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Cancer risk lowered by taking aspirin twice a week, study finds. Digestive tract cancers show best results

Cancer risk, especially the risk of colorectal cancer, stomach cancer, pancreatic cancer and bowel cancer, can be lowered significantly by taking one or two aspirin a week, a study shows.

5 Jun 2020 - 9:47PM

Cancer risk, especially the risk of colorectal cancer, stomach cancer, pancreatic cancer and bowel cancer, can be lowered significantly by taking one or two aspirin a week, a study shows.

Cancer risk lowered by taking aspirin twice a week, study finds. Digestive tract cancers show best results
Pre-workout electrolyte drinks don’t improve performance, can be dangerous, scientists say

Electrolyte supplements taken pre-workout including drinks and powders don’t improve performance and cannot be relied on to keep essential sodium levels in balance, researchers say.

22 May 2020 - 4:58AM

Electrolyte supplements taken pre-workout including drinks and powders don’t improve performance and cannot be relied on to keep essential sodium levels in balance, researchers say.

Pre-workout electrolyte drinks don’t improve performance, can be dangerous, scientists say
Higher antibiotic resistance in China linked to drugs sold without prescription in pharmacies, as study shows most will sell antibiotics even without symptoms

China is a problem area for antibiotic-resistant superbugs, caused by widespread use of antibiotics. A recent study showed that at most pharmacies in mainland China, you don’t need a prescription to buy antibiotics.

5 May 2020 - 9:37PM

China is a problem area for antibiotic-resistant superbugs, caused by widespread use of antibiotics. A recent study showed that at most pharmacies in mainland China, you don’t need a prescription to buy antibiotics.

Higher antibiotic resistance in China linked to drugs sold without prescription in pharmacies, as study shows most will sell antibiotics even without symptoms
Medical staff suffering insomnia while treating coronavirus cases likely also to be depressed and anxious, research shows

A study suggests that doctors and nurses in China who suffered insomnia while treating Covid-19 patients are more likely to feel depressed and anxious than those able to get a good night’s rest.

1 May 2020 - 5:36PM

A study suggests that doctors and nurses in China who suffered insomnia while treating Covid-19 patients are more likely to feel depressed and anxious than those able to get a good night’s rest.

Medical staff suffering insomnia while treating coronavirus cases likely also to be depressed and anxious, research shows
Not motivated to work out at home? Get help from YouTube and Instagram during the coronavirus lockdown

Find someone or something on social media to motivate you, and your home fitness workout will go better, research shows. A few minutes a month looking at motivational posts can make all the difference to your willpower.

23 Apr 2020 - 7:27PM

Find someone or something on social media to motivate you, and your home fitness workout will go better, research shows. A few minutes a month looking at motivational posts can make all the difference to your willpower.

Not motivated to work out at home? Get help from YouTube and Instagram during the coronavirus lockdown
Eating tofu regularly lowers risk of heart disease, study says

A new study has found that eating tofu more than once a week significantly lowers lifetime risk of heart disease, with women gaining the most from its health benefits.

11 Apr 2020 - 7:34PM

A new study has found that eating tofu more than once a week significantly lowers lifetime risk of heart disease, with women gaining the most from its health benefits.

Eating tofu regularly lowers risk of heart disease, study says
Coronavirus: 2018 Chinese vaccine scandal may hinder control of Covid-19 in the country, researchers say

A much publicised 2018 scandal at a leading Chinese rabies vaccination maker appears to have raised levels of distrust in vaccines in the country, and could have negative consequences for the control of Covid-19 there, researchers warn.

4 Apr 2020 - 5:26AM

A much publicised 2018 scandal at a leading Chinese rabies vaccination maker appears to have raised levels of distrust in vaccines in the country, and could have negative consequences for the control of Covid-19 there, researchers warn.

Coronavirus: 2018 Chinese vaccine scandal may hinder control of Covid-19 in the country, researchers say
Bird flu spread in China closely linked to poultry trade, study says

The spread of bird flu types H5N1, H7N9 and H5N6 in China is closely connected to poultry trade networks rather than just wild bird migration, researchers have found.

24 Mar 2020 - 3:08PM

The spread of bird flu types H5N1, H7N9 and H5N6 in China is closely connected to poultry trade networks rather than just wild bird migration, researchers have found.

Bird flu spread in China closely linked to poultry trade, study says
How playing China’s favourite sport, table tennis, can help Parkinson’s sufferers fight the disease, and help all elderly keep fit

Table tennis is a great workout for the elderly, improving balance and hand-eye coordination. A recent study shows it can also delay the progress of Parkinson’s disease and alleviate its symptoms.

26 May 2020 - 1:37PM

Table tennis is a great workout for the elderly, improving balance and hand-eye coordination. A recent study shows it can also delay the progress of Parkinson’s disease and alleviate its symptoms.

How playing China’s favourite sport, table tennis, can help Parkinson’s sufferers fight the disease, and help all elderly keep fit
Why Elton John is your ideal workout partner: fast tempo music is best for your indoor exercise

Fast music improves your high or low intensity workout, according to a recent Italian study. It reduces perceived effort, while increasing your heart rate and enjoyment of the task. Anything over 170 beats per minute should do it.

28 Feb 2020 - 5:40AM

Fast music improves your high or low intensity workout, according to a recent Italian study. It reduces perceived effort, while increasing your heart rate and enjoyment of the task. Anything over 170 beats per minute should do it.

Why Elton John is your ideal workout partner: fast tempo music is best for your indoor exercise
Pancreatic cancer vaccine that could delay onset of disease, and extend lives of sufferers, developed by UK, Chinese researchers

Scientists’ tests on mice show it would be possible to create a pancreatic cancer vaccine using patient’s own cells to create antigens, for use on those at high risk for the cancer, one of the deadliest, or who have it already.

20 Feb 2020 - 6:30PM

Scientists’ tests on mice show it would be possible to create a pancreatic cancer vaccine using patient’s own cells to create antigens, for use on those at high risk for the cancer, one of the deadliest, or who have it already.

Pancreatic cancer vaccine that could delay onset of disease, and extend lives of sufferers, developed by UK, Chinese researchers
Vaping: not a safe alternative to smoking, new study suggests, and it may be more harmful to health than tobacco in normal cigarettes

Is vaping more harmful than smoking? A new study suggests that it is at least just as bad, and causes an increase in the potential of bacteria to cause harm in the lungs – just like tobacco.

7 Feb 2020 - 1:15AM

Is vaping more harmful than smoking? A new study suggests that it is at least just as bad, and causes an increase in the potential of bacteria to cause harm in the lungs – just like tobacco.

Vaping: not a safe alternative to smoking, new study suggests, and it may be more harmful to health than tobacco in normal cigarettes
Problem drinkers in China: mostly men, usually poor, often stressed out, new study finds

Who has a drinking problem in China? Which region is worst for problem drinking? What is problem drinking? A new study answers these questions and more.

4 Feb 2020 - 6:36PM

Who has a drinking problem in China? Which region is worst for problem drinking? What is problem drinking? A new study answers these questions and more.

Problem drinkers in China: mostly men, usually poor, often stressed out, new study finds
Want to live a longer, healthier life? Drink tea every week, preferably green tea

People who drink three or more cups of tea a week live on average a year longer than those who seldom or never drink any. Green tea has more of a positive effect than black tea, but its health-giving polyphenols are short-lived and need replacing regularly.

26 May 2020 - 1:48PM

People who drink three or more cups of tea a week live on average a year longer than those who seldom or never drink any. Green tea has more of a positive effect than black tea, but its health-giving polyphenols are short-lived and need replacing regularly.

Want to live a longer, healthier life? Drink tea every week, preferably green tea
Why do we love to run? Not just to relieve stress – it’s about freedom, achievement and competition, too

Running may not be as relaxing as you think. Research suggests that people who run endurance races are focused on measuring and quantifying what they do – meaning it can be just as stressful as anything they’d do at work.

28 Dec 2019 - 7:08PM

Running may not be as relaxing as you think. Research suggests that people who run endurance races are focused on measuring and quantifying what they do – meaning it can be just as stressful as anything they’d do at work.

Why do we love to run? Not just to relieve stress – it’s about freedom, achievement and competition, too
Run more often and live longer, especially if you’re older or ailing, new studies show

Seniors and those with disabilities and chronic conditions should exercise more frequently and for longer to prevent heart disease. Running as little as once a week or less than 50 minutes a week can lower risk of death.

26 May 2020 - 1:50PM

Seniors and those with disabilities and chronic conditions should exercise more frequently and for longer to prevent heart disease. Running as little as once a week or less than 50 minutes a week can lower risk of death.

Run more often and live longer, especially if you’re older or ailing, new studies show
Helping kids with myopia study better – adjustable glasses in China a low-cost solution that could benefit millions in rural areas deprived of eye care

Millions of schoolchildren in China are short-sighted, and many lack access to opticians or glasses. A UK study shows that wearing self-adjustable glasses dramatically improves their vision, and their academic results.

25 Nov 2019 - 3:15PM

Millions of schoolchildren in China are short-sighted, and many lack access to opticians or glasses. A UK study shows that wearing self-adjustable glasses dramatically improves their vision, and their academic results.

Helping kids with myopia study better – adjustable glasses in China a low-cost solution that could benefit millions in rural areas deprived of eye care
Are you lean-fat? Why having a low body-mass index may not mean you’re more healthy or less at risk of heart failure

A study published in a medical journal shows that Asian people who have a low body-mass index but accumulated fat around their midriff are more likely to suffer heart failure than obese Asians without a tummy bulge.

19 Nov 2019 - 6:25PM

A study published in a medical journal shows that Asian people who have a low body-mass index but accumulated fat around their midriff are more likely to suffer heart failure than obese Asians without a tummy bulge.

Are you lean-fat? Why having a low body-mass index may not mean you’re more healthy or less at risk of heart failure
Drug-resistant MRSA: Hong Kong scientists develop antibiotic that offers hope in the war against superbugs

Antibiotic-resistant superbugs such as MRSA are a major threat to global health, with conventional treatments failing to work. Experts from two Hong Kong universities have created a new drug that halts bacteria’s spread.

6 Nov 2019 - 9:12PM

Antibiotic-resistant superbugs such as MRSA are a major threat to global health, with conventional treatments failing to work. Experts from two Hong Kong universities have created a new drug that halts bacteria’s spread.

Drug-resistant MRSA: Hong Kong scientists develop  antibiotic that offers hope in the war against superbugs
Cancer research on Chinese space station could lead to new therapies to fight disease, by studying effects of gravity on tumours

Researchers theorise that tumours stop growing in zero gravity, and study aboard Chinese space station will help isolate effects of weightlessness; the research could help lead to new treatments for the disease.

21 May 2020 - 10:16PM

Researchers theorise that tumours stop growing in zero gravity, and study aboard Chinese space station will help isolate effects of weightlessness; the research could help lead to new treatments for the disease.

Cancer research on Chinese space station could lead to new therapies to fight disease, by studying effects of gravity on tumours
Oversupply of breast milk? Five uses for it, from a milk bath to feeding plants to making jewellery

Successful breastfeeding can lead to an abundance of milk. You could sell it to body builders, or freeze it – but for a year at most. Hong Kong mothers have some tips on alternative uses for breast milk.

4 Oct 2019 - 10:48PM

Successful breastfeeding can lead to an abundance of milk. You could sell it to body builders, or freeze it – but for a year at most. Hong Kong mothers have some tips on alternative uses for breast milk.

Oversupply of breast milk? Five uses for it, from a milk bath to feeding plants to making jewellery
How air pollution makes people unhappy and irrational, and why in China it is likely to keep getting worse

We know air pollution is damaging to health, cognitive performance, labour productivity, and educational outcomes. It also makes people more likely to engage in impulsive behaviour they may regret later, research from MIT shows.

23 Sep 2019 - 1:17PM

We know air pollution is damaging to health, cognitive performance, labour productivity, and educational outcomes. It also makes people more likely to engage in impulsive behaviour they may regret later, research from MIT shows.

How air pollution makes people unhappy and irrational, and why in China it is likely to keep getting worse
Should women text while breastfeeding? Why not, say Hong Kong mothers angered by doctor’s put-down

Australian doctor Harry Nespolon caused outrage when he said texting while breastfeeding risked damaging the mother/baby bond. Hong Kong mothers say staying connected is important and he is being judgmental.

5 Aug 2019 - 7:46PM

Australian doctor Harry Nespolon caused outrage when he said texting while breastfeeding risked damaging the mother/baby bond. Hong Kong mothers say staying connected is important and he is being judgmental.

Should women text while breastfeeding? Why not, say Hong Kong mothers angered by doctor’s put-down
Superbug ‘epidemic’ in Vietnam hospitals a ‘wake up call’ to world, warns Swedish researcher

Resistant to multiple forms of antibiotic, CRE infects 87 per cent of patients who spend two weeks in hospital, a study shows. Urgent steps are needed to stop it spreading, the research report says.

11 Jul 2019 - 7:45PM

Resistant to multiple forms of antibiotic, CRE infects 87 per cent of patients who spend two weeks in hospital, a study shows. Urgent steps are needed to stop it spreading, the research report says.

Superbug ‘epidemic’ in Vietnam hospitals a ‘wake up call’ to world, warns Swedish researcher
Glaucoma screening in China would be cost-effective and improve lives of millions: report

Initiative would be cost-effective at just US$3.2 per person and improve the lives of millions of people in China, where few are diagnosed and treated in time, according to a new report.

7 Jul 2019 - 5:34PM

Initiative would be cost-effective at just US$3.2 per person and improve the lives of millions of people in China, where few are diagnosed and treated in time, according to a new report.

Glaucoma screening in China would be cost-effective and improve lives of millions: report
Should kids play in dirt and puddles? Gut health improves, research suggests, but allergy link not clear

Many parents – especially in Hong Kong – fear their children will become ill if they get wet or dirty. But advocates of “messy play” say beneficial exposure to microbes develops gut health and can even boost creativity and reduce stress.

2 Jul 2019 - 6:46PM

Many parents – especially in Hong Kong – fear their children will become ill if they get wet or dirty. But advocates of “messy play” say beneficial exposure to microbes develops gut health and can even boost creativity and reduce stress.

Should kids play in dirt and puddles? Gut health improves, research suggests, but allergy link not clear
Being close to the sea makes you healthier, Hong Kong study of ‘blue spaces’ finds

Research in Hong Kong shows a view over water has health benefits, and regular visits to ‘blue spaces’ – harbours, beaches, and shorelines – improve well-being and lower the risk of depression.

1 Jul 2019 - 6:43PM

Research in Hong Kong shows a view over water has health benefits, and regular visits to ‘blue spaces’ – harbours, beaches, and shorelines – improve well-being and lower the risk of depression.

Being close to the sea makes you healthier, Hong Kong study of ‘blue spaces’ finds
How social media can breed envy in countries with high inequality – lessons from Indonesia detailed in study

Posts that emphasise the wealth gap between friends in developing countries that are highly unequal, such as Indonesia, have been shown to cause envy, bitterness and depression, research shows.

22 Jun 2019 - 8:50AM

Posts that emphasise the wealth gap between friends in developing countries that are highly unequal, such as Indonesia, have been shown to cause envy, bitterness and depression, research shows.

How social media can breed envy in countries with high inequality – lessons from Indonesia detailed in study
A cancer cure in breast milk? Trial drug kills tumour cells without apparent harm to healthy ones, researcher says

A potential cancer cure which uses a replica of a protein found in human breast milk is showing promise after the launch of clinical trials. The experimental drug appears not to damage healthy cells, meaning there are no side effects for patients.

24 Jun 2019 - 11:46PM

A potential cancer cure which uses a replica of a protein found in human breast milk is showing promise after the launch of clinical trials. The experimental drug appears not to damage healthy cells, meaning there are no side effects for patients.

A cancer cure in breast milk? Trial drug kills tumour cells without apparent harm to healthy ones, researcher says
Asthma in babies: risk higher if fathers smoke during mother’s pregnancy, study shows

A Taiwanese study looked at paternal smoking during pregnancy and its effects on immune system genes. More than 1,600 babies were involved in the study, and 756 of those were followed for six years.

1 Jun 2019 - 2:32AM

A Taiwanese study looked at paternal smoking during pregnancy and its effects on immune system genes. More than 1,600 babies were involved in the study, and 756 of those were followed for six years.

Asthma in babies: risk higher if fathers smoke during mother’s pregnancy, study shows