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Health & Fitness

  • Meat eaters 'rationalise guilt'

    Meat eaters 'rationalise guilt'

    Meat eaters care less about social inequality than vegetarians and adopt a rationalising strategy to feel less guilty about their diet, say psychologists. Researchers found that people often resort to the “4Ns” to defend the use of animals for...

  • Peanut allergy warning over asthma

    Peanut allergy warning over asthma

    Children with asthma may not realise they are allergic to peanuts because the symptoms are so similar, a study has suggested. Scientists who carried out a study in the US said symptoms such as shortness of breath, wheezing and coughing are seen in...

  • Drinking orange juice daily ‘gives brain function boost’

    Drinking orange juice daily ‘gives brain function boost’

    Drinking orange juice every day could help improve brain function in elderly people, research has suggested. A small study, which saw 37 adults with an average age of 67 consume 500ml of orange juice daily for eight weeks, found they had an eight...

  • New test for cocaine use developed

    New test for cocaine use developed

    A new fingerprint test has been developed that can detect cocaine use. Research led by the University of Surrey has created a new method which can determine whether the drug has been ingested, rather than just touched. Melanie Bailey said the test...

  • More superfoods for children

    More superfoods for children

    Last week I looked at nutrition for children. When discussing breakfast food, I was struck by “one serving of a normal children’s cereal per day adds over 10lb of sugar to a child’s diet over the course of a year”. Not to mention the lack of...

  • Using your smartphone in the gym

    When mobile phones first came on the scene, fitness professionals were appalled to see gym members pedalling away on exercise bikes and other machines sending text messages, chatting endlessly between sets and leaving expensive little devices on...

  • Exercise benefits for elderly men

    Exercise benefits for elderly men

    Regular exercise has equal health benefits to quitting smoking in elderly men, research has found. A study carried out in Norway found that carrying out half an hour of exercise six times a week was linked to a 40 per cent lower risk of death in...

  • 'Health risk' for single mothers

    Single mothers in England were found to be more likely to suffer poor health later on in life in an international study of women over 50. Researchers compared more than 25,000 women in England, the US and 13 European countries, to see if single...

  • Two leading sun creams fail tests in the UK

    Two leading sun creams fail tests in the UK

    Two sun creams from leading brands are failing to provide the protection they claim, according to tests by a consumer watchdog in the UK. Boots Soltan Protect & Moisturise Lotion SPF30 (200ml) and Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration Lotion SPF30...

  • Under 40s 'pull more sickies'

    Younger people are twice as likely to call in sick and nearly four times as likely to fake an illness for a day off work, research in the UKhas found. While just under half (44 per cent) of those aged 20 to 39 admitted lying to their boss and...

  • Shaking hands ‘detects death risks’

    Shaking hands ‘detects death risks’

    Shaking hands with your doctor could help to detect if you are at risk of dying from heart failure or stroke, new research has suggested. Checking the firmness of a handshake is better than checking a patient’s blood pressure, the study published...

  • Summer a healthier time

    Summer a healthier time

    Many people have experienced the winter blues − but now scientists have found evidence that we really might be healthier during the summer. Scientists have known for some time that various diseases are more common depending on the time of year.

  • Psychiatric drugs ‘cause more harm’

    Psychiatric drugs ‘cause more harm’

    People should stop taking antidepressants and drugs for dementia and ADHD, as their benefits are exaggerated and they would be healthier in the long-term without them, a leading professor has suggested. Peter Gotzsche said psychiatric drugs are...

  • Oestrogen link to male cancer

    Oestrogen link to male cancer

    Men with naturally high levels of the female hormone oestrogen are at greater risk of male breast cancer, a study has found. Researchers found that men with the highest levels were two-and-a-half times more likely to develop the disease than those...

  • Med diet could ‘improve memory’

    Med diet could ‘improve memory’

    A Mediterranean diet with additional olive oil or nuts may improve thinking and memory in older adults, research suggests. Scientists looked at the effects of different kinds of diet in 334 men and women whose average age was around 67. Compared...

  • Smartphones can detect eye tumour

    Smartphones can detect eye tumour

    They have become a part of everyday life with an app available for pretty much everything − and now a bold, new advertising campaign is claiming smartphones can detect cancer. The UK’s Childhood Eye Cancer Trust (CHECT) is highlighting how the...

  • Short-sightedness is on the increase

    The number of people suffering from short-sightedness is increasing across Europe, with a study finding the problem to be nearly twice as common in those aged between 25 and 29 as from 55 to 59. Research carried out by King’s College London found...

  • Measles vaccine thwarts other infectious diseases

    Measles vaccine thwarts other infectious diseases

    The measles vaccine provides benefits beyond merely protecting against that highly contagious viral respiratory disease that remains a leading childhood killer in parts of the world, scientists say. By blocking the measles infection, the vaccine...

  • WHO adds hepatitis C drugs to essential list

    The World Health Organisation (WHO) has added new curative treatments for hepatitis C to its essential medicines list, but the UN agency said prices needed to fall to make them accessible to patients in poorer countries. The treatment of hepatitis...

  • Nutrition advice for children

    Nutrition advice for children

    It never ceases to amaze me when parents are prepared to regularly give children chicken nuggets, pizzas and other fast food without thinking about it. I am very aware (before you start shouting at me) that some children refuse to eat anything...

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