Category Archives: Health

Office hygiene: 5 mistakes that are making you ill

  When one person in the office gets a cold or a stomach bug it feels inevitable that anyone sitting within close proximity will also get ill. Research from SCAsuggest that one in 10 workers believe their health has been compromised by poor workplace hygiene. Just under half of those surveyed believe they have passed on an illness contracted at work to another member of Read More

How to get rid of a cold: 9 expert tips for getting over a cold quickly

  Runny nose, scratchy throat or a tickly cough? It’s horrible knowing that a cold is already in your system – and that it’s only going to get worse. We’ve all heard that wrapping up warm and drinking plenty of fluids will help you recover once a bug has struck, but are there any tips and tricks that can stop a cold Read More

PHE launch ‘Keep Antibiotics Working’ campaign to tackle medicinal ‘apocalypse’

Public Health England (PHE) has launched a major new campaign titled ‘Keep Antibiotics Working’ in an attempt to stave off the bacterial “apocalypse” that we have so often been warned about in recent months. The move comes after England’s chief medical officer, Dame Sally Davies, claimed that the growing rate of antibiotic resistance would spell “the end of modern medicine” – with Read More

Eating alone could be bad for your health, study says

Going out for dinner with friends is one of the undisputed joys of life but new research suggests it may also be good for our physical health, after scientists found that eating alone increases an individual’s risk of developing heart disease and diabetes. It was concluded that men who dined solo at least twice a day were more likely to display symptoms Read More

Nine countries have issued health warnings about the plague

Most of us will have studied the plague (otherwise known as the ‘Black Death’) at school. It was a pandemic that spread throughout Europe, wiping out around 50 million people as it went, during the 13th and 14th centuries. Sound familiar? Well, according to health warnings issued by nine different countries across Africa, it looks like it’s back. The disease Read More

The bedtime routine that guarantees a good night’s sleep

10pm: Have a protein + carb-rich snack Eating this combo an hour before bedtime is the first step to a restful night: “Your brain needs the protein to produce melatonin and serotonin, chemicals important for sleep, and the carbs help your body absorb the protein,” says Kathryn Lee, RN, PhD, professor and associate dean for research at the University of Read More

Do you pee often or hardly ever? Here’s what your urine can tell about your health

You have to pee several times a day, yet like most people, you don’t like to talk about it much. But did you know that every time you pee, your urine gives important clues about your overall health? Its smell and colour, in particular, can give vital clues to your well-being. “The healthiest urine colour is clear,” says Dr Shubendu Read More

Stop popping pills. These 10 everyday items in your kitchen are the best cure for sick days

You might be surprised to know that all the ingredients needed for the recipe of good health are easily available in your kitchen. Simple food items such as broccoli, chocolate and cinnamon can be life savers when it comes to common ailments. Let’s start with: 1) Chocolate: Chocolate is not only a mood-enhancer, as it helps reduce symptoms of depression, but it can Read More

New ‘smart’ nanoparticles that heat up to kill cancerous cells may help treat cancer

Scientists have developed ‘smart’ self-regulating nanoparticles which heat up to a temperature high enough to kill cancerous cells, while too low to harm the healthy tissue. The self-stopping nanoparticles developed by researchers from the University of Surrey in the UK could soon be used as part of hyperthermic-thermotherapy to treat patients with cancer, researchers said. Thermotherapy has long been used Read More

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Trump to declare health emergency over opioids but no new funds to help

The US Capitol building in Washington on 10 October 2017. Photograph: J Scott Applewhite/AP Donald Trump is to order his health secretary to declare a public health emergency in response to the US’s escalating opioid epidemic. But while the announcement that the president intends to “mobilise his entire administration” to combat the crisis will be seen as an important symbolic moment, Read More