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Important information about swine flu

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Last updated 4:07 PM Thursday 05 November 2009

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Exercise, stress and heart risks

Monday Nov 2 2009

Half an hour of aerobic exercise can cut the risk of a fatal heart attack by 60%, according to The Daily Telegraph. The news comes from research that was also covered by the Daily Express, but neither newspaper made it clear that the study...

Stress, plastics and male infertility

Friday Oct 23 2009

“Modern life is having a devastating impact on men's fertility,” reported the Daily Mail. The newspaper looked at research claiming to show that the combination of stress and a “gender-bending” chemical found in...

Mobile phones 'distract walkers'

Wednesday Oct 21 2009

Research has found that “people chatting on mobile phones are oblivious to their surroundings and can pose a risk to themselves and others,” The Daily Telegraph reported today.

Today's babies will live for a century

Friday Oct 2 2009

“Most babies born in the past few years in the UK will live to be 100 if current trends continue,” The Guardian has today reported. The newspaper said that despite the elderly having more long-term...

Are working mums' children fatter?

Tuesday Sep 29 2009

“Working mums' kids are fatter and lazier,” is the headline in the Daily Mirror today. The newspaper reported on a survey of 12,000 schoolchildren. It found that children of mothers who worked were more likely to...

Most children 'not active enough'

Monday Sep 28 2009

Several news sources report that British children are not getting enough exercise. According to BBC News, only one in eight young people in this country are getting the recommended 60 minutes of physical activity a day. The reports are based on...

Male habits knock decade off life

Friday Sep 18 2009

“Cigarettes and alcohol will take 10 years off your life,” said The Independent. The newspaper reported that for the first time doctors have quantified the effects of...

Traffic 'drives up blood pressure'

Thursday Sep 10 2009

“Living near a busy road is more likely to cause stress and raised blood pressure”, The Daily Telegraph has reported. The newspaper explained that a study involving almost 28,000 people living...

A longer life from bigger thighs?

Friday Sep 4 2009

A number of newspapers have today reported a link between larger thighs and reduced mortality and cardiovascular disease. The Independent, for example, says that “big thighs could be the key to beating...

'Slob lifestyle' cancer claim

Wednesday Sep 2 2009

A “Slob lifestyle” increases the risk of breast cancer risk according to the Daily Mirror, while the Daily Mail has estimated that 18,000 women a year could be saved from the disease by exercise and...

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Swine flu science: overview

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How much activity?

Thirty minutes of activity a day will lower your risk of developing major chronic diseases.