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Health & Fitness

  • Perils of smoking during pregnancy

    Perils of smoking during pregnancy

    Smoking during pregnancy can increase a baby’s chances of developing schizophrenia later in life, a study has shown. Research in Finland found that the more women were exposed to nicotine the greater chance they had of having a child affected by...

  • Say goodbye to painful dentist injections?

    Say goodbye to painful dentist injections?

    Painful dentist appointments may be long gone, as researchers in Brazil have developed a new anaesthetic technique that will not cause any pain to the patient. This new technique can replace anaesthetic injections that many find painful and...

  • British experts say low-fat diets are bad

    British experts say low-fat diets are bad

    Urging people to follow low-fat diets and to lower their cholesterol is having “disastrous health consequences”, a health charity in the UK has warned. In a damning report that accuses major public health bodies of colluding with the food...

  • Surgeons test stroke patients drug based on chemical in broccoli

    Surgeons are trialling a new drug based on a chemical found in broccoli to try to improve outcomes for stroke patients. Diederik Bulters, a consultant neurosurgeon at Southampton General Hospital, and his team will assess the effect of...

  • Lasting memories on a hotel scrapbook

    Lasting memories on a hotel scrapbook

    Belgian charity Beyond the Moon has so far sent nine seriously ill Maltese children and their families on a fully paid holiday – far away from hospitals and treatments – thanks to the unstinting efforts of Marisa Xuereb at the Corinthia Palace Hotel.

  • Food supports your body

    Nutrition can cause and reverse most diseases. Scientists have discovered that almost all of our genes are affected by the food we eat and change according to the nutrients available to them. The biochemical reactions of the body’s metabolic...

  • Go for growth: new research on building muscle mounds

    Go for growth: new research on building muscle mounds

    This month exercise scientists have offered a little mouth-watering treat for the die-hard gym buffs, as we get technical and talk about some of the finer points of inducing maximal muscle growth. Let us have a look at some of the most recent...

  • Potatoes may ‘increase the risk of high blood pressure’

    Potatoes may ‘increase the risk of high blood pressure’

    Eating potatoes or chips increases the risk of high blood pressure, research suggests. Four or more servings a week of baked, boiled or mashed potatoes is linked to an 11 per cent increased risk of high blood pressure compared with less than one...

  • Genetically engineered food is safe to eat, say scientists

    Genetically engineered food is safe to eat, say scientists

    Genetically engineered (GE) food is safe to eat, top scientists have said, following extensive research into the controversial products. The practice of genetically engineering crops has been criticised for its potential impact on human health and...

  • An alternative to back surgery

    An alternative to back surgery

    Many people suffer from some form of back pain during their lives. Some suffer serious pain and have to resort to back surgery. The statistics say that at some point in our lives, 80 per cent of us living in the west will suffer from disabling...

  • One minute to better health

    We have known for some time now that shorter bouts of more intense exercise can be just as effective as longer bouts of less intense effort. This was somewhat revolutionary when it first took hold as a training philosophy at least 10 years...

  • A growing health concern

    A growing health concern

    Obesity is a growing health concern for the global and local population, with studies continuously presenting alarming figures. Stephanie Fsadni looks into available data and what is being done at a national level to address the problem. Obesity...

  • Metabolic syndrome

    Metabolic syndrome

    Medical student Stefano Corso sheds some light on metabolic syndrome, which is characterised by having a large waste circumference, hypertension and insulin resistance, among other symptoms. Causes, complications, diagnosis and treatment are...

  • Eating healthy with less waste

    Eating healthy with less waste

    Stephanie Fsadni visits a school to learn more about initiatives being taken to promote healthy eating and reduce food waste among young students. ‘Eating responsibly’ is a theme nowadays familiar with primary and secondary schoolchildren. Long...

  • ‘Most people have serious misconceptions about lupus’

    ‘Most people have serious misconceptions about lupus’

    Organisations around the globe are today marking World Lupus Day, with the aim of raising awareness on this disease that affects more than five million people worldwide. A new global federation called World Lupus Federation has just been launched...

  • Eating healthily all your life

    Eating healthily all your life

    At least 2.8 million people worldwide die every year as a result of being overweight or obese. A significant proportion of cases involve diabetes, heart disease and high blood pressure. Obesity reduces life expectancy and quality of life and...

  • Control test launched on World Asthma Day

    Control test launched on World Asthma Day

    For World Asthma Day, held on May 3, GlaxoSmithKline Malta launched a new and improved website to provide asthma suff-erers and doctors with a useful score that would help determine the level of treatment required. Asthma is a common and treatable...

  • World Meningitis Day

    World Meningitis Day

    World Meningitis Day is held every year on April 24 to raise awareness on meningitis, provide support for those living with the after-effects of the potentially devastating disease and to highlight the importance of vaccination. It is of vital...

  • Growing minority of non-smokers developing lung cancer – research

    Growing minority of non-smokers developing lung cancer – research

    Sometimes health news affecting a celebrity can be of interest to us. Glenn Frey, lead singer of the group Eagles, passed away suddenly. Interestingly, Frey suffered from rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and was taking medication to help him cope with...

  • Sweat for a sweeter summer

    Sweat for a sweeter summer

    It’s that time of year again; those wonderful, warm evenings begin making the occasional appearance, carrying with them that special scent of summer in the air. Many have already started their gym assaults when the clouds still covered a sky...

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