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Amazon Alexa now offers NHS health advice

That’s right, people will soon be able to receive expert health advice from their Amazon Alexa, following a new partnership with the NHS. From this week, owners of an Alexa can ask health-related advice and get a voice-assisted answer from the official NHS website.

The government in England said it could reduce demand on the NHS.

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Joggers at risk in polluted cities

A 13-year study based on data from UK Biobank has revealed that air pollution is fuelling an alarming rise in cases of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) from 835,000 ten years ago to 1.2 million today.

As a result, health experts have warned that going for a jog can actually do more harm than good in Britain’s polluted cities.

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Can fizzy drinks increase your risk of cancer?

According to new research, drinking just one-third or 100ml of a fizzy drink can increase your risk of cancer by up to 18%. The team of French researchers who explored this believe that sugar in drinks causes our body to store more fat around vital organs, including the liver and pancreas, which has been linked to a higher risk of cancer.

Those who drink sugary drinks like fruit juice could also be putting themselves at higher risk.

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Could giving up alcohol improve your mental health?

Giving up alcohol could improve your mental health, a new study claims. New findings published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ), compared teetotallers with moderate consumers of alcohol. The results suggested that people who completely abstain from alcohol enjoy the highest level of mental well-being.

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