dailymail.co.ukdailymail.co.uk - August 12 view article

HEALTH NOTES: Hairy Biker Dave Myers admits his battle with the bulge is ongoing

Dave Myers (pictured with his wife) ed three stone and reversed his borderline diabetes

Their public weight loss battle made cuddly TV cooks Dave Myers and Si King, aka The Hairy Bikers, into the unlikely faces of a multi-million-selling diet book series.

However, 59-year-old Dave, who shed three stone and reversed his borderline diabetes on their low calorie plan, admits his battle with the bulge is ongoing. ‘I have put on weight,’ he said. ‘I usually weigh about 14½ stone but I’m 15 at the moment.’

The Bikers return to TV screens in the spring with a series on Mediterranean eating which will see them cycling across Europe.

Dave, who lives in London with his wife Liliana, left, revealed that the foods he finds most irresistible are somewhat closer to home.

‘My downfall is pizza,’ he said. ‘There is a great pizza place 20 miles from my house but my wife only allows me if I go on my bicycle. So I cycle to the pizza place and she will come in her car and meet me there!’

Unhealthy gums could put women at higher risk of developing cancer, says a new study. 

Periodontal disease, a chronic infection and inflammation of the tissues that support the teeth, is linked to an elevated risk of oesophageal, skin, breast and gall bladder cancer, especially in older women.

US researchers worked with a cohort of 65,869 women aged between 54 and 86. 

The participants reported their gum disease diagnoses between 1999 and 2003, and were monitored for cancer detection until September 2013. 

It was found that women who had reported a diagnosis of periodontal disease had a 14 per cent higher risk of any type of cancer. 

Women with periodontitis were more than three times likelier to develop oesophageal cancer, compared to women without oral health problems.

Every type of killer liver virus hepatitis C can now be cured by a single tablet. 

Trials have shown that the medicine Vosevi is effective in 97 per cent of cases. 

The treatment, a three-drug cocktail using the already prescribed sobosbuvir and ledipasvir and new drug voxilaprevir in one daily tablet, works by stopping the virus from reproducing or taking hold in the body. 

The disease, which attacks the liver causing scarring and eventually death, affects about 215,000 people in the UK.

App on fertile ground  

App 'Seem' enables a man to test his sperm quality in the privacy of his own home using a kit purchased online

From dinner delivery to finding a date, there’s an app for just about everything. 

Now, scientists have developed one aimed at tackling the most delicate of subjects: male fertility. 

The app, called Seem, enables a man to test his sperm quality in the privacy of his own home using a kit purchased online.

A sample is placed over a smartphone camera lens and the app analyses the concentration and movement of the sperm – two key fertility markers. 

About one in six couples have difficulty conceiving, according to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority, and men are responsible for 48 per cent of infertility cases.

Tech-savvy pensioners  

Pensioners are increasingly using computer technology at home to take care of their health, according to new research. 

Two in five Britons over the age of 65 are now using technology to help manage a medical condition, with one pharmacist claiming to have seen a 253 per cent increase in older patients making use of its online repeat prescriptions service in the past year alone.

Website Pharmacy2U, who commissioned the survey of 1,000 pensioners, also reported that one in ten pensioners search for health advice online or use medical apps. Almost ten per cent of respondents said they owned a fitness tracker.

GP and Pharmacy2U spokeswoman Dr Alexandra Phelan said: ‘In my regular NHS clinic, I often see older patients who are using apps to help monitor things like blood pressure and blood glucose, and who email me their results.’

dailymail.co.ukdailymail.co.uk - August 12 view article