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Health & Fitness

  • A mosquito against malaria

    A mosquito against malaria

    Scientists have found a way of genetically modifying mosquitoes to produce sperm that only creates males, offering a potential fresh approach to fighting and eventually eradicating malaria. Researchers from Imperial College London tested a genetic...

  • Pocket mobiles ‘may harm fertility’

    Pocket mobiles ‘may harm fertility’

    Men who keep a mobile phone in their trouser pocket could be inadvertently damaging their chances of becoming a father, according to a new study. Scientists at the University of Exeter said their work suggested that exposure to radio-frequency...

  • Stress hormones heart attack link

    Stress hormones heart attack link

    A link between stress hormones and bacteria may explain how emotional shock or over-exertion can trigger heart attacks. Scientists found that hormones released during stress caused thin sheets of bacteria called biofilms on arterial walls to...

  • Tomato pill 'good for heart health'

    Tomato pill 'good for heart health'

    A daily “tomato pill” can significantly improve the functioning of blood vessels in patients with heart disease, research has shown. The findings suggest that a powerful antioxidant in tomatoes may contribute to the health benefits of a...

  • Gene variant ‘link’ to brain cancer

    Gene variant ‘link’ to brain cancer

    A genetic characteristic usually associated with youthfulness and good health increases the risk of brain cancer, research has shown. Longer telomeres, the protective caps on the ends of chromosomes, are generally thought to be a sign of slow...

  • Wanted: a watchdog for mobile medical apps

    Wanted: a watchdog for mobile medical apps

    A smartphone app that rids you of acne. Another that monitors your heart rate 24/7. One that detects skin cancer by looking at your birthmarks. If they sound too good to be true, they may be. Patients today use a number of apps that purport to...

  • The tapping solution

    The tapping solution

    A number of years ago I interviewed an excellent practitioner who introduced me to the emotional freedom technique (EFT). Since then, this practice has become more widely used, understood and, of course, successful. In that interview, I wrote...

  • Going into multi-dimensional mode

    They say variety is the spice of life. It may be true of food and maybe even fashion, but what about fitness? Like delicious desserts or cool items of clothing, there are so many modes of exercise out there to choose from. When it comes to...

  • Gas emissions may cause somecardio problems

    Gas emissions may cause somecardio problems

    Short-term exposure to air pollution could increase a person’s risk of irregular heartbeat or blood clots in the lung, a study has suggested. But researchers found “no clear evidence” of effects of short-term pollution on a certain type of heart...

  • Harmful changes in the brain

    Early exposure to air pollution causes harmful changes in the brain seen in autism and schizophrenia, research has shown. The findings in mice follow previous research linking traffic pollution and higher rates of autism in children. As in humans,...

  • Mothers-to-be warned over headaches

    Mothers-to-be warned over headaches

    Pregnant women are being warned that headaches could be “masking” serious underlying health conditions. Kirsty Revell, a specialist registrar in obstetrics and gynaecology at the Princess Anne Hospital in Southampton, Hampshire, said 90 per cent...

  • IVF move ‘could prevent diseases’

    IVF move ‘could prevent diseases’

    A new expert report has made it more likely that babies with three genetic parents could be born in the UK to prevent devastating inherited diseases. The panel appointed by regulators the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA)...

  • Cannabis ‘can alter shape of sperm’

    Cannabis ‘can alter shape of sperm’

    Smoking cannabis can reduce a man’s fertility by altering the size and shape of his sperm, research has shown. More surprisingly, sex in the summer months has a similar effect, scientists found. Conversely, abstaining from sexual activity for more...

  • Breakfast ‘burns more calories’

    Breakfast ‘burns more calories’

    People who eat breakfast burn more calories and have tighter blood sugar control than those who are fasting, a new study has shown. Researchers made the findings in the first randomised controlled trial to examine the effect of daily breakfast...

  • Divorce linked to obese children

    Divorce linked to obese children

    Children whose parents have divorced are more likely to be obese, new research suggests. Boys are especially prone to having excess weight, the study found. Youngsters whose parents were divorced were 54 per cent more likely to be overweight or...

  • A second language may keep the brain young

    A second language may keep the brain young

    Being able to speak more than one language may help you think more clearly in later life, even if you’ve learned the second language as an adult, according to a new study. “In previous studies, if bilinguals got dementia they got it four to five...

  • New therapy wipes out cervical cancer in two women

    A new type of personalised cancer therapy in which immune cells are harvested from patients’ tumours, grown in the lab and infused back into patients showed dramatic results in a small, government-led trial in women with advanced cervical cancer,...

  • Killer cancer ‘cured’ by new drug

    Killer cancer ‘cured’ by new drug

    A pioneering new drug appears to have cured a British man with advanced skin cancer who had been given just months to live. Doctors cannot be certain it was the treatment that led to the “miraculous” outcome for 64-year-old Warwick Steele, but...

  • Scientists find hair colour switch

    Scientists find hair colour switch

    Whether you are born blonde or brunette depends on a single letter of the genetic code, scientists have learned. The DNA switch fine-tunes the activity of a gene known to be linked to hair colour. Changing just one of its chemical components – a...

  • Gene-based diet ‘aided weight loss’

    Gene-based diet ‘aided weight loss’

    An experimental gene-based diet helped a group of slimming volunteers increase their weight loss by a third, research has shown. Tailoring nutrition to individual genetic profiles could revolutionise dieting and improve people’s health, say the...

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