Sunday, 27 January 2019

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Even a 20-second exercise ‘snack’ like stair-climbing can improve fitness

As little as 20 seconds of brisk stair climbing, done several times a day, might be enough exercise to improve fitness, according to a pragmatic new study of interval-style training.

The study finds that people can complete a meaningful series of insta-workouts without leaving their office building or even changing out of their dress shoes, offering hope – and eliminating excuses – for those of us convinced that we have inadequate time, expertise, income or footwear to exercise.

By this point in January, many of us have begun to waver on our New Year’s fitness resolutions, often blaming jammed schedules for our neglected workouts.

Such perceived time constraints have fuelled interest in exercise that is short but strenuous, substituting intensity for duration. These types of workouts, structured as interval sessions, consist of brief spurts of high-intensity exercise, such as 20 seconds of all-out pedalling on a stationary bicycle, interspersed with periods of rest.

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Oolong tea extract may fight breast cancer because it stops tumours growing, claim scientists

Oolong tea extract has 'great potential' in the prevention of breast cancer, scientists believe.

Labvoratory tests showed the Chinese tea, used for centuries for its supposed health benefits, stopped the growth of breast cancer cells

Researchers found the extract hampered the DNA of the cancer cells, inhibiting the growth and progression of tumours.

Green tea showed similar promise, the scientists said. However, black and dark tea had little effect on the cells.


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7 in 10 youths unaware of cancer-causing chemicals in e-cigarettes

More than 7 in 10 youths are unaware that e-cigarettes contain nicotine and cancer-causing chemicals, according to a Health Promotion Board (HPB) survey, which polled 600 youths in 2018.

A campaign was launched on Saturday (Jan 26) to raise awareness on the negative health effects of e-cigarettes, which were banned in 2017.

"There is a worrying global trend on the use of e-cigarettes, especially among youths," said Mr Amrin Amin, Senior Parliamentary Secretary for Health, at the campaign's launch.

"We have to ensure that our public and young know the facts, and understand the reasons why we have banned Electronic Nicotine Delivery System, or ENDS, which include e-cigarettes."

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