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Health & Fitness

  • Training by tonnage

    Training by tonnage

    Have you ever wondered how long it would take you to lift an amount of weight equivalent to the Effeil Tower? OK, it’s unlikely that you have. It’s not exactly the sort of thing likely to be particularly weighty on the mind, but it’s pretty...

  • How touch can shape babies’ brain development

    How touch can shape babies’ brain development

    For newborns, skin-to-skin contact with parents and caregivers may help shape how their brains respond to touch, a sense necessary for social and emotional connections, a new study suggests. Plenty of previous research has linked skin-to-skin...

  • Lack of sleep linked to behavioral problems in kids

    Lack of sleep linked to behavioral problems in kids

    Getting too little sleep in early childhood is linked to cognitive and behavioural problems years later, a US study suggests. Parents and teachers reported more problems in seven-year-olds who didn’t get enough sleep during their toddler and...

  • Interview: The overwhelming benefits of breastfeeding

    Interview: The overwhelming benefits of breastfeeding

    A qualified Nurse and Midwife Senior Clinical Academic, Prof. Debbie Carrick-Sen is a Florence Nightingale Foundation Professor of Nursing and Midwifery at the University of Birmingham, UK. She recently was in Malta to give a seminar to local...

  • Weight loss, especially with surgery, tied to lower risk of heart failure

    Weight loss, especially with surgery, tied to lower risk of heart failure

    Obese people who get surgery to lose weight have half the risk of developing heart failure compared to patients who make lifestyle changes to shed excess pounds, a recent study suggests. “We were surprised by the large difference in heart failure...

  • Skinny jeans and heavy hoodies can hurt your back, chiropractors warn

    Skinny jeans and heavy hoodies can hurt your back, chiropractors warn

    Wearing skinny jeans and large fluffy hoods can be bad for your back, experts have warned. Women's fashion choices are impacting on their health, the British Chiropractic Association (BCA) said, with cross-body bags, skinny jeans, hoods,...

  • Start-up aims to revolutionise physical rehabilitation industry

    Start-up aims to revolutionise physical rehabilitation industry

    When Virgilio Bento's brother had to go to Cuba 20 years ago to receive cheap physiotherapy as he recovered from a life-threatening car crash back home in Portugal, he did not know it would inspire an innovation. Now, after developing technology...

  • Gel nails and your health

    Gel nails and your health

    Nail polish originated in China around 5,000 years ago. Black and red polish was reserved for Chinese royalty. Up into the 20th century nail polish technology more or less depended on egg whites, beeswax, vegetable dyes and a lot of buffing. With...

  • Fit in time

    Fit in time

    A true curse of our time appears to be the issue of time itself, and more specifically, it’s diminishing availability. Going to the gym so often gets lost amid schedules and perhaps even waistlines that just seem to burst at the seams. The goal...

  • Cutting price of healthier items by 25% didn't sway consumers

    Cutting price of healthier items by 25% didn't sway consumers

    Vending machines with healthy snacks and drinks may lure more people to buy these products with signs promoting their benefits than with price cuts for more nutritious selections, a study suggests. For the study, researchers experimented with 28...

  • Marijuana and alcohol tied to lower college grades

    Marijuana and alcohol tied to lower college grades

    A new study links heavy use of alcohol and marijuana to lower grades among college students. Substance abuse has long been tied to poor achievement, worse graduation rates and difficulties finding and keeping good jobs. The current study takes a...

  • Victims of perceived weight discrimination less likely to exercise, UK study shows

    Victims of perceived weight discrimination less likely to exercise, UK study shows

    People who think they are discriminated against because of their weight are less likely to exercise than those who do not, a new study suggests. Those who felt stigmatised because of their weight had higher odds of being inactive, according to the...

  • Environmental pollution is killing 1.7m children a year

    Environmental pollution is killing 1.7m children a year

    World Health Organisation report issued yesterday shows that one in four deaths of children under five years attributable to unhealthy environments A quarter of all global deaths of children under five are due to unhealthy or polluted environments...

  • Mediterranean diet ‘cuts deadly breast cancer risk by 40%’

    Mediterranean diet ‘cuts deadly breast cancer risk by 40%’

    A Mediterranean diet can reduce the risk of a deadly form of breast cancer by 40 per cent, a large study has found. Scientists monitored more than 62,000 women over a period of 20 years to see how their breast cancer risk was affected by what they...

  • Facebook and Twitter make you lonely, say psychologists

    Facebook and Twitter make you lonely, say psychologists

    Social media sites designed to help people connect are actually causing them to feel more alone, say psychologists. The more time young adults spend on platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, and Pintrest, the more likely they are to feel cut off...

  • Mediterranean diet can cut deadly breast cancer risk by 40 per cent

    Mediterranean diet can cut deadly breast cancer risk by 40 per cent

    A Mediterranean diet can reduce the risk of a deadly form of breast cancer by 40 per cent, a large study has found. Scientists monitored more than 62,000 women over a period of 20 years to see how their breast cancer risk was affected by what they...

  • Vitamin C for cancer treatment

    Vitamin C for cancer treatment

    Vitamin C used intravenously for the treatment of cancer has been a controversial subject for some time. Now the therapy is finally on track for approval. This is 50 years after Nobel Prize-winning chemist Linus Pauling and Scottish physician Ewan...

  • With HIV treatment, medication management can make all the difference

    With HIV treatment, medication management can make all the difference

    Researchers increased HIV treatment success rates by almost 18 per cent through a new programme to help patients take their medication correctly. Their study reported that while HIV medication does not deliver a cure, it works so well that the...

  • Home-cooked meals, hold the TV, linked to less obesity

    Home-cooked meals, hold the TV, linked to less obesity

    Adults who never watch TV during family meals and eat mostly home-cooked food are much less likely than others to be obese, according to a recent US study. Past research has suggested that more frequent family meals are linked to lower obesity,...

  • Obesity firmly linked to 11 types of cancer

    Obesity firmly linked to 11 types of cancer

    Obesity is strongly linked with developing and dying from several types of cancer including malignancies of the breast, ovary, kidney, pancreas, colon, rectum and bone marrow, a research review confirms. Even though excess weight is thought to...

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