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Health & Fitness

  • Scientists find new fat clues in human poo

    Scientists find new fat clues in human poo

    Scientists in Britain have found a new link between the diversity of bacteria in human poo - the human fecal microbiome - and levels of harmful types of body fat. In research that may help explain why excessive weight problems and obesity tend to...

  • Giving babies eggs, nuts early ‘may avert allergies’

    Giving babies eggs, nuts early ‘may avert allergies’

    Infants who get a taste of eggs and peanuts starting when they’re as young as four months old may have a lower risk of developing allergies to those foods than babies who try them later, a research review suggests. With eggs, giving babies that...

  • GM enzymes used in household products ‘are potent allergens’

    GM enzymes used in household products ‘are potent allergens’

    Genetically modified enzymes that are used in a wide range of household products are “potent allergens”, experts have said. New products should be assessed for their “allergenicity”, researchers said after they found that exposure to such enzymes...

  • Coffee, classical music and vitamin deficiency

    Coffee, classical music and vitamin deficiency

    After a bad night’s sleep the tendency is to drink coffee in the morning to help you wake up. The same happens the next night, and the next and the next.  However, the stimulating effects of coffee seem to stop working after the third bad night of...

  • The benefits of laughing fits

    The benefits of laughing fits

    For some, assuming a healthier and more physically active lifestyle might be considered such an impossibility that it is almost laughable. If you currently scoff at the prospect of donning sports gear and hitting the gym or promenades to lift...

  • Serious injuries rare at popular obstacle courses

    Serious injuries rare at popular obstacle courses

    Obstacle course runs like Tough Mudder and Warrior Dash are becoming more popular and are relatively safe for participants, a Canadian study suggests. Only about 1 percent of participants are injured during these races, and most of the injuries...

  • People do gain weight over the holidays, study confirms

    People do gain weight over the holidays, study confirms

    A new study has confirmed what your waistband has told you all along - you gain weight during the holidays. It also concluded that people who weigh themselves frequently seem to lose those extra kilos faster. The trend was seen in 1,781 Americans,...

  • Codeine not safe for kids – doctors

    Codeine not safe for kids – doctors

    Codeine is not safe for children and should not be used to ease pain or relieve coughs, a leading US pediatricians group warns. Codeine has been prescribed for decades for both purposes, despite mounting evidence that it does not always work and...

  • GSK cuts vaccine price for refugees, following pressure from health charities

    GSK cuts vaccine price for refugees, following pressure from health charities

    GlaxoSmithKline is cutting the price charged for its pneumococcal vaccine when given to refugees, following complaints about the product's "exorbitant" cost by medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres. The British drugmaker said today it would...

  • Study shines a light on low winter-time male libido

    Study shines a light on low winter-time male libido

    Exposure to bright light can raise testosterone levels and lead to greater sexual satisfaction in men with low sexual desire, according to the results of a small scientific trial. Scientists at the University of Siena in Italy found that regular,...

  • How to lower cholesterol

    How to lower cholesterol

    Did any of your parents or siblings die of heart disease, heart attack or stroke before the age of 60? Do you have a family history of cholesterol or have you ever been informed by your doctor that your cholesterol is high? Daniel Zammit explains...

  • Six steps to better standing

    Six steps to better standing

    Following on from the revelation that sitting is now a health hazard, I mentioned last week that standing can also be subjective. How you stand is relative to your health too. We are going to look at a checklist to help you stand better. That...

  • European week of sport and fitness

    If you are going to read an article about fitness, today is officially one of the best days of the year to do it. All week, throughout Europe more people have been more active, more often. If that sounds like a bit of a slogan, it is. The...

  • Toxic fuel is killing millions of Africans, report finds

    Toxic fuel is killing millions of Africans, report finds

    Much of Africa's population is being choked by deadly fuels that are banned in Europe and the United States, a report said, as international trading firms sell high-sulfur fuels illegal elsewhere to nations on the continent. Swiss-based policy...

  • Long daytime nap ‘associated with increased diabetes risk’

    Long daytime nap ‘associated with increased diabetes risk’

    People who take long afternoon naps are more likely to have diabetes, a study suggests. Those who nap for more than an hour a day have a 45 per cent increased risk of having type 2 diabetes, researchers found. But shorter naps did not show an...

  • Smoking alters cardiac structure and function

    Smoking alters cardiac structure and function

    Active smoking and cumulative cigarette exposure were associated with subtle alterations in left ventricular structure and function in a group of elderly individuals free of overt coronary artery disease and heart failure, researchers...

  • The way you walk reflects how aggressive you are, researchers say

    Next time you notice somebody swinging their arms as they walk, you might want to consider crossing the road.  Researchers at the University of Portsmouth have found that walkers with exaggerated upper and lower body movement tended to be more...

  • Approved insect repellants can be recommended "without reservation" during pregnancy

    Approved insect repellants can be recommended "without reservation" during pregnancy

    The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) strongly recommends that pregnant women use the approved insect repellants - N,N-diethyl-meta-toluamide (DEET) and the pyrethroid permethrin - as a key element in a multipronged approach for...

  • In extreme heat, fans may not benefit some elderly

    In extreme heat, fans may  not benefit some elderly

    Elderly people who use electric fans during extreme heat may have higher heart rates and core temperatures compared to having no fan, according to a small study. For younger people, using a fan delays elevations in heart rate and core temperature...

  • Regular physical activity ‘can cancel out’ diseases caused by too much drinking

    Regular physical activity ‘can cancel out’ diseases caused by too much drinking

    Regular exercise could cancel out the risk of death from serious illnesses linked to alcohol, research has shown. A study found that moderate physical activity counteracts the “biological disease pathways” of high alcohol intake, which can lead to...

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