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Health & Fitness

  • Using your smartphone in the gym

    When mobile phones first came on the scene, fitness professionals were appalled to see gym members pedalling away on exercise bikes and other machines sending text messages, chatting endlessly between sets and leaving expensive little devices on...

  • Exercise benefits for elderly men

    Exercise benefits for elderly men

    Regular exercise has equal health benefits to quitting smoking in elderly men, research has found. A study carried out in Norway found that carrying out half an hour of exercise six times a week was linked to a 40 per cent lower risk of death in...

  • 'Health risk' for single mothers

    Single mothers in England were found to be more likely to suffer poor health later on in life in an international study of women over 50. Researchers compared more than 25,000 women in England, the US and 13 European countries, to see if single...

  • Two leading sun creams fail tests in the UK

    Two leading sun creams fail tests in the UK

    Two sun creams from leading brands are failing to provide the protection they claim, according to tests by a consumer watchdog in the UK. Boots Soltan Protect & Moisturise Lotion SPF30 (200ml) and Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration Lotion SPF30...

  • Under 40s 'pull more sickies'

    Younger people are twice as likely to call in sick and nearly four times as likely to fake an illness for a day off work, research in the UKhas found. While just under half (44 per cent) of those aged 20 to 39 admitted lying to their boss and...

  • Shaking hands ‘detects death risks’

    Shaking hands ‘detects death risks’

    Shaking hands with your doctor could help to detect if you are at risk of dying from heart failure or stroke, new research has suggested. Checking the firmness of a handshake is better than checking a patient’s blood pressure, the study published...

  • Summer a healthier time

    Summer a healthier time

    Many people have experienced the winter blues − but now scientists have found evidence that we really might be healthier during the summer. Scientists have known for some time that various diseases are more common depending on the time of year.

  • Psychiatric drugs ‘cause more harm’

    Psychiatric drugs ‘cause more harm’

    People should stop taking antidepressants and drugs for dementia and ADHD, as their benefits are exaggerated and they would be healthier in the long-term without them, a leading professor has suggested. Peter Gotzsche said psychiatric drugs are...

  • Oestrogen link to male cancer

    Oestrogen link to male cancer

    Men with naturally high levels of the female hormone oestrogen are at greater risk of male breast cancer, a study has found. Researchers found that men with the highest levels were two-and-a-half times more likely to develop the disease than those...

  • Med diet could ‘improve memory’

    Med diet could ‘improve memory’

    A Mediterranean diet with additional olive oil or nuts may improve thinking and memory in older adults, research suggests. Scientists looked at the effects of different kinds of diet in 334 men and women whose average age was around 67. Compared...

  • Smartphones can detect eye tumour

    Smartphones can detect eye tumour

    They have become a part of everyday life with an app available for pretty much everything − and now a bold, new advertising campaign is claiming smartphones can detect cancer. The UK’s Childhood Eye Cancer Trust (CHECT) is highlighting how the...

  • Short-sightedness is on the increase

    The number of people suffering from short-sightedness is increasing across Europe, with a study finding the problem to be nearly twice as common in those aged between 25 and 29 as from 55 to 59. Research carried out by King’s College London found...

  • Measles vaccine thwarts other infectious diseases

    Measles vaccine thwarts other infectious diseases

    The measles vaccine provides benefits beyond merely protecting against that highly contagious viral respiratory disease that remains a leading childhood killer in parts of the world, scientists say. By blocking the measles infection, the vaccine...

  • WHO adds hepatitis C drugs to essential list

    The World Health Organisation (WHO) has added new curative treatments for hepatitis C to its essential medicines list, but the UN agency said prices needed to fall to make them accessible to patients in poorer countries. The treatment of hepatitis...

  • Nutrition advice for children

    Nutrition advice for children

    It never ceases to amaze me when parents are prepared to regularly give children chicken nuggets, pizzas and other fast food without thinking about it. I am very aware (before you start shouting at me) that some children refuse to eat anything...

  • The final frontier of fat

    The final frontier of fat

    Our title may sound a little too much like an epic movie saga, but today’s topic is no less dramatic for those it concerns. Have you already lost weight but seem to find it harder and harder the more you lose? Do not fear for you are far from alone.

  • Commute by bike ‘to lose weight’

    Commute by bike ‘to lose weight’

    People who switched from driving to work to using public transport, cycling or walking instead lost significant amounts of weight, a study in England has found. Research led by the University of East Anglia saw 4,000 participants describe their...

  • Vitamin D aids weight loss - study

    Vitamin D aids weight loss - study

    Taking vitamin D supplements has been found to aid weight loss in obese and overweight people who are deficient in the vitamin, research has found. Previous studies have shown that vitamin D deficiency is associated with developing obesity and the...

  • Ingredients to beautiful, healthy skin

    Ingredients to beautiful, healthy skin

    Medical student Erika Babatunde takes a look at the ingredients found in skincare products that can boost the health and appearance of our skin. The average person uses many different skincare products every day. However, many are not fully aware...

  • Acne may be a cause of angst for many teens

    Acne may be a cause of angst for many teens

    Acne may not only leave scars but affect teenagers psychologically, especially as regards self-esteem. Claire Caruana learns from psychotherapist Mariella Dimech how important it is for parents to understand and communicate with their children if...

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