coke2According to a study conducted by the Consumer Reports on the effect of caramel colouring used in soft drinks such as Coca Cola, the daily consumption of fizzy drinks is more dangerous than we thought.

The chemical process that takes place with the manufacturing of caramel colouring produces a carcinogen that could be raising the risk of cancer, suggests an analyst.

The laboratory tests on 11 different soft drinks revealed that one can a day could be enough to expose a consumer to potentially cancer-causing levels of the chemical 4-MeI, which is short for 4-methylimidazole. Surprisingly however, the levels of 4-MeI varied in samples of the same type of fizzy drinks. Tyler Smith, the lead author of the Johns Hopkins study, the team that led the Consumer Reports researchers, said that “For example, for diet coke, certain samples had higher or more variable levels of the compound, while other samples had very low concentrations”.

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Lately, the overflow of fitness e-books and nutrition plans has created numerous fitness movements.tumblr front page pic

Women of all ages and from all over the world are purchasing an e-book and joining others who have already paved the way for a healthy and fit start to the new year.

The duration of the exercise period is usually 12 weeks. Depending on the author, the styles of exercise included in the e-books can vary. Normally it consists of strength exercises for different body parts such as legs, arms and stomach as well as cardio. Read More →

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If you have ever lived in the UK, USA or Germany, there is a high chance you know this slogan very well. But what does it exactly mean? Why 5? Is there any truth to this?

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In order to disclose patterns and reveal the best national healthcare systems in Europe, the Euro Health Consumer Index (EHCI) was published by the Health Consumer Powerhouse recently.chart

The data was gathered in 2014 for over 37 countries. The report ranks the countries according to the following factors:

  • patent rights and information disclosure;
  • accessibility
  • waiting times for treatment;
  • outcomes;
  • the range of services offered;
  • illness prevention
  • access to pharmaceuticals.

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Guidelines on fat consumption that we have been following for over thirty years are wrong, a new study finds.

‘A moment on the lips…a lifetime on the hips’ is a mantra we’ve all heard, or repeated into ourselves, especially when deciding how best to sate our appetites. Well, good news for those of us who like to pig-out every so often, as now it seems that maybe that fry-up, or those pancakes, aren’t as bad as we once believed.

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Insurance companies are adapting their policies to meet their clients’ needs

According to the UN in 2010, there were 200 million expats living worldwide, while the effects of the global economic crash are reported to have added to this number significantly. An increasing number of people are now living and working abroad and the availability and inclusivity of international health insurance reflects this. Insurance companies are adapting their policies to meet their clients’ needs: whether they will be staying in one country or travelling around several, in order to ensure that the client is always covered. International health insurance is becoming more and more common as expats realise the benefits and peace of mind that can be gained from it.

International health insurance ensures that you have access to local health services and in the manner in which you would typically expect from treatment in your home country. Additionally, and at times crucially, if the country in which you are residing is unable to offer sufficient local health services, international medical insurance will provide emergency evacuation to the nearest suitable hospital, or even repatriation to your home country, should it be necessary.

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26 january 2015 health stories

Heartburn linked to cancer and how to sit correctly – top health stories this week.

International health news

  • Heartburn ‘possible cancer sign’ – Doctors are urging people not to ignore persistent heartburn which could be a sign of stomach or oesophageal cancer.
  • WHO promises reform – After admitting bungling the Ebola response, the World Health Organisation promises a faster response in future.
  • Calls to ban toxic tobacco habit – Popular among baseball stars and fans, chewing tobacco is linked to several mouth cancers and the deaths of famous players.

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