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The New Exercise Trend That’s Made for Everyone

Bringing the science of high intensity interval training (HIIT) into everyday life could be the key to helping unfit, overweight people get more of the exercise they need to improve their health, according to an international research team. From washing the car to climbing stairs or carrying groceries, each of these activities is an opportunity...

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Lesbian and Bi Women at Increased Risk of Being Overweight

Lesbian and bisexual women are at increased risk of being overweight or obese compared to heterosexual women, according to new research from the University of East Anglia and UCL. Gay men however are less likely to be overweight than their straight counterparts, and more at risk of being underweight. The study, published in the Journal of...

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How to Make the Push-Up Work for You

If you want to improve your golf swing, softball pitch, or tennis serve, the push-up is for you. The push-up is a highly adaptable exercise that can be tailored to help individuals with specific needs, say a team of UWaterloo researchers who studied a modified push-up, called a ‘push-up plus.’ The push-up plus, which consists...

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Intervention Can Boost Rates of Exclusive Breastfeeding

Interventions which educate and support new mothers in West Africa to exclusively breastfeed (where infants are only fed breast milk) can significantly increase the practice, according to new research published in The Lancet Global Health. In a randomised trial of new mothers in Burkina Faso, led by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM),...

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Women Should Be Offered a Choice of Treatment Options for Miscarriage, Study Shows

irst-ever comprehensive comparison of all treatment options for miscarriage demonstrates little to no difference in medical effectiveness in resolving an unsuccessful pregnancy between medical and surgical options. Various side effects among treatments were highlighted, including increased bleeding, anxiety, long waiting times and long recovery periods, evidence was not consistent UK national guidelines recommend natural delivery...

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Oral Contraceptives Could Impair Women’s Recognition of Complex Emotions

The pill could be blurring your social judgement – but perhaps not enough so you’d notice. By challenging women to identify complex emotional expressions like pride or contempt, rather than basic ones like happiness or fear, scientists have revealed subtle changes in emotion recognition associated with oral contraceptive pill (OCP) use. Published in Frontiers in Neuroscience,...

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Rutgers Researcher Discovers Black Seed Oil Compound May Improve Skin Care

A Rutgers researcher has found that thymoquinone, an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compound of black seed oil, can effectively be delivered to the skin, which may offer a new option for skin care. Natural skin care products with botanical ingredients are a popular part of people’s daily skin regimen, providing relief for skin redness or irritation...

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Personality Type Could Shape Attitudes Toward Body Weight of Others

Studies show there is a major link between personality traits and personal body image, but the relationship between personality and attitudes toward others’ bodies has gone largely unexplored. Now, Florida State University researchers suggest that the specific alchemy of an individual’s personality — their distinct blend of conscientiousness, agreeableness, openness, neuroticism and extraversion — is...