exercising

It’s an uncomfortable truth, but there’s no escaping it: Most of us aren’t getting enough exercise.

The latest figures from America’s National Center for Health Statistics show that less than half (49%) of American adults do the recommended amount of aerobic physical activity (30 minutes of moderate exercise most days) while only one-fifth (20.9%) meet the recommended level of both aerobic physical and muscle-strengthening activity (strength training two to three days per week). Read more

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February is traditionally the month for love – that is, for expressing your love to your partner on Valentine’s Day. But there is also another heart-shaped theme taking place in February in countries around the world that aims to remind us of just how important our cardiovascular health is.

That’s right, it’s Heart Month. An idea instigated in response to the stark fact that cardiovascular disease (CVD), more commonly known as heart disease, is the world’s number one killer. Read more

antibiotics

Collectively, the world is consuming more antibiotics than ever before. In the biggest study of its kind into antibiotic consumption, published in 2014, researchers at Princeton University found that use of the drugs had increased by 36% in a decade.

What is behind this increase – and what kind of effect is it having on our health?

To be clear, there are certainly times when antibiotics are absolutely necessary – in the treatment of serious bacterial infections for instance – and it is almost impossible to overstate the positive impact they have had in treating what were once fatal conditions.

But this does not tell the full story. Read more