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Musculoskeletal pain – the number one reason for doctor visits

Have you ever lifted a heavy bag too quickly and hurt your back? Or gone for a run and twisted your ankle? If so, you will know the lingering pain that such injuries can inflict – and also that feeling of reluctance to seek medical treatment.

Because they often occur in mundane, everyday circumstances, we tend to dismiss joint and muscle injuries as minor and don’t want to trouble anybody with having to treat them.

The rest, it seems, just grit their teeth.

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Eat your way to good mental health

Parkinson’s disease, autism and depression – could diet be the cause of these and other supposed diseases of the brain?

An increasingly compelling body of scientific research suggests it is.

Numerous studies into the branch of the nervous system that lies in the gut – the enteric nervous system (ENS) – indicate that, contrary to popular belief, mood and behaviour disorders don’t necessarily originate in the brain. While the ENS regularly communicates with the brain to regulate things like appetite, alteration of the gut environment can distort this communication and result in mood and behaviour disorders.

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Why humans were never meant to eat grains

If you eat a diet that features popular foods like bread, pasta and rice, the chances are you eat a variety of grains every single day. And you’re not alone. These foods are the most widely eaten in the world because they grow easily in many climates. But while many people rely on grains to keep bellies full and meals tasty, fewer realise the true impact these grains have on our bodies and overall health. Read more

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Foods that reduce cancer risk – and how they do it

While cancer was previously considered a disease of bad luck, it is now more widely accepted as multifactorial in nature – with genetics, the ageing process and lifestyle all playing a part. And although there’s little any of us can do to alter our genetics, or stop from getting older each year, we can certainly adjust our lifestyles. And a huge part of that is what we eat.

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Sudden heart attacks: Should the aging fitness buff be concerned?

Thinking about trying Ironman this year? Maybe a half-marathon to start? Or perhaps you’re just going to join a gym for the first time in a while.

Whether you turned twenty-one last week or you’re starting to think about retirement, us doctors simply love to prescribe fitness. Along with quitting smoking, sleeping more, and eating a healthy diet, it’s the lifestyle change we attach to many treatments. And with good reason – the power of fitness is undeniable.

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Why is my memory getting worse?

Are you always forgetting where you put your keys and purse? And do you rush to put appointments in your diary before you forget all about them? If so, you’re not alone. A 2014 study of 18,500 people aged 18 to 99, conducted by Gallup and the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), found that 20% had memory issues. Read more

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Can you keep the cellulite away?

Orange peel syndrome, cottage cheese skin, hail damage… None of the terms commonly used to describe cellulite could be deemed flattering. And the medical names – adiposis oedematosa, dermopanniculosis deformans, status protrusus cutis and gynoid lipodystrophy – don’t make it sound much better either.

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What’s killing my libido?

Have you noticed that your sex drive has been flagging recently? If so, you’re not alone.

Low libido or lack of interest in sex is surprisingly common, though perhaps more so among women. In a 1999 study Sexual Dysfunction in the United States – Prevalence and Predictors, 22% of women across the age spectrum reported low sexual desire, compared to 5% of men.

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Does sugar lead to heart disease?

As a general rule, if something is bad for our health, we are told about it. In 1964, for example, the American Surgeon General published a report confirming the link between smoking and lung cancer – since then the tobacco industry itself has been obliged to warn customers of the harmful effects of its products. While smoking remains the leading cause of cancer, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), there isn’t a smoker on earth who can claim they haven’t been warned.

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Vitamins and supplements: The good, the bad and the ugly

When it comes to medical information, half the truth can be a dangerous thing. And there are a lot of half-truths when it comes to vitamins. Want the clear story? Here is what an intelligent consumer should know.

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