Sleep myths ‘damaging your health’

Widely held myths about sleep are damaging our health and our mood, as well as shortening our lives, say researchers. A team at New York University trawled the internet to find the most common claims about a good night’s kip. Then, in a study published in the journal Sleep Health, they matched the claims to the best scientific evidence. They hope that dispelling sleep myths will improve people’s physical and mental health and well-being. So, how many are you guilty of? Myth 1 – You can cope on less than…

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Travel tips: 12 of the biggest myths in travel, busted

The French, rude? Don’t believe the hype.¬†Photo: Alamy I’m not sure how these things start. Maybe someone writes a newspaper story, or a blog post, or just tells a few tales to their friends, and these things gain a life of their own, they become perceived wisdom, they morph from story into fact. You just know them, now, to be true: you should pack light when you travel; you should fly to your destination; you should dress smart to get an upgrade; you should shop at duty free; you should…

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Experts shed myths of ‘Harlequin Ichthyosis’- a rare skin disorder

Bursting the myth of a rare genetic disease, which causes thickening of the skin, experts say that by rigorously following all the precautions and treatment, the newborns can lead a normal life. Harlequin Ichthyosis- is a very rare type of severe, inherited, genetic skin disorder and is characterised by thick white plates of skin with deep cracks, which are vulnerable to bacteria and other contaminants, putting the person at the risk of fatal infection. “The main cause of this rare genetic disorder is the mutation in a gene — the…

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‘Healthy’ Sweeteners, Protein-Powerhouse Quinoa and Other Nutrition Myths, Debunked

Is agave really better than white sugar? Will cleansing help my body detoxify? We all hunger for nutrition advice, but not all the advice you hear is worth believing. Here are the truths behind five common nutrition myths: Processed meat causes cancer: Remember last year’s scary headline? “World Health Organization Says Processed Meat Causes Cancer.” Turns out, the science was not as dire as the headline made it sound. The WHO report said that eating 50 grams of processed meat every day (about one hot dog) increased the relative risk…

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Nutrition During Pregnancy: Debunking 5 Common Myths

One of the first changes a woman makes when she learns about her pregnancy is almost always diet related. Expecting mothers are surrounded by many relatives and friends who all offer so many different perspectives on what a pregnant woman should and should not eat that it can be very confusing for the mother-to-be. While our loved ones mean well, mothers-to-be should not follow any advice blindly when it comes to their diet.There are several myths and misconceptions about the kind of food expecting moms should consume and avoid. Here…

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‘Healthy’ Sweeteners, Protein-Powerhouse Quinoa and Other Nutrition Myths, Debunked

Is agave really better than white sugar? Will cleansing help my body detoxify? We all hunger for nutrition advice, but not all the advice you hear is worth believing. Here are the truths behind five common nutrition myths: Processed meat causes cancer: Remember last year’s scary headline? “World Health Organization Says Processed Meat Causes Cancer.” Turns out, the science was not as dire as the headline made it sound. The WHO report said that eating 50 grams of processed meat every day (about one hot dog) increased the relative risk…

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