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Health & Fitness

  • Exercise helps in ways drugs cannot

    Exercise helps in ways drugs cannot

    There are various ways exercise can help us, if it is incorporated into our lifestyle on a regular basis. Even if you don’t like the idea of a gym, or have never been a sporty person, there are types of exercise you can take up to help you stay...

  • Dr Jogger, Happy New Year

    Dr Jogger, Happy New Year

    Stricken by guilt, and weighed down by a fully-laden stomach, I awoke Christmas morning with an unshakable urge to get out there and run. Thankfully, my subsequent efforts made short work of my shame and bloated stomach. The most interesting...

  • Grandparents who help care for grandchildren live longer than other seniors

    Grandparents who help care for grandchildren live longer than other seniors

    Grandparents who help out occasionally with childcare or provide support to others in their community tend to live longer than seniors who do not care for other people, according to a study from Berlin, Germany. Having full-time custody of...

  • Binge-drinkers turning NHS into 'National Hangover Service'

    Binge-drinkers turning NHS into 'National Hangover Service'

    The NHS is being transformed into the "national hangover service" as binge-drinking diverts vital resources, the head of the health service in England has said. Simon Stevens condemned "selfish" party-goers in a stark warning as the nation geared...

  • Maternal smoking linked to high risk of kidney damage

    Maternal smoking linked to high risk of kidney damage

    Women who smoke during pregnancy may be more likely to have children with kidney damage than mothers who steer clear of cigarettes, a study suggests. Smoking during pregnancy has long been linked to preterm and underweight babies and a wide range...

  • Works by artists leave clues to brain disease

    Works by artists leave clues to brain disease

    Brushstrokes of the likes of Salvador Dalí, Pablo Picasso shine light on how degenerative illness can be spotted years before life-changing symptoms Some of the most famous artists in history may have left subtle clues to brain disease in their...

  • Smoking during pregnancy linked to children with kidney damage - study

    Smoking during pregnancy linked to children with kidney damage - study

    Women who smoke during pregnancy may be more likely to have children with kidney damage than mothers who steer clear of cigarettes, a study suggests. Smoking during pregnancy has long been linked to preterm and underweight babies and a wide range...

  • After US states legalised medical marijuana, traffic deaths fell

    After US states legalised medical marijuana, traffic deaths fell

    Legalisation of medical marijuana is not linked with increased traffic fatalities, a new study finds. In some states, in fact, the number of people killed in traffic accidents dropped after medical marijuana laws were enacted. "Instead of seeing...

  • Being a single dad can be hazardous to your health

    Being a single dad can be hazardous to your health

    Single dads are twice as likely to report poor physical and mental health as fathers with partners, according to a new Canadian study. In addition, solo fathers experience the same stress and strain as single mothers, which is likely related to...

  • Lifestyle changes for the New Year

    Lifestyle changes for the New Year

    As the New Year’s resolutions are usually forgotten by the end of January, here are some lifestyle changes, which, if incorporated into your 2017 lifestyle, will help you feel healthier by the end of the year. I stress, they are not a resolution,...

  • WHO joins team for 2017 eHealth Week in Malta

    WHO joins team for 2017 eHealth Week in Malta

    The World Health Organisation (WHO) Regional Office for Europe will be contributing to the programme of eHealth Week in May 2017. The event, organised by the Maltese Ministry for Health – as part of the Maltese presidency of the Council of the...

  • Over the counter painkillers linked to hearing loss

    Over the counter painkillers linked to hearing loss

    Regular use of pain relievers over many years may increase the risk of hearing loss, a recent study suggests. Researchers analyzed long-term data on almost 56,000 US women and found using non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDS) like naproxen...

  • A gathering to remember

    A gathering to remember

    People who are hosting somebody with dementia for Christmas lunch or dinner are being urged to think about how they set the table to reduce stress levels. New tips suggest allowing people with dementia to graze on items such as sausage rolls and...

  • US police more likely to kill black men, study finds

    US police more likely to kill black men, study finds

    A new analysis of death certificates calculates that black males were almost three times more likely than whites to die at the hands of US police, but the study fails to fill gaping holes in national law-enforcement reports about deadly use of...

  • Telling the lithium story

    Telling the lithium story

    For decades, lithium was the ‘go-to’ treatment for bipolar disorder. To this day, it still clinically outperforms widely prescribed, expensive pharmaceuticals which are better known (JAMA Psychiatry, 2016). Many physicians – including Jeffrey...

  • What is it really like to be fit?

    A very long time ago, in a place where most educated people held dear the ideal of a healthy mind in a healthy body, ancient philosophers would enjoy busying themselves with deep and thought-provoking discussions of essence. Roots in the ground, a...

  • ‘Veil of secrecy’ over mental health issues in the cockpit

    ‘Veil of secrecy’ over mental health issues in the cockpit

    Thousands of airline passengers are being flown by depressed and suicidal pilots, a study suggests. Findings from an anonymous global survey of 1,848 pilots showed more than 12.6 per cent met the criteria for clinical depression. Of this group,...

  • Study ties pubic hair grooming to sexually transmitted infections

    Study ties pubic hair grooming to sexually transmitted infections

    Before scheduling a bikini wax, or shaving down there, consider the results of a new study. Men and women who trimmed or removed their pubic hair were nearly twice as likely to report having had a sexually transmitted infection (STI) compared with...

  • Woman gives birth using ovary frozen when she was eight

    Woman gives birth using ovary frozen when she was eight

    A woman who had her fertility restored using frozen ovarian tissue which was removed when she was a child has given birth. Moaza Al Matrooshi, 24, is thought to be the first person in the world to be delivered of a baby after having the ovary...

  • Nurofen maker fined €4m for misleading Australian consumers

    Nurofen maker fined €4m for misleading Australian consumers

    The British manufacturer of Nurofen has been fined more than €4 million for misleading Australian consumers on the painkiller's ability to target specific regions.Reckitt Benckiser, based in Slough, marketed Nurofen "targeted" to treat four...

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