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What’s Dame Helen Mirren’s bikini fitness secret? Why, the Royal Canadian Air Force, of course!Twelve minutes. It’s not long time, is it? Long enough to boil bronze-extruded spaghetti, send a few emails — or ensure that, like the Mounties, you will always get your man …[Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images files; Stan Honda/AFP/Getty Images file]

What’s Dame Helen Mirren’s bikini fitness secret? Why, the Royal Canadian Air Force, of course!
Twelve minutes. It’s not long time, is it? Long enough to boil bronze-extruded spaghetti, send a few emails — or ensure that, like the Mounties, you will always get your man …
[Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images files; Stan Honda/AFP/Getty Images file]

Depression blood test may reveal those at risk of lifelong mental illness, researchers sayA new study from Cambridge University says a simple biological test may accurately predict who is at the highest risk of developing severe depression later in life, and make it possible to intervene earlier to save lives.[Photo illustration by Greg Southam/Postmedia News files]

Depression blood test may reveal those at risk of lifelong mental illness, researchers say
A new study from Cambridge University says a simple biological test may accurately predict who is at the highest risk of developing severe depression later in life, and make it possible to intervene earlier to save lives.
[Photo illustration by Greg Southam/Postmedia News files]

Having the worst Valentine’s Day ever? Two new studies suggest a few tips to turn things around — and we add a few of our own.[Photo credit: Ludovic Marin/AFP/Getty Images]

Having the worst Valentine’s Day ever?
Two new studies suggest a few tips to turn things around — and we add a few of our own.
[Photo credit: Ludovic Marin/AFP/Getty Images]

Marijuana-induced ‘munchies’ explained: Food cravings are rooted in heightened sense of smell, study findsIt turns out that the number of cannabinoid receptors in your olfactory (smelling) system may be the root cause of why you get hungry after fasting for a while — and why pot causes hunger cravings, too, a new France study has found. And the results are intriguing, they say, because they may pave the way for novel treatments of binge-eating and obesity.[Christopher Furlong/Getty Images files]

Marijuana-induced ‘munchies’ explained: Food cravings are rooted in heightened sense of smell, study finds
It turns out that the number of cannabinoid receptors in your olfactory (smelling) system may be the root cause of why you get hungry after fasting for a while — and why pot causes hunger cravings, too, a new France study has found. And the results are intriguing, they say, because they may pave the way for novel treatments of binge-eating and obesity.
[Christopher Furlong/Getty Images files]

Antioxidants in blueberry, green tea extracts linked to slower cognitive decline in older adults, U.S. study saysa supplement containing extracts from blueberries and green tea, combined with vitamin D3 and amino acids, helps slow cognitive decline in older adults, according to a new study …[Thinkstock/Getty Images]

Antioxidants in blueberry, green tea extracts linked to slower cognitive decline in older adults, U.S. study says
a supplement containing extracts from blueberries and green tea, combined with vitamin D3 and amino acids, helps slow cognitive decline in older adults, according to a new study …
[Thinkstock/Getty Images]

What does cancer eat? Sugar, mostlyThat the roots of cancer are found in its hunger for glucose was only one of the lessons Jane Macdougall learned during a dinner conversation with a pathologist recently.[Illustration by Sarah Lazarovic]

What does cancer eat? Sugar, mostly
That the roots of cancer are found in its hunger for glucose was only one of the lessons Jane Macdougall learned during a dinner conversation with a pathologist recently.
[Illustration by Sarah Lazarovic]

European probiotics may help with weight loss: Don’t bypass the yogurt aisle, study suggests Probiotics found in European products may help boost weight loss, and help keep it off, at least for women, Quebec researchers say in a new study.[Ted Rhodes/Postmedia News files]

European probiotics may help with weight loss: Don’t bypass the yogurt aisle, study suggests
Probiotics found in European products may help boost weight loss, and help keep it off, at least for women, Quebec researchers say in a new study.
[Ted Rhodes/Postmedia News files]

Pubic hair on mannequins? They’re doing it in New YorkMakeovers of the artificial clothing models include back fat, bigger waists and tattoos, too …[Stan Honda/AFP/Getty Images]

Pubic hair on mannequins? They’re doing it in New York
Makeovers of the artificial clothing models include back fat, bigger waists and tattoos, too …
[Stan Honda/AFP/Getty Images]

Debunking three diet myths athletes fall for: Put down that protein bar and pick up some toast after trainingI am constantly surprised by the lack of credible information promoted about sports nutrition, supplements, how to lose body fat, gain muscle mass and “get cut.” I am fortunate to work with sports nutritionist Carrie Mullin Innes, who helps to set the record straight. She has a master’s degree in science in nutrition and is one of the few dietitians in Canada who has completed the intensive International Olympic Committee Diploma in Sports Nutrition …[Rod MacIvor/Postmedia News files]

Debunking three diet myths athletes fall for: Put down that protein bar and pick up some toast after training
I am constantly surprised by the lack of credible information promoted about sports nutrition, supplements, how to lose body fat, gain muscle mass and “get cut.” I am fortunate to work with sports nutritionist Carrie Mullin Innes, who helps to set the record straight. She has a master’s degree in science in nutrition and is one of the few dietitians in Canada who has completed the intensive International Olympic Committee Diploma in Sports Nutrition …
[Rod MacIvor/Postmedia News files]

Slower, but wiser: older brains take longer to process information because of greater experience levels, not necessarily mental decline: Germany studyIt happens to everyone as we age: forgetting someone’s name, where you put your keys, even what day it is. But if you’re over a certain age, it could just be the result of being too worldly.[Thinkstock/Getty]

Slower, but wiser: older brains take longer to process information because of greater experience levels, not necessarily mental decline: Germany study
It happens to everyone as we age: forgetting someone’s name, where you put your keys, even what day it is. But if you’re over a certain age, it could just be the result of being too worldly.
[Thinkstock/Getty]