While the step-counter industry has led to a generation of fitness lovers fixated on achieving 10,000 steps, there is no known upper ceiling on how much is good for us.

In recent years, the 10,000-steps-a-day regime has become entrenched in popular culture. You can barely walk down the street without someone stomping (...)

“I am concerned that we are witnessing a resurgence in measles infection, with potentially hundreds of children put at risk of brain damage, including by SSPE.” File photograph: Getty Images

Many doctors of my generation have witnessed at first hand the devastating effects of measles infection. I have seen children with profound deafness a(...)

Some 95 per cent of eligible children need to be vaccinated with two doses of the measles, mumps and rubella(MMR) vaccine to prevent outbreaks. Photograph: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

More than 41,000 children and adults across Europe have been infected with measles in the first six months of 2018 and at least 37 people have died, a(...)

Improvements made in mortality from stroke in Irish women has levelled off in recent years, according to an EU study. The study, published in the Eur(...)

Salt may not be as damaging to health as is usually claimed, according to a controversial new study which suggests campaigns to persuade people to cut(...)

A recent UN review predicted a doubling in the consumption of poultry, a 69 per cent increase in beef and a 42 per cent increase in pork by mid-century. Photograph: iStock

Rising global meat consumption is likely to have a devastating environmental impact, scientists have warned. A new major analysis suggests meat consu(...)

Medical personnel wearing protective suits check patients at the Medical College hospital in Kozhikode, Kerala, India following an outbreak of the Nipah virus. Photograph:  AFP

A rare virus spread by fruit bats, which can cause flu-like symptoms and brain damage, has killed 12 people in southern India, health officials said o(...)

A man drives his bike taxi past the Church of Christ during Pentecost celebrations on Sunday in Mbandaka, northwest of DR Congo. Photograph:  Junior D Kannah/AFP/Getty Images

A vaccination campaign aimed at beating an outbreak of Ebola in Congo began on Monday in the port city of Mbandaka, where four cases of the deadly dis(...)

A health official uses a thermometer to measure the temperature of disembarking passengers at the airport at Mbandaka, Congo.  Photograph: AFP/Junior Kannah/ Getty Images

Health workers in Democratic Republic of Congo will begin a vaccination campaign on Monday aimed at containing an outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus,(...)

A health care worker wears virus protective gear at a treatment centre in Bikoro in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Photograph: AP

Two more cases of Ebola have been confirmed in the northwestern city of Mbandaka in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, health officials have said. (...)

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