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Health & Fitness

  • Action needed to reduce daily sugar intake – WHO

    Action needed to reduce daily sugar intake – WHO

    More must be done to curb sugar intake to reduce the “costly burden” of tooth decay, experts have said. People should get no more than three per cent of their daily calories from sugars, experts said. Current World Health Organisation (WHO)...

  • Dairy food ‘lowers diabetes risk’

    Dairy food ‘lowers diabetes risk’

    People who take eight or more portions of high-fat dairy produce each day are at a lower risk of developing diabetes than those who have only one portion a day, new research shows. A study of almost 27,000 people aged between 45 and 74, 60 per...

  • Useful ‘mini-bite’ updates

    Useful ‘mini-bite’ updates

    Sometimes there are a number of what I would call ‘mini-bites’ of information all relating to our health. This gives a wealth of information I’m keen to pass on, as someone, somewhere, will find one of them useful. Here is my set of updates for...

  • Straying from structure

    Straying from structure

    Structure. Order. It makes us feel safe. It makes us feel civilised. If order is good, then the chaotic and random, by default, must be bad. But is this really the case? Could it be that structure sometimes amounts to little more than a false...

  • Breathalyser bid to spot concussion

    Breathalyser bid to spot concussion

    Scientists are developing a pitch-side breathalyser that can show if a footballer or rugby player is suffering from concussion. So far they have only tested gases in the laboratory, but a trial involving 40 students could pave the way to making...

  • Scientists ‘reset’ human stem cells

    Scientists have made a breakthrough in creating stem cells crucial to regenerative medicine. British and Japanese academics have successfully ‘reset’ human pluripotent stem cells, considered useful because they can become human cells or tissues...

  • Kicking unhealthy habits

    Kicking unhealthy habits

    Do you smoke cigarettes or even weed? Do you drink alcohol? Do you have an unbalanced diet? Would you change these unhealthy habits if you were pregnant, asks medical student Sahra Abdallah Haji. Beware of the consequences. During pregnancy,...

  • In favour of breastfeeding

    In favour of breastfeeding

    Charmaine Gauci, director, Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Directorate, believes breastfeeding provides the ideal nourishment for babies and a special bonding experience with the mother, besides long-term benefits for both. The decision...

  • Time to plan

    Time to plan

    Marianne Theuma, a childbirth educator, pinpoints some stark changes a baby may bring into a couple’s life andgives advice on how to get prepared. A male and a female are attracted to each other, then they choose to get together and one fine day a...

  • Choosing suitable skincare products

    Choosing suitable skincare products

    Mustela is the leading skincare brand for babies and mothers-to-be. The range comprises: Mustela Bebe: daily use products for hygiene, bath time, nappy change and skin protection, formulated for the delicate skin of babies and children. All are...

  • Experts highly advice against ‘fat shaming’

    Experts highly advice against ‘fat shaming’

    ‘Fat shaming’ does not help people lose weight, experts have said. Making overweight and obese people feel bad about their size does not encourage them to shed excess pounds – and may even make them put on more weight, researchers found. The...

  • Food substances are ‘not addictive’

    Eating can be addictive but foods high in fat or sugar are not to blame, a study suggests. An international team of scientists has found no strong evidence that particular chemical substances in foods are addictive. It is the positive feelings...

  • Ebola vaccine protects monkeys for a few months

    Ebola vaccine protects monkeys for a few months

    An experimental Ebola vaccine, similar to one being developed by GlaxoSmithKline, is effective for at least five weeks in lab monkeys but requires boosting with an additional vaccine to extend its protection to 10 months, according to a study. The...

  • Sibling rows may trigger self-harm

    Fights and rows among siblings may be a common occurrence but could lead to serious consequences in later life, research suggests. Children who are frequently bullied by their brothers or sisters are more likely to be depressed and even self-harm...

  • California study sheds doubts on double mastectomy benefit

    California study sheds doubts on double mastectomy benefit

    Women with breast cancer make no difference to their survival chances by deciding to have a double mastectomy, new research has shown. A study in California found that women who had lumps removed followed by radiotherapy lived as long as those...

  • What should a MS patient eat?

    What should a MS patient eat?

    Last week we looked at the triggers for multiple sclerosis (MS) sufferers. Having discussed what foods should be avoided, let’s take a look at the foods that could help the condition. Once again, the list is full of healthy options: lots of...

  • Unresolved cancer conundrums

    Unresolved cancer conundrums

    As everybody knows, cancer is a major killer among all developed nations, and that includes Malta. While we have a fairly good idea of what causes some types of cancer, including, for instance, the undoubted correlation between smoking and cancer...

  • Finding the time to exercise

    I was listening to Cats in the Cradle the other day, a song about a father who never had enough time for his son. When he finally retires and calls his now-working-man son for a visit, he is told: “I’d love to Dad if I could find the time.”...

  • CTS is painful and progressive

    CTS is painful and progressive

    If you frequently wake up at night with a tingling or numbing sensation in your hand or if you have a constant heaviness and discomfort in your hands while working at your desk, it is most likely you may be suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome,...

  • Time to get back in shape

    Time to get back in shape

    Summer is a great time to enjoy some quality time with family and children – everyone deserves a break after all. We’ve all enjoyed fantastic BBQs, good food, maybe a holiday abroad and yummy ice creams. And let’s face it – summer is just too hot...

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