Health bites

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 26 March, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 26 March, 2013, 10:05am

Having strong bones in old age is child's play

Regular exercise when young could help prevent hip fractures later, say researchers from Skane University Hospital in Malmo, Sweden. This is due to increases in peak bone mass that occur in growing children who are physically active. The study involved a controlled exercise intervention for six years in about 2,400 children aged seven to nine. The increase in mineral density in bones of the spine was higher in children who exercised more.


Would you like some food with that salt?

Nearly 75 per cent of commercial pre-packaged meals and savoury snacks for toddlers in the US are high in sodium, according to an American Heart Association Meeting Report. Researchers analysed more than 1,100 products; those containing more than 210mg of sodium per serving were considered high in sodium.


Good relationships are a labour of love

A couple who sweep together, keep together. That's according to a new study published in the Journal of Family Issues. "We found that it didn't matter who did what, but how satisfied people were with the division of labour," says Brigham Young University professor Erin Holmes. "When wives are doing work together with their husbands, they are more satisfied with the division of labour," she says.