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  • Kids who only play one sport risk burnout, study finds

    Kids who only play one sport risk burnout, study finds

    Focusing only on one sport, year-round, can increase kids' risk of injury and burnout, according to a clinical report from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). Authors of the guidance document, Dr Joel S. Brenner and the AAP Council on Sports...

  • Mediterranean diet 'better at treating heart disease than statins'

    Mediterranean diet 'better at treating heart disease than statins'

    Heart disease is better treated with a Mediterranean-style diet than cholesterol-lowering drugs, it has been claimed. A study found those who had a diet rich in vegetables, nuts, fish and oils were a third less likely to die early, compared with...

  • ‘Standing at desk helps burn calories’

    ‘Standing at desk helps burn calories’

    This week we are going to look at some short updates regarding all types of health issues. More and more women who have been diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer are rejecting chemotherapy in favour of alternative treatments. A new study has...

  • Self-injury is a major killer in the US - research

    Self-injury is a major killer in the US - research

    When deaths from substance abuse are counted as self-inflicted, then deaths from self-injury in the US are tied with deaths attributed to diabetes and outnumber those from influenza and pneumonia or kidney disease, new research suggests. "Self...

  • How much should we tell children about their own health?

    How much should we tell children about their own health?

    When it comes to deciding whether and how to talk to children about their own health, there's no one-size-fits-all formula, some doctors argue. Over the years, the pendulum has swung from a "protective" approach of telling kids little or nothing...

  • Heavy lifting during youth can double chance of mid-life back pain

    Heavy lifting during youth can double chance of mid-life back pain

    Young adults with jobs that involve heavy lifting and forceful movements might be at higher risk for back pain later in life, a study from Finland suggests. “When you’re young, you do things your own way, you muscle your way through it, but sooner...

  • Hospitals in England told to reduce operations to combat winter crisis threat

    Hospitals in England told to reduce operations to combat winter crisis threat

    Hospitals in England have been ordered to cut back non-urgent operations and cancel outpatient appointments in the run-up to Christmas in preparation for a possible winter crisis, official documents have disclosed. The move comes as the Royal...

  • Arnold Schwarzenegger launches Hong Kong sports fest

    Arnold Schwarzenegger launches Hong Kong sports fest

    Film star and former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger opens his sports festival in Hong Kong, to encourage local residents to catch the fitness bug. Ashraf Fahim reports.

  • Enhance workout by counting right

    Whether we’re tracking the temperature or UV index, value of stocks and shares, unemployment statistics or the score of a football match, we never seem to stop keeping count. We count off the days when we’re looking forward to something and count...

  • Boy, 3, has legs amputated after misdiagnosis at UK hospital

    Boy, 3, has legs amputated after misdiagnosis at UK hospital

    A three-year-old boy had both his legs and most of his fingers amputated after doctors wrongly diagnosed a life-threatening infection as common childhood condition tonsillitis. Reuben Harvey-Smith was taken to A&E at Ipswich Hospital after...

  • Balance at any age

    Balance at any age

    As we grow older, our balance becomes poor. It takes a child six years to be able to balance on one leg for up to 10 seconds, hop on one foot, albeit clumsily, or learn how to ride a bicycle without training wheels. It takes longer to master...

  • Zika spreads to Miami Beach, US expands travel warning

    Zika spreads to Miami Beach, US expands travel warning

    Federal health officials warned pregnant women not to travel to Miami Beach after Florida confirmed that the mosquito-borne Zika virus was active in the popular tourist destination. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also suggested...

  • Thinking of yourself as 'old' is more likely to make you so

    Thinking of yourself as 'old' is more likely to make you so

    The older that seniors feel relative to their actual age, the greater their odds of cognitive decline in the coming years, a recent study has found. Among nearly 6,000 US seniors followed for two to four years, those who felt older than their...

  • Britain seeks to fight the fat with soft drinks sugar levy

    Britain seeks to fight the fat with soft drinks sugar levy

    The British Medical Association, however, has expressed disappointment that the government has failed to introduce a ban on junk food advertising Britain yesterday launched a strategy aimed at curbing childhood obesity by taxing companies which...

  • Calcium supplements ‘raise post-stroke dementia risk for women’

    Calcium supplements dramatically raise the risk of dementia in women who have suffered a stroke, a study has found. The pills, taken by thousands of women to stave off osteoporosis after menopause, were linked to a sevenfold increase in the...

  • WHO appoints former NY mayor Bloomberg as global health ambassador

    The World Health Organisation (WHO) on Wednesday appointed the philanthropist and former mayor of New York Michael Bloomberg as a global health ambassador to help governments tackle chronic diseases such as diabetes, stroke, cancer and heart...

  • Britain launches soft drinks sugar tax to fight obesity

    Britain launches soft drinks sugar tax to fight obesity

    Britain said today it would tax companies which sell sugary soft drinks and invest that money in health programs for school children, part of a long-awaited strategy to curb childhood obesity that critics say is too weak.  Drinks companies were...

  • Battling the bulge - Malta has the worst obesity rate in the EU

    Battling the bulge - Malta has the worst obesity rate in the EU

    According to the World Health Organisation, Malta currently has the worst obesity and overweight rates in the EU and ranks third in the whole of Europe. What will tip the scales to healthier weight? asks Ronald Cassar. Some see obesity as the...

  • More evidence trampoline parks are dangerous places for kids

    More evidence trampoline parks are dangerous places for kids

    Trampoline parks may be a lot of fun for kids, but a new study of injuries from one hospital in Australia adds to growing evidence suggesting these facilities can also be dangerous for children. The hospital is located just about three and a half...

  • Yellow fever outbreak could spread to Europe

    Yellow fever outbreak could spread to Europe

    Massive vaccination campaign expected to get under way today as charity warns that the largest epidemic of disease to hit central Africa in 30 years may go global A deadly virus sweeping across parts of Africa in the largest epidemic for decades...

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