Sucralose, an artificial sweetener not linked to cancer

A new study has revealed that sucralose, a replacement for sugar that is free of calories does not cause cancer and is hence safe to take. Being a calorie-free artificial sweetener it is used in a broad range of low-calorie foods including fizzy drinks and chewing gums. ‘This latest review of sucralose studies should reassure those who choose(…)

Sitting for long hours accounts for 4% of deaths worldwide

Nearly four per cent of all deaths worldwide -or 4,33,000 per year -are due to the fact that people spend more than three hours a day sitting, a study conducted in 54 countries has claimed. Researchers, including those from Spain’s San Jorge University , estimated the proportion of deaths attributable to the “chair effect” using(…)

Sad films are natural painkillers

Traumatic films may boost pain tolerance and feelings of group bonding by increasing levels of feel-good chemicals produced by the brain, study reveals. Tyrannosaur, Breaking the Waves and Schindler’s List might make you reach for the tissues, but psychologists say they have found a reason why traumatic films are so appealing. Researchers at Oxford University(…)

Fitness trackers don’t help lose weight

The popularity of fitness trackers and other wearable technology is rising – but new data suggests they might not be all that useful after all. Following a two-year study, researchers have concluded that activity trackers and other fitness-based wearables don’t actually help people lose weight. A team from the University of Pittsburgh monitored 471 participants(…)

Low oxygen may promote longevity in Tibet

Low-oxygen environments in Tibet may be promoting longevity among the local people, according to a study by Chinese researchers. According to research by Zhang Yaping and Wu Dongdong at Kunming College of Life Science, Chinese Academy of Sciences, elderly people from the Tibetan Plateau have a longer lifespan than their counterparts in others parts of(…)

Common chemicals that are capable of reducing vitamin D levels

A study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism has found that exposure to certain common chemicals called endocrine-disruupting chemicals found in many of the consumer products, including plastic bottles, may reduce levels of vitamin D in the bloodstream. Endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDC) are found in everyday products and throughout the environment. One EDC by the name(…)