Mindfulness could curb childhood obesity

A child eats lunch
26 Jan 2016
New research from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Tennessee, suggests that mindfulness training may help reduce childhood obesity.   A French NutriNet-Santé study from December 2015 showed that regular meditation could...

Parents’ debt may influence childrens’ emotional wellbeing

A high school student (L) walks towards a group of female students chatting in front of a school in Tokyo November 9, 2006.
24 Jan 2016
Some kinds of debt, such as home mortgages and education loans, are linked to better child wellbeing while unsecured debt like credit card balances and overdue medical bills are tied to increasing behavior problems, according to a US study...

A healthy diet could be the key to more restorative sleep

Sleep 2
21 Jan 2016
An American study published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine has found that what we eat can influence the way we sleep. The study found that eating fibre and cutting down on saturated fat and sugar were associated with deep, more...

Should doctors agree to do virginity tests?

16 Jan 2016
When doctors are asked to perform virginity testing, they should refuse because it’s not medically necessary and may cause psychological harm, some US ethicists argue.   These pelvic exams are done in many parts of the world to...

New US diet rule gets mixed response on social media

10 Jan 2016
A new health guideline suggesting people should cut consumption of sugar while increasing intake of meat, coffee and cholesterol-heavy foods drew heated response on social media on Friday.   Hashtag #DietaryGuidelines was among the...

Calorie cutting may help older obese people with thinking problems

© AFP/File | A women walks down the street on October 19, 2006 in Chicago, Illinois
08 Jan 2016
Older obese people with mild cognitive impairment who lose a small amount of weight may see some improvement on tests of thinking skills, according to a new study.   Mild cognitive impairment causes slight but noticeable declines in...

Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg declares 2016 the 'Year of Running'

Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook's co-founder and chief executive introduces 'Home' a Facebook app suite that integrates with Android during a Facebook press event in Menlo Park, California, 4 April 2013.
06 Jan 2016
Mark Zuckerberg has announced that his New Year challenge for 2016 will be to take up running and is urging the Facebook community to join him.   After his Year of Books project in 2015 in which the busy Facebook founder pledged to...

Smoking bad for pets: study

One-and-a-half-year-old Jack Russell Terrier, Ella, sits on a bed at Hotel Sacher in Vienna July 30, 2013. 
01 Jan 2016
Smoking is bad for pets too, the University of Glasgow said, citing an ongoing study into the effects of second-hand smoke on dogs and cats. Research under way at the Scottish institution has found that pets living in a smoky environment...

Architectural highlights of 2015

30 Dec 2015
This year saw the completion of several outstanding projects in architecture over the course of the year.   From the new Philharmonic in Paris to a new business school in Sydney, here are some of the more remarkable feats in...

Germany gives green light to bicycle highways

by Pauline Houede | Fans hail the smooth new velo routes as the answer to urban traffic jams and air pollution, and a way to safely get nine-to-fivers outdoors
29 Dec 2015
It's every cyclist's dream: no red lights, no trucks, just a clear, smooth lane to zoom down with the wind in your face. Welcome to Germany's first bicycle Autobahn.   Fans hail the smooth new velo routes as the answer to...