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Health & Fitness

  • The answer to Christmas stress

    The answer to Christmas stress

    Just like most events in our modern life, Christmas brings stress and anxiety. It can be the end-of-year crescendo of overstimulation, which can trigger feelings of agitation and a desperate need to withdraw. For those who require lots of space in...

  • All sports have physical gifts

    All sports have physical gifts

    We fairly often comment on the relatively happy marriage that exists between the world of exercise for health and leisure and the world of competitive sport. Traditional thinking reveals differences between the two, one of the most dramatic being...

  • 600m people fall ill from contaminated food yearly – WHO

    600m people fall ill from contaminated food yearly – WHO

    At least 600 million people, or one in 10 worldwide, fall ill from contaminated food each year and 420,000 die, many of them young children, the World Health Organisation said yesterday. Giving its first global estimates of preventable food-borne...

  • Countries suspend French poultry imports after new bird flu outbreak

    Eight countries, including Japan and Morocco, have suspended imports of French poultry after the deadly H5N1 bird flu virus was detected in southwestern France, home to many foie gras and poultry producers, the agriculture ministry said. The...

  • The fight against Aids continues

    The fight against Aids continues

    Despite major advances, HIV/Aids remains one of the world’s most significant public health challenges, particularly in low- and middle-income countries, with new diagnoses every year and young women in sub-Saharan Africa seen as being particularly...

  • Chemo, immunotherapy ‘may knock out deadly breast cancer’

    Chemo, immunotherapy ‘may knock out deadly breast cancer’

    Pairing chemo and immunotherapy can deliver a double-whammy punch that knocks out deadly drug-resistant breast cancer, research has shown. Scientists who tested the approach on mice found that animals remained cancer-free even after they were...

  • ‘Skunk weed’ cannabis ‘significantly damages vital nerve fibres in brain’

    ‘Skunk weed’ cannabis ‘significantly damages vital nerve fibres in brain’

    Powerful ‘skunk weed’ cannabis causes significant damage to vital nerve fibres linking the two halves of the brain, a study has found. The damage occurs in the corpus callosum, the structure that allows communication between the brain’s left and...

  • Changing your lifestyle can help relieve chronic digestive disorders

    Changing your lifestyle can help relieve chronic digestive disorders

    Gastroesophageal reflux disease (Gerd) is a condition in which the liquid contents of the stomach regurgitate back into the oesophagus, typically as a result of an abnormal lower oesophageal spinchter relaxation or delayed gastric emptying. Since...

  • New disability studies course

    The Inspire Foundation is offering a MQF Level 4 course for educators, LSAs, teachers, parents, carers, job coaches and anyone in contact with children, adolescents and adults with disabilities. The course is aimed at providing the learner with...

  • Useful tips for a longer life

    We are always looking for tips to keep us healthy and live longer. Here are seven ways to do so, which can easily be absorbed into anyone’s lifestyle: 1. Keeping your bedroom cool. Apparently, Dutch, Australian and American researchers have...

  • Am I a beginner or advanced?

    Am I a beginner or advanced?

    I was reading an interesting article about a gym training system some weeks ago. The advice it contained was organised according to beginner, intermediate and advanced levels, and getting the most out of it required readers to classify themselves...

  • Internet porn ‘helps feed sex addiction’

    Internet porn ‘helps feed sex addiction’

    Internet porn offering a seemingly endless choice of sexual images may be fueling sex addiction, say researchers. A study found that sex addicts are more driven to seek out new sexual images than other individuals. While there is no suggestion...

  • Mosquito with malaria- blocking genes

    Scientists aiming to take the bite out of malaria have produced a strain of mosquitoes carrying genes that block its transmission, with the idea that they could breed with other members of their species in the wild and produce offspring that...

  • Almost 16m on HIV treatment as Aids pandemic tide turns

    Almost 16m on HIV treatment as Aids pandemic tide turns

    Some 15.8 million people are now on HIV treatment and a five-year strategy to end the threat of a never-ending Aids pandemic is starting to show results, the United Nations Aids programme said yesterday. Estimates show new HIV infections have...

  • WHO condemned over poor response to Ebola outbreak

    WHO condemned over poor response to Ebola outbreak

    The World Health Organisation’s failure to sound the alarm until months into West Africa’s Ebola outbreak was an “egregious failure” which added to the enormous suffering and death toll, global health experts said yesterday. A specialist panel...

  • ‘Turn the volume down!’ Hearing loss is said to rise

    ‘Turn the volume down!’ Hearing loss is said to rise

    More than 15 million people in the UK will suffer hearing loss by 2035 as numbers rise dramatically, a new report has found. Data from the charity Action on Hearing Loss shows there are now 11 million people (one in six) in the UK living with...

  • Up to one billion risk blindness by 2050

    Up to one billion risk blindness by 2050

    Up to a billion people could be at risk of blindness by the middle of the century if an emerging short-sightedness (myopia) epidemic is ignored, say researchers at the Brien Holden Vision Institute. They predict that half the world’s population...

  • Acupuncture can lower pressure

    Acupuncture can lower pressure

    There is one rule in the bedroom – no televisions, laptops or mobile phones. They are well known for interrupting your sleep patterns. Teenagers are especially sensitive to light. The glare from tablets and smartphones could be keeping them awake...

  • Traversing the dusty path... inspiration from a Persian cat

    It’s been a traumatic time of late for little Dusty. Only several months ago, the blanket, scratching pole and litter tray would always be just where he expected them to be – under the shade of the book cabinet surveying the main stairwell and...

  • Tablets to help children with social skills

    Tablets to help children with social skills

    A number of children with autism will have the opportunity to enhance their development and social skills thanks to a number of tablets presented by Vassallo Group of Companies to the Autism Parents Association at the group’s training and...

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