Do you think Armenian cuisine rank in the top 5 best or worst diets in the world.

Do you think Armenian cuisine rank in the top 5 best or worst diets in the world?

A study conducted by Lancet Global Health has analysed the diets of 197 countries and ranked them according to their eating habits.

The ranking is based on the consumption of healthy products such as fruit, vegetables, beans, nuts, seeds, whole grains, dairy products and fish.

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World’s first Malaria vaccine has been introduced in Africa in order to save thousands of lives. (CC BY-SA 2.0)

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Approximately 1.5 million people die of hepatitis every year - and it could be prevented.

Approximately 1.5 million people die of hepatitis every year – and it could be prevented.  (CC BY 2.0)

Prevention: that is what World Hepatitis Day is all about. Every year, on July 28th, the World Health Organization (WHO) commemorates the birth of Professor Baruch Samuel Blumberg who discovered both the Hepatitis B virus and vaccine.

Every year, 1.5 million people die from hepatitis and their related illnesses such as cirrhosis, liver failure and liver cancer. WHO works in an effort to spread the word about prevention, as there is no cure. Read More →

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Napping can have positive effects and boost productivity. (CC BY 2.0)

For years hispanic countries, most notably Spain, have suffered by the stereotype of being “lazy” for taking siestas. But, are siestas really a sign of laziness or are they actually an ingenious idea? Studies have shown that taking a siesta in the middle of the day can increase productivity while reducing frustration and short-temper.

The Spanish town of Ador, located in Valencia, wants to avoid short-tempered and frustrated workers (and citizens in general), which is why they have instated a law that gives every resident the right to an afternoon nap. From 2pm to 5pm, everything will go quiet; children are not to be let out on the streets, businesses are to close down, and the town is to snooze in unison. Read More →

Techniques used in cloning to help to combat mitochondrial disease.

Techniques used in cloning to help to combat mitochondrial disease. (CC BY-SA 2.5)

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Health insurance in Germany is said to be one of the most expensive.

Germany is one of the main players for high class medical treatment, but this comes at a cost.

Since 2009, any residents in Germany are required to possess health insurance. Although the medical care and treatment in Germany is of a very high standard, it comes at a cost.

For those seeking employment in Germany, it is worth noting that there is a threshold in place Verisicherungspflichtgrenze) which states that those earning below a certain wage will automatically be insured under the public health insurance scheme. This mandatory insurance under the public health scheme also applies for students at a state university. Families can take advantage of the public health system since spouses and children can be registered under the main earner’s name.

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With the rise of smartphones, tablets, and all other manner of gizmos and gadgets over the past 8 years, different industries have been looking into how they can capitalise on this new market. At first lagging behind, the Health & Fitness industry is now booming, with apps like ‘Runtastic Running’ and my personal favourite, ‘7 Minute Workout’, being used by millions.

In this post, we’re going to see whether fitness apps are really a good way to stay in shape, and how you can stay healthy while abroad. Read More →

If no measures are taken against obesity, 30% of the UK population will be obese by 2030.

If no measures are taken against obesity, 30% of the UK population will be obese by 2030. (CC0 1.0)

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  • Cancer alert: more than lumps – A survey revealed that over half of older women did not know what other symptoms indicate cancer aside from lumps.
  • Chlorine vs. Vaccination – A new study indicates that a new, inexpensive vaccine could be the answer to cholera which results in being easier than bringing chlorine to thousands of homes around the world.

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Bringing your pet to work is said to reduce stress and increase productivity for overseas workers.

Did you know that stress has been known to be a major contributor to employee absenteeism? Overseas workers and expats in a new working environment are perhaps the most likely to be affected by stress, leading to low morale and a decrease in employee productivity. This will have a negative effect on any company. So what can be done?

Studies show that the presence of pets in the workplace can actually increase job satisfaction (rather unsurprisingly), improve collaboration among employees and finally boost productivity.

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Did you know a 10 second kiss spreads 80 million bacteria? It’s enough to set tongues wagging this International Kissing Day.

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