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Obesity in early middle age linked to dementia

People who are obese (very overweight) by their 30s are more likely to develop dementia than those who become obese later in life, according to a new study looking at links between obesity and dementia.

What do we know already?
Obesity (being very overweight) and dementia are important health problems. Researchers predict that the number of people in the world with dementias, like Alzheimer’s disease and vascular dementia, is set to double every 20 years. And the number of people in the world who are obese has roughly doubled over the past 30 years.... read more

Aug 21, 2014

Women say no to breast reconstruction after cancer

More than half of women who’d had an operation to remove their breast because of cancer chose not to have their breast reconstructed through plastic surgery, research shows.... read more

Aug 21, 2014

Curb the car for a healthier commute

Here’s another reason to skip the car for your daily commute: a new study suggests that people who walk, cycle, or use public transport to get to work tend to weigh less and have less body fat than those who drive.... read more

Aug 19, 2014

Can where you live affect your heart health?

People who feel part of a neighbourhood may be less likely to have a heart attack than people who don’t feel part of the community, a study suggests. This hints that how we feel about our area may indirectly affect our health.... read more

Aug 18, 2014

Simple signs of inflammation linked to depression

Children with high levels of chemicals linked to inflammation in their blood are more likely to get mental illnesses as they get older, a study suggests. If confirmed, this finding might one day lead to new ways to prevent or treat these illnesses.... read more

Aug 15, 2014

Exercise may rapidly lower chance of breast cancer

Women who’ve gone through the menopause have a lower chance of breast cancer if they exercise regularly, a study suggests. This seems to be true even for women who have started exercising only recently.... read more

Aug 13, 2014

Can medicines help people to cope with shift work?

If you work shifts and have difficulty staying awake at work or sleeping afterwards, you may be wondering if there are any treatments that might help. A new review has weighed up the evidence to find out which treatments work.... read more

Aug 12, 2014

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