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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

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We can change our brain and its ability to cope with disease with simple lifestyle choices

Lifestyle factors such as meditation can change our brain for the better. gGuilherme Romano Our life expectancy has increased dramatically over the past several decades, with advances in medical research, nutrition and health care seeing us live well into our 80s. But this longer life expectancy has also come at a cost, as the longer we live, the more likely...

Health check: why do we get muscle cramps?

Some people experience cramps frequently after vigorous, high-intensity exercise. from shutterstock.com Many of us know the feeling of a cramp – whether you’ve been struck down on the sports field or woken with a start in excruciating pain in the middle of the night. A cramp is the involuntary contraction of our skeletal muscle, and it hurts. Some people often experience cramps after...

Stay on the couch or go for a run? There’s an app that can calculate the bigger risk

We know running is better for you than lounging but how might it affect our lifespan? Marcella Cheng Humans are much worse at estimating risk than we think we are. While we overestimate the risk of rare but catastrophic occurrences, such as being attacked by a shark, many of us seriously underestimate the risk of behaviours that reduce our lifespan, such...

Whole body vibration: a genuine therapy or just another ‘weight loss’ fad?

 Is whole body vibration just another fitness fad? Vibration machines have popped up in gyms alongside traditional equipment, and manufacturers claim ten minutes of vibration a day can be equivalent to an hour spent working out. Standing on a rapidly shaking platform will, according to claims, improve muscle tone and circulation, and accelerate weight loss. It’s an appealing prospect: passively standing...