Kalongo Hospital in Uganda is on high alert. Medics are facing the pandemic amid an already precarious healthcare situation, in a country with only 55 intensive care beds.
Things that is easiest to do with a partner
Diet, sport, quitting smoking: all these are good intentions for the new year that are often given up miserably. But if you involve your partner, changing to healthier habits is easier.
This year’s good intentions include starting practicing sports, such as swimming or running? Involve even your partner in adopting this healthy behaviour and this idea will prove more successful . The same goes if you want to stop smoking or eat a healthier diet. Cultivating healthy habits is easier if you have a partner.
This statement that actually can seem quite obvious, is the result of a study conducted by researchers at University College London (UCL), recently published in Internal Medicine.
The study used data of 3722 married and cohabiting couples of more than 50 years participating in the English longitudinal study of ageing.
According to researchers, when both partners are involved in a health behaviour change – starting a diet, giving up smoking, practice physical activities – they are more likely to succeed in reaching their goals. Adopting a healthier habit with a partner, in other words, helps improve outcomes.
Data revealed that, for example, 50 percent of smoking women quitted smoking because their partner did it, 17 percent gave up this bad habit even though their partners were already consistently healthy and only 8 percentof them quitted smoking while their partner didn’t.
“Unhealthy lifestyles are a leading cause of death from chronic disease worldwide”, said Jane Wardle, one of the study’s authors, professor of psychology and director of Cancer Research UK’s Health Behaviour Research Centre at UCL.
“The key lifestyle risks are smoking, excess weight, physical inactivity, poor diet, and alcohol consumption. Swapping bad habits for good ones can reduce the risk of disease, including cancer.”
And if you don’t have a partner with whom starting a diet or physical activity, don’t worry. Researchers suggest to “rely on” a colleague or friend and to encourage each other. The important thing is to start.
Indigenous peoples in the isolated region are suffering from poor access to health, with several cities becoming hotspots of coronavirus in the Amazon. Indigenous leaders, health experts and NGOs are calling for international help.
The government believes it’s on the right track to addressing the coronavirus in Bangladesh. But millions don’t have enough food and as most hospitals refuse patients with a fever and cough, the poor are dying.
The coronavirus in Africa could completely overwhelm healthcare systems neglected for years. Yet Zambia has refrained from imposing the type of far-reaching lockdown seen in nations such as South Africa.
The city of Guayaquil in Ecuador has become the coronavirus epicentre in Latin America, offering a dire warning of what could happen throughout the region. People are dying so fast that bodies are left in their homes, or in the streets, for days.
These days her phone hasn’t stopped ringing but Ilaria Capua continues sharing her knowledge to spread information about the novel coronavirus. In this interview she highlights the importance of sustainability.
The consequences of the novel coronavirus or Covid-19: what are the symptoms, what the death toll is, whether there’re a cure, how China has been affected. And why it’s been labelled an emergency also in economic terms.
Natural remedies can be very helpful when it comes to not feeling cold in winter: here are some ways to keep the body warm, at home and outdoors, including what to eat to increase body heat.
The kambo medicine uses the secretion of the green tree frog. We speak to Tanja Lucev, who organises kambo retreats in Guatemala, about the benefits of the traditional shamanic experience.