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Parkinson's relief

According to a paper published in the journal Neurology, researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health have found that men who exercised regularly and vigorously early in their adult life minimised their risks for developing Parkinson's disease by 60 per cent, compared to those who did not. The study also showed that those who were the most physically active at the start of the study cut their risk of developing the disease by 50 per cent compared to the participants who were the least physically active.

Vitamin D benefit

An investigation by scientists from the Harvard University School of Public Health reveals that vitamin D may reduce the risk of prostate cancer, or at least prevent it from spreading. The finding is important since prostate cancer is one of the most common types of cancer in men, and also the second leading cause of cancer death among them. In their report, the scientists stress the importance of assimilating adequate vitamin D through skin exposure to sunlight or through diet.

BAD NEWS

Sex bias

Diabetes is sexist. According to a group of researchers from the the George Institute for International Health, associated with the University of Sydney, women with diabetes run 50 per cent greater risk of dying from a heart disease than their male counterparts. The researchers point out that this calls for more aggressive treatment of diabetes in women to offset the increase in heart disease risk that is apparent in postmenopausal women. The findings came from a study involving more than 450,000 people from countries like China, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Thailand, New Zealand and Australia.

Unsafe toys

Unsafe toys aren't merely a domestic problem. The US Public Interest Research Group, a consumer outfit, has warned parents that dozens of potentially unsafe toys remain on store shelves despite posing a risk of choking or other injuries for children. It has published a report listing the toys that endanger young kids' lives because they 'contain choking hazards, toxic chemicals, and lack required safety warnings.'

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