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Thursday, 19 September 2013 09:37

Burgers can make you depressed!

(Mail online) Middle aged men whose diet is loaded with junk food - such as processed meat and sugary drinks - are at greater risk from depression, according to a new study. However, researchers found eating plenty of fruit and vegetables wards off the blues.

A study of more than 2,000 men found a healthy diet reduced their risk of developing the mental illness which affects almost a fifth of British adults. And shedding the pounds by improving diet and exercising more was associated with fewer cases of the condition.

Nutritionist Anu Ruusunen, of the University of Eastern Finland, said: 'The study reinforces the hypothesis a healthy diet has potential not only in the warding off of depression, but also in its prevention.'

(Daily mail) Keeping active for half an hour a day can reduce the risk of cancer of the womb by nearly half, according to a study.

Just 38 minutes of daily physical activity, combined with maintaining a healthy weight, could help to prevent 44 per cent of new cases in Britain. The World Cancer Research Fund's Continuous Update Project found strong evidence that about 3,700 cases could be prevented every year. 
Womb cancer mostly affects women aged over 60. The most common is endometrial – affecting the womb lining – which is fourth most common of all cancers affecting British women.

(HealthDay News) -- Cognitive behavioral therapy can be a powerful tool for preventing depression, equaling or exceeding the effectiveness of antidepressants and other types of care, according to two new studies.

Follow-up cognitive therapy can be as effective as antidepressant medications in preventing a relapse for patients at high risk for another bout of depression, researchers reported in the first study, which was published online Sept. 4 in the journal JAMA Psychiatry.

Saturday, 07 September 2013 15:22

Could a lack of sleep be making you FAT?

A lack of sleep not only increases tiredness and irritability - it can also expand your waistline.

After being deprived of one night's rest, participants in a study went on to purchase food that was higher in calories and weighed almost a fifth more than their normal shop.Scientists from Uppsala University in Sweden found that poor or no sleep resulted in raised levels of a hormone that is linked to boosting hunger.

Instead, the findings suggest another mechanism, such as reduced willpower or impulsive decision making, may be to blame.

glass-of-milk(Khaleeji times)A new study has found taking milk during pregnancy benefits children well into their early adulthood. It helps the children gain better height than those whose mothers did not take it adequately.

Earlier studies said babies tend to weigh more and grow more quickly if expectant mothers drink milk. But the new study has said children born to women who drank milk during pregnancy are more likely to be tall in their teenage.

Friday, 06 September 2013 09:55

Exercise key to a longer, happier life

(Medical Xpress)—Sustained physical activity can add years to life and substantially improve the quality of those years, according to the latest results of a long-term study into more than 12,000 elderly Western Australian men.

In a paper recently published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, researchers from The University of Western Australia found that 150 minutes of  per week added two to three years to the lives of those men who remained physically active for the duration of the 13-year study.

Those who had regularly engaged in throughout the study also aged more successfully than their inactive counterparts. Successful ageing was defined as ageing free of depression, or functional incapacity, while physical activity was defined as 150 minutes or more per week of exertion that made people huff and puff.

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