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Health & Fitness

  • High-profile Italian launch

    High-profile Italian launch

    Mente, an innovative system for children with autism developed by Maltese company AAT, was officially launched in Italy by the Italian Red Cross CRI – Rome and Consorzio Promosalute, Mente distributors for Italy. The launch took the form of a...

  • Finding your comfort zone

    Finding your comfort zone

    It’s Monday, you have a series of conference calls lined up and a weekend’s worth of e-mails waiting for your attention. But don’t get frazzled because relaxing can be as easy as counting to 10. 1: My tea is green Green tea is a source of various...

  • To sleep, perchance

    To sleep, perchance

    Sleep apnoea occurs when the walls of the throat come together during sleep, blocking off the upper airway. Breathing stops for a period of time which can be from about a few seconds but can be as long as one minute. This sends a signal to the...

  • Best foot forward

    Best foot forward

    Our feet are one of most important parts of our body. Some people spend as much as 80 per cent of their waking hours on their feet. The condition of our feet is important to our physical and emotional well-being. Painful feet can affect our...

  • Aerobic exercise seems to curb asthma severity and improves quality of life

    Aerobic exercise seems to curb asthma severity and improves quality of life

    Aerobic exercise seems to curb the severity of asthma symptoms and improves quality of life, finds a small study published online in the BMJ journal Thorax. It should be routinely added to the drug treatment of moderate to severe asthma, suggest...

  • Nearly half of Hispanics with high cholesterol don’t realise it

    Nearly half of Hispanic adults with high cholesterol are unaware they have the condition, and only a third of them get treatment, a US study finds. Researchers reviewed data on more than 16,000 Hispanic adults aged 18 to 74 and found that younger...

  • UK doctors seek helium balloons ban

    Doctors will campaign for an end to the “frivolous” use of helium in party balloons as they fear a shortage of the non-renewable gas could jeopardise its vital use in medical equipment. Anaesthetist Tom Dolphin said using helium in balloons was a...

  • Young men urged to freeze sperm

    Young men urged to freeze sperm

    Younger men should consider freezing their sperm to avoid their children suffering genetic disorders if they choose to have them later in life, according to an expert. Freezing eggs from women planning families when they are older is not unusual,...

  • Essential vitamin linked to acne

    Essential vitamin linked to acne

    Vitamin B12 may be an underlying cause of acne, new research has shown. The essential nutrient, found in meat, fish, eggs and dairy products, alters the activity skin bacteria leading to unsightly spots and pimples in susceptible individuals,...

  • Saliva test hope for mouth cancers

    Saliva test hope for mouth cancers

    Saliva tests may provide a new way of diagnosing mouth cancers, new research has shown. Scientists found that it was possible to measure DNA shed by head and neck tumours in both saliva and blood. Lead researcher Nishant Agrawal, from Johns...

  • Glowing coral may help cancer fight

    Glowing coral may help cancer fight

    Coral which glows with a rainbow of colours despite being found in deep water reefs could be used to help trace cancer cells, according to scientists. Experts discovered the coral in the Red Sea and they believe the pigments which create the...

  • Man-made red blood cells trial plan

    Man-made red blood cells trial plan

    Man-made red blood cells are set to be transfused into humans within two years, it has been announced. NHS Blood and Transplant said laboratory-produced red blood cells will be used in clinical trials in humans by 2017. Nick Watkins, NHS Blood and...

  • Gender of parents does not affect children – experts

    Gender of parents does not affect children – experts

    Scientists agree that children raised by same-sex couples are no worse off than children raised by parents of the opposite sex, according to a study co-authored by a University of Oregon professor. The research, which looked at 19,000 studies and...

  • Gut microbe may be key to metabolic health and leanness in overweight/obesity

    Gut microbe may be key to metabolic health and leanness in overweight/obesity

    The gut microbe Akkermansia muciniphila may hold the key to better metabolic health and healthier body fat distribution in people who are overweight or obese, reveals a small study published online in the journal Gut. The microbe seems to be...

  • Traffic noise ‘could shorten life’

    Traffic noise ‘could shorten life’

    Traffic noise is more than a sleep-disturbing nuisance – it can shorten your life, new research suggests. Researchers found an association between long-term exposure to the roar of road traffic and death rate, as well as the risk of stroke. People...

  • Plugging the tear ducts helps some with dry eyes

    Plugging the tear ducts helps some with dry eyes

    Tiny plugs inserted into the tear duct may safely curb the annoying and damaging effects of dry eyes, according to an analysis of previous research. “Plugs are generally well tolerated,” said Marcus Marcet, an ophthalmologist at the University of...

  • Medical marijuana: good evidence for some diseases, weak for others

    Medical marijuana: good evidence for some diseases, weak for others

    Moderate- or high-quality evidence supports the use of marijuana for some medical conditions, but not for others, according to a fresh review of past research. After reviewing 80 randomised trials that included nearly 6,500 people, researchers...

  • Climate change turning into ‘medical emergency’

    Climate change turning into ‘medical emergency’

    The threat to human health from climate change is so great that it could undermine the last 50 years of gains in development and global health, experts warned yesterday. Extreme weather events such as floods and heatwaves bring rising risks of...

  • Fungal furore for beer drinkers

    Fungal furore for beer drinkers

    Big beer drinkers who down as much as two pints a day may be exposing themselves to harmful levels of fungal toxins, a study has found. Researchers analysed the amounts of mycotoxins produced by microscopic fungi in 154 brands of beer sold in...

  • WHO finds herbicide to be ‘possibly carcinogenic’

    A widely used farm chemical that is a key ingredient in a new herbicide developed by Dow AgroSciences “possibly” causes cancer in humans, a World Health Organisation research unit has determined. The classification of the weed killer,...

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