The right '5-a-day' mix is 2 fruits and 3 vegetables

Higher consumption of fruits and vegetables is associated with a lower risk of death in men and women, according to data representing nearly 2 million adults. The simple public health message '5-a-day.'

12 Minutes of Exercise Can Change Biomarkers in Your Blood

Short bursts of exercise have more of an impact on our bodies than you might think: a new study shows that just 12 minutes of intense activity is enough to significantly change the biomarkers of metabolic health in people's blood.

Reducing Air Pollution Saves Lives in Just Weeks

In the US,  a 13-month closure of a steel mill in Utah resulted in reducing hospitalizations for pneumonia, pleurisy, bronchitis and asthma by half. School absenteeism decreased by 40 percent, and daily mortality fell by 16 percent.

Any amount of running can lower risk of early death

Recent study shows that any amount of running is associated with a 27% lower risk of death from all causes for both sexes, compared with no running. It is also associated with a 30% lower risk of death from cardiovascular disease.

Beverly Hills becomes the first U.S. city to end most tobacco sales

Beverly Hills has passed what experts say is the most restrictive tobacco ban in the nation, barring the sale of virtually all nicotine products and setting the stage for similar laws in other cities.

More than a billion fewer cigarettes smoked each year

Between 2011 and 2018, average monthly cigarette consumption fell by nearly a quarter, equating to around 118 million fewer cigarettes being smoked every month. 

Eating mushrooms may dramatically cut risk of cognitive decline

New research finds that seniors who ate mushrooms twice weekly had 50% reduced odds of having mild cognitive impairment.

The Biggest Global Health Wins of 2018

Check out these big global health wins from 2018 — they’re just the start of good things to come in the fight to eradicate extreme poverty by 2030.

Nature can teach your kid resilience

Spending time outside teaches kids to cope with challenging situations, both emotional and physical. It allows for scenarios in which a certain degree of character-building hardship is experienced without being cruel or unfair to the child.

Yoga, meditation surging in popularity in US

If it seems like everyone you know is trying yoga or meditation, you might be right. A new US government survey shows that the number of people practicing the "mindfulness" techniques has surged in the past few years.

Those who commute through parks have better mental health

According to a Spanish study, people who commute through natural environments report better mental health. A research is based on questionnaires answered by nearly 3,600 participants from four European cities.

Why we should adopt the New Nordic eating guidelines

The World Health Organization’s review of the New Nordic Diet shows unique evidence of its positive effectiveness on the outcomes of noncommunicable diseases.

Vast new study confirms significant health benefits of nature

Exposure to "greenspace" reduces the risk of type II diabetes, cardiovascular disease, premature death, preterm birth, stress, and high blood pressure, among other benefits.

The secret to longevity is in the microbiome and the gut

Scientists fed fruit flies with a combination of probiotics and an herbal supplement called Triphala that was able to prolong the flies' longevity by 60 % and protect them against chronic diseases associated with aging.

Vitamin and mineral supplements provide no health benefit

The most commonly consumed vitamin and mineral supplements provide no consistent health benefit or harm, suggests a new study led by Canadian researchers.