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Do you live in the world’s laziest country?

US scientists have amassed “planetary-scale” data from people’s smartphones to see how active we really are. The Stanford University analysis of 68 million days’ worth of minute-by-minute data showed the average number of daily steps was 4,961.Hong Kong was top averaging 6,880 a day, while Indonesia was bottom of the rankings with just 3,513. But

Children concieved by IVF are just as healthy as children born naturally

Children conceived by in vitro fertilization (IVF) are as healthy as their naturally-conceived peers, according to a study published on Wednesday.The study, compiled by the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute (MCRI), found that IVF children were healthy physically, mentally and emotionally by the time they reached school age, Xinhua news agency reports. Lead researcher David Amor

Is it time to take a sick day for mental health?

A few weeks ago, Madalyn Parker messaged her team at work to tell them she was taking a couple of sick days for mental health reasons. “I’m taking today and tomorrow to focus on my mental health. Hopefully I’ll be back next week refreshed and back to 100%,” she wrote. Parker, 26, is a web

Why people have ‘coffee bubble phobia’ decoded

A deep-seated anxiety about parasites and infectious diseases may be behind ‘coffee bubble phobia’ – an intense aversion some people feel when they see clusters of roughly circular shapes, such as the bubbles in a cup of coffee or the holes in a sponge. Previous explanations for the condition include the suggestion that people are

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