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Screens add to chubby children's woes

Obese or overweight children must be prevented from spending too much time lazing in front of TVs and PCs. Behavioural therapy for the whole family could help.

Does shaving make you hairier?

A scientist shoots down a shaving myth while wiping out a waxing myth.

The Maasai keep healthy despite a high-fat diet

The Maasai in East Africa consume a high-fat diet, but they don’t seem to suffer from lifestyle diseases. Scientists have now discovered that the Maasai move with a surprisingly low intensity.

Being big isn’t always bad

New research backs up claims that many people can be obese without an increased risk of developing or dying of heart disease or cancer.

Psoriasis might lead to diabetes

Psoriasis patients face an increased risk of developing diabetes, new study reveals. This and other findings were recently presented at a European heart conference.

Obesity risks for only children

An only child runs a 50 percent greater risk of becoming overweight than children with siblings, a new European study shows.

Thirty minutes of daily exercise is enough

The same effect in only half the time: scientists have demonstrated that 30 minutes of daily exercise gives an equally effective loss of weight and fat mass as a full hour’s daily exercise.

Children of older men have more DNA mutations

The father’s age is decisive in determining how many mutations a child has in its genome – the older the father is, the higher the number of mutations is, and the greater the risk is that the child will develop e.g. autism and schizophrenia.

Lack of vitamin D may increase diabetes risk

Here’s an addition to the long list of potential health benefits associated with vitamin D: if you don’t get enough of it, you may face an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

Edible vaccines can be grown everywhere

In the future, local farmers the world over could be growing broccoli, potatoes or lettuce that can protect against diseases such as rabies and dengue.

How babies get heart defects

Scientists have mapped the network of genes, proteins and environmental factors that together led to a heart defect in one percent of all children born each year. Better diagnoses and treatments will soon be available, says researcher.

Cancer patients with high vitamin D levels live longer

The risk of dying from cancer is more than 2.5 times higher in patients with low vitamin D levels compared to patients who have high levels of the same vitamin.