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Health & Fitness

  • Know your fats and carbs

    Know your fats and carbs

    The idea that saturated fats cause heart disease was promoted by Ancel Keys, a researcher at the University of Minnesota. It started to change public health policies after Keys published his famed Seven Countries Study in 1970, which suggested...

  • Think of your body as one unit

    Probably one of the most useful pieces of advice I’ve ever received in sport and exercise is to consider the body as one unit. We often tend to break it up into constituent parts, focusing on specific muscles or segments when carrying out...

  • Children identify problems with psychiatric healthcare

    Children identify problems with psychiatric healthcare

    Children who make use of mental health services say they are happy with the care received, despite identifying a number of shortcomings in the present system, a report published recently shows. Addressing a mental health conference organised by...

  • Fathers get depressed during and after pregnancy, too

    Fathers get depressed during and after pregnancy, too

    Women aren't the only ones who may feel depressed when welcoming a newborn- a new study from New Zealand finds that some men also experience depressive symptoms during and after their female partners' pregnancies. In the study of almost 4,000 men,...

  • Air pollution linked to 2.7 million premature births a year

    Air pollution linked to 2.7 million premature births a year

    Curbing outdoor air pollution may help prevent 2.7 million premature births a year, a condition that threatens children's lives and increases their risk of long-term physical and neurological problems, scientists said on Thursday. Fine particles...

  • Former football stars to donate brains for head injury research

    Former football stars to donate brains for head injury research

    World Cup winner George Cohen and former Manchester United star Pat Crerand have pledged to donate their brains to science after research tentatively linked heading the ball with dementia. The British sporting heroes, both 77, said they wanted to...

  • Weight gain over lifetime can dramatically increase cancer risk, study shows

    Weight gain over lifetime can dramatically increase cancer risk, study shows

    Health experts have urged younger people to try to maintain a healthy weight throughout their lives as stark new figures show that gaining weight over a lifetime can dramatically increase a person's risk of getting certain types of cancer. People...

  • Brain damage in former players fuels football 'heading' fears

    Brain damage in former players fuels football 'heading' fears

    Scientists have found signs of brain damage that could cause dementia in a handful of former football players, fuelling worries about the danger of frequent knocks from heading the ball or colliding with others on the field. The small study was...

  • Smoking during pregnancy could damage child's hearing

    Smoking during pregnancy could damage child's hearing

    Women who smoke during pregnancy and after giving birth may risk damaging the hearing of their children, a study suggests. Nicotine exposure before birth and during breastfeeding can cause a key brain region that processes sound to develop...

  • Later high school start times linked to higher attendance, graduation rates

    Later high school start times linked to higher attendance, graduation rates

    When high schools start at 8.30am or later, attendance rates and graduation rates improve, according to a new study. The study backs previous research that says additional sleep boosts psychological, behavioral and academic benefits for teens. "So...

  • Sugar and cancer ties

    Sugar and cancer ties

    We’ve seen and heard a lot in the media recently about sugar. It is interesting that the focus has shifted from fats. I don’t intend to follow the herd and discuss sugar in the same way. However, I will look at sugar in relation to cancer. Several...

  • Digging deep or staying superficial?

    There are a few distinct ways you could interpret the antonyms ‘superficial’ and ‘deep’. It could be generally regarded as something positive and desirable to be described as someone deep, and perhaps much less so to be described as someone who is...

  • Drowsy drivers often behind fatal crashes

    Drowsy drivers often behind fatal crashes

    In the US alone, more than 6,000 people die in drowsy driving-related motor vehicle crashes each year, a study suggests. Millions of US drivers fall asleep at the wheel each month, and roughly 15 per cent of all fatal crashes involve a drowsy...

  • Mothers of premature babies face increased heart disease risk

    Mothers of premature babies face increased heart disease risk

    Women who have premature babies are more likely than other mothers to develop heart disease later in life, even if they did not have any risk factors for cardiovascular problems before pregnancy, a recent study suggests. Compared to women who...

  • ‘One-way bridge’ to smoking?

    ‘One-way bridge’ to smoking?

    Vaping is a “one-way bridge” to cigarette smoking among teenagers, a US study suggests. A team of researchers wanted to examine whether vaping was a predictor of future cigarette smoking among 17 and 18-year-olds. The study, published in the...

  • GPs urged to look for signs of depression in women who have given birth

    GPs urged to look for signs of depression in women who have given birth

    GPs should ask women who have given birth about their eating and sleeping habits in case they are suffering from depression, new guidance issued in the UK. Women go to their family doctor around six weeks after giving birth for a check-up to see...

  • Training can help surgeons tell patients best and worse scenarios

    Training can help surgeons tell patients best and worse scenarios

    Surgeons who get extra training to sharpen their communication skills may have an easier time explaining best and worst case scenarios to frail elderly patients as part of shared decision making, a small study suggests. For the study, researchers...

  • Ireland to open 'fix room' for heroin users

    Ireland to open 'fix room' for heroin users

    Ireland is to open its first pilot project "fix room" for heroin-users to inject under medical supervision. The location of the unit in Dublin city centre has yet to be decided but the Government decision signals a radical shift in drug policy and...

  • To encourage breastfeeding, pay in cash

    To encourage breastfeeding, pay in cash

    Cash incentives may encourage new mothers to breastfeed until their infants are at least six months old, a small experiment suggests. Pediatricians recommend that mothers exclusively breastfeed infants until at least six months of age because it...

  • Kids with asthma may have higher obesity risk

    Kids with asthma may have higher obesity risk

    Young children with asthma may be more likely to become obese by adolescence than their peers who don't have asthma, a new study suggests. Researchers examined data on 2,171 non-obese children in kindergarten and first grade and found they were 51...

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