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Natural stride is best stride for runners, experts say

Two experts in the field of running are urging runners that the best stride for them should be their preferred, natural running stride. The study by Iain Hunter, a USA Track and Field consultant, and U.S. Olympian Jared Ward, who are also both professors at Brigham YoungUniversity, measured the energy use of 33 runners using five different strides during a 20-minute run. The researchers found that the stride length runners naturally choose is the best stride for them. “Many people are advocating for various ‘optimal’ running forms, but this study shows…

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Say Hello to the Newest Food Trend in Delhi – Ice-Cream Tacos!

Ice creams are a delight and a recent development in the ice cream world is something you wouldn’t have imagined, ever. We’re talking about the ice-cream tacos! So, you’re served taco-shaped waffle cones filled with your favourite flavour of ice cream and some nuts to make it look gorgeous. Interesting, isn’t it? Well, all you sweet lovers have a new excuse to enjoy ice-cream. While roll up ice-creams and gigantic sundaes are trending worldwide, Delhi has a new obsession. An ice-cream parlour called Fumo Creams has introduced a range of unique ice-cream tacos with…

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Overseas aid should focus on education, say MPs

The international development committee says the proportion spent on education should be lifted from 8% to 10%. There are 250 million children around the world without access to school – and efforts to tackle this have been “shamefully underfunded”, say MPs. Committee chair Stephen Twigg warned of a “global learning crisis”. The select committee says that the Department for International Development’s spending on education is £526m per year – less than on supporting health, civil society and intervention in disasters. UN warns of schools lost in conflict Who really paid…

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Prevent Gaining Weight to Avoid Diabetes, Say Experts

According to the World Health Organisation, “diabetes mellitus is a chronic disease that occurs either when the pancreas does not produce enough insulin or when the body cannot effectively use the insulin it produces. Insulin is a hormone that regulates blood sugar”. Type 2 diabetes is the most common and widespread form of diabetes in the world wherein the body is unable to utilize insulin properly. Diabetes is one of the leading causes of deaths all across the world. Traditionally the disease was limited to adults but is now crawling…

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World Cancer Day: Health Experts Urge Focus On Preventive Measures, Say Prevention Remains Vastly Underfunded

Cancer is not an inescapable fate. But while prevention can save millions of lives much more cheaply than treatment, it remains an underfunded, much-neglected weapon in the anti-cancer arsenal, experts say. Some 14 million new cancers are diagnosed each year, according to the World Health Organization (WHO) — a number expected to swell to 21 million by the year 2030. As the global cost of treatment skyrockets, measures to prevent people getting cancer in the first place are increasingly important in seeking to limit the expected explosion.   “The way…

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Will drastically cutting calories help you live longer? Yes, say a bunch of extremely hangry monkeys.

NOT SHOVELING LOADS of food into your mouth is a guaranteed way to keep pounds off—but can limiting calories also keep you alive longer? Multiple studies over the past few years have hinted that it might. But it took a monkey race to finally get to the bottom of it. For years, researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UWM) and the National Institute on Aging (NIA) conducted dueling experiments on monkeys to attempt to come up with a definitive answer. For example: In 2009, the Wisconsin team announced the results…

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