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Brit missing in Israel “may be suffering from Jerusalem syndrome” as Bible pages found

Israeli police Oliver may be suffering from a psychotic delusion known as Jerusalem Syndrome Related articles Oliver McAfee, 29, went missing in November while cycling through the Negev desert in the south of the country – and has not been heard from since. Initially it was thought he had simply got lost – but a subsequent search has turned up clues indicating his disappearance could be deliberate. First, a search team found pages from the Bible carefully weighed down by rocks in the area in which he was last seen,…

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Maria Sharapova’s reception a reminder of indifference to doping | Sean Ingle

Drugs in sport Melbourne crowds are likely to offer warm support to her this week and research suggests fans continue to back stars and sports laid low by doping scandals Contact author Mon 15 Jan 2018 10.00 GMT Maria Sharapova is the centre of attention as she parades the women’s trophy at the Australian Open draw. Photograph: Mark Baker/AP Here is a prediction. Every time Maria Sharapova steps on to court at the Australian Open this year she will be greeted with shrieks of: “Come on Maria!” and elongated waves of…

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Technology 

CES 2018 gets serious about health, wellness and medical tech – CNET

When “health tech” first started popping up at CES a few years ago, it was mostly centered on step counters, digital workout coaches and heart-rate trackers. These days, of course, that technology is widely available in consumer wearables from the likes of Fitbit, Garmin and Apple. But the devices we saw at the 2018 iteration of the world’s biggest electronics show raised the bar for health, fitness, wellness and medical technology in some surprising new ways — and for an audience that reaches far beyond runners and gym addicts.  This…

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Lifestyle 

Dementia news: Six ‘GOLDEN’ rules to reduce risk of developing the condition REVEALED

Taking regular exercise, eating healthily, keeping your brain active, reducing alcohol intake, giving up smoking and booking frequent check-ups with your family doctor can preserve mental function into old age, say experts.  Dr James Pickett, head of research at Alzheimer’s Society, said: “It is key we all remember these golden rules and make them part of day-to-day life.  “Although there are factors we can’t change, such as age and genetics, there are also a few simple changes we can all make to help reduce our risk of dementia.”  Dementia has…

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Garmin Forerunner 645 Music lets you stream tracks and make contactless payments

The Garmin Forerunner 645 Music is the company’s first smartwatch that lets runners listen to music without the need to have a phone with you also. The Garmin FR645 has 3.5GB of storage, which is enough space to download around 500 songs directly onto the device. Bluetooth headphones can be paired to the watch and you can also use Garmin Pay to make contactless payments while you’re out and about. So, no need to carry around a wallet or cash when you go for a long run anymore. The Garmin…

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Drink more coffee and eat more tomatoes: SIX tips to lower your risk of prostate cancer

More than 40,000 new cases of prostate cancer are diagnosed every year in the UK. The prostate is the small gland in the pelvis – about the size of a satsuma – that helps with the production of semen. Symptoms of the condition include a burning sensation while urination, loss of bladder control, or finding blood in the urine. While there’s no definitive way to prevent prostate cancer, changing your diet and making these lifestyle changes could lower your risk of developing it. Drink more coffee Drinking large amounts of…

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Fire and ice: Battling blazes in winter brings extra challenges

When firefighters responded to the deadly fire in a Bronx apartment building on Thursday night, they were not only battling flames — they were also fighting the effects of the frigid cold. Temperatures were in the teens Thursday as 170 firefighters spent more than two hours taming the fire, which killed 12 people, including five children. Water from their hoses froze on the street. Dispatchers could be heard over FDNY audio telling firefighters to stay in their rigs to keep warm, NBC New York reported. While every fire poses grave…

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Chris Froome quizzed over failed drugs test at BBC Sports Personality of the Year awards

Froome secured a rare double this year, winning the Spanish event just a few weeks after taking his fourth Tour de France. But he now faces questions about his integrity after it emerged this week that the Brit had provided a urine sample that contained double the legally permitted amount of Salbutamol, a controlled substance he uses to treat his asthma. Froome was nominated for BBC Sports Personality of the Year last month and appeared via video link from his training camp in Mallorca. “I completely get it. I understand…

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Chris Froome buried under Team Sky’s cumulative baggage of allegations | William Fotheringham

It is more than 23 years since the curious case of Miguel Induráin, the then four-time Tour winner who ended up being declared “positive in France” for elevated levels of the asthma cure salbutamol, which was banned at the time in that country. It will be no comfort to another four‑times Tour winner, Chris Froome, that the substance is nothing new in cycling. For almost three months, the Team Sky leader has been involved in a battle to retain his first Vuelta a España victory after an adverse analytical finding…

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