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  • Walking linked to improved cognitive function

    Walking linked to improved cognitive function

    A moderate-intensity walking regimen may improve cognitive function in adults with mild vascular cognitive impairment, a small study suggests. Participants with vascular cognitive impairment who walked three hours per week for six months had...

  • Diesel fumes lead to unreported deaths

    Diesel fumes lead to unreported deaths

    Excess emissions of nitrogen oxide exhaust gases linked to 38,000 premature deaths worldwide due to damage to lung tissue and by aggravating lung diseases Diesel driven cars, lorries and buses churn out far more air pollution than standard testing...

  • Potential cancer cure found in breast milk

    Potential cancer cure found in breast milk

    New research has found that a mother's breast milk may hold a compound which functions as an effective and targeted means of abolishing cancerous tumour cells, according to The Independent.  The numerous health benefits of breast milk have long...

  • Why an eye test is important

    Why an eye test is important

    Eyes are said to be the ‘window to the soul’ but they can also offer insight into our health. In fact, an examination by an optometrist could reveal anything, from cataract to diabetes, glaucoma and high blood pressure. Eye examinations are not...

  • Women using long-acting contraception less likely to use condoms

    Women using long-acting contraception less likely to use condoms

    College women using long-acting reversible contraception (LARC) may be less likely to get pregnant but more vulnerable to sexually transmitted disease compared to peers not on LARCs, a US study found. Among sexually active women, those who used...

  • Social smoking may still be tied to heart problems

    Social smoking may still be tied to heart problems

    Social smokers who only light up on special occasions may have some of the same risks for heart disease as people with a daily cigarette habit, a US study suggests. For the study, researchers examined data on smoking habits, cholesterol levels and...

  • Sushi-lovers warned of rise in parasitic infections linked to eating raw fish

    Sushi-lovers warned of rise in parasitic infections linked to eating raw fish

    Sushi-lovers are being warned of the dangers of ingesting parasites from raw and undercooked fish. Doctors said the growing popularity of sushi in the West is linked to a rise in parasitic infections. Not all sushi contains raw fish, much of it is...

  • Cracking, popping joints may foretell arthritis

    Cracking, popping joints may foretell arthritis

    Grating, cracking or popping sounds around joints may predict future arthritis, especially in the knees, according to a recent US study. Among thousands of people with no knee pain who were followed for three years, one quarter had noisy knees yet...

  • 'Near-normal' life expectancy for young HIV patients

    'Near-normal' life expectancy for young HIV patients

    Doctors have praised the "tremendous medical achievement" which means young people with HIV can now expect a near-normal life expectancy. A study in The Lancet HIV medical journal found that advances in antiretroviral drugs now give young people...

  • Looking to cut back on salt? Study says don't start with the shaker

    Looking to cut back on salt? Study says don't start with the shaker

    If you want to cut back on the amount of sodium in your diet, you need to do more than stop reaching for the salt shaker, according to a new study. In the US, only a small fraction of sodium in most people's diets comes from salt added at the...

  • Regular use of common painkillers could increase heart attack risk

    Regular use of common painkillers could increase heart attack risk

    Regularly taking common painkillers could put people at a heightened risk of heart attack, new research has found. Experts have drawn a link between taking non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), which are used to treat pain and...

  • 'Western diet' could increase risk of gout, study says

    'Western diet' could increase risk of gout, study says

    A "Western diet" is associated with a higher risk of gout, a new study has found. Researchers discovered that people are more likely to have the painful condition if they indulge in a so-called "Western diet", which includes a higher intake of red...

  • Parallel lines may be the cause of your migraine

    Parallel lines may be the cause of your migraine

    From stripey sofas to brutalist buildings, patterns of parallel lines found everywhere could be bringing misery to millions of headache sufferers, according to scientists. While the link between flashing lights and certain forms of epilepsy is...

  • Do you sweat too much?

    Do you sweat too much?

    Hyperhidrosis, or excessive sweating, is quite a common condition which is often underestimated by both medical professionals and patients alike. In studies carried abroad, sufferers find it difficult to present such a condition to their family...

  • When the skin loses colour

    When the skin loses colour

    Vitiligo is a rare condition which can cause significant psychological stress among sufferers. However, dermatologist Lawrence Scerri tells Stephanie Fsadni that it’s not contagious and any stigma should be eradicated. The physical appearance of...

  • More vapers are quitting smoking, survey shows

    More vapers are quitting smoking, survey shows

    More than half of the nearly-three million people in Great Britain who vape are ex-smokers, a new survey suggests. For the first time, more than half of the current 2.9 million e-cigarette users have since given up smoking, Action on Smoking...

  • Good heart health extends the ‘golden years’

    Good heart health extends the ‘golden years’

    People with better cardiovascular health during young adulthood and middle age end up living longer and spending fewer years later in life with any kind of chronic disease and save money on health care, according to new research. “As our...

  • Coeliac disease and quality of life

    Coeliac disease and quality of life

    Coeliac disease is a chronic condition with an impact on several aspects of the person’s quality of life, Carolina Ciacci, professor of gastroenterology from the University of Salerno, Italy told The Sunday Times of Malta. “The psychological...

  • Runners battling infections less likely to finish race

    Runners battling infections less likely to finish race

    Light, localised illnesses like a runny nose may not affect distance runners’ performance, but racing within days of an acute, systemic infection raises the odds of never finishing, researchers say. Typically, less than half of runners who have...

  • Gluten-free might harm heart health

    Gluten-free might harm heart health

    People who do not have conditions like coeliac disease tend to adopt gluten-free diets because of perceived overall health benefits but a new study says cutting gluten from diets certainly will not benefit heart health. Researchers found that...

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