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Health & Fitness

  • More than three quarters of US flu shots ineffective

    More than three quarters of US flu shots ineffective

    More than three-quarters of Americans who got this season's flu shot could get the virus anyway, given a mismatch between the flu strains covered by the shot and those actually causing illness in people, US officials said. An interim CDC report...

  • Anti-inflammatory to be prescription-only in UK

    Anti-inflammatory to be prescription-only in UK

    A widely-used painkilling and anti-inflammatory drug has been reclassified as a prescription-only medicine by the healthcare regulator in the UK.Over-the-counter sales of diclofenac tablets will stop tomorrow after the Medicines and Healthcare...

  • UK cancer treatments funding to come to end

    UK cancer treatments funding to come to end

    Several expensive cancer medicines will no longer be available on the UK’s state-funded National Health Service (NHS) following an overhaul of an over-budget drug funding scheme, NHS England said. The revamp was triggered by the escalating cost of...

  • ‘Braille Challenge’ sets high expectations for blind students

    ‘Braille Challenge’ sets high expectations for blind students

    More than a thousand visually impaired students are receiving the rare opportunity for head-to-head competition against their peers as the Braille Challenge begins across the US and Canada. “For children with any disability, typically less is...

  • It’s all about the heart

    It’s all about the heart

    Car pollution has been linked to the incidence of heart attacks by a recent study. People living close to a busy main road are more likely to die from a sudden heart attack due to the pollution generated by cars. Researchers from Harvard Medical...

  • Evolutionary obesity: is it our fault?

    Evolutionary obesity: is it our fault?

    Gone are the days when overweight children would be singled out in the classroom by peers for their lack of slenderness. Bad news for bullies and good news for vulnerable children, but slightly worrying when we consider bulging waistlines are now...

  • New antibiotic a ‘game changer’

    New antibiotic a ‘game changer’

    Scientists have discovered a new antibiotic, teixobactin, that can kill serious infections in mice without encountering any detectable resistance, offering a potential new way to get ahead of dangerous evolving superbugs. Researchers said the...

  • Early weight gain increases asthma risk

    Early weight gain increases asthma risk

    Babies who rapidly gain weight in the first three months of life are more likely to develop asthma, a study has found. Researchers at the University of Bristol analysed information on height, weight and asthma symptoms in almost 10,000 people from...

  • Overweight are often humiliated

    Overweight are often humiliated

    Being insulted by shop assistants, ignored by bar staff, left out by friends, mocked by passers-by, ridiculed by the opposite sex and photo­graphed by teenagers are part of the frequent humiliations overweight people face, according to...

  • Weight loss ‘for health reasons’

    Weight loss ‘for health reasons’

    Sam Akerman says losing 41 kilos was not a way of hitting back at a man who chatted her up while she was on a night out with friends. She said: “I was part of a hockey team sports tour. We were on a night out and I was approached by this guy who...

  • Cold weather can actually cause colds, study finds

    Cold weather can actually cause colds, study finds

    Whether cold temperatures have anything to do with catching a cold has long been a question that supposedly separates believers in old wives' tales from the scientifically savvy. But while the cold-cold connection is widely considered a medical...

  • Trying to keep your resolutions

    Trying to keep your resolutions

    You have probably already made your New Year’s resolutions. If you’re still thinking about them, you may want to read some statistics about successful resolutions. According to research performed at the University of Scranton and published in the...

  • Fat-fighters

    Fat-fighters

    Last week I attempted to reel you in with a catchy title intended to appeal to the deep-seated desire in all of us at this time of year to start losing some serious amounts of recently-gained weight. The trail continues this week with...

  • Most cancer cases more likely ‘due to bad luck’

    Most cancer cases more likely ‘due to bad luck’

    Most cases of cancer are the result of sheer bad luck rather than unhealthy lifestyles, diet or even inherited genes, new research suggests. Random mutations that occur in DNA when cells divide are responsible for two-thirds of adult cancers...

  • New coating could cut health infections

    New coating could cut health infections

    The risk of deadly hospital infections could be reduced by coating medical equipment with newly-discovered materials that repel bacteria, a study has suggested. A team of researchers at the University of Edinburgh used an advanced screening method...

  • Hangover cure is elusive but symptom relief fizzles and flows

    Hangover cure is elusive but symptom relief fizzles and flows

    Although there are drinks, tablets and home-made remedies, a cure for the throbbing headache, nausea, fatigue and thirst that can follow a night of drinking has remained elusive. “There are no hangover cures,” said George Koob, director of the...

  • ­­New Year’s resolutions more procrastination than motivation

    ­­New Year’s resolutions more procrastination than motivation

    People seeking to get or stay fit in 2015 might do better to start immediately, fitness experts say. Losing weight and getting fit and healthy are among the top five resolutions every year, even though most of winter’s great expectations wither by...

  • Useful tips for 2015 lifestyles

    Useful tips for 2015 lifestyles

    If we make just a few changes to our lifestyles in 2015, it could make all the difference to our future health. So here is a choice of health tips that will have a positive effect on 2015. Eating five a day is well known to improve our health.

  • Lose weight now and fast

    Lose weight now and fast

    Did the title grab your attention? Good, because if there was any month of the year it should, it would have to be this one. If you’re anything like most of people in the western world right now, you’re probably feeling very bloated and very...

  • Core stability and back pain

    Core stability and back pain

    Over the past 10 years, there has been a significant increase in awareness of the importance of core stability in dealing with back pain. While core stability is an important concept in the rehabilitation of back pain, correct core training at the...

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