Older people who exercise are twice as likely to enjoy good health as inactive people

An eight-year cohort study has found a strong association between physical activity and healthy ageing in later life. The study recruited a sample of older adults and followed them over time.   They measured the participants’ levels of physical activity and health every two years. Other studies have already shown an association between activity and exercise.  [read the full story…]

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Objective evidence that active kids do better at school

Children playing football

Recent studies have suggested that physical activity helps children to do better at their studies.  Some of these studies have been hampered by difficulties with reliably measuring the amount of activity that actually goes on.  Others have been limited by a short duration or small sample size.  And all have been hampered by the possible [read the full story…]

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Mass media and smoking: cause and cure?

Smoking

Do mass media anti-smoking campaigns work? A recent Cochrane systematic review evaluated the evidence from controlled trials of mass media interventions on tobacco cessation. Not surprisingly, the reviewers found huge variation between the studies in the types of campaign they evaluated, and how they measured success. A key difficulty with this type of research is [read the full story…]

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Painkiller use during marathons could be a serious health risk

You’re on the starting line raring to go, the starter gun sounds and you’re off, eager and determined to give it your best. There’s a bounce in your step and a smile on your face. Twenty-six and a smidge miles later and everything won’t seem nearly so bright! The marathon will have wreaked havoc on [read the full story…]

Quitting smoking cuts your risk of heart disease even if you gain some weight, new study suggests

Breaking the habit

No Smoking Day saw the publication of a study which is encouraging for those smokers who’ve taken the first steps in quitting but are worried about weight gain. A lot of people find they put on weight when they give up smoking, something I’ve blogged about before (you can find it here), and it raises [read the full story…]

Your life, your health – researchers invite you to share what they know about how life gets under your skin

I’m really excited today as I’ve been looking at a wonderful example of research that’s relevant to us all, presented in an accessible way. The team at the UK Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) know they have really interesting findings and want to share them with everyone. They also want your feedback and encourage anyone who’s [read the full story…]

Quitting smoking is always worth it but the sooner the better, finds major new study

A new research study on smoking has hit the headlines this week and rightly so. This large study, from a team at Oxford University, followed over a million women aged 50 to 69 over twelve years to look at the health hazards of smoking over many years and the benefits of quitting. The hazards among people in middle age [read the full story…]

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New ‘traffic light’ blood test gives warning signal to unsafe drinkers

If your doctor told you that your blood test showed that your alcohol consumption was damaging your liver and that there was a significant risk that this would kill you in the next five years, I’m guessing that you might feel pretty motivated to drink less. I know I would. Deaths from liver damage have doubled [read the full story…]

New evidence further tips the scales against low carbohydrate-high protein diets

‘Flabs to abs in a day!’, ‘Thin in a fortnight!’, ‘Eat What You Like And Still Lose Weight!’. You know the kind of thing. We are constantly bombarded by diets that promise to help us shed the extra pounds and get the bodies we always wanted. We also get conflicting information; one week this or that [read the full story…]