Eating more fruits and vegetables may prevent millions of premature deaths

Eating more fruits and vegetables may prevent millions of premature deaths

A fruit and vegetable intake above five-a-day shows major benefit in reducing the chance of heart attack, stroke, cancer and early death. This is the finding of new research, led by scientists from Imperial College London, which analysed 95 studies on fruit and vegetable intake. The team found that although even the recommended five portions of fruit and vegetables a day reduced disease risk, the greatest benefit came from eating 800g a day (roughly equivalent to ten portions – one portion of fruit or vegetables if defined as 80g).

View Full Post

More great content like this @ Health & Body Front Page or you can Request Invite

The Very Drugged Nazis

The Very Drugged Nazis

Nazi ideology demanded purity of body, blood, and mind. Adolf Hitler was portrayed as a vegetarian teetotaler who would allow nothing to corrupt him. Drugs were depicted as part of a Jewish plot to poison and weaken the nation—Jews were said to “play a supreme part” in the international drug trade—and yet nobody became more dependent on cocktails of drugs than Hitler, and no armed forces did more to enhance their troops’ performance than the Wehrmacht did by using a version of methamphetamine.

View Full Post

More great content like this @ Health & Body Front Page or you can Request Invite

An Epidemic of Unnecessary Treatment

An Epidemic of Unnecessary Treatment

First, listen to the story with the happy ending: At 61, the executive was in excellent health. His blood pressure was a bit high, but everything else looked good, and he exercised regularly. Then he had a scare. He went for a brisk post-lunch walk on a cool winter day, and his chest began to hurt. Back inside his office, he sat down, and the pain disappeared as quickly as it had come.

View Full Post

More great content like this @ Health & Body Front Page or you can Request Invite

Top students more likely to smoke pot, drink alcohol, study says

Top students more likely to smoke pot, drink alcohol, study says

British teens with the highest test scores are less likely to smoke cigarettes yet more likely to drink alcohol and smoke pot compared with teens with lower scores, according to a study published Wednesday in the British Medical Journal Open. Although some people believe smart students simply have a tendency to experiment, James Williams and Gareth Hagger-Johnson, co-authors of the new study, say these patterns of substance use may continue into adulthood.

View Full Post

More great content like this @ Health & Body Front Page or you can Request Invite

Nike’s New Women in Sports Ad Striking Nerve in Arab World

Nike's New Women in Sports Ad Striking Nerve in Arab World

An online commercial released by Nike this week that showed Arab women fencing, boxing and spinning on ice-skates has stirred controversy over its attempt to smash stereotypes about women leading home-bound lives in the conservative region. It begins with a woman nervously peering out of her doorway and adjusting her veil before going for a run in the street, while a female voice narrates in a Saudi dialect: "What will they say about you? Maybe they'll say you exceeded all expectations."

View Full Post

More great content like this @ Health & Body Front Page or you can Request Invite

Swedes should take sex breaks from work, says politician

Swedes should take sex breaks from work, says politician

Sweden is renowned for its innovative take on employment.  In January nurses in Gothenburg became part of a two-year pilot scheme that introduced a six-hour working day. The six-hour day was proven to reduce absence and improve patient care. 

View Full Post

More great content like this @ Health & Body Front Page or you can Request Invite

The gut microbiome in health and in disease

The gut microbiome in health and in disease

Recent technological advancements and expanded efforts have led to a tremendous growth in the collective knowledge of the human microbiome. This review will highlight some of the important recent findings in this area of research.Studies have described …

View Full Post

More great content like this @ Health & Body Front Page or you can Request Invite

Campaigners hail school decision to let pupils choose gender identity

Campaigners hail school decision to let pupils choose gender identity

Campaigners have welcomed a decision by a private girls’ school to allow students to use boys’ names and wear boys’ clothes should they wish under a new “gender identity protocol”. St Paul’s girls’ school in west London, whose former pupils include the MP Harriet Harman and the actor Rachel Weisz, will now consider requests from students from the age of 16 to go through a formal process to be known within the school either as boys or as gender-neutral.

View Full Post

More great content like this @ Health & Body Front Page or you can Request Invite