dying from heart disease and a 40% lower risk of dying from cancer. They also had 46% lower risk of developing heart disease and a 45% […]

April 24, 2017 | By | Reply More
Do vegetarians live longer? Probably, but not because they’re vegetarian

Do vegetarians live longer? Probably, but not because they’re vegetarian

When we crunched the data we found vegetarians did not have a lower risk of early death compared with their meat-eating counterparts. Vegetarians might live longer, but only because they’re more likely to be healthy in other ways, too.

April 20, 2017 | By | Reply More
We asked children why they don’t get enough exercise – here’s what they said

We asked children why they don’t get enough exercise – here’s what they said

To help better understand the factors that can help or hinder the physical activity levels of children today, my colleagues and I recently conducted a study to explore the barriers UK children face when it comes to being physically active.

April 9, 2017 | By | Reply More
To help ward off Alzheimer’s, think before you eat.

To help ward off Alzheimer’s, think before you eat.

To help better understand the factors that can help or hinder the physical activity levels of children today, my colleagues and I recently conducted a study to explore the barriers UK children face when it comes to being physically active.

April 8, 2017 | By | Reply More
Beware of claims that mindful eating will help you lose weight

Beware of claims that mindful eating will help you lose weight

By Katy Tapper, Senior Lecturer in Psychology City, University of London Mindful eating is increasingly being promoted as a solution to being overweight. Mindful eating, we are promised, will help us eat less, transform our relationship with food and end our battle with weight once and for all. The truth is, we simply can’t say with confidence […]

April 2, 2017 | By | Reply More