Lifestyle

20% of British teens have accessed E-cigs

One in five British teenagers has tried e-cigarettes, a study has found. Researchers at Liverpool John Moores University said 16 per cent of these had never otherwise smoked, while they also found e-cigarettes were “strongly related” to drinking amongst teenagers. One of the study’s authors, Professor Mark Bellis, warned that such “rapid penetration into teenage culture of what is essentially ...

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Kids’ alcohol sips ‘send mixed message’

Children allowed an occasional sip of wine at the dinner table may be more at risk of drinking as teenagers. Of 561 children in a US study, those given a taste of alcohol by the age of 11 were four times more likely to have been drunk or to have experienced binge-drinking by the time they were in high school. ...

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US Music festivals ban selfie sticks

You can bring your beach towels and floral headbands, but forget that selfie stick if you’re planning to go to the Coachella or Lollapalooza music festivals. The devices, which grasp mobile phones to allow people to take pictures of themselves farther away from their faces, are banned at the US summer festivals in Indio, California, and Chicago. Coachella dismissed them ...

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Cancer fears in France over implants

France’s national cancer institute says there is a “clearly established link” between a rare form of cancer and a certain type of breast implant. The national cancer institute (INCa) said there had been 18 cases of the rare disease – anaplastic large cell lymphoma – since 2011, linked to the silicone breast implant. Given the rarity of the cases, the ...

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Food companies failing on health stars

Consumer group Choice has slammed major food manufacturers including Kellogg’s for failing to sign up to the federal government’s voluntary health star labelling regime. Under the system, launched in December, food products are scored between half a star and five stars according to their energy, fat, sugar and salt content. So far, supermarket giants Coles and Woolworths have the stars ...

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Shisha café venues fight to survive

From 6 July 2015, the Smoke-free Environment Act 2000 will take full effect and all commercial outdoor dining areas in NSW, including hotels, clubs, restaurants and cafes will be smoke free. With less than six months to go before the new laws are implemented, local Sydney eateries and smoking houses are beginning to feel the grunt – particularly Middle Eastern ...

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Hep A scare continues: Berries could affect 100 schools

Students and staff at nearly 100 schools and childcare centres across Australia may have contracted hepatitis A from contaminated frozen berries, federal Labor says. In Victoria 53 schools and childcare centres have raised the alarm about the health of staff and students. Another 22 institutions in South Australia and 18 in Queensland may also be affected. “The latest figures are ...

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Experts warn: Parents need to get teenagers off their screens

Parents need to get teenagers off their screens and moving in order to stave off long-term health problems, experts say. Cancer Council Australia and the National Heart Foundation say secondary school students are watching more screen media than ever before. Nearly 60 per cent of teens have access to at least three TVs at home and 40 per cent have ...

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Frozen Mixed Berries recalled: Hepatitis A infections expected to rise

Health experts expect the number of Australians to contract Hepatitis A from frozen berries to increase after three new infections emerged in Queensland. Eight people have now contracted the virus after eating frozen mixed berries, including three diagnosed in Victoria, two in NSW, and the three Queensland cases reported on Monday. A ninth person, also from Queensland, has tested positive to ...

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How oily fish can mend a damaged heart

Eating oily fish has long been known to keep your heart healthy but scientists have also found it can mend a damaged heart. Diets high in omega-3 fatty acid foods could also help fix damaged blood vessels faster, reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease, a study has discovered. About seven million people in the UK suffer from some form of ...

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