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Health & Fitness

  • Therapeutic food for disease control in pets

    A seminar by Borg Cardona & Co. Ltd and Royal Canin for local veterinarians and veterinarian nurses highlighted the importance of nutrition to prevent the risk of struvite and calcium oxalate bladder stones. Philip Baralon presented a lecture on...

  • Eating disorders ‘linked to images’

    Eating disorders ‘linked to images’

    Increased exposure to images of celebrity bodies is behind the large rise in the number of young girls admitted to British hospital with an eating disorder, a leading UK paediatrician has said. Michie Colin, chairman of the nutrition committee at...

  • Teenagers lack information on dangers of e-cigarettes and marijuana

    Teenagers lack information on dangers of e-cigarettes and marijuana

    Teens get the message that cigarettes are harmful, but they get mixed messaging or none at all about the risks of marijuana or e-cigarettes, according to a small new study in California. “Perhaps if we are so good about communicating risks of...

  • Call for better sunscreen labelling

    Call for better sunscreen labelling

    Clearer labelling is needed on sunscreens amid what has been described as a worrying lack of understanding about the protection they provide, Britain’s Royal Pharmaceutical Society said. A quarter of people did not know what the rating on their...

  • Fats from fish and plants may help older adults live longer

    Fats from fish and plants may help older adults live longer

    Older adults who eat plenty of fish and vegetables may live longer than people who don’t, a large Swedish study suggests. Among more than four thousand 60-year-old men and women, those with the highest blood levels of polyunsaturated fats (PUFAs),...

  • New drug tackles eye degeneration

    New drug tackles eye degeneration

    Eye experts are leading a landmark trial in the UK of a new drug that could slow the progression of an untreatable form of blindness. Patients who have suffered some visual loss due to geographic atrophy (GA) – an advanced form of dry age-related...

  • Speedy test created to tackle Ebola

    A new test that can diagnose Ebola in minutes is expected to play a major role in containing the deadly disease. The ReEBOV bedside test is as sensitive as the conventional laboratory-based method used during the recent Ebola outbreak in Sierra...

  • Computer game 'helps weight loss'

    Computer game 'helps weight loss'

    A simple computer game has been shown to help people lose weight by turning them off high-calorie snacks. Scientists believe the online training game, which could in future be played on smartphones, may help to change bad eating habits and combat...

  • High-profile Italian launch

    High-profile Italian launch

    Mente, an innovative system for children with autism developed by Maltese company AAT, was officially launched in Italy by the Italian Red Cross CRI – Rome and Consorzio Promosalute, Mente distributors for Italy. The launch took the form of a...

  • Finding your comfort zone

    Finding your comfort zone

    It’s Monday, you have a series of conference calls lined up and a weekend’s worth of e-mails waiting for your attention. But don’t get frazzled because relaxing can be as easy as counting to 10. 1: My tea is green Green tea is a source of various...

  • To sleep, perchance

    To sleep, perchance

    Sleep apnoea occurs when the walls of the throat come together during sleep, blocking off the upper airway. Breathing stops for a period of time which can be from about a few seconds but can be as long as one minute. This sends a signal to the...

  • Best foot forward

    Best foot forward

    Our feet are one of most important parts of our body. Some people spend as much as 80 per cent of their waking hours on their feet. The condition of our feet is important to our physical and emotional well-being. Painful feet can affect our...

  • Aerobic exercise seems to curb asthma severity and improves quality of life

    Aerobic exercise seems to curb asthma severity and improves quality of life

    Aerobic exercise seems to curb the severity of asthma symptoms and improves quality of life, finds a small study published online in the BMJ journal Thorax. It should be routinely added to the drug treatment of moderate to severe asthma, suggest...

  • Nearly half of Hispanics with high cholesterol don’t realise it

    Nearly half of Hispanic adults with high cholesterol are unaware they have the condition, and only a third of them get treatment, a US study finds. Researchers reviewed data on more than 16,000 Hispanic adults aged 18 to 74 and found that younger...

  • UK doctors seek helium balloons ban

    Doctors will campaign for an end to the “frivolous” use of helium in party balloons as they fear a shortage of the non-renewable gas could jeopardise its vital use in medical equipment. Anaesthetist Tom Dolphin said using helium in balloons was a...

  • Young men urged to freeze sperm

    Young men urged to freeze sperm

    Younger men should consider freezing their sperm to avoid their children suffering genetic disorders if they choose to have them later in life, according to an expert. Freezing eggs from women planning families when they are older is not unusual,...

  • Essential vitamin linked to acne

    Essential vitamin linked to acne

    Vitamin B12 may be an underlying cause of acne, new research has shown. The essential nutrient, found in meat, fish, eggs and dairy products, alters the activity skin bacteria leading to unsightly spots and pimples in susceptible individuals,...

  • Saliva test hope for mouth cancers

    Saliva test hope for mouth cancers

    Saliva tests may provide a new way of diagnosing mouth cancers, new research has shown. Scientists found that it was possible to measure DNA shed by head and neck tumours in both saliva and blood. Lead researcher Nishant Agrawal, from Johns...

  • Glowing coral may help cancer fight

    Glowing coral may help cancer fight

    Coral which glows with a rainbow of colours despite being found in deep water reefs could be used to help trace cancer cells, according to scientists. Experts discovered the coral in the Red Sea and they believe the pigments which create the...

  • Man-made red blood cells trial plan

    Man-made red blood cells trial plan

    Man-made red blood cells are set to be transfused into humans within two years, it has been announced. NHS Blood and Transplant said laboratory-produced red blood cells will be used in clinical trials in humans by 2017. Nick Watkins, NHS Blood and...

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