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Health & Fitness

  • New advice to help choking babies

    Leading first aid charities are issuing new advice to parents on what to do if their baby chokes after research showed many have no idea what action to take. St John Ambulance, the British Red Cross and St Andrew’s First Aid have agreed a change...

  • Women in the UK ‘ignoring folic acid advice’

    Women are ignoring expert advice to take folic acid supplements before pregnancy to protect their unborn children, a study has shown. Researchers who questioned nearly 500,000 women attending antenatal clinics in England and the Isle of Man found...

  • Obesity link to male breast cancer

    Being obese increases a man’s risk of breast cancer by nearly a third, research has shown. Other risk factors include enlarged male breasts, and having an extra X chromosome besides the one men normally inherit from their mothers. Around 400 men...

  • Changes in lifestyle could prevent 25% of miscarriages

    A quarter of miscarriages may be preventable, research suggests. Being underweight or obese before conception, working nights, drinking alcohol in pregnancy and lifting heavy loads could all increase the risk, experts said. They said if women cut...

  • Drinking game sparks outrage

    Health experts have criticised the online drinking game Neknominate, saying young teenagers are at risk of peer pressure to take part. The craze, which has been implicated in several deaths, involves people filming themselves downing alcohol,...

  • Depression warning sign identified

    A biological warning sign of a life blighted by major depression has been identified for the first time in teenage boys. Boys with a combination of depressive symptoms and raised levels of the stress hormone cortisol were up to 14 times more...

  • Exercise link to ageing process

    A hormone released into the blood by muscles after bouts of exercise may provide an indicator of biological age, say scientists. Irisin is known to reprogramme fat cells so that they burn energy instead of storing it, thereby contributing to the...

  • ‘Quarter of miscarriages avoidable’

    A quarter of miscarriages may be preventable, research suggests. Being underweight or obese before conception, working nights, drinking alcohol in pregnancy and lifting heavy loads could all increase the risk, experts said. They said if women cut...

  • Olympian mind games every athlete can play

    For everyday athletes hoping to glean more than vague inspiration from watching the elite compete at the Olympic Games in Sochi, fitness experts say let the mind games begin. With imaging techniques, meditation and biofeedback, sports...

  • Uric acid leads to gout

    I’m always being asked questions about gout. About a month ago, there was an interesting phone-in programme on a UK radio and it was amazing how many people phoned in, of all ages, lifestyles and classes. I say classes because gout used to be...

  • Tobacco firms’ ‘weak evidence’

    Claims by tobacco companies that plain packaging will have no effect on smoking are based on “weak evidence” and include studies commissioned by the industry, researchers have said. Submissions to the UK government by Imperial Tobacco, Japan...

  • Back to the chest expander?

    I can still hear it now. The faint squeaks and twangs of moving metal springs emanating from my parent’s bedroom, accompanied by rhythmic huffs and puffs. It was my father, working his trusty chest expander. An ex-army officer, he was always a fit...

  • It’s fun to be fit

    The problem of child obesity in Malta has been highlighted in various studies in the last decade, with one report last year claiming that Maltese 10- to 11-year-olds are the second fattest on earth. Such news sends shockwaves across the community...

  • Caring for your child’s feet at a young age

    Babies’ feet don’t have bones‚ just soft cartilage which can easily be pushed out of shape by ill-fitting shoes. Even socks that are too tight can damage their feet at this delicate stage. A fully-formed adult foot has 26 bones, 19 muscles and...

  • Top-notch babysitting

    Brenda’s Babysitters’ services are offered by fully-qualified, experienced, conscientious and trustworthy personnel. When screening personnel, Brenda’s Babysitters not only scrutinises their experience and qualifications, but also makes sure that...

  • Helping your child grow

    The Baby Sensory and the Toddler Sense programmes offer a fully-inclusive approach to a child’s development from birth to five years. During baby’s first year there is unlimited potential for learning; Baby Sensory helps parents encourage their...

  • Men are 50% more likely to die from cancer than women

    Men are 50 per cent more likely to die from cancer than women, according to new global statistics. Data published by Cancer Research UK shows more than 4.6 million men die from the disease every year across the globe – the equivalent to 126 men in...

  • ‘Quit smoking’ to tackle depression

    Smokers who believe their habit relieves stress and depression are mistaken, according to research. Experts found that quitting smoking can be just as effective in tackling depression and anxiety as taking antidepressants. Writing online in the...

  • Breast cancer drug launched in UK

    A breast cancer drug for women who have stopped responding to Herceptin has been launched in the UK. Kadcyla – also called T-DM1 – is given to patients who have failed on conventional treatment with Herceptin and chemotherapy. It is only suitable...

  • Double mastectomy ‘boosts survival’

    Women with the same breast cancer gene as Angelina Jolie could have a much higher chance of survival if they have a double mastectomy, evidence has suggested. Over 20 more lives could be saved per 100 women if they opt to have both breasts removed...

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