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Health & Fitness

  • Daily vitamin D ‘can improve function in damaged hearts’

    A daily dose of vitamin D can improve the blood-pumping performance of damaged hearts, a study has found. Researchers studied 160 patients being treated for heart failure using a variety of proven drug treatments and pacemakers. Participants who...

  • Processed food: long-term pain for short-term gain

    Processed food: long-term pain for short-term gain

    Anyone aiming to live a long healthy life should stay away from processed foods, or they will have to contend with obesity, heart problems and diabetes, nutrition expert Robert Lustig has warned. “Fifty years of global processed food consumption...

  • Shortage of some medicines prompts question: too cheap?

    Shortage of some medicines prompts question: too cheap?

    Philip Aubrey buys medicines for British government-funded hospitals across London, capital of the world’s fifth-largest economy, but last year he struggled to secure supplies of a basic Aids drug. He is not alone. Shortages of essential drugs,...

  • Smoking during pregnancy ‘alters DNA in unborn babies’

    Smoking during pregnancy ‘alters DNA in unborn babies’

    Modification could affect the functioning of genes that play role in lung and nervous system development, smoking-related cancers and birth defects Pregnant mothers who smoke chemically alter the DNA in their unborn babies, mirroring patterns...

  • Brain’s natural ‘pruning’ system could be targeted to help fight Alzheimer’s

    Brain’s natural ‘pruning’ system could be targeted to help fight Alzheimer’s

    A major discovery linking Alzheimer’s to a natural process that ‘prunes’ nerve connections in the brain has raised hopes of stopping the disease in its tracks. Scientists demonstrated the mechanism in mice engineered to suffer Alzheimer’s-like...

  • How much training is enough?

    How much training is enough?

    Take a look at the stereotypical hardcore fitness fanatic nowadays, and see how you too can become super fit in just a few easy steps. First, you must clear your entire weekly schedule and start spending all evening, every evening, in the gym. You...

  • Exercise as effective as drugs for depression

    If you are diagnosed with depression, the chances are you will be prescribed one of a number of selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors, or SSRIs for short. These are the most prescribed drugs for depression and among the highest selling in the...

  • Ultrasounds may not detect brain damage

    Ultrasounds may not detect brain damage

    Three ultrasounds done in the early weeks of pregnancy in a Finnish woman living in the US infected by Zika failed to show signs of brain damage in a foetus later diagnosed with the birth defect microcephaly, US researchers said in a study...

  • Spotting head traumas better

    Spotting head traumas better

    Blood test can take the guesswork out of identifying brain concussions easily without having to undergo CT scans that expose patients to radiation A simple blood test can detect whether or not someone has suffered a concussion, scientists have...

  • New technique ‘can determine if a cancer therapy is effective’

    Cancer patients could one day be able to know whether their chemo-therapy has worked in“real time”. Scientists are honing in on a technique which can assess the effectiveness of the cancer treatment in as little as eight hours after...

  • Blood test developed to detect concussions

    A new blood test might be available to reduce the use of CT scans, which expose patients to radiations, making doctors reluctant to use them on all patients, especially when it comes to children or elderly, according to scientists. Many diagnoses...

  • A vegetarian world would be healthier, cooler, richer

    A vegetarian world would be healthier, cooler, richer

    By eating less meat and more fruit and vegetables, the world could avoid several million deaths per year by 2050, cut planet-warming emissions substantially, and save billions of dollars annually in healthcare costs and climate damage, researchers...

  • Walking benefits are much greater

    Walking benefits are much greater

    It’s a fitting time to talk about walking. While our favourite musical representative gears up to walk on Swedish waters and perhaps pull off an even greater miracle than the title of her artistic offering describes, the rest of us continue our...

  • A look at pain relief and cancer support

    Having a stiff or painful neck can cause discomfort all day. Acupuncture and the Alexander Technique (which helps improve posture) are both more successful at reducing chronic neck pain than standard treatments, according to a new study. Both...

  • Many studies about alcohol consumption benefits flawed

    A new study has poured cold water on the idea that moderate alcohol consumption is healthy. Many people enjoy a glass of wine with dinner happily believing that they are reducing the risk of heart disease and helping themselves to live longer. But...

  • Women more heavily impacted by Alzheimer’s disease

    Women more heavily impacted by Alzheimer’s disease

    Alzheimer’s disease has a worse effect on women than men, researchers have said. Women with Alzheimer’s have poorer cognitive abilities than men at the same stage of the disease, the study has found. Researchers from the University of...

  • Happy people live longer

    Happy people live longer

    In the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network’s 2015 World Happiness Report, Malta improved its standing as the world’s 37th happiest country, up from 48th place two years earlier. And this is good news because being happy promotes...

  • The dairy controversy

    The dairy controversy

    There is an ever-growing group of people who, for one reason or another, have excluded dairy products completely from their diet, opting to obtain their calcium from other sources. I cannot say anything about those who opt out for ethical reasons,...

  • Lessening the pain of arthritis

    I am sure you know someone who suffers from arthritis. It may even be you. Arthritis is the biggest cause of disability in the UK and the US. It affects some 10 million British people and 50 million Americans. It is widespread in the western world...

  • Cocaine use: higher risk of stroke for youngsters

    Cocaine use: higher risk of stroke for youngsters

    Adults, even in their 30s and 40s, may raise their risk of stroke by six-fold every time they use cocaine, a recent US study suggests. Based on a comparison of younger victims of a first stroke, using cocaine in the 24 hours before the event...

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