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Is there any point giving things up for January? 5 January 2014Last updated at 20:13 ET By Tom de Castella BBC News Magazine The festive season is over. The time for guilt is nigh. But is foreswearing alcohol, junk food or caffeine for just one month really any good for your health? Newspaper articles saying that we typically eat 7,000 calories on Christmas Day are fresh in the mind. Evidence of sustained merry-making is perhaps hanging off our waists.
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Making babies happy, healthy - and green 21 March 2013Last updated at 08:26 ET By Helen Lennard BBC Audio and Music Dr Alice Roberts will have one of the 820,000 babies born in the UK this year This year 820,000 babies are expected to be born in the UK - part of a baby boom that has been quietly but unexpectedly taking place in the UK for the past 10 years.
29 October 2013Last updated at 05:57 ET By James Gallagher Health and science reporter, BBC News Nick Pickett playing to Sam Wallace Amid the beeping of heart monitors, a more gentle noise can be heard on the wards of Great Ormond Street Hospital. Can singing a lullaby ease a child's pain?
22 August 2012Last updated at 13:11 ET By Pallab Ghosh Science correspondent, BBC News Most mutations are linked to the father's age rather than the mother's, experts believe A genetic study has added to evidence that the increase in some mental and other disorders may be due to men having children later in life. Older dads linked to rise in mental illness
Antibiotics can make young children heavier, says study 22 August 2012Last updated at 09:47 ET Does exposure to antibiotics affect healthy bacteria? Giving antibiotics to young babies may increase their weight later in life, according to US researchers.
The science of a long life 30 January 2013Last updated at 19:54 ET Bombarded with adverts promising a longer, healthier life, BBC News Los Angeles correspondent Peter Bowes goes in search of eternal youth. If we are lucky, we will grow old. Most of us have grey hair, wrinkles, frailty, loss of memory and degenerative diseases to look forward to - if we do not have them already. It is not all bad news. With ageing, we can acquire wisdom and often become more emotionally stable and at ease with life.
How to live beyond 100 2 July 2012Last updated at 05:51 ET By Lucy Wallis BBC News There are nearly 12,000 centenarians in Britain today, but with more people reaching 100 how do scientific theories about life expectancy compare with the experience of those who have received a telegram from the Queen? At the age of 102 Nora Hardwick posed naked as Miss November for a charity calendar. "They couldn't get enough ladies for the 12 months… It was very tastefully done. I had a pink tulle scarf to hide the bits and pieces." Born in November 1905, Mrs Hardwick has devoted her whole life to her local community as postmistress of Ancaster village in Lincolnshire.
22 August 2011Last updated at 00:05 A baby's lifetime health is largely decided before birth Why does one person die younger and another survive to old age? Birthweight link to lifelong health
11 June 2012Last updated at 22:24 ET By Michelle Roberts Health editor, BBC News website Delaying fatherhood may offer survival advantages, say US scientists who have found children with older fathers and grandfathers appear to be "genetically programmed" to live longer. The genetic make-up of sperm changes as a man ages and develops DNA code that favours a longer life - a trait he then passes to his children. Children with older fathers and grandfathers 'live longer'
Massive rise in Asian eye damage 3 May 2012Last updated at 22:23 ET By Matt McGrath Science reporter, BBC World Service Lijia Zhang, a writer and social commentator in Beijing, told the BBC that high expectations on children were a factor Up to 90% of school leavers in major Asian cities are suffering from myopia - short-sightedness - a study suggests. Researchers say the "extraordinary rise" in the problem is being caused by students working very hard in school and missing out on outdoor light. The scientists told the Lancet that up to one in five of these students could experience severe visual impairment and even blindness. In the UK, the average level of myopia is between 20% and 30%.
1 May 2012Last updated at 02:49 ET Differences were seen in the brainstem (coloured orange in this picture) Learning a second language can boost brain power, scientists believe. Being bilingual 'boosts brain power'
9 July 2013Last updated at 21:02 ET Many of us categorise ourselves as either optimist or pessimist, but what can science tell us about how we got that way and can we change, asks Michael Mosley. Debbie and Trudi are identical twins. Can science explain why I'm a pessimist?
Meditation boosts genes that promote good health - health - 02 May 2013 Feeling run-down? Try a little chanting, or meditation – seriously. Such relaxation techniques can boost the activity of genes involved in several processes beneficial to health, and they only take a few minutes each day to show results.
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