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Health & Fitness

  • Balance at any age

    Balance at any age

    As we grow older, our balance becomes poor. It takes a child six years to be able to balance on one leg for up to 10 seconds, hop on one foot, albeit clumsily, or learn how to ride a bicycle without training wheels. It takes longer to master...

  • Zika spreads to Miami Beach, US expands travel warning

    Zika spreads to Miami Beach, US expands travel warning

    Federal health officials warned pregnant women not to travel to Miami Beach after Florida confirmed that the mosquito-borne Zika virus was active in the popular tourist destination. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also suggested...

  • Thinking of yourself as 'old' is more likely to make you so

    Thinking of yourself as 'old' is more likely to make you so

    The older that seniors feel relative to their actual age, the greater their odds of cognitive decline in the coming years, a recent study has found. Among nearly 6,000 US seniors followed for two to four years, those who felt older than their...

  • Britain seeks to fight the fat with soft drinks sugar levy

    Britain seeks to fight the fat with soft drinks sugar levy

    The British Medical Association, however, has expressed disappointment that the government has failed to introduce a ban on junk food advertising Britain yesterday launched a strategy aimed at curbing childhood obesity by taxing companies which...

  • Calcium supplements ‘raise post-stroke dementia risk for women’

    Calcium supplements dramatically raise the risk of dementia in women who have suffered a stroke, a study has found. The pills, taken by thousands of women to stave off osteoporosis after menopause, were linked to a sevenfold increase in the...

  • WHO appoints former NY mayor Bloomberg as global health ambassador

    The World Health Organisation (WHO) on Wednesday appointed the philanthropist and former mayor of New York Michael Bloomberg as a global health ambassador to help governments tackle chronic diseases such as diabetes, stroke, cancer and heart...

  • Britain launches soft drinks sugar tax to fight obesity

    Britain launches soft drinks sugar tax to fight obesity

    Britain said today it would tax companies which sell sugary soft drinks and invest that money in health programs for school children, part of a long-awaited strategy to curb childhood obesity that critics say is too weak.  Drinks companies were...

  • Battling the bulge - Malta has the worst obesity rate in the EU

    Battling the bulge - Malta has the worst obesity rate in the EU

    According to the World Health Organisation, Malta currently has the worst obesity and overweight rates in the EU and ranks third in the whole of Europe. What will tip the scales to healthier weight? asks Ronald Cassar. Some see obesity as the...

  • More evidence trampoline parks are dangerous places for kids

    More evidence trampoline parks are dangerous places for kids

    Trampoline parks may be a lot of fun for kids, but a new study of injuries from one hospital in Australia adds to growing evidence suggesting these facilities can also be dangerous for children. The hospital is located just about three and a half...

  • Yellow fever outbreak could spread to Europe

    Yellow fever outbreak could spread to Europe

    Massive vaccination campaign expected to get under way today as charity warns that the largest epidemic of disease to hit central Africa in 30 years may go global A deadly virus sweeping across parts of Africa in the largest epidemic for decades...

  • Parents’ lifespans linked to chances of their offspring reaching old age

    A mother or father’s lifespan has a direct bearing on the chances of their children reaching a ripe old age, research has shown. For every decade at least one parent lives from the age of 70 onwards, the likelihood of dying prematurely is reduced...

  • Heart groups suggests people get up every now and then

    Heart groups suggests people get up every now and then

    People should get about 30 minutes of exercise each day to counteract the potentially harmful effects of being inactive for too long, according to a new statement from a leading US heart group. Research suggests inactivity may be linked to...

  • An Italian MP wants to criminalise raising children as vegans

    An Italian MP wants to criminalise raising children as vegans

    If parliamentarian Elvira Savino has her way, Italian parents who insist on a vegan diet for their children will risk up to four years in jail. Savino, from the conservative Forza Italia party, has put forward a law that would hold parents legally...

  • Trying to quit smoking? Try moving further away from the tobacconist

    Trying to quit smoking? Try moving further away from the tobacconist

    Having to walk further from home to get to a tobacco shop increases the odds that smokers will quit, according to a large study in Finland. Researchers found that every 500-metre increase in distance to the nearest tobacco shop increased an...

  • Solutions to ease back pain

    Solutions to ease back pain

    Last week we looked at two new solutions for helping, and in some cases, solving back pain. They were the Egoscue and Gokhale methods. Today we are going to look at foundation training, created by American chiropractor Eric Goodman. Foundation...

  • Good foundation is crucial to any sport

    Good foundation is crucial to any sport

    With the Olympics in full swing, random channel-surfing may accidentally hook you onto some interesting new sport you never thought might tickle your fancy. This time round I’m loving the fencing. While many sports involve more apparent...

  • Polio resurfaces in Nigeria, and it's Boko Haram's fault

    Polio resurfaces in Nigeria, and it's Boko Haram's fault

    Two children living in areas of Nigeria controlled by terrorist group Boko Haram have been paralysed by polio, the World Health Organisation has said.  The infections represent a big setback for the WHO, which had previously thought it had managed...

  • Wake-up call as tobacco use is 'linked' to most fatal form of stroke

    Wake-up call as tobacco use is 'linked' to most fatal form of stroke

    A possible link between a deadly form of stroke and smoking has been discovered by scientists. Researchers in Finland found a sharp drop in the number of people who suffered a subarachnoid haemorrhage - the most fatal form of stroke - occurred in...

  • South Korea looks to generate buzz for edible insects

    South Korea looks to generate buzz for edible insects

    Bae Su-Hyeon's lunch of sweet potato soup and funghi pasta has bugs in it. They're part of the recipe. "It didn't feel like eating insects," says Bae, an 18-year-old student having lunch with a friend at Papillon's Kitchen, a Seoul restaurant...

  • Paralysed patients ‘walk again’

    Paralysed patients ‘walk again’

    ‘Surprising’ clinical results show people with spinal cord injuries have some sensations in legs and muscle control after virtual reality system training Eight people who have been paralysed for years from spinal cord injuries have regained some...

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