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Denmark taxes fatty products

Denmark is to impose the world’s first “fat tax” in a drive to slim its population and cut heart disease. The move may increase pressure for a similar tax in the UK, which suffers from the highest levels of obesity in Europe. Starting from this Saturday, Danes will pay an extra 30p on each pack of butter, 8p on a pack of crisps, and
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Having children reduces a man’s risk of heart disease by 20%

It may come as a surprise to father’s continually woken by their offspring in the early hours of the morning, but having children could mean they have healthier hearts. A decade-long study of 135,000 men found that those who remained child-free had a higher risk of dying from heart disease than those who ‘sowed their oats.’ U.S researchers said it raised the possibility that infertility may
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An apple or pear a day keeps strokes at bay

Eating lots of fruit and vegetables with white flesh may help to protect against strokes, says a study in the journal Stroke. But Dutch researchers say they do not know why people with a high intake of apples, pears, bananas or cauliflower reduce their risk of stroke by 52%. The study followed more than 20,000 adults over 10 years. Stroke experts said people should
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Gym work-out increases productivity

Sydney – Office workers who walk 10,000 steps a day and work out in the gym thrice a week can help their employers with increased productivity of $2,500 a year, an Australian study has claimed. The Body-Brain Performance Institute, in collaboration with Melbourne’s Swinburne University’s Brain Sciences Institute, identified 40 employees of the Melbourne branch of global software company SAP in April. They gave
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