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Health & Fitness

  • Depression link to violent crime

    A diagnosis of depression increases the risk of committing violent crime threefold, research has shown. The study of nearly 50,000 people in Sweden found that 3.7 per cent of men and 0.5 per cent of women committed a violent crime after being...

  • The UK becomes first nation to legalise three-parent babies

    The UK becomes first nation to legalise three-parent babies

    Britain will become the first nation to legalise a ‘three-parent’ IVF technique which doctors say can prevent some inherited incurable diseases but which critics fear will effectively lead to ‘designer babies’. After more than three hours of...

  • Men given ‘bionic’ hands

    Men given ‘bionic’ hands

    Three men have become the first patients in the world to have hands replaced by bionic versions controlled by their mind. All had suffered nerve damage from accidental climbing and motorcycle injuries that left them with little control over their...

  • Preventative treatment could cut HIV risk in gay men by 86%

    Preventative treatment could cut HIV risk in gay men by 86%

    Gay men at high risk of HIV who took a daily dose of a Gilead Aids drug as a preventative measure cut their risk of infection by 86 per cent, according to results of a British trial. Researchers who conducted the trial of so-called pre-exposure...

  • Skin test ‘could detect dementia’

    Skin test ‘could detect dementia’

    A skin test could help detect and research conditions including Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases, a new study has suggested. Doctors from the Central Hospital at the University of San Luis Potosi, Mexico, studied 53 volunteers with forms of...

  • First 1,000 days 'key for children'

    First 1,000 days 'key for children'

    The days from conception to when a child reaches two are so important they "should be elevated to the same level as defence of the realm", a report in the UK has claimed. The cost of failing to deal adequately with the mental health of mothers...

  • World’s diet getting worse as a result of globalisation

    World’s diet getting worse as a result of globalisation

    The world’s diet has deteriorated substantially in the last two decades, a leading nutrition expert said, citing one of the largest studies available on international eating habits. Poor countries in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia are seeing the...

  • Scientists find eating peanuts prevents allergy, urge rethink

    Scientists find eating peanuts prevents allergy, urge rethink

    In research that contradicts years of health advice, scientists said that babies at risk of developing a childhood peanut allergy can avoid it if they are given peanuts regularly during their first 11 months. The study, the first to show that...

  • Menopause ‘could last for 12 years’

    Menopause ‘could last for 12 years’

    The menopause could last for around 12 years, and is likely to affect women of certain races for longer than others, research suggests. Women suffer from frequent hot flushes and other symptoms, such as night sweats, for an average of around seven...

  • Daytime naps to ‘stop at age of 2’

    Daytime naps to ‘stop at age of 2’

    Children who nap beyond the age of two are more likely to have problems sleeping through the night, research has suggested. A study found that daytime napping led to toddlers taking longer to fall asleep in the evening, along with reduced sleep...

  • Woman’s diet could have effect on womb

    Woman’s diet could have effect on womb

    A woman’s diet at the time that she becomes pregnant could affect her womb and the future health of her baby, according to research. The study carried out by the University of Southampton, published online in Human Reproduction, showed that the...

  • Genes’ ‘key role’ in asthma

    Genes’ ‘key role’ in asthma

    Scientists have discovered more than 30 new genes that predispose people to allergies and asthma, some of which could be targets for new drugs. The 10-year study, published in the journal Nature, could also help to predict who will respond best to...

  • Teenagers’ sperm cells can ‘mutate’

    Teenagers’ sperm cells can ‘mutate’

    Sperm cells in adolescent boys have unexpectedly high levels of DNA mutations which could explain why children born to teenage fathers are at higher risk of birth defects, research suggests. Male germ cells undergo six times as many DNA mutations...

  • Use your mobile phone safely

    Use your mobile phone safely

    Last week we looked at the various research over recent years showing the dangers of mobile phones, and their history over the past 30 years. Today we will continue looking at health issues, starting with male fertility. Men frequently carry...

  • Effective body fat testing

    Effective body fat testing

    The term ‘weight-loss’ has to be one of the biggest misnomers of the century. Strange that, especially when you consider the weight-loss industry in the US alone has an estimated worth of over $60 billion (€53bn). How could such a huge and...

  • UK women ‘hit hardest by dementia’

    Women are hit hardest by the dementia epidemic sweeping Britain, according to a study. The illness is not only the leading cause of death among British women, but they are also far more likely to end up as carers of those with dementia,...

  • Skin damage continues hours after exposure

    Skin damage continues hours after exposure

    Here’s a warning to sunbathers everywhere. Scientists have found that the skin damage caused by UV rays does not stop once you get out of the sun. Researchers said yesterday much of the potentially cancer-causing damage wrought by ultraviolet...

  • Global progress against obesity ‘unacceptably slow’

    Global progress against obesity ‘unacceptably slow’

    Global progress towards tackling obesity has been “unacceptably slow”, health experts said, with only one in four countries implementing a policy on healthy eating before 2010. In a series of studies published in The Lancet medical journal,...

  • Fight against dementia ‘must be stepped up’

    Fight against dementia ‘must be stepped up’

    The battle to combat dementia would be helped if governments around the world committed at least one per cent of their country’s cost of care to researching the condition, experts have suggested. Governments should also look into ways of...

  • Inducing babies at 37 weeks ‘boosts newborn’s health’

    Inducing babies at 37 weeks ‘boosts newborn’s health’

    Inducing pregnant women once they reach 37 weeks can lower the chance of neonatal death, asphyxia and cerebral palsy, a study has suggested. The research suggests the practice of proactive labour induction has improved outcomes for babies in...

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