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Health & Fitness

  • 'Hypertension' doesn't mean 'too much tension'

    'Hypertension' doesn't mean 'too much tension'

    Not everyone understands what “hypertension” means, and as a result, some patients may not take their blood pressure medications as directed or manage lifestyle factors effectively, a new paper suggests. More than half of people with high blood...

  • Faith groups can help boost healthcare in developing nations

    Faith groups can help boost healthcare in developing nations

    Religious organisations such as Islamic Relief and Salvation Army could expedite response to biggest global health challenges of the 21st century Religious groups are an under-used health resource that could help achieve universal healthcare and...

  • WHO urges governments to raise tobacco taxes to defeat smoking

    WHO urges governments to raise tobacco taxes to defeat smoking

    Governments around the world should increase taxes on cigarettes and other tobacco products to save lives and generate funds for stronger health services, the World Health Organisation said. In a report entitled The Global Tobacco Epidemic 2015,...

  • Alcohol advice clear for mums-to-be in Britain

    Pregnant women should not be caused “unnecessary worry” by advice on how much alcohol they can drink, Britain’s Public Health Minister has said. Jane Ellison told the Commons a balance had to be struck between warning about the potential damage to...

  • Mammograms may not reduce breast cancer deaths

    Mammograms may not reduce breast cancer deaths

    Breast cancer screenings may not lead to fewer deaths but may lead to overdiagnosis, US researchers suggest. In areas of the US with high levels of screening, more tumours were diagnosed – but breast cancer death rates were no lower than in areas...

  • Overuse of nursing home antibiotics may put all residents at risk

    Overuse of nursing home antibiotics may put all residents at risk

    Some nursing home facilities prescribe antibiotics more often than others, which is tied to increased health risks, even for residents who don’t receive the medications, according to a study. About two-thirds of nursing home residents receive...

  • Superbug threat prompts West to consider Soviet-era therapy

    Superbug threat prompts West to consider Soviet-era therapy

    Alarmed by rising resistance to antibiotics, the main line of defence against bacterial infections, scientists and governments are taking a fresh look at bacteria-chomping viruses first isolated a century ago from the stools of patients recovering...

  • Tackling elder abuse in Europe

    On the 10th anniversary of World Elderly Abuse Awareness Day, set up by the UN General Assembly and designated to be held every June 15, a high-level two-day conference was held in Brussels. The event was organised jointly by the Council of...

  • How to take care of your breasts

    How to take care of your breasts

    If you avoid mammograms, or at least try to cut them down, then you do need some advice on how to care for your breasts. I apologise to all men readers, as this is a very female-oriented article, but you can help your other half by reading and...

  • A growing gym culture

    It’s been an eventful year for the local fitness industry in terms of new gyms opening up. We have more choice than ever before when it comes to choosing a club that meets our needs. It is a mouth-watering prospect for enthusiasts like myself to...

  • Meeting women’s nutritional needs

    Meeting women’s nutritional needs

    Women’s nutritional needs change during pregnancy and breastfeeding, so mothers-to-be and those planning to get pregnant need to start making the right nutritional choices for their baby’s health. One of those choices should be to start taking a...

  • Immunotherapy tablets for seasonal allergies offer small benefit

    Immunotherapy tablets for seasonal allergies offer small benefit

    Oral tablets for grass pollen allergies, which are available in Europe and the US, offer only a small benefit for people with seasonal allergies, and more than half will have side effects from the medication, according to a new review of existing...

  • NHS defers Duchenne drug decision

    The NHS has dealt a “harsh blow” to children with a severe muscle-wasting disease by turning down early funding for a drug that could keep them able to walk longer, a charity has said. Families of young boys with Duchenne muscular dystrophy have...

  • Trial boosts cystic fibrosis gene therapy hopes

    Trial boosts cystic fibrosis gene therapy hopes

    Life-changing gene therapy for cystic fibrosis sufferers could be available in the next five years following a landmark trial in the UK. For the first time ever, a gene-altering treatment was shown to improve or stabilise the lung function of...

  • Indoor tanning not limited to tanning salons

    Indoor tanning not limited to tanning salons

    The availability of indoor tanning outside of tanning salons may promote risky use because of lax regulation, US researchers say. Outside of tanning salons, US women who tan indoors can often do so at gyms and health clubs, as well as in some...

  • No compensation over PIP implants

    A French appeals court has ruled that a German company does not have to compensate more than 1,000 women with leak-prone breast implants, overturning a lower court decision. Thousands of women worldwide received implants made by French company PIP.

  • Antidepressants taken for menopausal symptoms may boost bone fracture risk

    Antidepressants taken for menopausal symptoms may boost bone fracture risk

    The class of antidepressants known as SSRIs (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors), taken to curb menopausal symptoms, may boost bone fracture risk, suggests research published online in the journal Injury Prevention. The heightened risk seems...

  • Half of US women are overweight during pregnancy

    Half of US women are overweight during pregnancy

    Roughly half of first-time mothers in the US gain too much weight during pregnancy, about the same proportion who are overweight at the start, a study finds. Researchers compared data on more than two million US women to a group of about 1,650 of...

  • Exercise 'helps children socially'

    Exercise 'helps children socially'

    Children who carry out physical activity and sport are likely to have better social skills, self-esteem, confidence and academic achievement, researchers say. A link to friendship, peer acceptance, anxiety, stress, cognitive functioning and...

  • Half of heart disease deaths in the US due to preventable factors

    Half of heart disease deaths in the US due to preventable factors

    In the US, preventable risk factors still account for 50 per cent of deaths from cardiovascular disease among adults age 45 to 79, according to a new analysis. But even if every state brought levels of those risk factors – such as obesity and...

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