Health & Fitness in the news – 28/06/2011

Exercise and Industry

1. How meditation could help your health – The TelegraphTranscendental meditation has been shown to significantly reduce depressive symptoms. One study of 36 patients with clinical depression found that symptoms almost halved after just three months and the benefits were maintained over a year-long period.
The Telegraph

2. Is liporexia the most dangerous slimming craze ever? – The MirrorTransform, one of the leading ­providers of surgery in the UK, reported a 17% increase in liposuction operations since last May. Of those patients, 21% were repeat customers. Shami Thomas, from Transform, explains: We’re seeing increasing numbers of women coming to us for repeat liposuction procedures on different parts of the body and it looks as though the trend is ­becoming more and more popular.
The Mirror

Health and Lifestyle

1. Sunlight stops breast cancer – The ExpressWomen who spend just three hours a day in the sunshine can halve their risk of developing breast cancer. A new study is the latest to hail the benefits of vitamin D as a weapon in the fight against cancer. Being outdoors stimulates the production of the “sunshine vitamin” and exposure to sunlight for 21 hours a week between April and October significantly cuts the chances of developing a tumour, the study found.
The Express

2. Why doughnuts can make you depressed…and the other surprising, everyday triggers that can cause depression – Daily MailAs much as they might cheer us up at the time, comfort foods such as doughnuts can be bad for the waistline and for mental well-being. ‘We tend to crave sugary and fatty foods for a quick mood fix, but the sugar crash that follows could make you feel worse,’ explains Helen Bond, of the British Dietetic Association.
Daily Mail

3. How a stitch in time makes you feel fine – Scottish ExpressWhether it is knitting, gardening or having a good sing-song, our hobbies can boost our mental and physical health. Having a hobby has always been considered one of the best ways to deal with the pressures of life. Yet evidence is emerging that the benefits of having a favourite pastime go way beyond simply distracting us from the burden of worries about money, work or relationships. Having a hobby bolsters our physical as well as our mental wellbeing.
Scottish Express