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Exercise after a Heart Attack

Exercise after a Heart Attack Many patients may not be aware of the importance of exercise after a heart attack.   Researchers at Queen’s University Belfast explored perceptions of exercise among patients who did not attend cardiac rehabilitation.   They found that participants thought that keeping active through daily activities was sufficient for health and viewed medication […]

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Anger and hostility associated with the development of coronary heart disease

Coronary Heart Disease Anger and hostility are associated with the development of coronary heart disease in healthy people and with a worse outcome in those who already have it, a meta-analytic review of 44 studies has confirmed.   The harmful effects of anger and hostility were found to be greater in men than women.   […]

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Background TV and young brains

We know that watching TV is bad for the brain development of very young children.    Now researchers have shown that even just having a TV on ‘in the background’, while parents read and children play, is likely to have an adverse effect on development too.   Researchers videoed 50 one-, two- or three-year olds, individually, for […]

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Keeping Active

Keeping Active Keeping active well into old age may be a lifesaver.   Researchers assessed over 1,800 people born in 1920 and 1921 and found that, compared with those who exercised for fewer than four hours a week, people who engaged in activities such as jogging or swimming for four hours a week or who walked […]

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Being overweight in middle age increases the risk of dementia

Overweight Being overweight in middle age increases the risk of dementia later in both men and women, according to the findings of a prospective study of 1,152 participants, assessed between the ages of 45 to 65 in 1963, 312 of whom were later diagnosed with either Alzheimer’s  disease or vascular dementia.   (International Journal of Obesity, […]

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Parents using buggies

Parents using buggies that allow their babies to face them are twice as likely to talk to their baby when out walking than parents using buggies in which the babies face forwards.   “Both mothers and infants laughed more frequently using the face-to-face buggies.   Only one baby out of the 20 laughed during the away-facing journey, […]

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Smoking in pregnancy and psychosis

Smoking in pregnancy and psychosis Here’s another reason not to smoke in pregnancy.   It puts children at greater risk of developing psychotic symptoms in their teenage years, accoding to findings extrapolated from the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children. Researchers from the universities of Bristol, Cardiff, Nottingham and Warwick examined data from 6,356 children […]

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Good News for Middle Aged Coffee Drinkers!

Good News for Middle Aged Coffee Drinkers! People who drink three to five cups of coffee a day (termed moderate coffee drinkers), at least from middle age on, are less likely to suffer from dementia or Alzheimer’s disease than those who drink little or no coffee, according to the findings of a study of over […]

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Living abroad leads to creative thinking

Living Abroad Those who live abroad for a while tend to be more creative thinkers, claims a new study.   Students who had lived abroad were better able to come up with creative solutions to tasks and were also more likely to problem solve correctly when asked first to think about a time when they […]

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The power of imagination

The Power of Imagination. More evidence of just how positive powerful imagination can be: students asked to imagine talking to an elderly stranger and finding out something interesting about them subsequently showed more positive attitudes towards elderly people in general than did a control group.   In a second study, non-Muslim participants who imagined a […]

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