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Health & Fitness

  • Rise in childhood coeliac diagnoses in UK

    Rise in childhood coeliac diagnoses in UK

    Three times as many children in the UK are being diagnosed with the digestive condition coeliac disease than 20 years ago, according to new research. The study carried out at Nottingham University found diagnoses in children older than two years...

  • Stress ‘can turn you into toddler’

    Stress ‘can turn you into toddler’

    Work stress can turn you into a toddler, research suggests. A study has found that having to cope with stressful tasks can reduce a person’s mental faculties to those of a small child. People who think they perform better under pressure are...

  • Chickenpox alert for pregnant women in UK

    Pregnant women should be asked about previous chickenpox and shingles infections when they book for antenatal care, according to updated Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) guidelines. Anyone who has not had chickenpox should...

  • Health improvement for IVF babies

    Health improvement for IVF babies

    A steady improvement has been made in the health of artificially conceived children in the last 20 years with fewer babies being born prematurely or affected by low birth-weight, research has shown. The number of babies conceived with the aid of...

  • Half pint beer may help keep heart failure away

    Half pint beer may help keep heart failure away

    Half a pint of beer a day may help to keep heart failure away, research has shown. Scientists found that consuming seven alcoholic drinks over the course of a week reduced the risk of heart failure by a fifth in men and 16 per cent in women. A...

  • Want to get fit? Do it together

    Want to get fit? Do it together

    Couples are more likely to give up smoking, visit the gym, or lose weight if they get healthy together, a study has found. People are better at taking up healthy lifestyle habits if their partners turn over a new leaf too, the research...

  • Tethered to treadmills? Try cardio machines in the corner

    Gym goers seeking to boost their workouts might do well to aim for the less-used equipment beyond the busy rows of treadmills and elliptical trainers that dominate the centre of the cardio floor, fitness experts say. What the rower and the moving...

  • New bid to develop Alzheimer’s drug

    New bid to develop Alzheimer’s drug

    A new approach to developing Alzheimer’s drugs is at the heart of a £50 million European research project which could mark a turning point in the fight against the disease. Scientists led by a team from the University of Edinburgh will attempt to...

  • Alternative remedies for asthma

    Alternative remedies for asthma

    Suffering from asthma usually means a concoction of medications. The latest is an injected antibody drug recommended as an add-on therapy for anyone over the age of six with severe allergic asthma, which has not been adequately controlled by...

  • Bad luck and cancer

    Bad luck and cancer

    Being involved in a car accident may be considered sheer bad luck, but we would all agree that the odds of being involved are far greater if we happen to be driving in a state of intoxication. It is also bad luck to be born with a hereditary...

  • Fitness spirit

    Fitness spirit

    I was somewhat surprised to come across a paper in a publication by the US National Library of Medicine entitled: ‘A journey towards whole­ness, a journey to God: physical fitness as embodied spirituality.’ Wow! Journeys, em­bodiment, spirituality.

  • Study says inactivity is ‘deadlier than obesity’

    Study says inactivity is ‘deadlier than obesity’

    Lack of exercise is twice as likely to lead to an early grave than obesity, research has shown. A brisk 20-minute walk each day is all it takes to avoid dying prematurely, the findings suggest. Scientists looked at the effects of obesity and...

  • More than three quarters of US flu shots ineffective

    More than three quarters of US flu shots ineffective

    More than three-quarters of Americans who got this season's flu shot could get the virus anyway, given a mismatch between the flu strains covered by the shot and those actually causing illness in people, US officials said. An interim CDC report...

  • Anti-inflammatory to be prescription-only in UK

    Anti-inflammatory to be prescription-only in UK

    A widely-used painkilling and anti-inflammatory drug has been reclassified as a prescription-only medicine by the healthcare regulator in the UK.Over-the-counter sales of diclofenac tablets will stop tomorrow after the Medicines and Healthcare...

  • UK cancer treatments funding to come to end

    UK cancer treatments funding to come to end

    Several expensive cancer medicines will no longer be available on the UK’s state-funded National Health Service (NHS) following an overhaul of an over-budget drug funding scheme, NHS England said. The revamp was triggered by the escalating cost of...

  • ‘Braille Challenge’ sets high expectations for blind students

    ‘Braille Challenge’ sets high expectations for blind students

    More than a thousand visually impaired students are receiving the rare opportunity for head-to-head competition against their peers as the Braille Challenge begins across the US and Canada. “For children with any disability, typically less is...

  • It’s all about the heart

    It’s all about the heart

    Car pollution has been linked to the incidence of heart attacks by a recent study. People living close to a busy main road are more likely to die from a sudden heart attack due to the pollution generated by cars. Researchers from Harvard Medical...

  • Evolutionary obesity: is it our fault?

    Evolutionary obesity: is it our fault?

    Gone are the days when overweight children would be singled out in the classroom by peers for their lack of slenderness. Bad news for bullies and good news for vulnerable children, but slightly worrying when we consider bulging waistlines are now...

  • New antibiotic a ‘game changer’

    New antibiotic a ‘game changer’

    Scientists have discovered a new antibiotic, teixobactin, that can kill serious infections in mice without encountering any detectable resistance, offering a potential new way to get ahead of dangerous evolving superbugs. Researchers said the...

  • Early weight gain increases asthma risk

    Early weight gain increases asthma risk

    Babies who rapidly gain weight in the first three months of life are more likely to develop asthma, a study has found. Researchers at the University of Bristol analysed information on height, weight and asthma symptoms in almost 10,000 people from...

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