Roses are red, elbows are blue: Japanese women fight for their Valentines

Elbowing each other in the stampede to buy Valentine's Day chocolate for the men in their lives, Japanese women brought stores to a standstill today. In Japan, the menfolk do sweet nothing on...

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Taking vitamin D during pregnancy could reduce allergy risk in children

Eating foods rich in vitamin D during pregnancy could reduce a child's risk of developing allergies by up to 25%, according to an American study from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai,...

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New study reveals secrets of the effortlessly slim

US researchers have investigated how some people manage to stay slim all their lives without following strict diets and with no apparent effort. They found that the secrets of success among the...

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Combine meditation with aerobic exercise to beat depression

An American study, published in Translational Psychiatry, has found that following two sessions combining meditation and aerobic exercise per week for two months can reduce the symptoms of...

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Singles turn to social media for Valentine’s Day

Facebook, Twitter and Snapchat are becoming crucial tools for sending Valentine's wishes, especially for those without a partner. According to a Soasta survey conducted by Harris Poll, 79% of...

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Dementia rates slowing, says US study

Dementia rates in the United States may be falling, an influential study released on Wednesday said, offering hope that some cases of the disease might be delayed or even preventable. The...

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Online ang pow rocket for Chinese New Year

Billions of online money transfers have taken place in China as the ancient Lunar New Year tradition of handing out red envelopes of cash met the Internet age. For centuries parents, relatives...

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Concussions boost risk of suicide 3x, says study

Adults who suffer a concussion may see their risk of suicide rise three times or more in the years after the injury, according to a study out on Monday. The medical records of more than 235,000...

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Bananas may help detect, cure skin cancer, says study

The black spots on old banana peels may unlock a faster, easier diagnosis of human skin cancer, boosting survival chances, scientists said Monday. When bananas ripen, their skin is covered in...

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Twin births almost double in rich countries, says study

Twin births have almost doubled in developed countries in four decades, said researchers on Monday who cautioned about the associated health risks. In a study published in the US journal...

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Meditation beats relaxation in improving resistance to stress

What's really going on in our brains when we meditate? Among growing scientific research backing up its beneficial effects on health – such as improving anxiety, depression and inflammatory...

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In Khartoum kitchen, pharmacist serves up rare Sudanese cookbook

Preparing vegetables in a quiet Khartoum neighbourhood, pharmacist Omer Eltigani hopes not just to serve up the dish an aunt is teaching him, but also the first cookbook to bring Sudanese cuisine...

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Bilingual kids better at problem-solving, says new study

A Canadian study has found a new benefit to being bilingual, with children who speak two languages better at problem solving than monolingual children.  Published in the Journal of Experimental...

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New year, new travel as more Chinese choose tourism over tradition

While hundreds of millions of his Chinese compatriots pack into planes, trains, and automobiles to return to their ancestral homes for the Lunar New Year celebration, Zhang Hao, 30, is getting as...

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Not getting enough sleep? You’re probably on Facebook, says study

In a recent study by the University of California, Irvine, researchers found that a lack of sleep is linked to a higher level of online browsing, including checking social media websites such as...

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Are we indulging too much while on vacation?

We all like to relax and indulge on vacation, but a new study has found that just a one-week trip away can cause us to put on weight, which we could still be carrying around for up to six weeks...

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Bad diet, fat linked to postmenopausal breast cancer cases, study finds

A French study carried out at the Insistut Gustave Roussy in Villejuif and published in the International Journal of Cancer has found that half of postmenopausal breast cancer cases can be...

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For many species, noise pollution can be deadly

Some reef-dwelling fish are twice as likely to get gobbled up by predators in the presence of a noisy motorboat, according to a study released on Friday. The research, published in Nature...

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Tidy kitchen can cut calories, says study

A study by the Cornell Food and Brand Lab has found that cluttered kitchens – and a cluttered mindset – can cause you to consume more calories. In their study, designed to explore how a chaotic...

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Anonymous browsing won’t do you favours in online dating, says study

A new study has found that even in the modern world of Internet dating, old fashioned rules still apply, with women reluctant to ask out a man even when browsing online prospects...

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