Health & Fitness

Building muscle: slowing down the tempo of your workout won’t help you get stronger faster – but it may still have benefits

Advocates of the weightlifting technique claim moving slower makes muscles work harder. Twinsterphoto/ Shutterstock Jack McNamara, University of East London Everyone wants to get fit, but many of us lack the time or patience required to get results – especially if our goal is to build a more muscular physique. While there’s plenty of advice online telling people about the …

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Plant-based milk products: what you need to know before making the switch

Plant-based milk alternatives may not contain the same nutrients as cow’s milk. matka_Wariatka/ Shutterstock Miriam Clegg, University of Reading Over the last decade, the number of people drinking cow’s milk has dropped – with people swapping dairy for plant-based alternatives, such as oat and almond milk. With new types of plant-based milks seemingly emerging every week, this trend is unlikely …

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Five ways to manage your doomscrolling habit

Akhenaton Images/Shutterstock Christian van Nieuwerburgh, RCSI University of Medicine and Health Sciences Doomscrolling, according to Merriam-Webster, is “the tendency to continue to surf or scroll through bad news, even though that news is saddening, disheartening, or depressing”. For many it’s a habit born of the pandemic – and one that is likely to stay. Some health experts recommend limiting access …

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Complex post-traumatic stress disorder explained

Carolina Campodonico, University of Central Lancashire Stephanie Foo, an award-winning radio producer, suffers from complex post-traumatic stress disorder, a disorder that in her country (the US) “doesn’t officially exist”. In her new book, What My Bones Know, Foo writes movingly about what it’s like to live with complex PTSD and her long journey to getting a diagnosis. Earlier this year, …

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Why are men having more orgasms than women in heterosexual relationships?

One of the reigning myths that helps maintain the orgasm gap is that there are inherent gender differences for why men and women have sex. (Shutterstock) Nicole Andrejek, McMaster University Sex researchers consistently find that men are having far more orgasms than women when it comes to heterosexual sexual encounters. This is called the gender gap in orgasms, or the …

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Wellbeing: how living well together works for the common good

Franzi/Shutterstock Iza Kavedžija, University of Cambridge The World Health Organization (WHO) describes mental health as “a state of wellbeing in which an individual realises his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and is able to make a contribution to his or her community”. In its definition, the WHO emphasises the importance …

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Coffee’s health benefits aren’t as straightforward as they seem – here’s why

Every cup of coffee is different. Africa Studio/ Shutterstock Charlotte Mills, University of Reading and Ashley Hookings, University of Reading You’ve probably heard it before: drinking coffee is good for your health. Studies have shown that drinking a moderate amount of coffee is associated with many health benefits, including a lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. …

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COVID: how anti-vaccine influencers exploit mothers

Cookie Studio/Shutterstock Stephanie Alice Baker, City, University of London and Michael James Walsh, University of Canberra Opposition to vaccination has existed for as long as vaccination itself. Ever since widespread smallpox vaccination began in the early 1800s, there have been cycles of questioning the safety and efficacy of particular vaccines. The media has played a primary role in publicising these …

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