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Health & Fitness

  • Ebola-like ‘epidemic’ warning

    Ebola-like ‘epidemic’ warning

    Almost 30 countries are highly vulnerable to an Ebola-style epidemic which could jeopardise the future of millions of children, a charity has warned. A new report by Save the Children ranks the world’s poorest countries on the state of their...

  • Harvard prevention trial studies tau, Alzheimer’s other protein

    Harvard prevention trial studies tau, Alzheimer’s other protein

    Alzheimer’s researchers at Harvard for the first time are scanning the brains of healthy patients for the presence of a hallmark protein called tau, which forms toxic tangles of nerve fibres associated with the fatal disease. The scans are part of...

  • Coffee ‘prevents clogged arteries’

    Coffee ‘prevents clogged arteries’

    People who drink three to five coffees a day are less likely to develop clogged arteries that could lead to heart attacks, a study has shown. The effects of coffee consumption on cardiovascular health have led to much debate, and despite earlier...

  • ‘Careful’ use of paracetamol urged

    ‘Careful’ use of paracetamol urged

    Long-term use of paracetamol has been linked to an increased risk of gastrointestinal problems, high blood pressure and stroke, researchers have found. Although the risk remains small, doctors should consider advising their patients on alternative...

  • Inflammation role ‘complicated’

    Inflammation role ‘complicated’

    Inflammation, often seen as a villain in relation to health, may protect against heart disease, a study has suggested. Scientists were surprised by the finding because they suspected inflammation was likely to increase the risk of heart and artery...

  • Too much red wine may harm muscles

    An ingredient in chocolate and red wine reputed to have anti-ageing properties may actually hinder the regeneration and repair of muscles in higher doses, researchers claim. Resveratrol, widely sold in supplements, is said to have powerful...

  • Coffee ‘may protect against MS’

    Drinking coffee may protect against multiple sclerosis (MS), a study suggests. Scientists attribute the effect to caffeine, which has already been linked to a reduced risk of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. The researchers analysed data from...

  • Excessive sleep linked to strokes

    Excessive sleep linked to strokes

    Getting too much sleep may increase the risk of having a stroke, scientists have said. According to the study by the University of Cambridge, this risk doubles for older people who persistently sleep longer than the average of eight hours a...

  • Aussie actor gets sugar rush from low-fat foods

    Aussie actor gets sugar rush from low-fat foods

    An Australian actor who set out to expose hidden sugar in health food said he gained 8.5kg and a paunch after a 60-day low-fat diet, including yoghurt, cereal, muesli bars and juices. Damon Gameau’s document-ary, That Sugar Film, studies the...

  • Get to grips with your anger

    Get to grips with your anger

    Anger in itself is neither good nor bad. It is a tool that helps us to read and respond to upsetting social situations. Gestalt psychotherapist Ray Micallef points out to Simonne Pace it’s how you use this tool that matters. The Mental Health...

  • Calming one’s self

    Calming one’s self

    Calming exercise seems like a contradiction in terms. However, it is possible to exercise and calm ourselves at the same time. I recently attended a ‘retreat for the mind’ and this included something called ‘walking meditation’. I thought it was...

  • A national register of exercise professionals

    A national register of exercise professionals

    In a room somewhere in the south of the island last week, the air carried a palpable feeling of history in the making. A call was issued some weeks ago, and six of the respondents took time out of their busy schedules to answer it with their...

  • WHO calls for more measles vaccination campaigns in Europe

    WHO calls for more measles vaccination campaigns in Europe

    The World Health Organisation in Europe called for measles vaccination campaigns to be stepped up across the region after recording 22,000 cases of the highly infectious disease since the start of 2014. Saying she was “taken aback” by high case...

  • Depression link to violent crime

    A diagnosis of depression increases the risk of committing violent crime threefold, research has shown. The study of nearly 50,000 people in Sweden found that 3.7 per cent of men and 0.5 per cent of women committed a violent crime after being...

  • The UK becomes first nation to legalise three-parent babies

    The UK becomes first nation to legalise three-parent babies

    Britain will become the first nation to legalise a ‘three-parent’ IVF technique which doctors say can prevent some inherited incurable diseases but which critics fear will effectively lead to ‘designer babies’. After more than three hours of...

  • Men given ‘bionic’ hands

    Men given ‘bionic’ hands

    Three men have become the first patients in the world to have hands replaced by bionic versions controlled by their mind. All had suffered nerve damage from accidental climbing and motorcycle injuries that left them with little control over their...

  • Preventative treatment could cut HIV risk in gay men by 86%

    Preventative treatment could cut HIV risk in gay men by 86%

    Gay men at high risk of HIV who took a daily dose of a Gilead Aids drug as a preventative measure cut their risk of infection by 86 per cent, according to results of a British trial. Researchers who conducted the trial of so-called pre-exposure...

  • Skin test ‘could detect dementia’

    Skin test ‘could detect dementia’

    A skin test could help detect and research conditions including Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases, a new study has suggested. Doctors from the Central Hospital at the University of San Luis Potosi, Mexico, studied 53 volunteers with forms of...

  • First 1,000 days 'key for children'

    First 1,000 days 'key for children'

    The days from conception to when a child reaches two are so important they "should be elevated to the same level as defence of the realm", a report in the UK has claimed. The cost of failing to deal adequately with the mental health of mothers...

  • World’s diet getting worse as a result of globalisation

    World’s diet getting worse as a result of globalisation

    The world’s diet has deteriorated substantially in the last two decades, a leading nutrition expert said, citing one of the largest studies available on international eating habits. Poor countries in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia are seeing the...

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