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Health & Fitness

  • Fungal feet

    Fungal feet

    Not a pleasant subject, I am sure you are thinking. However, I have recently met many people who are suffering from a toenail fungus and, unfortunately, so am I. Fungal infections of the toenails and feet (athlete’s foot) are extremely common.

  • Staying healthy and in shape

    Do you suffer from back pain? Some of the more bold statistics out there suggest there is more than a 50 per cent chance you answered yes. Aches and pains in the back can range from niggling and sporadic to dull and constant. They may affect any...

  • Young goths 'more vulnerable to self-harm'

    Teenagers who identify as goths are more vulnerable to depression and self-harm, say scientists. Research published in the The Lancet Psychiatry journal found that those who were part of the subculture at age 15 were three times more likely to...

  • Parkinson’s disease ‘makes brain cells burn out’

    Parkinson’s disease ‘makes brain cells burn out’

    Brains cells affected by Parkinson’s disease die prematurely because they are prone to burning out “like an overheating motor”, according to new research. Scientists, writing in the journal Current Biology, said they found the cells targeted by...

  • Too many antibiotics ‘can raise Type 2 diabetes risk’

    Too many antibiotics ‘can raise Type 2 diabetes risk’

    Taking too many antibiotics could raise the risk of Type 2 diabetes, research has shown. A study of more than a million people, including 170,500 with the disease, found a clear link between higher numbers of prescriptions for the drugs and having...

  • Global life expectancy on rise but people live sicker for longer

    Global life expectancy on rise but people live sicker for longer

    People around the world are living longer, but many are also living sicker lives for longer, according to a study of all major diseases and injuries in 188 countries. General health has improved worldwide, thanks to significant progress against...

  • Lack of vitamin D ‘could be a direct cause of MS’

    Lack of vitamin D ‘could be a direct cause of MS’

    Lack of vitamin D may be a direct cause of multiple sclerosis (MS), a genetic study has found. The discovery may have “important public health implications” since so many people have insufficient levels of the essential vitamin, say...

  • Skipping blood pressure pills may raise risk of heart failure

    Skipping blood pressure pills may raise risk of heart failure

    Patients who frequently fail to take prescribed blood pressure-lowering medications may be more likely to wind up hospitalised for heart failure than people who only miss pills occasionally, an Italian study suggests. While plenty of previous...

  • ‘Holy Grail’ of universal flu vaccine soon within reach

    A universal vaccine that offers protection against multiple flu strains could soon be within reach of scientists searching for the ‘Holy Grail’ of immunology. Two teams of researchers have reported major progress towards creating a vaccine that...

  • Taking a low-dose painkiller daily can cut bowel cancer risk

    Taking a low-dose painkiller daily can cut bowel cancer risk

    Taking a low-dose painkiller every day can reduce the risk of bowel cancer, a new study has found. The research shows that a daily 75 to 150 milligram dose of aspirin taken for at least five years cut the chances of developing the disease by 27...

  • Fish oil supplements ‘do not slow mental decline’

    Fish oil supplements taken by millions to protect their brains from the ravages of age do nothing to slow natural mental decline, research suggests. Scientists who monitored the progress of 4,000 study participants over five years found no...

  • ‘Let food be your medicine’

    ‘Let food be your medicine’

    Last week we looked at the complexities of feeling tired, in particular the way our bodies are affected by chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). Today, we will look at how we can try to combat this tiredness by making small changes to our lifestyles. As...

  • Champion approach to exercise

    Champion approach to exercise

    Perhaps the coolest birthday gift I ever received was a gym membership on my 16th birthday. Prior to that, I was an avid parti-cipant in track athletics, the sprints in particular. My first forages into any sort of gym environment took place in...

  • Heart attack patients ‘at risk by not following lifestyle advice’

    Heart attack patients ‘at risk by not following lifestyle advice’

    Many heart attack patients are not taking the correct steps to look after their heart health and prevent another attack from happening, experts have warned. Cardiologists said they see a noticeable gap between what lifestyle changes patients need...

  • Birth control pills may offer lasting endometrial cancer protection

    Birth control pills may offer lasting endometrial cancer protection

    Women who use oral contraceptives during their reproductive years may gain long-term protection against endometrial cancer, a review of previous research suggests. Researchers analysed 36 studies including more than 140,000 women from around the...

  • Heaviest smokers may face biggest weight gain after quitting

    Heaviest smokers may face biggest weight gain after quitting

    Smokers who keep smoking, and those who quit, will all gain weight over time, but those who smoked the most before quitting may gain more, a new study suggests. How much more might also be predicted by the smokers’ starting weights, researchers say.

  • Coffee and alcohol linked to reduced risk of Alzheimer’s

    Statins, anti-inflammatory drugs, alcoholic drinks and coffee have all been linked to a reduced risk of developing Alzheimer’s, scientists have said. But diabetes, depression and high blood pressure can increase it in certain groups, according to...

  • Fears of explosion in numbers of Alzheimer’s sufferers ‘somewhat overblown’

    Fears of explosion in numbers of Alzheimer’s sufferers ‘somewhat overblown’

    Fears of an Alzheimer’s explosion are unfounded, according to new research showing that dementia rates may be stabilising in the UK and other parts of Europe. Scientists found that the proportion of British people aged 65 and above with dementia...

  • ‘Female Viagra’ seen more a pace-setter than moneymaker

    ‘Female Viagra’ seen more a pace-setter than moneymaker

    The first US treatment for low sexual desire in women, dubbed “female Viagra”, is more likely to help build a market for better future rival drugs than achieve the sales seen for Pfizer Inc’s famous little blue pill for men, industry experts...

  • A look at the pink pill

    How does it work? Addyi, known generically as flibanserin, acts on brain chemicals associated with mood and appetite, similar to antidepressant drugs. In fact, it was originally studied as a treatment for depression before being repurposed into a...

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