How one death saved seven lives

How one death saved seven lives

A seven-year-old boy’s heart has finally stopped beating 22 years after he was shot dead. Nicholas Green, from the US, was killed during a holiday in southern Italy in 1994 when attackers mistook his family’s rental car for one involved in a jewellery heist. His brave parents opted to donate their son’s organs and his …

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The Woman with a strange “second sight”

The Woman with a strange “second sight”

It ranks among the most curious phenomena in cognitive neuroscience. A handful of people in the world have “blindsight”: they are blind, but their non-conscious brain can still sense their surroundings. Milina Cunning, from Wishaw in Scotland, lost her sight in her 20s, and later realised she had this blindsight ability. She has been studied …

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Fear of talking about dying ‘leading to thousands of traumatic hospital deaths’

Fear of talking about dying ‘leading to thousands of traumatic hospital deaths’

Thousands of cancer patients would prefer to die at home but are forced to suffer “traumatic” deaths in hospital, according to Macmillan. Taboos around talking about death are fuelling a “crisis of communication” in the UK that prevents people from planning their final days, warned the organisation in a new report. Research by the charity …

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45 minutes’ exercise a week boosts brain power in over-fifties

45 minutes’ exercise a week boosts brain power in over-fifties

Just 45 minutes of exercise a week boosts the brain power of people in their fifties and over, major new research has revealed. A review of dozens of previous studies found that even one session of moderate aerobic and resistance activity is enough to enhance people’s alertness, decision-making and memory. Scientists have long believed that …

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How stress causes heart attacks and strokes

How stress causes heart attacks and strokes

The reason why stress causes heart attacks and strokes may finally have been discovered by scientists, leading to hopes that it could be prevented. For years experts have puzzled as to how chronic anxiety leads to heart problems. But now scientists have found that people who have heightened activity in a part of the brain …

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Aging may be reversible, according to scientists

Aging may be reversible, according to scientists

Getting old may not be inevitable — scientists have found a way to turn back the clock on human and animal cells, making them look and behave like younger versions of themselves. The researchers also used the method to treat mice with a rare disease that causes them to age prematurely and die early, and found …

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Eating dinner after 7pm may increase risk of heart attack

Eating dinner after 7pm may increase risk of heart attack

Millions of Britons are increasing their risk of heart attacks by eating dinner after 7pm, experts have warned. Researchers assessed more than 700 adults with high blood pressure, to see what difference their diet and eating times made to their health. The study examined the types of foods eaten, amount of salt consumed, whether breakfast was eaten …

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Hour’s activity ‘offsets sedentary day’

Hour’s activity ‘offsets sedentary day’

An hour’s “brisk exercise” each day offsets the risks of early death linked to a desk-bound working life, scientists suggest. The analysis of data from more than a million people is part of a study of physical activity published in the Lancet to coincide with the Olympics. Watching TV was found to be worse than …

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Maximum amount of time you can sit before harming your heart

Maximum amount of time you can sit before harming your heart

A new large-scale study has revealed what researchers believe to be the maximum time an individual can sit each day before sedentary time starts to increase the risk of cardiovascular disease, including coronary heart disease, stroke and heart attack. Although many previous studies have shown that too much sedentary time increases the risk of a …

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The Importance of Silence

The Importance of Silence

In 2011, the Finish Tourist Board ran a campaign that used silence as a marketing ‘product’. They sort to entice people to visit Finland and experience the beauty of this silent land. They released a series of photographs of single figures in the nature and used the slogan “Silence, Please”. A tag line was added …

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