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    Muscly Kate shows off her biceps at awards nightPA

    The Duchess of Cambridge was the belle of the ball last night at A Night of Heroes at the Imperial War Museum.

    She's definitely been keeping up her fitness while living with Prince William at Kensington Palace, as she showed off super-toned biceps on the red carpet.

    Dressed in a strapless black Alexander McQueen gown, Kate accessorised her simple dress with a spectacular diamond and ruby necklace.

    A St James's Palace spokesman said the necklace was 'a wedding gift from a family friend who wishes to remain anonymous".

    Muscly Kate shows off her biceps at awards nightPA

    The Duchess was accompanied by her husband Prince William and his brother Prince Harry.

    Prince William and Prince Harry's father Prince Charles created the awards night to recognise the achievements of people who serve in the Armed Forces.

    Kate's known for her love of exercise and regularly goes to the gym to jog, use light weights and work out on the rowing machine to keep in shape.

    Before her wedding Kate was often spotted in the Harbour Club in west London. A fellow member told the Telegraph: "Kate was in the gym last week exercising with a friend for more than an hour. She looked in great shape - incredibly fit and slim."

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    Why a mushroom omelette could cut your risk of pancreatic cancerGetty

    It looks like scientists have found yet another reason for us to start treating breakfast as the most important meal of the day - in addition to fuelling us for the hours ahead, eating a mushroom omelette could help cut our risk of pancreatic cancer.

    New research published in the BMJ journal Gut by scientists in the U.S. and Spain has found that a diet rich in selenium and nickel may help cut the risk of pancreatic cancer, reports the Daily Mail.

    The research found that patients with the highest nickel and selenium levels were between 33 and 95 percent less likely to have pancreatic cancer (compared to those with the lowest levels of the minerals). Selenium helps prevent cellular damage from free radicals, and is found in meat, canned tuna, eggs, Brazil nuts, cottage cheese and oatmeal.

    Nickel's benefits to the body are less known, but it is thought to influence iron absorption and the production of red blood cells. It's found in peas, beans, chocolate, nuts, oats and mushrooms.

    Professor Alan Boobis, from the department of medicine at Imperial College London, said: "Whilst this paper raises some interesting hypotheses regarding the role of trace metals in pancreatic cancer, it is too early to determine where the concern lies."

    "The decrease in risk from nickel is unexpected and again points to the need for additional information."

    The research also found that high levels of lead, cadmium (found in tobacco) and arsenic can contribute to one's chances of developing pancreatic cancer.

    Will you try a selenium and nickel-rich mushroom omelette for breakfast in an effort to decrease your pancreatic cancer risk? Let us know below...

    And don't miss our gallery of healthy (mineral-rich) lunch ideas below.

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    Could mutant bird flu strain be used by terrorists?PA

    End-of-the-world scenarios usually involve some kind of huge apocalyptic meltdown, such as the sun exploding, a nuclear catastrophe or an environmental disaster.

    The latest frightening idea is that terrorists could use a mutant strain of a virus to wipe us all out. Sound far-fetched? Unfortunately it's not.

    Scientists in Holland have successfully mutated a strain of the bird flu virus so it can be transmitted to humans.

    Researchers at the Erasmus Medical Centre in Holland said in September that they had managed to mutate the H5N1 avian influenza virus so it could be spread through the air.

    The results of their experiment were expected to be published in the US journal 'Science', but the publication has been delayed as the American National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity wants to review the data.

    Experts are worried the information could possibly be used by terrorists to develop biological weapons.

    The Daily Mail quotes a member of the Board as saying: "The fear is that if you create something this deadly and it goes into a global pandemic the mortality and cost to the world could be massive. The worst-case scenario here is worse than anything you can imagine."

    EU Health Commissioner John Dalli said: "The Dutch authorities confirmed that the virus itself is stored in a very secured way and that the necessary permits were given and that the researchers are bound by a code of conduct."

    Avian flu causes death in 60% of human cases, but only 350 people have died worldwide from the disease to date.

    Should scientists have been allowed to create the mutation or not? Let us know below...

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    Could a 15 minute eye treatment make you look eight years younger?SWNS

    It's the Holy Grail of beauty product promises - a product that claims to make you look younger without surgery.

    Eyes are one of the first places to show the signs of ageing, as the skin around the eye area is thin and delicate, which makes it prone to wrinkles and bags.

    The latest product to cause a storm on the beauty scene is the Eye Secrets patch, which claims to reduce puffiness and lines by 92%.

    The £24.99 patches are used by celebrities including Jennifer Aniston, Michelle Collins and Christine Bleakley, and have proved so popular the maker's website already has a waiting list of more than 12,000 people.

    Could a 15 minute eye treatment make you look eight years younger?PA

    Michelle said the collagen and Q-10 enriched patches were a top beauty secret of hers: "It's very quick and it's not visible."

    "They are these little strips that you can put on your eyes to firm and brighten them. It just makes you feel brighter and I think you can carry on those extra hours and feel bright-eyed and bushy-tailed as they say."

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  • 12/20/11--02:00: Five healthy lunch ideas
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    If you're looking for a health boost in the New Year, one easy place to start is with a healthy lunch. Swapping a fatty, sugary meal like a cheeseburger and soda for a nutritious, all-day fuelling alternative will leave you feeling lighter and also more energetic for the workday ahead (perhaps energised enough to squeeze in that thrice-weekly New Year's resolution workout you promised yourself?)

    Click through our gallery below for five healthy lunch ideas to try. For bonus points, make these at home with your favourite ingredients - the result will be even better for you than the store-bought version, and you can freeze the leftovers for weeks to come.




     


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    Could a new pill help with the menopause and boost your sex life?Getty

    Researchers have claimed that a new pill could be used to help women with the menopause and to improve their sex lives.

    Experts have said the new research could lead to a treatment which could be offered as an alternative to Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT).

    Italian researchers from the University of Pisa looked at 48 women who were going through the menopause.

    Twelve of the women took vitamin D and calcium because they did not want to take hormones.

    The remaining 36 were split into three groups. One group were given DHEA, while the other two took HRT containing either oestrogen and progesterone, or a synthetic steroid known as tibolone.

    The women filled out questionnaires on their menopausal symptoms and sexual interest during the study.

    After a year, the research showed that the women who took hormone replacements had improved menopausal symptoms, compared to the group who only took vitamins.

    Women who took DHEA had higher interest in sex and reported increased sexual activity compared with the other groups.

    The study's head Professor Andrea Genazzani said: "This is a small study, a proof of concept. What we need to do now is to look at a larger study, to confirm these initial results are valid."

    Dr John Stevenson, consultant metabolic physician at the Royal Brompton Hospital in London and chairman of the charity Women's Health Concern, said: "These are interesting findings and we now need a bigger study."

    "There is a demand for alternatives to HRT caused by safety fears which have since been overturned."

    "But it's not possible yet to know whether DHEA is as safe as HRT or carries more risks, which is why we need larger trials."



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    British women warned about breast implant cancer riskGetty


    A UK watchdog has said that there is no reason why up to 50,000 British women with breast implants made by French company PIP should have them removed.

    The implants, manufactured by French company 'Poly Implant Prostheses' (PIP), were reportedly made from substandard, industrial-grade silicone made for mattresses rather than medical use. The company is suspected of saving up to £835,000 a year by using this type of gel which is ten times cheaper than that which is officially authorised for breast implants.

    Later this week, the French health ministry are expected to call for all implants that were fitted in France to be removed, but the UK's medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) said there is no evidence to support the removal of these implants as initial tests indicated that they would not cause cancer.

    Last week, French authorities said that eight cancer cases had occurred in women with PIP implant failures. One of the women died, but no direct link with the implants has yet been established.

    PIP, which was once the third-largest company of its kind in the world but has now closed down, came under investigation after doctors reported a high number of rips and leaks in its products.

    Public prosecutors in the Marseille area are now investigating the company for fraud and manslaughter following formal complaints by 2,172 women.

    The MHRA said that women who are concerned should contact their surgeon for advice.

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    How would you feel if your partner told you to lose weight?Corbis


    Health experts have said that the best way to tackle the obesity epidemic is for us to be more upfront and honest with our loved ones about their weight issues.

    Which means that next time you ask your partner, "Does my bum look big in this?", he might just say, "Yes".

    The National Obesity Forum and International Chair on Cardiometabolic Risk say that it is important to be honest about weight issues, especially as a survey shows that many of us are reluctant to confront the issue.

    The groups surveyed more than 2,000 people and found that younger people and men find it most difficult to speak up the size and shape of their friends and family.

    Of those polled, 42 per cent of 18-24 year-olds wouldn't tell a loved one that they need to lose weight for fear of hurting their feelings.

    This dropped to just over a third of those aged 25-44 and one in four older people.

    Men find it hardest to tell their partners, while women were more worried about raising the issue with a friend.

    Professor David Haslam, chair of the National Obesity Forum, said: "Suggesting to someone that they should consider losing a few pounds may not be a comfortable conversation to have.

    "But if someone close to you has a large waistline then as long as you do it sensitively, discussing it with them now could help them avoid critical health risks later down the line and could even change save their life."


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    A brisk walk helps to clear fat from your bodyGetty


    It seems that the tradition of going for a wintery walk after Christmas dinner could be very good for your health.

    Scientists believe that exercise doesn't just boost fitness and improve heart health, but can also help to clear fatty food molecules from the bloodstream.

    Researchers at the University of Glasgow studied 12 overweight and obese men on treadmills and found that activity altered the structure of lipid blood fats, making it easier for them to be cleared from the body.

    Although some fats are beneficial to health, others - such as the 'bad' form of LDL cholesterol - increase the risk of heart attack and strokes.

    Study leader, Dr Jason Gill, told The Daily Mail: "We can think of the level of lipids in our blood as being like the level of water in a bath.

    "To reduce the water level you can wither turn off the tap, or increase the size of the plughole to let it drain out.

    "For blood lipids this is equivalent to producing less, or breaking them down more.

    "Our research suggests that exercise works at the 'plughole' end of the process, increasing the body's ability to break down the fats faster."

    Professor Jeremy Pearson, from the British Heart Foundation, which funded the study, said: "During the Christmas period many of us indulge more than usual, so it's vital to balance that with healthy habits - the festive walk is a great healthy tradition for many families.

    "And as the short term drop in lipids lasts for a day or two after exercise, even the last minute dash for presents on Christmas Eve has its benefits."

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    Everyone over 40 to be offered free health MOTGetty


    Everyone between the age of 40 and 72 is to be offered a regular free 'Health MOT' as part of the Department of Health's new public health proposals.

    This means that, every five years, councils will be obliged to invite everyone in that age group for a check-up to assess their risk of heart attack, stroke, kidney disease and diabetes.

    The check-ups will be carried out by GPs and nurses who will measure blood pressure and cholesterol levels, check weight and height and ask questions about diet and lifestyle.

    Although the checks are already meant to be offered, some areas don't provide them at all. But from April 2013, local authorities will be responsible for making sure that everyone over 40 is invited for an MOT.

    After they've had the tests, patients will be graded low risk, medium risk or high risk and will make a follow-up appointment with their GP.

    Those in the high risk group may be put on medication to control blood pressure or cholesterol and others may be told to lose weight.

    Last week a report by the charity Heart UK found that nine trusts have not carried out a single Health MOT so far this year and only 43,000 Britons, out of the 16 million who are eligible, have had the checks.

    A spokesman for the British Heart Foundation told The Daily Mail: "We would welcome better support for these health checks to be provided and anything that increases this roll-out is a very positive thing.

    "They are a good way of setting out a person's risk of certain illnesses while they have still got the change to do something about it.

    "We would ask anyone who is eligible to contact their GP to ask to have a health check."

    Ministers believe that these Health MOTs could save 650 lives each year, but experts worry that they may give people a false sense of security and make them less likely to go for a check-up if they later experience symptoms.

    There is also the potential for patients to be told about problems that will never cause them any trouble, leading to unnecessary anxiety.

    Have you ever had a Health MOT? Let us know below...

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    Would you let your doctor treat you with maggots?PA


    A new study has shown that maggot therapy may be the most effective way to clean large wounds that don't heal easily.

    French researchers found that maggots can offer antibacterial and healing benefits as well as keeping wounds clean - and can be more helpful that traditional methods using scalpels or enzymes, which don't always work.

    The latest study was carried out on patients with venous ulcers on their legs. During a two-week hospital stay, two groups of just over 50 patients were offered maggot therapy or traditional wound cleaning with a scalpel. Both groups were blindfolded so they wouldn't know which they had received.

    The sterile maggots were kept inside little bags that were placed over the wounds twice a week. They secrete substances into the wounds that liquefy dead tissue and then ingest the material.

    The researchers at the Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Caen found that there was no difference in pain or crawling sensations between the two groups.

    After one week, on average two-thirds of the wound area in patients who received surgical cleaning was covered with dead tissue known as slough, which interferes with healing.

    In patients treated with maggots, only 55 per cent of the wound area was covered in slough.

    However the benefits of using maggots vanished after two weeks and there was no difference in would closure.

    Maggots have been approved for use in the US since 2004 but they are not widely used - partly because the idea of maggot therapy makes so many patients squeamish.

    Would you agree to try maggot therapy? Let us know below...

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    A third of mothers don't enjoy Christmas at their children's homeGetty


    If you're already worried about hosting the family Christmas, the results of a new survey are unlikely to put your mind at rest.

    According to a survey by Co-Operative Foods, a third of British mothers don't enjoy Christmas dinner at their children's house because they think they could do it better themselves.

    Rather than enjoying the break, 14 per cent of mothers said they were fed up with having nothing to do and the same percentage were annoyed that they weren't allowed to help out in the kitchen - especially as one in ten said the food wasn't very good.

    The biggest criticism from mums is that their family spend too long watching television on Christmas day and 16 per cent say that their children play too many games rather than enjoying traditional activities like watching the Queen's Speech and passing round presents one at a time.

    An additional 18 per cent say that Christmas with their son and daughter is chaos as a result of young children running around all day.

    A spokeswoman for Co-Operative Foods said: "Mums generally love Christmas because it's the one time of year when the whole family can get together, and the focal point of the whole day is the Christmas meal, which is why if it's not done properly, mums aren't going to be happy.

    "There is an art to getting things right at Christmas - making sure everyone is entertained, fed and watered - and it takes many years of practice before mastering the whole day.

    "We're sure it must be quite nerve-wracking for sons, daughters and daughters-in-law having to host for mum, when she has been in control of the whole operation since they were small.

    "Overall most mums don't like to be critical of their families, with 69 per cent saying that once their daughter or daughter-in-law got over the stress of cooking, their food ended up being delicious."

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    New research indicates that the way you look can be as much of an asset as a university degree when it comes to landing a job and climbing the career ladder.

    And although previous studies have suggested that good looks can help women get ahead at work, researchers at the Leuphana University of Lüneburg in northern Germany say that this is even more true for men.

    The research team, led by Professor Christian Pfeifer, questioned more than 3,000 people about their careers. Researchers then assessed their subjects' looks on a scale of one to 11 and compared this with their career success.

    In their report, published in the Applied Economics Letters journal, Professor Pfeifer said: "The results showed that just one point above average on the attractiveness scale and the chance of getting employed rises by three per cent.

    "Five points more - that is about the difference between an ordinary face and downright beauty - helps in getting a job as much as a university degree.

    "It remains unclear exactly how attractiveness often equates to higher pay and higher-flying career, but I suspect that the first impression a person makes could be crucial.

    "It is possible that good looking people make a more lasting impression in interviews, or that that they come across as nicer.

    "The future boss may notice nothing - they may possibly think they were making a choice based on the competence of the applicant. In such a case, attractiveness could act as a tool to open the door."

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    Coping with symptoms of the menopauseGetty

    Women approaching the menopause often have some idea of what to expect - hot flushes, night sweats, vaginal dryness, insomnia, mood swings, bladder problems and memory loss - but no clue whether they'll fly through the physical and emotional changes taking place or will find them agonising instead.


    Many of the common symptoms that afflict women during the menopause used to be treated with HRT, which has now been linked to increases in breast cancer and blood clots. Here are some tips for coping with symptoms of the menopause the natural way, from adding certain foods to your diet to ditching that extra cup of coffee.





     


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    Mediterranean diet increases lifespan by three yearsGetty

    It has been claimed for many years that eating a Mediterranean diet is good for our health.

    A new study by Swedish researchers has found that even people who start eating the diet in their seventies can reap the benefits.

    Researchers at the University of Gothenburg found older people lived an average of two to three years longer if they ate a diet of fruit, vegetables, oily fish and olive oil.

    The study looked at the diets of people in their seventies over a forty year period and discovered those eating a Mediterranean diet were 20% more likely to live longer than those who ate diets which contained lots of meat and dairy produce.

    "This means in practice that older people who eat a Mediterranean diet live an estimated two to three years longer than those who don't," said Gianluca Tognon, from the Sahlgrenska Academy at the university.

    "The conclusion we can draw from these studies is that there is no doubt that a Mediterranean diet is linked to better health, not only for the elderly but also for youngsters," Professor Tognon added.

    Is it worth eating a Mediterranean diet for an extra three years of life? Let us know below...


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    Overweight Congressman says Michelle Obama has a 'large posterior'Getty

    Michelle Obama is celebrated for her campaign to get people to eat more healthily and to exercise more.

    However the First Lady can't please everyone, it seems, and especially not Republican Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner.

    The rather portly governor of Wisconsin was overheard ranting about Michelle's "large posterior" on his mobile phone at an airport.

    The 68-year-old politician was heard talking on his phone at the Delta Crown Lounge at Reagan National Airport yesterday and his remarks were reported to FishBowlDC by an onlooker.

    The Democratic operative who reported the conversation said Mr Sensenbrenner was telling someone on the telephone about an event which occurred three weeks previously.

    He said he was talking to a woman who complimented Michelle Obama and he told her he thought Mrs Obama "lectures us on eating right while she has a large posterior herself."

    A spokesman for Mr Sensenbrenner told the Daily Mail: "Mr Sensenbrenner was referring to the First Lady's healthy food initiative."

    "He doesn't think the government should be telling Americans what to eat. While he may not agree with all of her initiatives, he plans to contact the First Lady's office to apologise for his comments."

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    Men should get flu jab in morning, women in afternoonPA

    Researchers have said they think the time of day men and women have their flu jabs can have an impact on the vaccine's effectiveness.

    A team from the Medical Research Council said that when the jab was synchronised with the body's rhythms it had more chance of offering better immunity from the flu virus.

    As people age, their immune systems do not function as effectively, which means only one third of older people become fully immune to the flu virus after having a flu jab.

    Researchers plan to test their ideas using 300 patients at a GP surgery in Birmingham. They will be asked to come in for morning or afternoon appointments depending on their sex.

    Professor Janet Lord, who is heading up the research, said: "It's a major health issue trying to find ways to improve the vaccination response.

    "We know that immunity goes down with ageing. But we may have found a way to counter that."

    She added: "A colleague discovered that vaccine response varies with the time of day. Men tend to have a better response in the morning, and women in the afternoon. We're not sure why, but we think it is down to hormones."

    "We've already made a start and hope to get enough patients on board to be able to see if such a simple, cheap measure of changing appointment times can make all the difference."

    Do you think the time of day can determine how effective jabs are or not? Let us know below...

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  • 12/22/11--00:00: 10-minute workouts
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    The hectic Christmas season usually means our allotted workout time has been sacrificed for present-buying and holiday meal-preparing. Don't let your fitness slip just because you're time-poor this winter - if all you have is 10 minutes to spare, there's still some form of exercise you can do.

    And if you take a least three of your 10-minute breaks in the day (the ones you may have spent relaxing on the couch before) and fit some moderate aerobic exercise in five times a week, you've hit the minimum NHS-recommended target of getting your 150 minutes of exercise per week.

    Click through our gallery below for 10-minute workout ideas to help tone different body parts and get your heart rate up overall. Once you start moving, you may find you don't want to stop.




     


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    A US politician has criticised the Kardashian sisters for using cheap Chinese labour to produce their fashion range.

    Congressman Dana Rohrabacher told RadarOnline: "They don't give a damn about the American people. By going to China in order to make a $65million profit instead of a $10million profit you are effectively thumbing your nose at the American people."

    He added that he thought it was "very sad" that the Kardashian sisters decided to use Chinese factories with "substandard labour conditions" instead of having the clothes made in the US.

    A report in Star magazine said that workers in Guangdong earned only $1 per hour and worked 84 hour weeks in conditions similar to those of "minimum security prisons".

    Kardashians slammed for fashion range made in Chinese sweatshopsPA

    Charles Kernaghan, executive director of the Institute for Global Labour and Human Rights, told Star that the factories were managed by "some pretty bad people".a

    He said staff had to work in "brutal" 100°F temperatures in summer, but made only a $15 a month salary.

    He added that he understood the staff could not "talk during working hours. You can't listen to music; you can't stand up and stretch. You can't even put your head up and look around, or you will be screamed at."

    "If you get permission to use the toilet, you get four minutes. If you're highly specialised, you cannot even go to the bathroom."

    The Kardashians' publicist Jill Fritzo told Radaronline: "This is the first we are hearing about it and take it very seriously as we would never condone this. We are presently investigating the situation."

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    Could 50% increase in heartburn be causing more cancer cases?Getty

    Researchers have suggested that a 50% increase in heartburn over the last 10 years could be due to obesity.

    They are concerned about the dramatic rise of the condition as it has been linked with oesophageal cancer.

    The UK has the highest rates of the disease in Europe.

    Heartburn, known as acid reflux, is caused when stomach acid enters the oesophagus and has been associated with a fatty diet, drinking alcohol, smoking and obesity.

    Researchers found the number of people who suffered from heartburn increased from 11.6% in 1995-97 to 17.1% in 2006-09.

    The study of 30,000 people, which was published in the Gut journal, said women were more likely to develop the condition than men.

    The researchers, from King's College London, Sweden and Norway, said: "The increasing prevalence of acid reflux is alarming, because it will most likely contribute to the increasing incidence of cancer of the oesophagus."

    Professor Hugh Barr, from the British Society of Gastroenterology, said around a fifth of people had occasional episodes of reflux.

    He added: "Having indigestion after a curry isn't necessarily a cause for concern and about half of those with persistent reflux will not have any damage to their gullet. But we need to identify earlier people at risk of what is an epidemic of this type of cancer."

    Should we pay more attention to heartburn or is it nothing to get bothered about? Let us know below...

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