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Health & Fitness

  • Pregnant women may be unaware of possible e-cigarette risks

    Pregnant women may be unaware of possible e-cigarette risks

    In a small US study, nearly half of all pregnant women surveyed did not think electronic cigarettes contain nicotine or know that the devices can be addictive. Almost half of the group of 316 pregnant women also believed e-cigarettes were less...

  • Boom sparks race among makers to design new versions

    Boom sparks race among makers to design new versions

    Ten years after their invention, electronic cigarette makers are racing to design and buy variations of a technology that has lit a billion-dollar boom, created a new vocabulary, and prompted a backlash from health officials worried about the...

  • Patients often misplace blame for lower back pain

    Patients often misplace blame for lower back pain

    People suffering from lower back pain often think a specific moment of extreme exertion triggered their sudden discomfort, even though simple daily tasks can just as easily contribute, an Australian study suggests. When researchers asked 999...

  • World’s first penis transplant patient to father a child

    World’s first penis transplant patient to father a child

    A young South African man who had the world’s first successful penis transplant last December has impregnated his girlfriend, the doctor who led the surgery said today. The 22-year-old man, who has not been named, is among around 250 South...

  • Weight tied to breast cancer risk in older women

    Weight tied to breast cancer risk in older women

    Overweight and obese women are at increased risk of developing breast cancer after menopause, compared to normal-weight women, a large new analysis finds. The cancer risk rises with greater weight, researchers found, and women with the most severe...

  • Computer games ‘boost maths skills’

    Computer games ‘boost maths skills’

    Playing computer games in maths lessons can help to boost pupils’ numeracy skills, research suggests. Giving youngsters a series of games designed to engage them in the subject improves their abilities by three months, according to a...

  • Prostate freezing treatment hailed

    Prostate freezing treatment hailed

    A new technique is being used by hospitals in the UK to treat prostate cancer which involves freezing it with an “ice ball” on the end of a needle. Tim Dudderidge, a consultant urological surgeon at Southampton General Hospital, will join a small...

  • Nut health benefits 'remarkable'

    Nut health benefits 'remarkable'

    Eating half a handful of peanuts or nuts a day could protect against death from cancer and heart disease, research suggests. A study found men and women who eat at least 10g of nuts or peanuts per day have a lower risk of dying from several major...

  • Screen-addict boys ‘risking bones’

    Screen-addict boys ‘risking bones’

    Teenage boys who spend lots of time in front of the TV or computer screen are at risk of poorer bone health, research has found. A study carried out in Norway found the same did not apply to girls, which it suggested could be explained by their...

  • Conception diet ‘impacts child DNA’

    Conception diet ‘impacts child DNA’

    A mother’s diet around the time of conception could permanently change the function of a gene that influences immunity and cancer risk in her child, scientists have discovered. Previous studies by the same researchers showed that a child’s DNA can...

  • Woman gives birth using ovary tissue frozen when still young

    Woman gives birth using ovary tissue frozen when still young

    A woman who had her ovarian tissue removed and frozen following a childhood illness has made history by giving birth after having her fertility restored by doctors. The medical landmark is expected to give hope to seriously ill young women and...

  • Bursts of exercise ‘best for teens’

    Bursts of exercise ‘best for teens’

    Teenagers should run around like young children and do short bursts of high-intensity exercise, a study claims. If adolescents do as little as two minutes of strenuous exercise four times a day, it can be beneficial in improving long-term...

  • ‘One dose’ in cervical cancer fight

    ‘One dose’ in cervical cancer fight

    A single dose of the HPV vaccine could be enough to protect against infections which cause 70 per cent of cervical cancers, research suggests. Doctors found just one lot of the bivalent human papillomavirus vaccine may offer a similar level of...

  • Hong Kong issues ‘red alert’ against South Korea travel

    Hong Kong issues ‘red alert’ against South Korea travel

    Hong Kong issued a ‘red alert’ advisory yesterday against non-essential travel to South Korea, where eight new cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (Mers) were reported bringing the total to 95 with seven fatalities. The number of new South...

  • Modern housing could cut risk of malaria by up to half – study

    Modernising mud huts and other traditional housing could significantly cut the risk of malaria for people living in some of the highest risk areas of Africa, Asia and South America, according to new research. Scientists who studied the impact of...

  • Electronic tool to aid cancer care developed in the UK

    Electronic tool to aid cancer care developed in the UK

    An innovative electronic tool to help deliver more personalised care to people with cancer has been developed by the Macmillan Cancer Support, one of the largest charities in the UK. The electronic Holistic Needs Assessment (eHNA) provides...

  • Music linked to blood pressure

    Music linked to blood pressure

    Music could be used as a treatment for heart conditions after being scientists found a link with a change in blood pressure. Listening to a repeated 10-second rhythm found in various music compositions – particularly by Italian composer Giuseppe...

  • Cancer spread 'trigger' discovered

    Cancer spread 'trigger' discovered

    New therapies to stop the deadly progression of breast cancer in its tracks could stem from a fresh study into the disease, researchers believe. Scientists at the University of Edinburgh said they have discovered a “trigger” that allows breast...

  • Study gives 'beach bum' new meaning

    Study gives 'beach bum' new meaning

    Scientists in the UK are launching a study into how surfers are affected when exposed to human sewage in the water – by taking swabs from their bottoms. A team from the University of Exeter is joining forces with environmental campaign group...

  • Bone health starts in the womb

    Bone health starts in the womb

    Today saw the launch of the 2015 World Osteoporosis Day (WOD) campaign organised by the International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF). Celebrated on October 20, this year’s theme focuses on nutrition and addresses the public health challenges...

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