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Health & Fitness

  • Help with bone health

    Last week we looked at bone health in general. Today we will explore the myths and how they can be explained. Women feature highly in the worrying condition of osteoporosis and therefore become concerned about bone health as they get older. Most...

  • My shoulder hurts, what should I do?

    The shoulder is considered to be one of the most complex joints within our body that has compromised on stability in favour of mobility, thus making it an area which is commonly injured. Shoulder pain strikes people of all ages and ranges from...

  • Unlocking the secrets of Maltese honey

    Malta has around 220 beekeepers. The country’s name is tied to honey that has been prized for its flavour and health benefits. Local researchers are finding out just how unique it is and some of its powerful properties. There are three types of...

  • Taxing sugar may solve UK’s obesity

    In the UK, 64 per cent of adults are considered obese which is estimated to cost the NHS billions of pounds every year, but the Chief Medical Officer for England has announced that a tax on sugar could be introduced to tackle the problem. Dame...

  • Push and pull the summer in

    It’s coming out, finally, teasing us from behind the shifting clouds of April. It’s turning up the heat, ushering away those cold winter days. Yes, just one month ago we could hide safely behind layer upon layer of warm weather clothing, but now...

  • Drama helps autistic children

    Autistic children who par­ti­cipate in drama and performance-based activities may demonstrate improved levels of communication and interpersonal interaction. The children involved in the University of Kent research project experienced interactive...

  • Teenagers at risk of neck and back pain

    Youngsters are putting themselves at risk of neck and back pain because of their excessive use of technology, experts have said. Slumping over laptops and tablets could be contributing to a rise in neck and back problems among teens, the British...

  • Casual pot use causes brain abnormalities in the young

    Young, casual marijuana smokers experience potentially harmful changes to their brains, with the drug altering regions of the mind related to motivation and emotion, researchers have found. The study, published yesterday in the Journal of...

  • Statins ‘may curb prostate cancer’

    Cholesterol-lowering statin drugs may curb the spread of prostate cancer by interfering with the ability of tumour cells to squeeze into bones, research has shown. In laboratory experiments, scientists found that statins helped to stop cancer...

  • Scan predicts recovery from brain damage

    A brain scanning technique has “far-reaching” potential for predicting the fate of severely brain-damaged vegetative patients, research has shown. Positron emission tomography (PET) imaging was able to identify signs of awareness in patients...

  • Therapy ‘better on prostate cancer’

    Radical treatment can double the life expectancy of men with advanced prostate cancer, according to a controversial study that overturns the current expert view. Surgery to remove the prostate gland and radiotherapy are normally reserved for...

  • Salt reduction benefits in the UK hailed

    A dip in people’s salt consumption has played an “important role” in the plummeting number of heart disease deaths, researchers have said. Between 2003 and 2011 average salt intake in England decreased by around 15 per cent while the number of...

  • Blood group warning over prostate cancer

    A man’s blood group has been shown to significantly influence the chance that prostate cancer will return after successful surgery. Men with group O blood are far less likely to suffer a recurrence of the disease following surgical...

  • Warning on new mother danger signs

    Almost half of new mothers in the UK are not made aware of potentially fatal conditions which could kill them or their newborn, a poll suggests. Forty-seven per cent of mothers said they were not told about crucial signs and symptoms within 24...

  • Myths about our bones

    Bone in healthy individuals is a dynamic living entity constantly undergoing interior remodelling. Two sets of cells are responsible: osteoclasts and osteoblasts. The former could be seen as the construction workers who rip out worn-out bone,...

  • Finding your range

    I sometimes wonder how many hours of gym time I must have clocked up through the years. Whether exercising myself, training others, holding the fort or simply passing through for some reason or other, watching people train has become a little like...

  • Cancer tests ‘give false hope’

    Men with prostate cancer are being given false hope by tests that underestimate the aggressiveness of their disease, a study suggests. Researchers found that more than half of a group of men whose cancers were initially classified as slow-growing...

  • Scientists hail lab-engineered vaginas

    Four young women born with abnormal or missing vaginas were implanted with lab-grown versions made from their own cells, the latest success in creating replacement organs that have so far included tracheas, bladders and urethras. Follow-up tests...

  • Plague of poor nutrition

    The food and nutrition policy and action plan for Malta launched earlier this year urges better dietary habits to prevent several chronic diseases. Charmaine Gauci, director of the Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Department, gives us the...

  • Workouts get stylish

    Oysho has been increasingly giving attention to the develop­ment of its gym wear collections over the past few years. Its latest collection features stunning colours, seamless sartorial detail and a touch of retro style. The Oysho Gymwear Spring...

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