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Health & Fitness

  • Sophie La Girafe teether is completely safe

    Following certain comments on the social media about world-renowned teether Sophie La Girafe, local importers Paloma Cosmetics Ltd issued a statement to ease the mind of parents regarding the toy’s international-standard safety features. Sophie La...

  • Putting off parenthood might be good for your children

    Putting off parenthood might be good for your children

    Older mothers may have babies who grow up healthier and better educated than infants born to women in their twenties, an international study found. While the risk of having a premature baby was stronger for both teen mothers and women 35 and...

  • Eating up to 100g of chocolate daily linked to lowered heart disease and stroke risk

    Eating up to 100g of chocolate daily linked to lowered heart disease and stroke risk

    There may be no need to cut out chocolate to protect cardiovascular health, say researchers. Eating up to 100g of chocolate every day is linked to lowered heart disease and stroke risk, finds research published online in the journal Heart. There...

  • ‘Single dose’ malaria drug hope

    Scientists have discovered an antimalarial compound that could treat malaria patients in a single dose and help prevent the spread of the disease from infected people. The compound DDD107498 also has the potential to treat patients with malaria...

  • Trans fats 'linked to memory loss'

    A type of fat found in processed food has been linked to memory loss in working-age men. Trans-fatty acids, or trans fats, used to improve taste, texture and shelf-life, are known to be associated with an increased risk of heart disease and there...

  • Method to double IVF success rate discovered

    Method to double IVF success rate discovered

    Scientists believe they have found a way of doubling the IVF success rate by using a new method of embryo selection. The chance of success is highly dependent on the women’s age, with the latest NHS figures showing that 32.3 per cent of IVF...

  • Warning over ‘unhealthy’ cinema popcorn in the UK

    Warning over ‘unhealthy’ cinema popcorn in the UK

    Popcorn is not the healthy snack that many people believe it to be and some popular brands contain very high levels of salt and sugar, researchers have said. Consensus Action on Salt & Health (Cash) found some cinema popcorn in the UK contains...

  • Implants, signing let deaf kids be bilingual

    Implants, signing let deaf kids be bilingual

    Parents of deaf children face a critical responsibility to learn and use sign language, according to a majority of hearing experts quoted in the journal Paediatrics, although the question of whether or not to sign has grown increasingly...

  • Online breast milk ‘disease risk’

    Online breast milk ‘disease risk’

    Human breast milk sold online to adult buyers “poses many risks” including diseases such as HIV, hepatitis B and C and syphilis, experts have warned. Often bought by mothers who are unable to breastfeed, breast milk sold online can be cheaper than...

  • 15 years after smokers quit, heart failure risk may return to normal

    15 years after smokers quit, heart failure risk may return to normal

    For most former smokers who quit at least 15 years ago, the risks of heart failure and death are the same as those of someone who never smoked, according to a US study. “These results support the majority of literature, including that of the US...

  • Doubts on long-term knee op benefit

    The long-term benefits of knee surgery for middle aged or older patients are outweighed by the negative consequences, a study has found. Although rare, patients can suffer from infections, deep vein thrombosis, cardiovascular problems, pulmonary...

  • Freeze your eggs by 35, women told

    Freeze your eggs by 35, women told

    Women should be encouraged to start families earlier as their chances of giving birth “decrease significantly” after they turn 38, according to a study. Would-be mothers were 18 times less likely to have a baby through in-vitro fertilisation (IVF)...

  • UK issues warning on asthma inhalers

    Tens of thousands of people are at risk of potentially life-threatening asthma attacks because they are not being correctly prescribed inhalers, a charity has warned. Asthma UK said more than 22,000 people with asthma in the UK – including 2,000...

  • Green spaces can boost young children’s minds

    Green spaces can boost young children’s minds

    Green spaces within and around city schools improve the mental development of young children, a study has found. The findings may partly be explained by reduced exposure to traffic pollution, experts believe. Other influences could include the...

  • 'Talking therapy' for back patients

    'Talking therapy' for back patients

    A form of talking therapy that aims to help people with chronic lower back pain accept their condition has been described as a “credible and promising treatment” by Arthritis Research UK. A study found that patients got the best results from a...

  • Asthma inhaler prescription warning in the UK

    Asthma inhaler prescription warning in the UK

    Tens of thousands of people in the UK are at risk of potentially life-threatening asthma attacks because they are not being correctly prescribed inhalers, a charity has warned. Asthma UK said more than 22,000 people with asthma in the UK –...

  • Drugs combined to treat depression

    Drugs combined to treat depression

    Scientists have created a potential new treatment for depression by combining a medication for pain relief with one for combating addiction. Current antidepressants, called SSRIs, increase the level of serotonin in the brain although the exact...

  • New dental teaching clinic at St Vincent de Paul Residence

    New dental teaching clinic at St Vincent de Paul Residence

    A new dental teaching clinic at St Vincent de Paul Residence was inaugurated by the Faculty of Dental Surgery in collaboration with the Office of the Parliamentary Secretary for Rights of Persons with Disability and Active Ageing. The clinic is...

  • Home help

    Home help

    Sometimes there are minor injuries or illnesses which could be dealt with at home. Many people already do, so let’s have a look at the minor irritations which could be treated in your home. Sprains and pulled muscles are commonplace and generally...

  • Short and sweet

    Short and sweet

    A presentation, a chore, a lesson, or a working day. I suppose there are a number of things in life we would prefer in the shorter and sweeter variety. Anything that drags on more than it absolutely must isn’t just boring but could even become...

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