Finally, Some More Intel On Alexa Chung’s Fashion Collection

Alexa Chung may have provided plenty of fashion inspiration for us with her own #OOTDs over the years, whether that involves overalls, frilly tops, or Mary Janes. She’s also paired up with plenty of fashion brands over the years, from creating collections with AG and Madewell, to consulting for the likes of Superga and Marks & Spencer. But soon, her very own collection, called Alexachung, also might charm its way into your closet. We first heard about Chung’s line in July, though details about the official drop date or aesthetic…

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Sedentary lifestyle and women: Do some exercise daily, else you’ll age faster

Elderly women who sit for more than 10 hours a day with low physical activity have cells that are biologically older by eight years than those who are less sedentary, a new study has warned. Researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine in the US found elderly women with less than 40 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity per day have shorter telomeres — tiny caps found on the ends of DNA strands that protect chromosomes from deterioration and progressively shorten with age. As a cell ages, its…

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Select: some of the best food stories of 2016

Select, Aoife McElwain’s weekly column in The Ticket every Friday, gave us plenty of food for thought in 2016, investigating food culture and tradition and unearthing plentiful nuggets of fascinating information. In March, we learned the story behind corned beef and cabbage on St Patrick’s Day, and why millions of Americans erroneously believe that dish is Ireland on a plate, and yet nobody would dream of serving it here on our national day. Misleading food labelling has been a recurring theme throughout 2016. The Food Safety Authority of Ireland and…

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How ‘food apartheid’ is punishing some Venezuelans

ARACAS, Venezuela — With food riots breaking out and supermarket shelves woefully bare, the government of embattled President Nicolás Maduro launched a new food distribution system in April promising to deliver subsidized groceries to every household in need. Maduro called the new system “CLAPs” (Local Committees of Supply and Production). The name might be fitting, because those who don’t applaud his government haven’t been getting anything to eat. Maduro told Venezuelans that the CLAP system would alleviate chronic scarcities and the “economic war” against his government he says is being waged by opposition leaders,…

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Did Spending On Health And Education Fall Since 2014? Finally Some Answers

Two new studies are finally helping answer the question–did spending on social sectors like education and healthcare fall in the last two years? When Finance Minister Arun Jaitley presented the budget in 2015 and 2016, the Narendra Modi government was criticised for making cuts in spending on key social sectors including health and education. At first glance, this seemed to be true. Caveats: the numbers are from the Finance Ministry’s Indian Public Finance Statistics 2015-16 and so the 2014-15 and 2015-16 numbers are revised estimates and budget estimates respectively, and…

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Cocoa compound linked to some cardiovascular biomarker improvements

The meta-analysis in the Journal of Nutrition, an assessment of the combined evidence from all 19 RCTs, focused on whether consumption of flavanol-rich cocoa products was associated with improvements in specific circulating biomarkers of cardiometabolic health as compared to consuming placebos with negligible cocoa flavanol content. In all, 1,139 volunteers were involved in these trials. “Our meta-analysis of RCTs characterizes how cocoa flavanols affect cardiometabolic biomarkers, providing guidance in designing large, definitive prevention trials against diabetes and cardiovascular disease in future work,” said corresponding author Dr. Simin Liu, professor and…

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When complications arise, some hospitals get paid a lot more

Medicare pays some U.S. hospitals two to three times more than others to care for older adults who experience complications after major surgery, a new analysis finds. Those higher payments aren’t always associated with better clinical care, the study authors said. The findings suggest that some hospitals deal with surgical complications, such as serious bleeding, infection and kidney failure, more efficiently than others, the authors noted. “If we had found that they’re spending more money, but they’re actually saving people’s lives, it’s worth it, right?” said Dr. Hari Nathan, the…

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Internal ‘clock’ makes some people age faster and die younger – regardless of lifestyle

Scientists have found the most definitive evidence yet that some people are destined to age quicker and die younger than others – regardless of their lifestyle. The findings could explain the seemingly random and unfair way that death is sometimes dealt out, and raise the intriguing future possibility of being able to extend the natural human lifespan. “You get people who are vegan, sleep 10 hours a day, have a low-stress job, and still end up dying young,” said Steve Horvath, a biostatistician who led the research at the University…

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