Walk for at least 25 minutes per day and add years to your life.

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People over 65 are abusing the alcohol limits in London.

Laughing at my grandmother’s nonsense when she was drunk made sense when I was 10. Today she is gone, but now it dawns on me the risks of her behaviour. Excessive drinking problems are usually associated with younger people, and consequently alcohol misuse services seem to be only in place for the younger generations, rather than the elderly. However, a new survey in London has revealed that people over 65 years old are drinking much more than the weekly recommended limit.

Although limits vary from country to country, it is recommended that men do not drink over 21 units of alcohol per week, and women over 14. This survey brought to light that the older generation in Britain are doubling figures with men drinking an outstanding 49 units, while women are drinking approximately 23. Read More →

Expatriates are particularly at risk when it comes to mental health. Language barriers, isolation, workload issues, as well as not having family and friends close by, often can mean feeling more vulnerable in life’s everyday circumstances. Loneliness or feeling “out of place” when living abroad can definitely cause your emotions to rollercoaster, causing you to feel depressed, anxious or generally sad.

Fortunately, most people nowadays own smartphones, which means you can have access to useful mental health apps when living abroad. This can help you cope with mental health issues like depression or anxiety, which is proven to be more common among expats.

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Over 20% of OAPs are at risk from drinking too much

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Latest research suggests e-cigarettes are safer than tobacco.

It has been a busy week for cigarettes. Just days after the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) called for a ban on smoking in pub gardens and other outdoor locations in the UK, it has been recognised for the first time that e-cigarettes are safer than tobacco.

It wasn’t even close. In the “best estimate so far” by Public Health England, using e-cigarettes was found to be 95% safer than conventional cigarettes, and were also reported to be less hazardous than cigars and pipes. Read More →

Africa celebrated one year without any new polio cases.

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We all know one. While you’re sitting gasping for breath, lolling your tongue in a glass of milk you think could be your last, a boastful friend will boredly (and boringly) explain how they’ve eaten spicier food than whatever plate of hell-fire is in front of you for breakfast.

Well, it turns out that these daredevil dieters could outlive you, according to a new study from China, which reports that spice lovers have a 14% lower mortality risk than the rest of us wimps.

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Spritam is the first 3D printed drug to be approved by the FDA.

3D printing is nothing new in our highly advanced and technological world. It was co-developed in the 1980s by Michael Cima, PhD and Professor Emanuel Sachs. Today it is commonly used in the medical field to provide patients with jaw replicas, dental implants, prosthetics, and more. After two decades of investigations, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has finally approved the very first 3D-printed pills.

Dubbed Spritam, this drug was developed by Aprecia Pharmaceuticals, a privately owned company based in Ohio. The tablet is prescribed to patients who suffer from certain types of seizures brought on by epilepsy. When taken with liquids, these pills dissolve quickly.

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People who eat spicy food reduce their mortality risk by up to 15%

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  • 3D-printed drugs on the way – the first ever 3D printed pill will be made available soon after passing FDA approval, allowing for personally tailored medication.
  • Religiosity and health – new research has shown that faith can have a positive impact on health and daily function among cancer patients.
  • Call for improvement in indigenous health care – UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has demanded that the international community “eminently preventable” health dangers faced by indigenous populations around the world.

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Last week, news came out that a big step has been taken towards the world’s first malaria vaccine being approved for distribution, a move that sees the treatment reach thousands of people.

With malaria causing over half a million deaths per year, research into a cure against the disease has been going on for decades. Mosquirix, developed by GlaxoSmithKline, has been given a positive assessment by the European Medicines Agency; however due to mixed results found in children the WHO (World Health Organization) is yet to decide whether it will recommend the vaccine to children.

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