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Health & Fitness

  • Event to focus on life without stress

    Event to focus on life without stress

    Seminar and workshop provider One Spirit Personal Development will be addressing the growing issues of workplace stress during an event themed More to Life, to take place on April 11. Jackey Backman, the company’s senior director, has been...

  • Internal causes of arthritis

    Internal causes of arthritis

    Last week we introduced the subject by taking a closer look at arthritis, including diet and exercise. Today, we will continue looking at exercise while also delving into internal causes. Movement is vital to help keep arthritis at bay. Resistance...

  • Pain in the shins

    Pain in the shins

    With the run-up to the marathon, it is always common to encounter athletes complaining of pain in the shins. This condition is generally referred to as shin splints, a most frustrating pain after all the hard training done to get fit for this...

  • Tinkering with our inheritance

    Tinkering with our inheritance

    Ask anyone whether it would be a good idea if we could rid humanity of all its genetic disorders and the answer will surely be a resounding yes. To prevent a child from inheriting any of the disorders, which we as parents have been lumbered with,...

  • Confessions of a hungry professional

    Confessions of a hungry professional

    It’s only natural to be curious about other people’s confessions, and I’ve made some of my own on this very page several times before. Today’s confession, however, rattles, if ever so slightly, the very nature of personal training itself, as so...

  • Europe’s first non-beating heart transplant a success

    Europe’s first non-beating heart transplant a success

    Surgeons have carried out the Britain’s first non-beating heart transplant. Huseyin Ulucan, 60, from London, became the first successful recipient of a heart transplant from a non-beating heart donor in Europe following an operation at Papworth...

  • Crossing fingers can have impact on pain

    Crossing fingers can have impact on pain

    Crossing fingers may not bring good luck, as some believe, but it can have an impact on pain, according to scientists. The superstitious action was found to affect a well-known pain experiment known as the ‘thermal grill illusion’, which involves...

  • Mid-life fitness ‘cuts cancer risk’

    High levels of fitness in middle age can help men survive cancer, a study has found. Keeping fit reduced the chances of those who developed lung, bowel or prostate cancer dying from their disease by almost a third, the research showed. Mid-life...

  • Pollution linked to higher stroke risk

    Pollution linked to higher stroke risk

    Air pollution is linked to a higher risk of stroke and is also associated with anxiety, according to research. Scientists at Edinburgh University said common risk factors for stroke include obesity, smoking and high blood pressure, but evidence of...

  • Toxic air can ‘shrink brain’

    A toxic air pollutant widespread in urban environments has been shown to shrink the brains of young children. The discovery, revealed in brain scan images, may explain links between exposure to polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and behaviour...

  • Ebola most deadly among babies, young children

    Ebola most deadly among babies, young children

    The Ebola virus, that caused a devastating epidemic in West Africa, is far more deadly in children than in adults, killing around 90 per cent of babies under one who become infected, researchers said. A study led by scientists at the World Health...

  • Risks of breast milk sold online

    Risks of breast milk sold online

    Selling breast milk has become big business in the US, and women in the UK are now increasingly offering their surplus milk. Websites such as onlythebreast.co.uk offer a forum for mothers to sell or donate their milk, with headings such as...

  • Three drinks a day linked to cancer

    Drinking three alcoholic drinks a day can cause liver cancer, research has suggested. Being overweight or obese and consuming foods contaminated by aflatoxins (toxins produced by certain fungi) also showed “strong evidence” of causing the disease,...

  • Childhood personality linked to smoking habits

    Childhood personality linked to smoking habits

    Conscientious children are less likely to smoke in later life, a study has found. Scientists analysed the personality trait in 16-year-olds and later at age 50, and compared the results to a number of other measures including social class at...

  • Online platform Open Humans launches to share DNA, other data

    Online platform Open Humans launches to share DNA, other data

    People eager to share personal information beyond what’s on their Facebook profile have another outlet: an online platform launched yesterday will let them give scientists information about their genomes, gut bacteria and other biological...

  • Angelina Jolie in emotional account says she has had ovaries removed by preventive surgery

    Angelina Jolie in emotional account says she has had ovaries removed by preventive surgery

    Angelina Jolie has undergone preventive surgery to have her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed, just two years after having a double mastectomy. The actress emotionally revealed that she made the decision after doctors said she was at an...

  • Ebola danger ‘far from over’

    Ebola danger ‘far from over’

    It’s been a year since the deadliest outbreak of Ebola was confirmed and health experts and charities have warned the danger is far from over. More than 10,000 have died and at least 24,000 have been infected since the epidemic broke out in Guinea...

  • Scans show smoking impact on babies

    Scans show smoking impact on babies

    The harmful effects of smoking during pregnancy on unborn babies may be seen in tiny movements in their faces using 4D ultrasound scans, research has found. Pregnant women have long been urged to give up cigarettes because they heighten the risk...

  • Hope for bowel cancer treatments

    Hope for bowel cancer treatments

    A link between genetic mutations in bowel tumours and the immune system raises the prospect of improved personalised treatments, according to a new study. Scientists found that certain genetic changes in bowel cancer are more likely than others to...

  • A new look at arthritis

    A new look at arthritis

    I am sure many of us know someone with arthritis, we probably have it ourselves. Arthritis is a common, chronic disease that results in inflammation of the joints, particularly the lining of the joint capsules. It affects over 10 million people in...

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