Finally! A holiday card for real people

by Andrea Updyke posted in Mom Stories Since I had children, I loved the idea of sending holiday cards to friends and family. A couple different years, I even managed to get a photographer to take cute family photos in time to have all my cards addressed and mailed before Christmas. This year, I swore… […]

Walking reduces heart disease in people at risk

“An extra walk each day wards off killer heart illnesses,” reports the Daily Express. The traditional New Year’s Day stroll is good for “blowing the cobwebs away”, and pledging to walk more as a New Year’s Resolution is a great idea, but this headline needs to be taken with a degree of caution. The news […]

Wii Fit may help people control diabetes

“Wii Fit games ‘help control diabetes’,” reports BBC News. People with type 2 diabetes are usually advised to change their lifestyle – including taking more exercise – to help control their blood sugar levels. In a novel randomised controlled trial, patients were given Nintendo Wit Fit Plus – an interactive console-based exercise game – to assist their efforts. […]

Dieting leaves some people ‘feeling depressed’

"It’s official; dieting does make us depressed," laments the Mail Online, following the publication of a study on how losing weight affects a person’s mood. A study of 1,979 overweight and obese people found that those who lost 5% of their bodyweight were nearly twice as likely to feel some symptoms of depression, compared with […]

Movement disorders in young people related to ADHD

Researchers have identified a particular genetic mutation that may cause Parkinsonism in young people. The mutation interferes with the brain’s transport of the important signal substance dopamine and may also plays a role in mental diseases, e.g. ADHD. Infant’s Health News — ScienceDaily

People with purpose in life ‘live longer,’ study advises

"Sense of purpose ‘adds years to life’," BBC News reports, after a new study found that having a purpose in life is linked to living longer, regardless of your age or retirement status. But this weak study can only show an association at best. The US study asked more than 6,000 people aged 20 to 70 […]

Should people with ‘fat genes’ avoid fried food?

“Eating fried food is more likely to make you fat if you have ‘obesity genes’,” The Independent reports after a study in the BMJ suggested that those with a genetic predisposition towards obesity should avoid fried food. The news is based on a US study that analysed interactions between fried food consumption and genetic risk factors […]

What type of people choose assisted suicide?

“Women, divorcees and atheists are most likely to choose assisted suicide,” the Mail Online reports, “with nearly 20% saying they are ‘simply weary of life’”. The Mail’s headline is misleading. The story comes from a study of assisted suicides in Switzerland, where the practice is legal. The study found that in 16% of assisted suicides, no […]