Could exercise really make us want healthier, low-calorie food?

Could exercise really make us want healthier, low-calorie food?

When scientists talk about diet and exercise they generally relate today’s problems to things that made sense in the past. For instance, we’re attracted to sugar because sweeter berries were less likely to give a hunter gatherer an upset stomach. And we’re getting fat because we drive everywhere rather than roaming the plains in search of bison. So how can this article make...

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Treatment for cancer – who decides when enough is enough?

Treatment for cancer – who decides when enough is enough?

Cutting, burning, administering toxic chemicals… not an excerpt from a torturer’s handbook but the standard triumvirate of treatment for cancer. Surgery. Radiation. Chemotherapy. Having experienced all three I’m all for the idea of skipping those that don’t make a difference to your prognosis, and I think this article makes interesting reading. Obviously, it’s in everyone’s interest...

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Exercise: good for the hips, bad for the ears

Exercise: good for the hips, bad for the ears

A new study has shown that an exercise program can help people with hip osteoarthritis to delay or even avoid total hip replacement surgery. But other studies suggest it might not be a good idea to do the exercise at a gym. With noise levels commonly reaching well over 90 dB (decibels) or more, it’s the equivalent of doing your workout next to someone using a jackhammer. So you could find it...

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If cancer survivors are heroes where does that leave the people who die?

If cancer survivors are heroes where does that leave the people who die?

In this blog, Andrew Graystone makes some interesting points about the way we talk about cancer. For instance, I had no idea that it was Richard Nixon who turned cancer from a shameful secret into a very public war. Like Andrew, I feel uncomfortable with the battle analogy but for slightly different reasons. While he doesn’t necessarily want to turn his body into a war zone, I hate the...

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Neuroscience catches up with yoga

Neuroscience catches up with yoga

When I discovered Kundalini yoga a couple of years ago I found a lot to love. It immediately felt like the right practice for me – the perfect combination of physical activity and meditation. There were also aspects that made me glad I was doing it in the privacy of my own home. I’m not naturally a chanting kind of person, for example, and some of the hand and arm movements that accompany the...

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