Shereen Lehman

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9 Feb 2015 | 12:00 AM

Curcumin: This compound in turmeric can boost your heart health

Adding spice – in the form of curcumin supplements – to the daily diets of people with risk factors for heart disease may lower inflammation, a new study suggests.

Researchers have found that curcumin has great anti-inflammation properties - important in improving metabolic conditions. Photo: Filepic
3 Jan 2015 | 12:00 AM

Ladies, it’s time to exercise outdoors

Outdoor workouts left women in a better mood and kept them exercising longer than counterparts who exercised indoors, according to a study from Canada.

Exercising in the great outdoors can improve your mood and make you stick to your workout, says expert. - AFP
17 Nov 2014 | 12:00 AM

Runners, taping feet to prevent blisters may require nuance

Runners who used paper tape on one foot during extra-long marathons still ended up with painful blisters, according to a new study.

For runners, blisters can affect their performance. Taping feet to prevent sores has been done for a long time, but does it really work? - Filepic
14 Nov 2014 | 12:00 AM

Air pollution in smokers’ homes can match dirty air quality in worst cities

Living with a smoker can be like breathing the air in the world’s most polluted cities, according to a new study.

Study shows that for people who do not live in highly polluted cities, the air quality inside smokers' homes may be worse than outdoors.
4 Nov 2014 | 12:00 AM

Olive oil, nuts may help reverse heart risk factors

A Mediterranean diet enhanced with extra nuts or more olive oil improved certain heart risk factors among people with heart problems – according to new study.

Study finds lowered heart risks when diets are supplemented with extra-virgin olive oil - long credited to help lower blood sugar and reduce insulin resistance. - Filepic
29 Oct 2014 | 12:00 AM

Milk substitutes might not give kids enough vitamin D

Young children who drank non-dairy replacement milks instead of cow’s milk were more like to have low levels of vitamin D in their blood, a new study found.

Vitamin D helps the body absorb calcium, so it’s essential for strong bones and teeth. It’s normally produced by the body after the skin is exposed to sunlight. Manufacturers also add it to certain foods, such as milk and dairy products. - Filepic
15 Oct 2014 | 12:00 AM

Fashion trends parallel the rise in melanoma

20th century fashion trends may be linked to rise in new skin cancer cases, says study.

Findings show that socioeconomic and cultural forces have came together over time to get us where we are today with respect to the continued rise in melanoma cases, says expert.
14 Oct 2014 | 12:00 AM

55+ hours of work a week increases diabetes risk

People in low-paying jobs may be at higher risk of developing diabetes if they work long hours, suggests a new analysis.

Those who work long hours had 30% increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes, says expert. --Filepic
8 Oct 2014 | 12:00 AM

Your spouse’s personality may affect your career success

The personalities of husbands and wives may affect their spouses’ success at work, suggests a new study.

While past studies have found that home life can influence work life and spouses can influence job satisfaction, little is known about whether a spouse’s personality is linked to success on the job. - AFP
29 Sep 2014 | 12:00 AM

Salt and smoking may interact to raise rheumatoid arthritis risk

Eating a diet high in salt may increase the risk of rheumatoid arthritis among smokers, says study.

Smoking is a strong risk factor for developing rheumatoid arthritis. This risk is further amplified by food habits with high sodium intake, says expert.