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Health & Fitness

  • Teenagers’ sperm cells can ‘mutate’

    Teenagers’ sperm cells can ‘mutate’

    Sperm cells in adolescent boys have unexpectedly high levels of DNA mutations which could explain why children born to teenage fathers are at higher risk of birth defects, research suggests. Male germ cells undergo six times as many DNA mutations...

  • Use your mobile phone safely

    Use your mobile phone safely

    Last week we looked at the various research over recent years showing the dangers of mobile phones, and their history over the past 30 years. Today we will continue looking at health issues, starting with male fertility. Men frequently carry...

  • Effective body fat testing

    Effective body fat testing

    The term ‘weight-loss’ has to be one of the biggest misnomers of the century. Strange that, especially when you consider the weight-loss industry in the US alone has an estimated worth of over $60 billion (€53bn). How could such a huge and...

  • UK women ‘hit hardest by dementia’

    Women are hit hardest by the dementia epidemic sweeping Britain, according to a study. The illness is not only the leading cause of death among British women, but they are also far more likely to end up as carers of those with dementia,...

  • Skin damage continues hours after exposure

    Skin damage continues hours after exposure

    Here’s a warning to sunbathers everywhere. Scientists have found that the skin damage caused by UV rays does not stop once you get out of the sun. Researchers said yesterday much of the potentially cancer-causing damage wrought by ultraviolet...

  • Global progress against obesity ‘unacceptably slow’

    Global progress against obesity ‘unacceptably slow’

    Global progress towards tackling obesity has been “unacceptably slow”, health experts said, with only one in four countries implementing a policy on healthy eating before 2010. In a series of studies published in The Lancet medical journal,...

  • Fight against dementia ‘must be stepped up’

    Fight against dementia ‘must be stepped up’

    The battle to combat dementia would be helped if governments around the world committed at least one per cent of their country’s cost of care to researching the condition, experts have suggested. Governments should also look into ways of...

  • Inducing babies at 37 weeks ‘boosts newborn’s health’

    Inducing babies at 37 weeks ‘boosts newborn’s health’

    Inducing pregnant women once they reach 37 weeks can lower the chance of neonatal death, asphyxia and cerebral palsy, a study has suggested. The research suggests the practice of proactive labour induction has improved outcomes for babies in...

  • Gel to prevent HIV spread

    Scientists are to begin trials to test how vaginal gels could be used by women to prevent the spread of HIV. Currently the gels, known as microbicides, only contain one of two antiretrovirals (ARVs) – drugs which work against the virus. For the...

  • Weight gain linked to child well-being

    Weight gain linked to child well-being

    Women who gain too much weight during pregnancy run the risk of giving their offspring health problems in later life, researchers have found. Experts discovered that the likelihood of developing cardiovascular and cerebrovascular diseases, or type...

  • Plain tobacco packs likely to deter smoking

    Plain tobacco packs likely to deter smoking

    Studies on the health impact of ‘plain’ or standardised cigarette packs suggest they can deter non-smokers from taking up the habit and may cut the number of cigarettes smokers get through, scientists said. In a collection of scientific papers in...

  • Food allergy law must be enforced

    Food allergy law must be enforced

    A disturbing story – ‘People don’t realise how serious a nut allergy can be’ – featured in The Sunday Times of Malta on February 8, tells the story of a woman who went to a restaurant in Malta asking if the food she was about to order contained...

  • LatchOn: new breastfeeding initiative

    LatchOn: new breastfeeding initiative

    A woman gives birth to a baby and starts nursing her little one. She knows she can breastfeed her child anywhere and anytime but feels a bit apprehensive going out that first time. She has never nursed her baby in a public space and is unsure of...

  • Mobile phone update

    Mobile phone update

    It is always useful to keep aware of new health research and updates regarding mobile phone usage. Exactly 30 years ago last month, the world’s first mobile phone call was made – from a device weighing four kilos and costing £4,000. The change in...

  • Fight for your freedom

    Fight for your freedom

    I was at the bank the other day. Now whether going to the bank is indeed a pleasant or unpleasant experience I guess largely de­pends on that all-important critical figure, be it positive or negative in value: your bank balance. It is somewhat...

  • HRT ‘raises ovarian cancer risk’

    HRT ‘raises ovarian cancer risk’

    Women who undergo hormone replacement therapy (HRT) have a “significantly increased” risk of developing ovarian cancer, according to a major study. Researchers from the University of Oxford analysed 52 previous studies involving 21,000 women found...

  • British ban on smoking in car with children

    British ban on smoking in car with children

    Smoking in cars with children will be outlawed in England from next October following a final vote of MPs. The Department of Health (DoH) previously said regulations laid before Parliament to make private vehicles carrying under-18s smoke-free...

  • Eating oily fish ‘can mend heart’

    Eating oily fish ‘can mend heart’

    Eating oily fish has long been known to keep your heart healthy but scientists have also found it can mend a damaged heart. Diets high in omega-3 fatty acid foods could also help fix damaged blood vessels faster, reducing the risk of...

  • Job stress ‘making staff unhealthy’

    Job stress ‘making staff unhealthy’

    The negative impact a job can have on health has been revealed in a new study showing many people feel work pressures make them drink and smoke more, put on weight and do less exercise. A survey of almost 1,400 workers revealed that almost a third...

  • Free from Ebola, survivors complain of new syndrome

    Free from Ebola, survivors complain of new syndrome

    Romeo Doe, a 29-year-old tailor who survived Ebola in Liberia, is struggling to cope with the impact of a disease that killed seven members of his family and now threatens his livelihood. Since he was released from an Ebola centre in the capital...

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