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Health & Fitness

  • At obstacle course gyms, exercisers run fitness gamut

    At obstacle course gyms, exercisers run fitness gamut

    Tired of treadmills? Bored with bicep curls? It may be time to scale a wall, climb a rope and drag a tyre. Fitness experts say obstacle course gyms offer a fun, goal-oriented workout that cultivates endurance, strength and agility. Christine King,...

  • Diet and health controversies

    Diet and health controversies

    Recommendations about the relationship between which foods (and supplements) and good or bad health seem to change every so often, confusing not only lay people but also doctors. There seems no end to this problem – in fact, scientific...

  • MS – find the trigger

    MS – find the trigger

    MS afflicts around 2.5 million people worldwide and is believed to be a disease of the central nervous system. This includes the brain and spinal cord. Nerve cell branches, or axons, in the central nervous system are protected by a fatty coating...

  • Cognitive behavioural therapy

    We have gone a long way from believing that the mind and the brain are two distinct systems, one being the repository of the soul, the other being purely a physical/mechanical mechanism. This duality has long ago been challenged and put to...

  • No pain, no gain

    No pain, no gain

    No inductee to the world of fitness or exercise could have possibly escaped the famous 1980s mantra, ‘No pain, no gain’. Granted, we don’t actually hear it all that much anymore in the here and now, but I believe it to be one of the grand-daddies...

  • Tomatoes may do wonders

    Tomatoes may do wonders

    Men who eat more than 10 portions of tomatoes each week have an 18 per cent lower risk of developing prostate cancer, research suggests. Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer in men worldwide. Researchers from the Universities of...

  • Non-allergic peanut moves closer to commercial reality

    Non-allergic peanut moves closer to commercial reality

    A new method for removing allergens from peanuts means help could soon be on the way for millions suffering from a potentially life-threatening allergy to the popular food, the US Department of Agriculture said. In a blog post, the agency said...

  • Bacteria ‘may help food allergies’

    Bacteria ‘may help food allergies’

    Bacteria from a family that includes potentially deadly infectious bugs may protect against food allergies, research has shown. Clostridia encompasses around 100 bacterial species, some of which live harmlessly in the gut. Others are responsible...

  • Breastfeeding linked with mental health

    Breastfeeding linked with mental health

    New mothers who successfully breastfeed their babies are less likely to get postnatal depression, research suggests. Expectant mothers who plan to breastfeed after they have given birth but are unable to are at the highest risk of developing the...

  • Marley’s skin cancer was ‘not sun-driven’

    Marley’s skin cancer was ‘not sun-driven’

    A rare type of skin cancer that killed reggae star Bob Marley causes distinct genetic faults not driven by the action of sunlight, research has shown. Acral melanoma most often affects the palms of the hands, soles of the feet, nail beds and other...

  • ‘Don’t call me while on holiday’

    ‘Don’t call me while on holiday’

    Being bothered by the boss while on holiday is more stressful than bungee jumping, according to a study. Communication with the office while away is also more bothersome than being stood up on a date, the study from lastminute.com found. The study...

  • Sleep stealers and sleep givers

    Sleep stealers and sleep givers

    In our fast and hectic lifestyles much of our health suffers, but nothing more than our ability to get a good night’s sleep. If I meet anyone who has the ability to sleep right through the night, for at least eight hours, I feel admiration for...

  • Losing weight and mental health

    Losing weight and mental health

    When someone loses or gains weight, what we see on the surface can often be only the tip of the iceberg. Size and appearance can be indicative of our state of physical health, so it’s fair to assume that if someone looks healthy, then they...

  • Dengue fever could increase in Europe

    Dengue fever could increase in Europe

    European holiday destinations could become hotspots for a nasty viral illness thanks to climate change, experts have said. If climate change continues on its current trajectory the risk of dengue fever in Europe is likely to increase, they...

  • Surplus synapses ‘may cause autism’

    Surplus synapses ‘may cause autism’

    Although many things have gone wrong in the autistic brain, scientists have recently been focusing on one of the most glaring: a surplus of connections or synapses. Neuroscientists reported that, at least in lab mice, a drug that restores the...

  • Obesity ‘augments risk of dementia’

    People who are obese could be putting themselves at risk of dementia in later life, research suggests. Patients under the age of 70 who are admitted to hospital for obesity carry a higher risk of developing the condition than those who were not...

  • ‘Hearty’ warning for women

    ‘Hearty’ warning for women

    Women have been urged to look after the health of their hearts as a new report showed that more women than men are killed by cardiovascular disease (CVD) in Europe. Data from the latest available year showed there were just over four million...

  • Common antibiotic ‘linked to heart deaths’

    A commonly used antibiotic has been linked to a higher risk of deaths from heart problems, research suggests. Experts found that patients treated with clarithromycin had a significantly higher risk of cardiac death compared to patients who were...

  • Natural remedies for hay fever

    Natural remedies for hay fever

    It may be past the hay fever season for some people, while for others it may just be starting. This all depends upon the pollen or vegetation that affects you as an individual. Everyone who suffers from hay fever is affected by a different pollen.

  • Children at risk

    Children at risk

    It is clear that children today are exposed to risks unknown to us a generation ago. It all started with the uncontrollable attraction of television when human beings were transformed into couch potatoes resulting in unhealthy living habits and...

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