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Health & Fitness

  • First female-to-male Zika transmission via sex reported in New York

    First female-to-male Zika transmission via sex reported in New York

    New York City's health department reported the first female-to-male transmission of the Zika virus, which is most typically spread by the bite of an infected mosquito. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the report is the first...

  • Huge study finds fat kills

    Huge study finds fat kills

    Being overweight or obese is linked to a higher risk of dying prematurely than being normal weight and the risk rises sharply as the extra kilograms pile on, scientists said. In findings contradicting the ‘obesity paradox’, which had suggested a...

  • Magnesium may ‘slightly lower blood pressure’

    Magnesium supplements taken daily for three months may result in slightly lower blood pressure, according to an analysis of more than 30 existing studies. Previous evidence has suggested that magnesium deficiency may be related to cardiometabolic...

  • Zika outbreak will end in 2 or 3 years, scientists predict

    Zika outbreak will end in 2 or 3 years, scientists predict

    The Zika outbreak rampaging through Latin America will likely burn itself out in the next two to three years, based on the fact that people develop immunity to the virus after an initial infection, British scientists have said. The researchers,...

  • Healthy pasta recipes that won't blow up your waistline

    Healthy pasta recipes that won't blow up your waistline

    The best thing about all of these positive pasta vibes is that it’s a fantastically convenient and versatile ingredient to cook with. But be careful!DW Fitness Clubs personal trainer and expert nutritionist Carly Tierney said many people let...

  • Soft drinks linked to gallbladder cancer

    Soft drinks linked to gallbladder cancer

    People who drink lots of soda or other sugary drinks may have a higher risk of developing rare biliary tract cancers, particularly gallbladder cancer, according to a new study. The causes of biliary tract and gallbladder tumors are mostly unknown,...

  • Is pasta really the weight-loss food you’ve been looking for?

    Is pasta really the weight-loss food you’ve been looking for?

    If you were compiling a list of the best weight-loss foods to add to your diet, you’d be forgiven for omitting pasta.We’re forever being told that in order to shed pounds, we need to be cutting right back on complex carbohydrates. However, a new...

  • Chemicals in pomegranate hold key to youthful ageing

    Chemicals in pomegranate hold key to youthful ageing

    It may not make you immortal, but a ruby-red superfruit revered in ancient times as “food of the gods” could hold the key to youthful ageing. The pomegranate contains a chemical that combats a fundamental ageing process which causes muscles to...

  • E-cigarettes drive increase in adoloscent tobacco use

    E-cigarettes drive increase in adoloscent tobacco use

    The proliferation of e-cigarettes has reversed the declining trend of tobacco use among adolescents, according to data from the Southern California Children’s Health Study (CHS). “We used data that we’d collected over the past 20 years to...

  • Thumb-suckers and nail-biters less likely to have allergies

    Thumb-suckers and nail-biters less likely to have allergies

    Children who suck their thumbs or bite their nails are less likely than others to have allergies later, according to a new study. According to the "hygiene hypothesis," early life exposure to microbes may decrease the risk of developing allergies,...

  • One in eight women have trouble getting pregnant

    One in eight women have trouble getting pregnant

    One in every eight women and one in every ten men have experienced infertility at some stage in their lives, according to a UK study. Infertility was defined as having spent more than one year trying unsuccessfully to conceive.  Among participants...

  • ‘Psychologically prepare parents to bond with child’

    ‘Psychologically prepare parents to bond with child’

    Parents should be prepared both physically and psychologically on how to bond with their children even before birth, according to a consultant psychiatrist “We need to invest in infant psychiatry, which involves working with mothers even before...

  • Too much internet ‘could damage immune system’

    Too much internet ‘could damage immune system’

    Spending too much time on the internet could damage your immune system, a study has found. Swansea University’s College of Human and Health Science found that people who have greater levels of internet addiction catch more colds and flu bugs than...

  • Unfit people ‘have most to gain from higher activity levels’

    Unfit people ‘have most to gain from higher activity levels’

    People who are unfit and feeble stand to gain the most from physical exercise, research has shown. Scientists looked at the benefits of physical activity such as increased lifespan and reduced heart disease risk in a group of almost 500,000 study...

  • What is causing heart disease?

    What is causing heart disease?

    We are all aware of the idea that the fats we eat from butter, dairy and meat raise the levels of cholesterol, especially the artery clogging LDL (low-density lipoprotein), known as the ‘bad ‘cholesterol. This, in turn, apparently causes heart...

  • Working the back to better posture

    Working the back to better posture

    All wars have their unsung heroes, and all great theatrical productions their stage hands, working tirelessly backstage in the shadows while the cast revel in the admiration and applause of the audience. If you can get passed the horror movie...

  • ‘Allow chronic pain sufferers chance to have flexible working arrangements’

    ‘Allow chronic pain sufferers chance to have flexible working arrangements’

    Enforce flexible work legislation for people with chronic pain, who make up one fifth of the adult European population, healthcare stakeholders are demanding. Some 19 per cent of Europeans suffer from chronic pain, meaning it is not just a medical...

  • Exercise improves children’s intelligence and school performance

    Exercise improves children’s intelligence and school performance

    Exercise increases children’s intellectual ability and improves their performance in school, according to a study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine. The study shows that besides the well-known health benefits, physical activity...

  • Going to church tied to lower risk of suicide

    Going to church tied to lower risk of suicide

    Attending religious services at least once a week may offer spiritual and social protection against suicide, a US study suggests. The study followed nearly 90,000 women for over a decade in the Nurses’ Health Study. The risk of suicide was five...

  • How to get children to eat more vegetables

    How to get children to eat more vegetables

    It is not always easy for parents to get junk food-craving offspring excited about vegetables. For many kids, a packet of crisps seems more enticing than carrot sticks, and broccoli is often left uneaten. But a new study published in the journal...

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