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Health & Fitness

  • ‘Pre-diabetes’ label ‘worthless’

    ‘Pre-diabetes’ label ‘worthless’

    Telling people they have borderline diabetes has no medical value, researchers have said. A recent study estimated that more than a third of adults in the UK now have borderline diabetes, also known as pre-diabetes. The research, published in the...

  • Exercise ‘may cut dementia risk’

    Exercise ‘may cut dementia risk’

    Simple lifestyle changes such as taking more exercise and improving diet may protect against dementia in at-risk older adults, research suggests. Scientists studied the effects of healthier living in 1,260 men and women aged 60 to 77 considered to...

  • Nickel in iPads ‘can cause rashes’

    Nickel in iPads ‘can cause rashes’

    Unexplained rash? Check your iPad, because the popular tablet computer may contain nickel, one of the most common allergy-inducing metals. Recent reports in medical journals describe nickel allergies from a variety of personal electronic devices,...

  • Weather not tied to back pain

    Back pain is no more likely to strike on cold, rainy days than in fair weather, according to a study from Australia. Temperature, humidity, wind direction, precipitation and air pressure were not linked to the onset of lower back pain among close...

  • Many Alzhei mer’s cases ‘avoidable’

    Many Alzhei mer’s cases ‘avoidable’

    Data on possible protective behaviours and dementia risk factors emerges at Alzheimer’s Association International Conference 2014 in Copenhagen A third of Alzheimer’s cases are potentially preventable if people improve their lifestyles, according...

  • Drinking less aids healthy heart

    Drinking less aids healthy heart

    Drinking less can help to improve the health of your heart, experts have said. A reduction in alcohol consumption could improve the cardiovascular health of even light-to-moderate drinkers, research suggests. The authors of the study, published in...

  • Why choose Pilates?

    Why choose Pilates?

    Why do you think that in the past five years Pilates has become a worldwide phenomenon? Is it because stars such as Jennifer Aniston or the Victoria’s Secret models have been raving about it? Pilates isn’t just a celebrity fad – it works because...

  • Finally fit

    Finally fit

    One of the summer’s biggest events will draw to a close tonight. We’ve been fascinated with the beautiful game and marvelling at some of the fittest athletes in sport for nearly a month now. At this moment in time, it really is survival of the...

  • ‘Let (super) food be your medicine’

    Much is written about super foods, but today I am looking at super foods specifically related to helping your body to fight cancer. In my research I have found a website called Canceractive (www.canceractive.com), which is a mine of information...

  • The test of the breast

    The test of the breast

    Although breastfeeding is the natural way to feed babies, the fact that we no longer see so many mothers breastfeeding means we need to learn how to do so. Breastfeeding counsellor Melissa Bugeja shares tips with Veronica Stivala. While...

  • Aids progress takes a blow

    Aids progress takes a blow

    Five key groups, including gay men, prostitutes and prisoners, have stubbornly high rates of HIV that are threatening progress in the global Aids battle, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said yesterday. These people are most at risk of becoming...

  • HIV appears again in child thought cured

    A toddler thought to have been cured of HIV now has detectable levels of the virus in her blood, the child’s doctors and US health officials said. The Mississippi child’s stunning story, first disclosed at a medical meeting in March 2013, was the...

  • Older mothers 'tend to live longer'

    Older mothers 'tend to live longer'

    Women tend to live longer if they give birth naturally later in life, research has shown.Beneficial genetic variants that allow women to remain fertile may be the explanation, scientists believe.The study found that women who had their last child...

  • Clarity sought over sports drinks

    Clarity sought over sports drinks

    More than a quarter of teenagers consume sports drinks designed for high intensity exercise while at the cinema, watching TV or gaming, a study in the UK has found.Some 25 per cent of teens think sports drinks are healthy enough to be drunk...

  • Smoking linked to dementia

    Smoking linked to dementia

    Smokers have a 45 per cent higher risk of developing dementia than non-smokers, experts have said.And the more a person smokes, the higher the risk, according to a report from World Health Organisation (WHO) in collaboration with Alzheimer’s...

  • Vitamin D boosts survival chances in bowel cancer

    Bowel cancer patients with high levels of vitamin D in their blood are more likely to survive the disease, according to research published earlier this week. Scientists who studied almost 1,600 patients after surgery for bowel cancer found those...

  • Blood test ‘may detect Alzheimer’s’

    Blood test ‘may detect Alzheimer’s’

    British scientists have identified a set of 10 proteins in the blood that can predict the onset of Alzheimer’s and call this an important step towards developing a test for the incurable brain-wasting disease. Such a test could initially be used...

  • World leaders scramble to fix antibiotics market

    World leaders scramble to fix antibiotics market

    The drugs don’t work – and neither does the market, when it comes to antibiotics. When sophisticated bugs that medicines used to kill within days start to fight back and win, all of healthcare, and the people it keeps alive, is in trouble. Take...

  • Beating the heat

    Beating the heat

    Gyms and promenades suddenly become eerily devoid of runners and exercise enthusiasts at this time of year. Are they all really at the beaches and cafes, happily pursuing other pastimes, or are they reluctantly kicking their exercise routines...

  • Discovering secrets of longevity

    Discovering secrets of longevity

    As we age, there are tasks we took for granted when we were younger that we suddenly find we cannot do with ease. There are three tests which, it is said, will be a good measurement of whether you will live to a ripe old age. Whether that is true...

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