City Health International

Founded in 2012 City Health International is a network of individuals and organisations engaged in the study of and response to structural health issues and health behaviours in the urban environment.

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City Health international holds an annual international conference, in a different location each year, which examines current policy and practice in relation to public health and health behaviours in cities.


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  • Eating fish may benefit older adults at risk for dementia

    For older people, the brain-protecting benefits of eating fish outweigh any potential harms from mercury, according to a small U.S. brain study. Researchers found that older adults who ate the most seafood did have higher brain levels of mercury, but didn’t seem to suffer any ill effects from it. And if they also had a gene variant that raises risk for Alzheimer’s disease, high fish intake seemed to lower their risk of developing the disease.

    2016-02-09 | reuters.com

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  • Warn Dieters How Unhealthy a Particular Food Is, and They'll Just Eat More of It

    The study -- conducted by researchers Nguyen Pham, Dr. Naomi Mandel, and Dr. Andrea Morales -- involved three rounds of testing, and each round revealed a similar conclusion. "We found that dieters increase their interest in and consume more unhealthy foods after seeing one-sided negative messages about healthy foods," Pham, the study's lead author, told Science of Us. This happens, she and her co-authors argue, because these messages make people "feel like their freedom to control their food choices is threatened."

    2016-02-08 | huffingtonpost.com

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  • Loneliness is making older people ill. [...]

    Loneliness is a growing concern for older people, and can have devastating consequences for a person’s mental and physical health. Studies have found loneliness can be more harmful than smoking 15 cigarettes a day, increases the risk of premature death by 30% and the chances of developing dementia by 64%. More than one million people aged over 65 are thought to be lonely – around 10-13% of older people.

    2016-02-05 | theguardian.com

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