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Health & Fitness

  • Forgotten flexibility

    When we watch sports, we are so often impressed by the strongest and fastest competitors. Even if a participant loses, we still give them credit if they were the fastest player on the pitch, or stronger than the victorious opponent. The most...

  • Prostate test to predict risk

    Scientists show men most at risk of life-threatening prostate cancer can now be identified by mutations in their DNA and be monitored for life A collection of 13 gene defects can be used to identify men most at risk from life-threatening prostate...

  • Drug offers cervical cancer hope

    A drug that cuts the blood supply to tumours can significantly extend the lives of women with advanced cervical cancer, a study has shown. Compared with those on chemotherapy alone, patients taking Avastin typically lived nearly four months...

  • Poor sleep linked to widespread pain

    Regularly feeling tired and worn out after a night’s sleep was the strongest predictor of also developing widespread pain in a new study of UK adults over the age of 50. “In older adults widespread pain, that is pain that affects multiple sites in...

  • Frailty in old 'linked to hormones'

    Depression and frailty in older age may be linked to thyroid and stress hormone levels, two studies have shown. One research team found lower morning and higher evening levels of the stress hormone cortisol to be associated with weakness and...

  • Heart attack stem cell trial starts

    Doctors at a London hospital have started treating heart attack patients with their own stem cells in the largest trial of its kind ever undertaken. The patients at the London Chest Hospital are among the first of 3,000 participants in a...

  • Over-40s fear careers are stalling

    Workers as young as 40 fear their careers are stalling because of their age, according to new research. Many people over that age believe they are more likely to be overlooked for promotion or hit a “brick wall” in their job. A survey of 2,000...

  • Bad time to horse around

    Caring for poorly pets is always a challenge, but the bigger the animal, the bigger the problem – especially when a beast with a 30-metre digestive system starts suffering from a severe stomach ache, as Natalie Bowen finds out. Horses are a...

  • Fit for adoption

    Stray cats and dogs often suffer from poor health, and when they are picked up off the streets or from a bad home environment, they are often found to be in need of urgent medical attention. Pet home SPCA prides itself on helping transform even...

  • Neutering dogs

    Having your dog neutered eliminates or greatly reduces the chance of future health problems, but some owners are afraid to have their pet undergo this procedure due to the tendency of dogs to put on weight. This is understandable, as if left...

  • Pet peace of mind

    Having a pet comes at a price and not an insignificant one: there are food, jabs and vet fees to pay on a regular basis, besides cleansing products, toys and occasional treats to keep your four-legged happy. But there may be heftier, uncalled for...

  • Meet the ‘dog whisperer’

    When dogs misbehave, it’s often a case of nurture rather than nature, says dog behaviour consultant Robert Spiteri. He tells Stephanie Fsadni that proper rehabilitation and owner cooperation are key for a happy, normal life. Like humans, dogs may...

  • ‘Wake-up’ pill for immune system offers cancer hope

    A pill that “wakes up” the immune system allowing it to kill spreading tumours could one day bring new hope to people with advanced cancer. In tests on mice, scientists used a drug to activate natural killer (NK) cells, part of the innate immune...

  • New advice to help choking babies

    Leading first aid charities are issuing new advice to parents on what to do if their baby chokes after research showed many have no idea what action to take. St John Ambulance, the British Red Cross and St Andrew’s First Aid have agreed a change...

  • Women in the UK ‘ignoring folic acid advice’

    Women are ignoring expert advice to take folic acid supplements before pregnancy to protect their unborn children, a study has shown. Researchers who questioned nearly 500,000 women attending antenatal clinics in England and the Isle of Man found...

  • Obesity link to male breast cancer

    Being obese increases a man’s risk of breast cancer by nearly a third, research has shown. Other risk factors include enlarged male breasts, and having an extra X chromosome besides the one men normally inherit from their mothers. Around 400 men...

  • Changes in lifestyle could prevent 25% of miscarriages

    A quarter of miscarriages may be preventable, research suggests. Being underweight or obese before conception, working nights, drinking alcohol in pregnancy and lifting heavy loads could all increase the risk, experts said. They said if women cut...

  • Drinking game sparks outrage

    Health experts have criticised the online drinking game Neknominate, saying young teenagers are at risk of peer pressure to take part. The craze, which has been implicated in several deaths, involves people filming themselves downing alcohol,...

  • Depression warning sign identified

    A biological warning sign of a life blighted by major depression has been identified for the first time in teenage boys. Boys with a combination of depressive symptoms and raised levels of the stress hormone cortisol were up to 14 times more...

  • Exercise link to ageing process

    A hormone released into the blood by muscles after bouts of exercise may provide an indicator of biological age, say scientists. Irisin is known to reprogramme fat cells so that they burn energy instead of storing it, thereby contributing to the...

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