Category: Health

  • Stronger muscles may mean sharper minds for children

    Making sure kids have good muscle fitness might also benefit their school performance, according to a recent U.S. study. Aerobic fitness has already been linked to better thinking abilities in pre-teen children, but the current study found an independent link between muscle fitness and kids’ performance on memory tests as well as their math and […]

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  • Investing in girls’ education ‘could unlock billions’

    If countries ended forced marriage, child labour, female genital mutilation and other practices undermining girls’ health and rights, their economies could be billions of dollars richer for it, a U.N. agency has said. Around the world, 16 million girls between the ages of six and 11 never start school, many because they are married off […]

  • What our tweets say about our health

    Tapping into the Twitter stream could help researchers understand how healthy people’s lifestyles are and how to target improved public health, according to a recent study. Using geotagged tweets, researchers at the Universities of Utah and Washington were able to build a map of the U.S. by neighborhood, with indicators of how happy and active […]

  • Parents and mobile phones

    Why parents are stressed out by their own mobile phones

    Parents searching for elusive work-life balance may see smartphones and tablets as a way to escape the office in time to be home for dinner each night, but these gadgets can also be a huge distraction and source of stress, a recent study suggests. When researchers asked a group of parents to slow down and […]

  • Teenage exercise

    Poor exercise habits follow teens into adulthood

    Most American teenagers don’t get enough exercise, and they often stick with their sedentary ways as they enter adulthood, a U.S. study suggests. More than 9 in 10 adolescents fail to get the minimum 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous daily physical activity recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), researchers […]