health

Do the Benefits of Real Friendships Translate Online?

By Andrew M. Seaman A person’s Facebook activity might be a window into their health and even predict their odds of dying in the short term, a new study suggests. Researchers stop short of saying that using the social networking website will either hasten or delay illness or death, but they conclude that how a

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Hidden Digital Ads Pushing Children to Eat Fatty Food, Health Experts Warn

By Kate Kelland LONDON  – Children in Europe are bombarded with hidden digital advertising and marketing promoting fatty, sugary and salty foods that is damaging their health and adding to the region’s obesity problem, World Health Organization experts said on Friday. The researchers called for policymakers to do more to protect children from junk food

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Polio Vaccine Makers Failing to Make Enough Doses: WHO Experts

By Tom Miles GENEVA, Oct 23 – Two companies making vaccines to help the world eradicate polio are failing to produce enough, so many countries should prepare to give lower doses to make stocks last, a group of experts has advised the World Health Organization. With polio on the brink of eradication globally, the WHO

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PepsiCo Sets Global Target for Sugar Reduction

By Martinne Geller LONDON – PepsiCo Inc has set a target for reducing the amount of sugar in its soft drinks around the world as part of a suite of goals aimed at tackling problems ranging from obesity to climate change. The New York-based company will announce on Monday that by 2025 at least two

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Healthy Eating

What kind of fuel are you charging your body with? By Bahareh Salmani Some 2,500 years ago, the father of modern medicine Hippocrates said: “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” As a mother of a young girl under the age of three, and in an attempt to establish the foundation for a healthy

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Tax Sugary Drinks to Fight Obesity, U.N. Health Agency Urges Governments

By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA, Oct 11 – Governments should tax sugary drinks to fight the global epidemics of obesity and diabetes, the World Health Organization said on Tuesday. A 20 percent price increase could reduce consumption of sweet drinks by the same proportion, the WHO said in “Fiscal Policies for Diet and Prevention of Noncommunicable

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UAE: Towards A Healthier Future

The UAE’s health sector has to overcome challenges before leading its peers, writes Leila Hatoum. More: http://newsweekme.com/uae-towards-a-healthier-future/ Social Streams

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Investors Urge Food Companies to Shift From Meat to Plants

By Simon Jessop LONDON – A group of 40 investors managing $1.25 trillion in assets have launched a campaign to encourage 16 global food companies to change the way they source protein for their products to help to reduce environmental and health risks. The investors, which include the fund arm of insurer Aviva and several

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Middle East, North Africa Conflicts Threaten Two Decades of Health Gains

By Magdalena Mis LONDON  – The Arab Spring uprising and subsequent conflicts in the Middle East and North Africa have lowered life expectancy in countries such as Syria, Yemen, Tunisia and Egypt, jeopardizing two decades of health gains, experts said on Wednesday. Between 2010 and 2013, Yemen, Tunisia and Egypt lost some 3 months of

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