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Health & Fitness

  • 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...

  • Ibuprofen ‘could slow fast ageing’

    Ibuprofen ‘could slow fast ageing’

    One of the most widely used painkillers could prevent premature ageing and death by combating inflammation, research suggests. Scientists uncovered a strong biological link between chronic inflammation caused by an overactive immune system,...

  • 10-minute workouts

    10-minute workouts

    The 10-minute workout? Is it true? Is there such a thing? A magical workout that can get us in shape in just 10 minutes a day? Is this starting to sound like one of those infomercials you watch on television advertising the weirdest fitness gizmos...

  • Back to back

    Back to back

    Back to backache – it never ends. Chronic backache is actually a mystery to medicine and there are so many different reasons for it occurring. Some include poor posture, lack of exercise, a lifestyle of sitting rather than moving, leaning over...

  • CDC anthrax scare conjures up real Friday 13th-type nightmare

    CDC anthrax scare conjures up real Friday 13th-type nightmare

    It is a Friday the 13th that Paul Meechan will not forget soon. On that night last week, bioterrorism researchers at the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) discovered they had mistakenly sent live anthrax virus out to fellow...

  • Alzheimer’s is not a typical part of ageing

    Alzheimer’s is not a typical part of ageing

    Alzheimer’s is a fatal, progressive disease impacting at least 44 million people worldwide, yet it is widely misunderstood. According to an Alzheimer’s Association 12-country survey, 59 per cent of people surveyed incorrectly believe that...

  • Sun’s rays ‘addictive like heroin’

    Sunshine acts like an addictive drug and has a similar effect on the body as heroin, scientists claim. Ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun stimulate the production of endorphins, “feel good” hormones that act on the same biological pathway as...

  • Heart treatment guidelines

    Heart treatment guidelines

    Doctors should prescribe newer medic-ations rather than the “smokescreen” of aspirin to treat a common heart condition, guidance released yesterday advises. Aspirin has commonly been used to treat atrial fibrillation (AF), a heart rhythm disorder,...

  • Breast screening ‘saves lives’

    Breast cancer screening reduces deaths from the disease by 28 per cent, new research suggests. For every 368 women invited to have a mammogram, one death is prevented, the study claims. Researchers from Norway set out to evaluate the effectiveness...

  • 30 million in Europe ‘smoke’ e-cigarettes

    30 million in Europe ‘smoke’ e-cigarettes

    Nearly 30 million people across Europe now use e-cigarettes and are most likely to be aged between 15 and 24, who smoke tobacco regularly and are trying to quit, a new analysis shows. The rising number of users has led to staggering growth in the...

  • Sitting down ‘raises risk of cancer’

    A couch potato lifestyle is linked to a significantly greater risk of certain cancers as well as heart disease and diabetes, research has shown. Every extra two hours spent sitting each day was associated with a 10 per cent increased chance of...

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