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  • Wednesday 23 July 2014

    Walking the dog makes you fitter and healthier

    If you’re already a dog-lover, it may seem obvious to you that your dear Fido or Rover has a beneficial effect on your mood and there have been several studies recently showing how having a pet wards off depression. Now new research published in medical journal Preventative Medicine also indicates that owning a dog improves health, keeping individuals fitter too. Read On
  • Tuesday 22 July 2014

    Inflammation: what you need to know

    Inflammation is a term that is often used in articles about medical conditions, but what is it, what causes it and what can you do about it? Siski Green investigates. Read On
  • Friday 18 July 2014

    The surprising benefit of a healthy lifetyle

    A healthy diet and lifestyle may not guarantee a long life but research reveals it has another, more surprising, benefit, writes diet blogger Judith Wills. Read On
  • Thursday 17 July 2014

    Lifestyle changes help prevent mental decline

    A new study has discovered that even in our later years, we can still take steps to help ward off dementia. Read On
  • Wednesday 16 July 2014

    Greenery helps patients with dementia

    A room with a view, or a small area outside with greenery, might be all it takes to improve the emotional wellbeing of a patient with dementia, say British researchers. Read On
  • Monday 14 July 2014

    Full moon? You may wake up feeling tired

    Recent research reveals why you may wake up feeling tired the morning after a full moon. Read On
  • Friday 11 July 2014

    No need for fad diets

    When diet blogger Judith Wills' brother comes to visit, she finds he has developed some strong opinions regarding fad diets, calorie counting and diet books. Read On
  • Friday 11 July 2014

    The little things in life make us happiest

    The little things in life – such as finding money in your jeans pocket – make us the happiest, according to a survey of 2000 adults. Read On
  • Friday 11 July 2014

    Less than 30 minutes of exercise can improve your health in your 70s and 80s

    Staying out of hospital is just another good reason to take up more exercise per day, according to new research published in medical journal PLoS ONE. Read On
  • Thursday 10 July 2014

    Sitting is as bad for you as exercise is good for you

    Two hours of sitting is as bad for you as 20 minutes of exercise is good for you, say researchers from UT Southwestern Medical Centre, USA. Read On
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