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Health & Fitness

  • Many forecast to live beyond the age of 90

    Many forecast to live beyond the age of 90

    Average life expectancy will rise in many countries by 2030, breaking through 90 years in some places, and policymakers need to make more efforts to plan for it, according to a large international study. South Koreans are likely to have the...

  • Cancer death rates falling faster for men across Europe

    Death rates from cancer across Europe are falling faster for men than women, a new study has found. Experts have predicted that during 2017, 131.8 men out of every 100,000 across the EU will die from cancer – a dip of 8.2 per cent when compared to...

  • "Alarming" superbugs a risk to people, animals and food, EU warns

    "Alarming" superbugs a risk to people, animals and food, EU warns

    Superbug bacteria found in people, animals and food across the European Union pose an "alarming" threat to public and animal health having evolved to resist widely used antibiotics, disease and safety experts warned today. A report on...

  • Detailed MRI scans 'may aid recovery of liver cancer patients'

    Detailed MRI scans 'may aid recovery of liver cancer patients'

    Detailed MRI scans could help improve the recovery of patients with liver cancer, researchers believe. A €1.3 million initiative in the UK is to study the use of advanced imaging technology in assessing possible risks to patients before...

  • Joseph Xuereb, executive chef at The Palace Hotel, wins Chef of the Year Award

    Joseph Xuereb, executive chef at The Palace Hotel, wins Chef of the Year Award

    The executive chef at The Palace Hotel, Sliema Joseph Xuereb won the Chef of the Year Award at the fifth edition of the WRMC (Wines and Restaurants of Malta.com) Restaurants Quality Recognition Awards gala dinner and ceremony. Mr Xuereb has been...

  • People still confuse the common cold with flu

    People still confuse the  common cold with flu

    Seasonal influenza is an acute respiratory infection caused by influenza viruses, which circulate in all parts of the world. Yearly influenza epidemics can seriously affect all populations but the highest risk of complications occur in pregnant...

  • Know your fats and carbs

    Know your fats and carbs

    The idea that saturated fats cause heart disease was promoted by Ancel Keys, a researcher at the University of Minnesota. It started to change public health policies after Keys published his famed Seven Countries Study in 1970, which suggested...

  • Think of your body as one unit

    Probably one of the most useful pieces of advice I’ve ever received in sport and exercise is to consider the body as one unit. We often tend to break it up into constituent parts, focusing on specific muscles or segments when carrying out...

  • Children identify problems with psychiatric healthcare

    Children identify problems with psychiatric healthcare

    Children who make use of mental health services say they are happy with the care received, despite identifying a number of shortcomings in the present system, a report published recently shows. Addressing a mental health conference organised by...

  • Fathers get depressed during and after pregnancy, too

    Fathers get depressed during and after pregnancy, too

    Women aren't the only ones who may feel depressed when welcoming a newborn- a new study from New Zealand finds that some men also experience depressive symptoms during and after their female partners' pregnancies. In the study of almost 4,000 men,...

  • Air pollution linked to 2.7 million premature births a year

    Air pollution linked to 2.7 million premature births a year

    Curbing outdoor air pollution may help prevent 2.7 million premature births a year, a condition that threatens children's lives and increases their risk of long-term physical and neurological problems, scientists said on Thursday. Fine particles...

  • Former football stars to donate brains for head injury research

    Former football stars to donate brains for head injury research

    World Cup winner George Cohen and former Manchester United star Pat Crerand have pledged to donate their brains to science after research tentatively linked heading the ball with dementia. The British sporting heroes, both 77, said they wanted to...

  • Weight gain over lifetime can dramatically increase cancer risk, study shows

    Weight gain over lifetime can dramatically increase cancer risk, study shows

    Health experts have urged younger people to try to maintain a healthy weight throughout their lives as stark new figures show that gaining weight over a lifetime can dramatically increase a person's risk of getting certain types of cancer. People...

  • Brain damage in former players fuels football 'heading' fears

    Brain damage in former players fuels football 'heading' fears

    Scientists have found signs of brain damage that could cause dementia in a handful of former football players, fuelling worries about the danger of frequent knocks from heading the ball or colliding with others on the field. The small study was...

  • Smoking during pregnancy could damage child's hearing

    Smoking during pregnancy could damage child's hearing

    Women who smoke during pregnancy and after giving birth may risk damaging the hearing of their children, a study suggests. Nicotine exposure before birth and during breastfeeding can cause a key brain region that processes sound to develop...

  • Later high school start times linked to higher attendance, graduation rates

    Later high school start times linked to higher attendance, graduation rates

    When high schools start at 8.30am or later, attendance rates and graduation rates improve, according to a new study. The study backs previous research that says additional sleep boosts psychological, behavioral and academic benefits for teens. "So...

  • Sugar and cancer ties

    Sugar and cancer ties

    We’ve seen and heard a lot in the media recently about sugar. It is interesting that the focus has shifted from fats. I don’t intend to follow the herd and discuss sugar in the same way. However, I will look at sugar in relation to cancer. Several...

  • Digging deep or staying superficial?

    There are a few distinct ways you could interpret the antonyms ‘superficial’ and ‘deep’. It could be generally regarded as something positive and desirable to be described as someone deep, and perhaps much less so to be described as someone who is...

  • Drowsy drivers often behind fatal crashes

    Drowsy drivers often behind fatal crashes

    In the US alone, more than 6,000 people die in drowsy driving-related motor vehicle crashes each year, a study suggests. Millions of US drivers fall asleep at the wheel each month, and roughly 15 per cent of all fatal crashes involve a drowsy...

  • Mothers of premature babies face increased heart disease risk

    Mothers of premature babies face increased heart disease risk

    Women who have premature babies are more likely than other mothers to develop heart disease later in life, even if they did not have any risk factors for cardiovascular problems before pregnancy, a recent study suggests. Compared to women who...

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