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Does running a mile a day really improve children’s lives?

The Scottish school that asked primary pupils to do 15 minutes of exercise every day started a global trend – and research suggests it really is transforming lives It was an 80-year-old volunteer who prompted Elaine Wylie, the then headteacher of St Ninians primary school in Stirling, to reappraise the fitness of the children in her school. “Your children are ...

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Wales to ban smoking outside hospitals and schools in UK first

Government to enforce ban by summer 2019 in bid to cut passive smoking and ‘de-normalise’ act Wales is to become the first country in the UK to ban smoking in outdoor school spaces, playgrounds and hospital grounds. The Labour-led government said on Friday it would bring in the restriction by summer 2019, arguing it would protect people from secondhand smoke ...

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World Thyroid Day, keep your thyroid healthy with the right diet, exercise

Do you have tremors, feel bloated pretty often or have been finding it difficult to concentrate lately? Although these can be symptoms for various other conditions, these three are also indicative of thyroid. Hence, it is best to go for a check up and see if you have hyperthyroidism or hypothyroidism.   World Thyroid Day is observed on May 25 ...

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NHS needs £2,000 in tax from every household to stay afloat – report

Higher taxation is only way to address demands on buckling health service, thinktanks say British households will need to pay an extra £2,000 a year in tax to help the NHS cope with the demands of an ageing population, according to a new report that highlights the unprecedented financial pressures on the health system. Two thinktanks – the Institute for ...

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Can drinking too much water harm you?

Do you drink too much water? Beware, overhydration — excess fluid accumulation — can lead to dangerously low sodium levels or in the blood or result in brain swelling, researchers say.   Hyponatremia, a life-threatening condition of brain swelling, is more common in elderly patients and can cause cognitive problems and seizures.   “(Hyponatremia) occurs in common pathological conditions, including ...

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Congo announces 6 new confirmed cases of Ebola virus

Kinshasa, May 23 : Congo’s health ministry announced six new confirmed Ebola cases and two new suspected cases Tuesday as vaccinations entered a second day in an effort to contain the deadly virus in a city of more than 1 million. Dozens of health workers in the northwestern provincial capital, Mbandaka, have received vaccinations amid expectations that some will be ...

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Fashion influencer Mariah Idrissi visits Harrow Horizons children’s mental health service

Muslim model, presenter and actress is taking part in #FastForADay to support Barnardo’s children’s charity during Ramadan Harrow Horizons service supports hundreds of children and young people in north west London who struggle with emotional and mental health British Muslim model Mariah Idrissi visited a Barnardo’s service in London today (Tue 22 May) as part of a Ramadan campaign to support the ...

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Ozone exposure at birth may up asthma risk

Exposure to ozone (O3) — a common air pollutant — at birth may increase the risk of developing asthma by age three, a new study suggests.   The study, presented at the 2018 American Thoracic Society International Conference, showed that 31 per cent of the participants developed asthma, 42 per cent had allergic rhinitis and 76 per cent had eczema, ...

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Missing microbes ’cause’ childhood cancer

Our modern germ-free life is the cause of the most common type of cancer in children, according to one of Britain’s most eminent scientists.   Acute lymphoblastic leukaemia affects one in 2,000 children.   Prof Mel Greaves, from the Institute of Cancer Research, has amassed 30 years of evidence to show the immune system can become cancerous if it does ...

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