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Feeling hot, hot, hot: Be brave and add chillies to tonight’s dinner

Feeling hot, hot, hot: Be brave and add chillies to tonight’s dinner

Today’s International Hot and Spicy Food Day (January 16th) and we’ll all be cooking up a sizzling treat this evening in celebration. Archaeological evidence suggests that people have been using spices like chilli peppers in their recipes for over 6000 years. We know chillies and other hot spices are tasty (if you can handle them, of course), but what are the health benefits? Well, how... »

Guys, could your coffee habit be causing bladder problems?

Guys, could your coffee habit be causing bladder problems?

A new study reveals that a leaky bladder in men could be due to caffeine-intake. And what’s more, the amount of caffeine is surprising. Just two cups a day is all it takes to contribute to incontinence. The research has been carried out by the University of Alabama and the findings published in The Journal of Urology. It found that the men who consumed the most coffee were more likely to have the ... »

Coca-Cola ad a con?

Coca-Cola ad a con?

Did you catch Monday’s two-minute Coca-Cola commercial on US cable TV? The company, under ever-increasing pressure from governments and critics, put together the ad to highlight its efforts in fighting obesity. It mentioned how Coca-Cola sells about 180 low-calorie and no-calorie drinks and how it works to produce better-tasting low-calorie sweeteners. Did it mention that the low-calorie sweetener... »

Men screened for prostate cancer without consent

Men screened for prostate cancer without consent

A new survey has revealed that one in four doctors do not ask male patients for permission before screening them for prostate cancer. The so-called Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) test has caused controversy in recent years because it is uncertain as to whether it actually saves lives and because of concern over side-effects from potentially unnecessary and invasive follow-up checks and treatments... »

Is your burger a ‘winner’? Don’t bet on it!

Is your burger a ‘winner’? Don’t bet on it!

Investigations are under way to try to find out how burgers on sale in UK supermarkets became contaminated with horsemeat. The burgers went on the shelves at a number of chains, including Iceland, as well as supermarket giant, Tesco, in England, Scotland, Wales and the Republic of Ireland. The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI)  said the burgers had been on sale in Tesco and Iceland in the UK... »

Keep calm and carry on: how to control your anger

Keep calm and carry on: how to control your anger

January is a stressful time for many, with new year goals at the forefront of our minds. Here, our contributor Sam Weller explains how anger and stress can take over at this hectic time of year. People with problems controlling their anger can have difficulty coping with pressures from the outside world, other people, and the way these external stressors impact on them. Day-to-day problems, negati... »

A prickly affair: Why you should rethink vaccinations for kids

A prickly affair: Why you should rethink vaccinations for kids

If you knew that children who’ve been vaccinated are up to five times more prone to disease than those who haven’t, would you still put your little one forward for the jab? We very much doubt it! But a new study out of Germany reveals exactly that; disease rates among vaccinated and unvaccinated kids points to a pretty clear disparity as far as illness rates are concerned. Those who ha... »

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