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Health & Fitness

  • 30,000 ‘live with prostate cancer’ in the UK

    30,000 ‘live with prostate cancer’ in the UK

    More than 30,000 men in the UK are living with advanced and incurable prostate cancer, according to a report. The figure is higher than its equivalent for any of the other four most common cancers and a third greater than estimates for breast and...

  • Breastfeeding ‘boosts IQ’

    Breastfeeding ‘boosts IQ’

    Children who are breastfed for longer go on to become more intelligent, educated and successful adults, a study has found. Researchers analysed breastfeeding data on almost 3,500 babies who were given IQ tests when they reached the age of 30 and...

  • TB and superbug strains ‘ravaging’ Europe – WHO

    As many as 1,000 people a day in Europe contract tuberculosis, and slow progress against the disease, coupled with rising drug resistance, mean the region is unlikely to defeat it until next century, health officials said. At current rates, the...

  • People with Down syndrome must enjoy full and equal rights

    People with Down syndrome must enjoy full and equal rights

    People with Down syndrome, on an equal basis with other people, must be able to enjoy full and equal rights, both as children and adults with ‘opportunities’ and ‘choices’, the Inspire Foundation and Down Syndrome International said in a joint...

  • No Guinness for Kate on St Patrick's Day

    No Guinness for Kate on St Patrick's Day

    It's a tradition going back to 1901 when St Patrick's Day Shamrocks were first presented to the Irish Guards by Queen Alexandra. Since then, the job has been handed down through the Royal family and now, it's Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge who has...

  • Could world become smoke-free by 2040?

    Could world become smoke-free by 2040?

    A world virtually free of tobacco and its devastating health consequences could be a reality within 30 years if governments showed political will and took stronger action against cigarette companies, health experts said. The international group of...

  • Chemical exposure in Syria tied to miscarriages and birth defects

    Chemical exposure in Syria tied to miscarriages and birth defects

    Pregnant women exposed to chemical weapons during the August 2013 attack in Syria were much more likely to miscarry or deliver prematurely, findings show. The study also found a high rate of serious birth defects among babies whose mothers had...

  • Maltese doctor in first IVF cycles at Mater Dei

    Maltese doctor in first IVF cycles at Mater Dei

    Assisted reproductive technology has been making headline news ever since the first test-tube baby, Louise Brown, was born in the UK in 1979. In-vitro fertilisation (IVF) has been hotly debated in our country, leading to the enacting of the...

  • Know your sugars

    Know your sugars

    ‘Sugar’ is a description that can apply to many different foods. Along with fats and salt, it is a food group to avoid if we want to stay healthy. However, sugar can be a misunderstood group (as can the other two), in that our body needs some...

  • Keeping a training diary

    Keeping a training diary

    “Dear diary, today I went to the gym and had a great workout. Rob the receptionist seemed to be in a good mood and complimented me on my new shirt as I entered. Luke and Sarah were there. Sarah is still trying to tone up but the stressful...

  • When you eat is 'key to heart health'

    When you eat is 'key to heart health'

    When you eat may be as important for heart health as what you eat, research suggests. Scientists found that fruit flies fed for 12 hours a day slept better, gained less weight and had much healthier circulatory systems than those allowed to eat at...

  • Ebola ‘could prompt measles spike’

    Ebola ‘could prompt measles spike’

    The Ebola epidemic in West Africa could lead to a 100,000 rise in measles cases across the three most affected countries according to research. Disruption to the region’s healthcare systems could lead to a growing measles outbreak leading to...

  • Strawberries top list of pesticide-laced food: EU

    Strawberries top list of pesticide-laced food: EU

    Nearly half of food products in Europe contain residues of pesticides, with strawberries the most likely to exceed legal limits, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) said. The official EU body also found traces of pesticides in organic foods,...

  • Call for halt on experiments changing DNA of embyos

    With rumours that scientists are about to announce they have modified the genes of human eggs, sperm, or embryos, five prominent researchers called on biologists to halt such experiments due to fears about safety and eugenics. The call for a...

  • HRT review reveals different benefits

    HRT review reveals different benefits

    Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) pills have mixed risks and benefits in relation to heart disease and stroke, depending on when women take them, a large-scale evidence review has found. Overall the analysis showed that oral HRT does not protect...

  • For marathon runners pacing may be a matter of gender

    With spring just weeks away and as people begin training for upcoming marathons, research shows men and women are naturally conditioned to run the endurance races differently. In a study published in the journal Medicine & Science in Sports &...

  • Standing on one leg is a good sign

    Standing on one leg is a good sign

    In 2014 I wrote about how being able to stand on one leg for a small amount of time was an indicator of your long-term health. Well, it seems it is now an indicator of dementia and stroke. Whatever is said, it is a good indicator of your balance,...

  • Social anxiety group therapy programme

    Social anxiety group therapy programme

    We all experience anxiety at some point or other in our life. Anxiety is that uneasy feeling of fear or apprehension, typically accompanied by increased physiological arousal, such as sweating, increased heart rate, pupil dilation, increased blood...

  • Women at risk

    Women at risk

    Maybe it is because of the shame involved that violence against women is such an under-reported phenomenon. Perhaps, the tendency to blame oneself instead of one’s partner when one is the butt of physical or mental abuse may explain why domestic...

  • Educated the gym way

    Educated the gym way

    Some people say we’re a nightmare to live or socialise with, but nevertheless, I’ve been a teacher for some time now, for my sins. During this time, I’ve come across a wide range of educational contexts, from primary school classrooms to college...

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