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Brain activity `key in stress link to heart disease`

The effect of constant stress on a deep-lying region of the brain explains the increased risk of heart attack, a study in The Lancet suggests. In a study of 300 people, those with higher activity in the amygdala were more likely to develop cardiovascular disease – and sooner than others. …

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Smoking ‘causes hundreds of DNA changes’

Smoking leaves an ‘archaeological record’ of the hundreds of DNA mutations it causes, scientists have discovered. Having sequenced thousands of tumour genomes, they found a 20-a-day smoker would rack up an average of 150 mutations in every lung cell each year. The changes are permanent, and persist even if someone …

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An egg a day can reduce risk of stroke

Consuming an egg – nutrient-rich source of high quality protein – per day may lead to a 12 per cent reduction in risk of stroke, a new research shows. One large egg boasts six grams of high-quality protein and antioxidants lutein and zeaxanthin, found within the egg yolk, as well …

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First-ever fitness club for women opens

The first-ever fitness club for women has opened in Kabul with the objective of promoting health and sports among women in Afghanistan’s traditionally patriarchal society. ‘It was my life’s ambition to open this club – Blue Moon Fitness Club – and serve women like me and it cost me $20,000,’ …

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