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Health & Fitness

  • Scientists offer diabetes cure hope

    A diabetes cure could be in sight after scientists transformed ordinary skin cells into pancreatic cells producing insulin. Scientists used a step-by-step technique to reprogramme skin cells called fibroblasts taken from mice. At the end of the...

  • Green fuel ‘costly and harmful’

    A new “green” fuel to be introduced in the UK to meet EU regulations could be costly and harmful, according to tests carried out by What Car? magazine. The E10 fuel, which contains 10 per cent bio-ethanol, was less efficient than the current E5...

  • App aids cancer researchers

    Smartphone users will be able to help scientists beat cancer using the world’s first app designed to unravel genetic data. ‘Citizen scientists’ will be able to play the space-based game to help highlight flaws in the genetic make-up of cancer...

  • New bird flu kills first victim

    A new and potentially deadly form of bird flu has claimed its first confirmed human life. Tests revealed that a previously-unknown sub-strain of the H10N8 virus killed a woman who was admitted to hospital in China with fever and pneumonia. The...

  • Shivering ‘can help with slimming'

    Shivering with cold may be as effective as exercise at helping us stay slim, new research suggests. Both produce hormones that stimulate the creation of calorie-burning ‘brown fat’, a study has shown. Once thought only to be present in babies,...

  • Cancer rising at ‘alarming pace’

    Governments must make better use of vaccines and preventative public health policies in the fight against cancer as treatment alone cannot stem the disease, a World Health Organisation (WHO) agency said. The WHO’s International Agency for Research...

  • Sugar raises heart attack risk

    Consuming too many sugary sweets, desserts and drinks can triple your chances of dying from heart disease, a study has shown. Scientists in the US found a striking association between the proportion of daily calories supplied by sugar-laden foods...

  • Caution urged in use of vitamins

    Two of the most popular vitamin pills can blunt the metabolic response of muscles to fitness training, a study has shown. The findings raise concerns about the effects of C and E supplements, taken by many thousands of people daily. Tests on...

  • Contraceptive pill ‘doubles risk of blood clots’

    British women who take the most popular contraceptive pills are being warned they risk potentially life-threatening blood clots. All GPs in the UK have been ordered to warn patients that they are almost twice as likely to develop blood clots if...

  • Can Botox affect your emotions?

    Botox, short for botulinum toxin, is just one of several brands that are available to those who wish to be injected every three to six months to reduce the appearance of wrinkles. These injections smoothen wrinkles by paralysing the underlying...

  • Homeopathy’s role in self-healing

    Marika Tabone speaks to Lilian Van Eyken, a Dutch homeopath with over 30 years of experience, to gain more insight into this branch of medicine. Homeopathy was discovered by physician Dr Samuel Hahnemann in Germany in the late 18th century, when...

  • Premature birth ‘hikes asthma risk’

    Being born prematurely can triple a baby’s risk of developing childhood asthma, new research has shown. The link between pre-term birth and asthma, or wheezing conditions, is higher than was previously thought, a study suggests. Asthma is already...

  • Larger than life

    As the sun escapes over the horizon, taking with it the escaping day, the rain-soaked leaves rustle in the fresh winter wind and the moon rises to the east, beginning its evening waltz with the stars. The forces of natural movement, from the...

  • Passion for vodka blamed for Russian early death rate

    A quarter of all Russian men die before they reach their mid-50s and their passion for alcohol – particularly vodka – is largely to blame, according to research published yesterday. A study of more than 150,000 people found extraordinarily high...

  • Inactivity has become a pandemic in the UK

    A “pandemic” of inactivity in poor areas of England is leading to premature deaths, a report has warned. Thirteen of the top 15 localities where people are the most inactive also sit in some of the most deprived parts of the country, said experts...

  • Running ‘cuts junk food cravings’

    Running can help cut cravings for unhealthy foods such as pizzas, burgers and doughnuts, a study has found. Nutritionists at the University of Aberdeen used brain imaging to discover a new link between exercise and appetite. Participants in the...

  • Oily fish ‘can increase brain size’

    Eating more oily fish can increase brain size in later life and may help prevent age-related mental decline, a study has found. People with higher levels of omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oil preserve bigger brains as they age, the research shows.

  • Caffeine could help boost memory

    A double espresso shot after swotting for an exam might help to jog those elusive memories, new research suggests. Scientists have found the first clear evidence of caffeine’s memory-boosting effect, and shown that it lasts at least 24...

  • New childhood cancer trial launched

    Scientists have launched a new trial with the hope of treating a rare but deadly childhood cancer. Neuroblastoma develops from nerve cells. The cancer usually starts in the child’s abdomen and can spread to other areas such as the bones, liver and...

  • Childless couples have happier marriages

    Couples without children have happier marriages, according to one of the biggest studies ever of relationships in the UK. Childless men and women are more satisfied with their relationships and more likely to feel valued by their partner, the...

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