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Health & Fitness

  • Ebola danger ‘far from over’

    Ebola danger ‘far from over’

    It’s been a year since the deadliest outbreak of Ebola was confirmed and health experts and charities have warned the danger is far from over. More than 10,000 have died and at least 24,000 have been infected since the epidemic broke out in Guinea...

  • Scans show smoking impact on babies

    Scans show smoking impact on babies

    The harmful effects of smoking during pregnancy on unborn babies may be seen in tiny movements in their faces using 4D ultrasound scans, research has found. Pregnant women have long been urged to give up cigarettes because they heighten the risk...

  • Hope for bowel cancer treatments

    Hope for bowel cancer treatments

    A link between genetic mutations in bowel tumours and the immune system raises the prospect of improved personalised treatments, according to a new study. Scientists found that certain genetic changes in bowel cancer are more likely than others to...

  • A new look at arthritis

    A new look at arthritis

    I am sure many of us know someone with arthritis, we probably have it ourselves. Arthritis is a common, chronic disease that results in inflammation of the joints, particularly the lining of the joint capsules. It affects over 10 million people in...

  • WHO urges mass vaccination against measles, other diseases in Ebola areas

    WHO urges mass vaccination against measles, other diseases in Ebola areas

    The World Health Organisation warned last Friday of a risk of outbreaks of measles, whooping cough and other diseases in West African countries hit by Ebola and urged a rapid intensification of routine immunisations. The Ebola epidemic has killed...

  • New cholesterol drugs cut heart risk, but doubts remain

    Studies of a new class of experimental cholesterol-lowering drugs signal that they can reduce by half the risk of heart attack and other major cardiovascular problems compared to standard treatment alone. Doctors at the annual meeting of the...

  • Impact of hand symmetry studied

    Children with matching pairs of hands are quicker-witted than those who are less symmetrical, research has shown. They are able to react faster in mental tests, even after accounting for age and gender differences, scientists found. The findings...

  • Mother’s smoking may affect girls’ lifetime reproductive health

    Girls whose mothers smoked while pregnant entered puberty at a younger age in a new Australian study. Since early menstruation is linked to higher risk of uterine, endometrial and breast cancers later in life, the researchers say that maternal...

  • Alzheimer’s drug slows mental decline in early study

    An experimental drug from Biogen Idec became the first Alzheimer’s treatment to significantly slow cognitive decline and reduce what is believed to be brain-destroying plaque in patients with early and mild forms of the disease, according to a...

  • 30,000 ‘live with prostate cancer’ in the UK

    30,000 ‘live with prostate cancer’ in the UK

    More than 30,000 men in the UK are living with advanced and incurable prostate cancer, according to a report. The figure is higher than its equivalent for any of the other four most common cancers and a third greater than estimates for breast and...

  • Breastfeeding ‘boosts IQ’

    Breastfeeding ‘boosts IQ’

    Children who are breastfed for longer go on to become more intelligent, educated and successful adults, a study has found. Researchers analysed breastfeeding data on almost 3,500 babies who were given IQ tests when they reached the age of 30 and...

  • TB and superbug strains ‘ravaging’ Europe – WHO

    As many as 1,000 people a day in Europe contract tuberculosis, and slow progress against the disease, coupled with rising drug resistance, mean the region is unlikely to defeat it until next century, health officials said. At current rates, the...

  • People with Down syndrome must enjoy full and equal rights

    People with Down syndrome must enjoy full and equal rights

    People with Down syndrome, on an equal basis with other people, must be able to enjoy full and equal rights, both as children and adults with ‘opportunities’ and ‘choices’, the Inspire Foundation and Down Syndrome International said in a joint...

  • No Guinness for Kate on St Patrick's Day

    No Guinness for Kate on St Patrick's Day

    It's a tradition going back to 1901 when St Patrick's Day Shamrocks were first presented to the Irish Guards by Queen Alexandra. Since then, the job has been handed down through the Royal family and now, it's Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge who has...

  • Could world become smoke-free by 2040?

    Could world become smoke-free by 2040?

    A world virtually free of tobacco and its devastating health consequences could be a reality within 30 years if governments showed political will and took stronger action against cigarette companies, health experts said. The international group of...

  • Chemical exposure in Syria tied to miscarriages and birth defects

    Chemical exposure in Syria tied to miscarriages and birth defects

    Pregnant women exposed to chemical weapons during the August 2013 attack in Syria were much more likely to miscarry or deliver prematurely, findings show. The study also found a high rate of serious birth defects among babies whose mothers had...

  • Maltese doctor in first IVF cycles at Mater Dei

    Maltese doctor in first IVF cycles at Mater Dei

    Assisted reproductive technology has been making headline news ever since the first test-tube baby, Louise Brown, was born in the UK in 1979. In-vitro fertilisation (IVF) has been hotly debated in our country, leading to the enacting of the...

  • Know your sugars

    Know your sugars

    ‘Sugar’ is a description that can apply to many different foods. Along with fats and salt, it is a food group to avoid if we want to stay healthy. However, sugar can be a misunderstood group (as can the other two), in that our body needs some...

  • Keeping a training diary

    Keeping a training diary

    “Dear diary, today I went to the gym and had a great workout. Rob the receptionist seemed to be in a good mood and complimented me on my new shirt as I entered. Luke and Sarah were there. Sarah is still trying to tone up but the stressful...

  • When you eat is 'key to heart health'

    When you eat is 'key to heart health'

    When you eat may be as important for heart health as what you eat, research suggests. Scientists found that fruit flies fed for 12 hours a day slept better, gained less weight and had much healthier circulatory systems than those allowed to eat at...

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