Being stressed CAN be good for you – it boosts memory


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Being stressed CAN be good for you – it boosts memory Chronic stress has been shown to increase the risk of heart attack and compromise the immune systemBut short-lived stress primes the brain for improved performance – most notably boosting memoryResearchers say it encourages stem cells in the brain to turn into new nerve cells that boost mental agility By Anna Hodgekiss PUBLISHED: 11:24 GMT, 17 April 2013 | UPDATED: 11:43 GMT, 17 April 2013 Overworked and stressed out Look on the bright side – some stress is good for you.

Rush for MMR jab as measles outbreak spreads to the North East where there have been 200 cases of the disease


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Rush for MMR jab as measles outbreak spreads to the North East where there have been 200 cases of the disease 19 new measles cases in the Middlesbrough in the last week after 200 in the last six monthsFigure compares with 11 cases in the whole of 2010 and 18 in 2011 1,000 people queue for MMR jab in Swansea after outbreak .

Can"t quit smoking? Your GENES might be to blame, rather than a lack of willpower


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Can't quit smoking Your GENES might be to blame, rather than a lack of willpower Scientists have found genes that make some people more likely to smoke Those affected are more easily hooked as teenagers and then smoke moreAs adults, they find it harder to quit the habit than those with different genes By Anna Hodgekiss PUBLISHED: 20:00 GMT, 27 March 2013 | UPDATED: 20:01 GMT, 27 March 2013 Scientists have found that some genes increase a person's likelihood of becoming a heavy smoker Genes, rather than feeble willpower, may be the reason why some people just can't stop smoking.

The seven-point plan to a healthy life: Simple lifestyle steps can help prevent cancer and heart disease, new study finds


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The seven-point plan to a healthy life: Simple lifestyle steps can help prevent cancer and heart disease, new study finds By Anthony Bond PUBLISHED: 04:00 GMT, 19 March 2013 | UPDATED: 04:00 GMT, 19 March 2013 Seven simple health lifestyle steps can help prevent cancer as well as heart disease, according to a new study.

Diabetes: Hate the gym? Don"t worry – you could avoid it by getting up to chat to a colleague


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Forget the gym: You could avoid diabetes by getting up to chat to a colleagueCutting the time people spend sitting down by 90 minutes a day could reduce Type 2 diabetes riskScientists in Leicester suggest physical activity advice should be amended as a consequence By Jenny Hope and Emma Innes PUBLISHED: 14:03 GMT, 28 February 2013 | UPDATED: 14:03 GMT, 28 February 2013 Being less sedentary all the time could be more beneficial than going to the gym, claim scientists Forget the gym – getting up from your desk to chat to a colleague a few times a day may be all that is required to prevent Type 2 diabetes.

Eating a Mediterranean diet "cuts your heart and stroke risk by a third"


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Eating nuts and olive oil can reduce the risk of a heart attack as much as statins Diet high in fruit, vegetables, fish and nuts is good for your heart By Jenny Hope PUBLISHED: 00:42 GMT, 26 February 2013 | UPDATED: 09:03 GMT, 26 February 2013 Hearty meals: Switching to a Mediterranean diet can cut the risk of a heart attack by a third Eating a Mediterranean-style diet can cut heart attacks, strokes and death rates in people at high risk of heart disease by as much as a third, research shows.

Diclofenac: GPs "ignore heart risk" of drug used by millions


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GPs 'ignore heart attack and stroke risk' of painkiller used by millions Research shows that taking the painkiller diclofenac increases the risk of heart attacks and strokes by 63 per centScientists are calling for the drug to be banned as safer alternatives availableUK's drugs watchdog said European safety review of diclofenac is underwayPatients told not to stop taking pill but do speak to your GP By Fiona Macrae PUBLISHED: 01:08 GMT, 13 February 2013 | UPDATED: 11:30 GMT, 13 February 2013 Diclofenac is widely prescribed for common ailments, including back pain and arthritis Doctors are writing millions of prescriptions a year for a painkiller that is known to raise the risk of heart attacks and strokes, a study has warned.

Tears and tantrums in childhood raise risk of heart attacks and strokes in middle age (especially in girls)


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Tears and tantrums in childhood raise risk of heart attacks and strokes in middle age (especially in girls) Girls who experienced distress as seven-year-olds had a 31% increased risk of heart disease in their 40sPersistent unhappiness is known to activate the stress response in the body By Claire Bates PUBLISHED: 14:14 GMT, 4 February 2013 | UPDATED: 17:02 GMT, 4 February 2013 Ongoing feelings of distress during childhood could raise the risk of heart attacks and stroke in middle age Children who are prone to having tantrums could be at higher risk of heart disease when they hit middle age, say researchers.

Snorers "more at risk of heart attack than smokers or obese"


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Snorers 'more at risk of heart attack than smokers or obese' New connection between between 'plain' snoring – not more severe sleep apnoea – and cardiovascular riskSnorers more likely to have thickening or abnormalities in the carotid artery that supplies the brain with bloodSnorers must seek treatment in the same way as those with high blood pressure or heart disease risk factors By Sophie Borland PUBLISHED: 13:01 GMT, 25 January 2013 | UPDATED: 01:48 GMT, 26 January 2013 Snorers are more likely to have a heart attack than smokers or the obese, say researchers.

Stand up in the office to lose weight and boost circulation, says expert

Stand up in the office to lose weight and boost circulation, says expert Standing for 3 hours a day can burn 8lbs of fat a yearHigher desks suggested to stop workers sitting all dayWriter Ernest Hemingway was a fan of standing while writing found sitting down too long increases your risk of dying within a few years – even if you are already physically active.


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