Paradoxically, people who know the real causes of cancer are also the most likely to believe in mythical causes of it.
One secret to a longer life is being part of a social group that also engages in healthy habits.
More and more people are living to 100, but in some regions of the world there's more of them – what does this tell us?
Simple living in a complex time – is a return to frugality the key to happiness?
William Isdale speaks with Emrys Westacott about how living simply can bring happiness in an increasingly complex world.
The NHS should reconsider its plan to refuse surgery to smokers and those who are obese.
We’re living longer than ever. But how many of those years will we be healthy?
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How many healthy years of life do you have ahead before you become unhealthy – and then die? One model tries to find the answer.
Breast cancer rates in China are rising, and are expected to continue rising for the next three decades.
Many case of dementia can be avoided, and it's never too early to start taking preventative action.
A man fishing from a dock in Fajardo, Puerto Rico.
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At society's margins, people without access to the mainstream job economy are able to carve out lives rich in other resources and community.
Seven million workers are missing out on information which keep keep them healthier.
Much of the U.S. was built around the automobile, with greater distances to be covered than in places like Europe, making Americans’ daily lifestyles higher in energy than elsewhere.
Cognitive dissonance: scholars need to confront the undeniable conflict of pushing for action on climate change, while maintaining a high-energy lifestyle.
Older people are more likely to drop out of the workforce for good when they’re sick than young people.
Economic modelling shows that policies to reduce chronic diseases can have large economic benefits –A$4.5 billion a year for diabetes alone – by reducing health costs and boosting the workforce.
To grow into healthy adults, children need lots of exercise. The best kind is when they are playing freely – even better when it is with their parents.
Globally, evidence points to children becoming less active because they would rather play computer games than be outdoors.
Although older women are not naturally prone to exercise, being part of an exercise group helps them to stay in a fitness program.
The relationship that older women build up with their trainers is key to maintaining their participation in exercise programs.
Smart: Edinburgh’s Cowgate.
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No pain, no gain.
In 1980 we set up a large long-term study of 2,500 men in Caerphilly, South Wales, to monitor their health habits and work out what five forms of healthy behaviour were integral to a disease-free life…
When it comes to passing stools, ‘normal’ ranges from three times a week, to three times a day.
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When I was in my teens, I watched the comedy Crazy People, starring Dudley Moore and Daryl Hannah. Moore plays a burnt-out advertising executive who creates (hilarious) “honest” ads. One of the ads is…
Dementia prevalence down but not out.
Dementia has been described as a ticking time bomb, with the number of those affected predicted to double in the next two decades. But a new study suggests that the prevalence of people with dementia in…
Sustainable living: it’s more difficult than just hugging trees.
In the financial crisis and long global recession, millions have been forced to change their lifestyles to get by. When jobs, homes or businesses have been lost, many have had to change habits, hobbies…
People walk more when they live near shops, parks and access to public transport, new research suggests. The longitudinal…