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  • Doctors see regular misuse of antibiotics, narcotics

    Doctors see regular misuse of antibiotics, narcotics

    Antibiotics and narcotics are often prescribed when they aren't the best option for patients and may do more harm than good, a survey of US physicians suggests. The survey asked doctors to identify treatments that they see routinely used despite...

  • Being nuts about nuts

    Being nuts about nuts

    A handful of nuts a day can help to keep the doctor – and the undertaker – away, research has shown. People consuming at least 20g of nuts daily were less likely to develop potentially fatal conditions such as heart disease and cancer, the study...

  • Yo-yo dieting‘triggers caveman response which can mean weight gain’

    Yo-yo dieting‘triggers  caveman response which can mean weight gain’

    Yo-yo dieting triggers a caveman response to famine that leads to inevitable weight gain, research suggests. A survival mechanism hard-wired by evolution causes the brain to interpret repeated diets as periods of food scarcity. Between diets, it...

  • Squash claimed to be best exercise to keep death at bay

    Squash claimed to be best exercise to keep death at bay

    Regularly playing squash could help stave off death the longest, a study suggests. Scientists have narrowed down the sports and types of exercise that are linked to significantly lower odds of dying before those who do not do those...

  • Kicking habit of smoking in 60s can still increase life expectancy

    Kicking habit of smoking in 60s can still increase life expectancy

    Smokers can extend their lives by quitting even if they wait until their 60s to kick the habit, research has shown. A new study confirms that it is never too late to stop smoking –  and the earlier you give up, the longer you are likely to...

  • Vegetarian and vegan diets good for children and adults

    Vegetarian and vegan diets good for children and adults

    Plant-based diets are tied to a lower risk of health problems like heart disease, diabetes, obesity and certain cancers – and pretty much anyone can eat this way, according to a leading group of nutritionists. Vegetarian and vegan diets are...

  • Fitness, meditation and prostate cancer

    Fitness, meditation and prostate cancer

    According to a new report, sitting for more than three hours a day (which applies to most of us in desk jobs, or driving) is responsible for an average of 3.8 per cent of all deaths. Sitting for half that time reduces the mortality risk threefold,...

  • The fatness industry

    The fatness industry

    There’s been a lot of talk lately about our overly large local waistlines, but perhaps the mere act of talking about it serves only to reinforce how we got into this spot of trouble in the first place. Maybe we just like to talk a little too much,...

  • Minimum alcohol pricing 'could improve' Britain's health

    Minimum alcohol pricing 'could improve' Britain's health

    The British government has said it will continue to look at minimum pricing for alcohol in light of a new report which argues it could improve the nation's health. Public Health England's (PHE) review found that a range of measures, such as...

  • Combating heart disease

    Combating heart disease

    The Malta Heart Foundation is being relaunched tomorrow in a bid to increase awareness of the importance of leading a healthy lifestyle and support patients Heart disease is responsible for more deaths every year than any other condition. In...

  • Nestle touts new technology to reduce sugar in chocolate

    Nestle touts new technology to reduce sugar in chocolate

    Nestle, the world's largest packaged food group, said it had devised a new technology that has the potential to reduce sugar in some of its confectionery products by up to 40 percent without affecting the taste.  The maker of Kitkat and Aero bars...

  • Surprising monkey study could lead to 'functional' HIV cure

    Surprising monkey study could lead to 'functional' HIV cure

    Anthony Fauci doesn't get too excited about the results of animal studies, and he doesn't make house calls. But when a drug already taken by thousands of people for intestinal conditions appeared to control the monkey version of HIV, it got the...

  • Educate to eradicate Aids

    Educate to eradicate Aids

    On the first day of every December, since 1988, the world has observed World Aids Day. This global health day is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite and show their support for people living with HIV and to comme­­morate people who have...

  • One in seven people with HIV in EU unaware they have virus

    One in seven people with HIV in the Europe Union region is unaware they have the virus, seriously hampering efforts to meet a global 2030 deadline for eradicating the Aids epidemic, a senior health expert said. The average estimated time between...

  • Thriving on raw eggs, world's oldest person marks 117th birthday in Italy

    Thriving on raw eggs, world's oldest person marks 117th birthday in Italy

    Emma Morano, thought to be the world's oldest person and the last to be born in the 1800s, celebrated her 117th birthday today, still swearing by her diet of two raw eggs a day. Morano was born in November 1899, four years before the Wright...

  • Emotional bond with fathers ‘key to children’s behaviour’

    Emotional bond with fathers ‘key to children’s behaviour’

    Fathers who are emotionally involved with their children and feel confident as a parent are less likely to raise offspring with behavioural problems, research suggests. A new study from Oxford University found that a father’s emotional attachment...

  • Music ‘food’ for the brain

    Music ‘food’ for the brain

    Music lessons improve brain connections in healthy children and may be useful in children with autism spectrum disorders and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), researchers say. After nine months of musical training in healthy...

  • The five-second rule

    The five-second rule

    We may have heard of the five-second rule when applied to dropping food on the ground. Basically, you have five seconds to pick it up before it gets swamped with all the bad germs on your floor. Ironically, nobody knows where this rule came from.

  • Physical activity as entertainment

    A great aspect of physical activity is that it isn’t only fun to do, it’s so often just as fun to watch. From competitive sport to dance, there is something intrinsically pleasing about watching other human bodies in motion, performing coordinated...

  • Healthy week

    Vassallo Group of Companies held its first Healthy Lifestyles Week for employees. Organised in collaboration with the Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Directorate, the event aimed to promote a healthier lifestyle for over 1,500 staff from...

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