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Health & Fitness

  • Chronic disease and optimism

    Chronic disease and optimism

    Optimism not only gets us through life with a better outlook, but it has also been proven to affect the chances of us dying of a chronic disease. Researchers at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health analysed data from more than 70,000 women.

  • The weekend warrior

    The weekend warrior

    History has shown us that revolutions tend to breed new classes and represent the fall of ruling classes or the emergence of others. The fitness world has witnessed some revolutions of its own over recent years, and peering into the fall-out...

  • Progress against ‘global tobacco epidemic’ made but not enough

    Progress against ‘global tobacco  epidemic’ made but not enough

    A global tobacco treaty put in place in 2005 has helped reduce smoking rates by 2.5 per cent worldwide in 10 years, researchers said, but use of deadly tobacco products could be cut even further with more work on anti-smoking policies. In a study...

  • Multidisciplinary care tied to improved liver cancer survival

    Multidisciplinary care tied to improved liver cancer survival

    Curative therapies are more likely to be prescribed when liver cancer patients are evaluated by a multidisciplinary team of specialists such as hepatologists, oncologists or surgeons, rather than general gastroenterologists, researchers say. Dr...

  • 16th-century book ‘may offer clues’ to female anatomy knowledge lag

    A censored 16th-century anatomy book may provide evidence that taboos slowed the development of knowledge of the female genitals, researchers have said. The 1559 edition of Thomas Gemini’s Compediosa Totius Anatomie Delineatio features a depiction...

  • Womb cancer risk grows with extra weight around the waist

    Womb cancer risk grows with extra weight around the waist

    Women who have a higher waist to hip ratio could have an increased risk of womb cancer, a study in UK suggests. Researchers writing in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) found that for every 0.1 unit increase in the ratio between waist and hip, the...

  • Smokers 'face much higher lung cancer risk after breast cancer radiotherapy'

    Smokers 'face much higher lung cancer risk after breast cancer radiotherapy'

    Radiotherapy for breast cancer is much more likely to trigger fatal lung cancer or heart attacks in smokers, a study has found. Women who smoke are 10 times more likely to die from the conditions than non-smokers given the same treatment, the...

  • Monks help explain why women are sicker but men die quicker

    Monks help explain why women are sicker but men die quicker

      Monks and nuns live longer than people outside the cloister but also spend a larger portion of their lives with chronic health impairments, researchers have found.  Researchers at the Vienna Institute of Demography turned to monasteries and...

  • Years of intense exercise tied to dip in male libido

    Years of intense exercise tied to dip in male libido

    Men who routinely do unusually intense or long workouts may be less likely to have a normal libido than their peers who don’t work out so hard, an international study suggests. Even though being overweight and sedentary has long been tied to low...

  • Keeping your nails and hands safe

    Keeping your nails and hands safe

    Last week we looked at the harm the process of applying gel nails can do to the nail bed and to the hands. This week we are going to look at tips and hints for keeping your nails and hands safe, whether you continue with gel nails or...

  • Training by tonnage

    Training by tonnage

    Have you ever wondered how long it would take you to lift an amount of weight equivalent to the Effeil Tower? OK, it’s unlikely that you have. It’s not exactly the sort of thing likely to be particularly weighty on the mind, but it’s pretty...

  • How touch can shape babies’ brain development

    How touch can shape babies’ brain development

    For newborns, skin-to-skin contact with parents and caregivers may help shape how their brains respond to touch, a sense necessary for social and emotional connections, a new study suggests. Plenty of previous research has linked skin-to-skin...

  • Lack of sleep linked to behavioral problems in kids

    Lack of sleep linked to behavioral problems in kids

    Getting too little sleep in early childhood is linked to cognitive and behavioural problems years later, a US study suggests. Parents and teachers reported more problems in seven-year-olds who didn’t get enough sleep during their toddler and...

  • Interview: The overwhelming benefits of breastfeeding

    Interview: The overwhelming benefits of breastfeeding

    A qualified Nurse and Midwife Senior Clinical Academic, Prof. Debbie Carrick-Sen is a Florence Nightingale Foundation Professor of Nursing and Midwifery at the University of Birmingham, UK. She recently was in Malta to give a seminar to local...

  • Weight loss, especially with surgery, tied to lower risk of heart failure

    Weight loss, especially with surgery, tied to lower risk of heart failure

    Obese people who get surgery to lose weight have half the risk of developing heart failure compared to patients who make lifestyle changes to shed excess pounds, a recent study suggests. “We were surprised by the large difference in heart failure...

  • Skinny jeans and heavy hoodies can hurt your back, chiropractors warn

    Skinny jeans and heavy hoodies can hurt your back, chiropractors warn

    Wearing skinny jeans and large fluffy hoods can be bad for your back, experts have warned. Women's fashion choices are impacting on their health, the British Chiropractic Association (BCA) said, with cross-body bags, skinny jeans, hoods,...

  • Start-up aims to revolutionise physical rehabilitation industry

    Start-up aims to revolutionise physical rehabilitation industry

    When Virgilio Bento's brother had to go to Cuba 20 years ago to receive cheap physiotherapy as he recovered from a life-threatening car crash back home in Portugal, he did not know it would inspire an innovation. Now, after developing technology...

  • Gel nails and your health

    Gel nails and your health

    Nail polish originated in China around 5,000 years ago. Black and red polish was reserved for Chinese royalty. Up into the 20th century nail polish technology more or less depended on egg whites, beeswax, vegetable dyes and a lot of buffing. With...

  • Fit in time

    Fit in time

    A true curse of our time appears to be the issue of time itself, and more specifically, it’s diminishing availability. Going to the gym so often gets lost amid schedules and perhaps even waistlines that just seem to burst at the seams. The goal...

  • Cutting price of healthier items by 25% didn't sway consumers

    Cutting price of healthier items by 25% didn't sway consumers

    Vending machines with healthy snacks and drinks may lure more people to buy these products with signs promoting their benefits than with price cuts for more nutritious selections, a study suggests. For the study, researchers experimented with 28...

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