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A plant extract’s better than patches for quitting smoking

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Smoking’s a tough habit to break, but scientists have found a new way to make giving up the cancer sticks a little easier. According to a new study reported in New Scientist, a plant extract called cytisine is actually more effective than nicotine patches or gum at helping people to quit. It’s taken from the…

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Want to know if your brain’s healthy? Stand on one leg

Diane Shipley Health & Fitness 1 Comment

Japanese researchers have invented a new, easy way to gauge the risk of brain abnormality... and make us look stupid at the same time. (Well, doctors are under a lot of stress, I guess they needed a laugh.) Yasuharu Tabara, from the Center for Genomic Medicine at Kyoto University Graduate School of Medicine in Kyoto…

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Yoga’s as good at reducing heart disease risk as aerobic exercise

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A new scientific review of 37 studies involving 2768 subjects has concluded that yoga can be as effective as aerobic exercise in reducing the risk of heart disease. Researchers from America and the Netherlands have published their findings, which they call ‘significant’, in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology this week. Yoga was primarily developed…

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The 7 best beauty products you can buy at any Boots store

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This post is not sponsored by Boots (or anyone) – it's all stuff we genuinely like. Boots has some kind of hold on me. I seem to spend more there than at any other shop. I'll nip in for a pair of tights and walk out with ten eyeshadows, a back scrubber, an electric toothbrush,…

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One protein is responsible for a range of allergic reactions (and blocking it could help treat cancer and HIV)

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A new study's found that one protein is the root of a range of allergic reactions to medications and other substances. Researchers from Johns Hopkins and the University of Alberta say that developing medication to counteract its effects could improve treatment success for everything from diabetes to cancer to HIV. Scientists already know that pain,…

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New lens-free microscope is a cancer diagnosis breakthrough

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Researchers have built a microscope that doesn’t need a lens – and it works as well as traditional equipment. The team, from UCLA, say it’s the first lens-free microscope that analyses tissues in 3D. When a sample of tissue or blood is placed on a slide and inserted into the device, a sensor array (on…

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New mobile game Flowy wants to stop panic attacks in their tracks

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A new mobile game from Playlab London has been designed to help people living with anxiety and panic attacks. Flowy is a series of puzzle games which not only distract the mind but deliver training to breathe more calmly, thus reducing stress. The player touches the screen while inhaling and removes touch while exhaling, which…

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Scientists can now identify signs of psychosis much sooner

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Researchers have found a more precise way to predict when young people are at risk of experiencing psychosis. Psychosis causes a (usually brief) break with reality, during which someone has hallucinations or delusions. Sometimes it’s triggered by a neurological illness or heavy drug use, but it’s usually a symptom of a mental illness like schizophrenia.…

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Memory lapses can predict stroke, says study

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Researchers from the Netherlands have found that people who complain of brief lapses in memory are more at risk of having a stroke. If they’re also educated to degree level, their risk is even higher. (So university brings debt and disease? Fantastic.) As Psych Central reports, neurologists from Erasmus University Rotterdam led by associate professor…

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Could breaking the law be genetic?

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A new study from the University of Montreal looked at different factors that are associated with anti-social behaviour to try to determine what causes it. The researchers studied 1337 Swedish high school students aged 17-18, all of whom anonymously answered a series of questionnaires – about everything from their family background to criminal activity to…

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Energy-efficient housing increases the risk of asthma

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Things that are good for the environment often turn out to be good for our health as well, but that’s not always the case. In fact, a new study’s found that when it comes to energy-efficient housing, people are actually more at risk of developing asthma. A research team from the University of Exeter Medical…

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New drugs provide hope for incurable skin cancer

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A new type of medication could provide hope for otherwise incurable skin cancers. It’s the result of a breakthrough study from The Institute of Cancer Research in London and the Cancer Research UK Manchester Institute, which was funded by the Wellcome Trust and Cancer Research UK, and is now published in the journal Cancer Cell.…

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Computers write better patient reports than doctors, study shows

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Who needs doctors?! Well, OK, all of us, probably. But according to a new study, we’re better off with a computer, at least when it comes to admin. Researchers from Cedars-Sinai hospital found that software was better at collecting symptom information and producing detailed reports on patients than doctors were. The study’s authors, who published…

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Your friends could predict how long you’ll live

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New research suggests that not only is there a link between your personality and how long you’ll live, but that your friends’ opinions can predict your longevity. As Psych Central reports, Psychological Scientist Joshua Jackson (not that one) and his colleagues from Washington University in St. Louis looked at info from research that started in…

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18 Fitness gifts and gadgets for Christmas

Becca Caddy Buying Guides, Health & Fitness 2 Comments

Instead of buying run-of-the-mill festive gifts this Christmas (we're looking at you never worn before, light-up Santa gloves) grab some presents that you know the recipient will put to good use. Our buying guide today is all about fitness gifts and gadgets, from tops built for running in the cold and stocking filler extras to…

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The new NT100 List highlights socially-conscious tech projects

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Nominet Trust, which funds philanthropic technology projects, has just launched the 2014 NT100 List to recognise inspiring tech endeavours around the world. All the projects are using tech for social good, from improving educational opportunities to providing innovative health solutions. In fact, the latter category is especially full this year, in part inspired by advances…

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Here’s why Headspace is our Health Helper of the Year #ShinyShinyAwards

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Our Health Helper of the Year shortlist was hugely varied, from top calorie counting services and one of our favourite activity trackers through to apps designed to ease stress, clear up our minds and another to expertly keep tabs on fertility. What an exciting time for health-related tech! Now even your average Joe (and Jane) can…

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Why the Fitbit Flex is our Must-Have Fitness Partner of the Year #ShinyShinyAwards

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Our Must-Have Fitness Partner of the Year nominees all helped the ShinyShiny team get moving - and most importantly, keep moving - throughout 2014. Our shortlist was packed with our favourite fitness trackers and apps, ranging from the cheap and simple Fitbug Org right through to the heart rate monitoring Withings Pulse Ox. The winner our…

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