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Health & Fitness

  • West African authorities adopt common strategy to fight Ebola

    West African countries and international health organisations adopted a fresh strategy yesterday to fight the world’s deadliest Ebola epidemic, which has killed hundreds of people in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia. At a two-day meeting in the...

  • Headbanging fan gets clot on brain

    Headbanging fan gets clot on brain

    Heavy metal really can do your head in, according to doctors who treated a Motorhead fan with a blood clot on the brain caused by headbanging. The 50-year-old German developed the condition after getting carried away at one of the hardcore rock...

  • How magic mushrooms alter minds

    Scientists studying the effects of the psychedelic chemical in magic mushrooms have found the human brain displays a similar pattern of activity during dreams as it does during a mind-expanding drug trip. Psychedelic drugs such as LSD and magic...

  • Breast cancer hope with statins

    Breast cancer hope with statins

    Lowering cholesterol with statin drugs could help prevent breast cancer, new research suggests.A study of more than 600,000 British women found that breast cancer risk was almost doubled in those with abnormally high levels of blood fats.The...

  • A virtual reality cure

    A virtual reality cure

    Using a virtual reality suite can help people with autism overcome crippling phobias and allow them to live more normal lives, researchers have found. By experiencing the thing that terrifies them, but in a safe environment, eight out of nine...

  • Alcohol at 14 may lead one to binge-drink

    A single glass of wine or beer at the age of 14 can help a young teenager along the path to binge drinking, say scientists. Early alcohol experience is one of a wide range of factors that can be used to identify future binge drinkers, research has...

  • Mums ‘should know cot death link’

    Mums ‘should know cot death link’

    New mothers should be taught about the risks of sleeping with their babies to try to cut the number of babies who die from cot death, health officials said.The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice) said families should learn...

  • Breast cancer ‘not bar to exercise’

    Breast cancer ‘not bar to exercise’

    Breast cancer survivors should not let a “groundless” fear of a painful condition prevent them from exercising, health experts have said.Worries that physical activity will cause or exacerbate an incurable type of painful swelling should be set...

  • UK urges action to cut pancreatic cancer risk

    UK urges action to cut pancreatic cancer risk

    Simple lifestyle changes could prevent almost two-fifths of cases of pancreatic cancer, one of the deadliest forms of the disease, a leading charity in the UK claims.Each year around 8,800 people in the UK are diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, of...

  • Fertility ‘link’ to mental illness

    Fertility ‘link’ to mental illness

    Women with fertility problems are significantly more likely to give birth to children who develop mental illnesses including serious psychotic conditions, a study has shown.Whether or not the trend is linked to fertility treatment is unknown.

  • Women prefer longer labour over more intense pain

    Women prefer longer labour over more intense pain

    If you were giving birth, what would be your choice: a longer labour with relatively less pain, or a shorter labour with terrible pain? That’s the question researchers posed to 40 pregnant women. Their preference? Less-intense pain, at the cost of...

  • Vitamin B12 is needed to maintain healthy bones

    Vitamin B12 is needed to maintain healthy bones

    New research has discovered a previously unknown role for vitamin B12 in the regulation of bone synthesis. The study published in The Journal of Clinical Investigation looked at the role of B12 in bone mass accretion. In this study, offspring...

  • Older sperm donors ‘just as good’

    Older sperm donors ‘just as good’

    Sperm donors up to the age of 45 are just as likely to conceive children as those in their 20s, a large study has shown.The findings dispel the myth that a woman’s chances of IVF success are lowered if she has to rely on sperm from an older man.By...

  • More tips on back pain

    More tips on back pain

    Last week I mentioned that there was an idea that chronic back pain could be a symptom of an infection which has shown to be successfully treated with antibiotics. While not advocating taking antibiotics ad hoc, researchers at the Spine Centre in...

  • Standardisation for osteopathy services in Europe

    The CEN (Comité Européen de Normalisation) or European Committee for Standardisation, provides a platform for the development of European standards and other technical documents in relation to various kinds of products, materials, services and...

  • Exercising the all-natural way

    In an age when we have so much access to so many seemingly unnatural things, it’s ironic how we still value and admire things and people who are, or at least appear to be, entirely natural. Nature in itself is beautiful, few might dispute this,...

  • Obesity: the environmental dimension

    Obesity: the environmental dimension

    There were no fewer than three contributions on obesity in The Sunday Times of Malta (June 8). It is amazing that the importance of physical activity (i.e. ‘exercise’) was totally omitted. Exercise was mentioned just once in a disparaging...

  • Breast cancer risk test ‘promising’

    Breast cancer risk test ‘promising’

    A simple blood test could offer many women an early warning of breast cancer even if they do not inherit genes linked to the disease. Scientists have identified a molecular ‘switch’ in blood samples that increases a woman’s chances of having...

  • Too much TV ‘doubles dying risk’

    Watching three or more hours of TV a day can double your risk of dying young, say researchers. Scientists studied 13,284 healthy volunteers with an average age of 37 to investigate links between different kinds of sedentary behaviour and premature...

  • Secrets of Andy Murray's diet revealed

    Secrets of Andy Murray's diet revealed

    Andy Murray’s girlfriend Kim Sears cooks his dinner every night during Wimbledon – and it is a limited menu, according to the Scot.The defending champion, 27, is served up the same three dinners during the tournament, and said his options are kept...

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