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Health & Fitness

  • When it’s harder to lose weight

    World Down Syndrome Day, celebrated last month, promoted a healthier and active lifestyle. Rosette Gatt takes a look at how the physiological and behavioural aspects of this condition place these individuals at an increased risk of obesity. Down...

  • Key role of education

    Educ­ation, accompanied by lifestyle changes, plays a key role in the treatment and prevention of obesity. Studies have also shown that the condition is linked to edu-cational levels: the lower the level, the higher the obesity. Stellina’s...

  • Beating childhood obesity

    Recent research has claimed that Maltese 10- and 11-year-olds are the second fattest on earth and that more than 34 per cent of local children are classified as overweight or obese. The World Health Organisation says that being overweight is so...

  • Millions ‘wasted’ on flu drug

    Researchers who have fought for years to get full data on Roche’s flu medicine Tamiflu said yesterday that governments who stockpile it are wasting billions of dollars on a drug whose effectiveness is in doubt. The row has drawn in the drugmaker...

  • Milk ‘keeps osteoarthritis at bay’

    A glass of milk a day can keep osteoarthritis (OA) at bay, at least for women with the disease affecting their knees, research has shown. Increasing consumption of fat-free or low-fat milk was found to slow progression of the degenerative...

  • The question of wheat

    I have written extensively about the question of whether to include wheat in our diets. According to a controversial new book, wheat has the potential to cause several diseases. Those who have stopped eating wheat because of various symptoms...

  • Muscle mechanic

    Ever since becoming a regular contributor to this newspaper some years ago, I have come to love writing, and as long as I have my trusted little netbook with me, I pride myself on being able to write anywhere, any time. Indeed, some of these...

  • When it all gets too much

    Different phases of our lives may be affected by different stress factors. Maria Bonnici from the Malta Medical Students’ Association delves into the subject. Are you stressed? Do you feel there are too many pressures and demands on you? Do you...

  • Preventing employee burnout

    High absenteeism and low motivation and morale are key indicators of stress among employees. Diane Xuereb, HR manager at an international IT company, gives Stephanie Fsadni some insight into the possible harmful consequences of stress for both...

  • Spa therapy

    Spas can be described as oases of peace and well-being in today’s fast-paced world. Certain treatments help relieve existing stress symptoms but also provide the tools for the long-term prevention of stress. Myoka spas offer a range of treatments,...

  • Don’t see red – laugh!

    Considering our busy lifestyles, taking five-minute breaks throughout the day is not only needed, it’s recommended. Nestlé Malta Ltd has found a creative way to help consumers relieve some of their daily stress through a multi-faceted campaign...

  • The healing power of yoga

    Lyonne Carabott’s first encounter with yoga turned out to be a life-changing experience. She tells Stephanie Fsadni how her immersion into this ancient practice made her realise its various health benefits, including stress and anxiety...

  • Take charge of your life

    Managing stress is all about taking charge of yourself. A healthy lifestyle builds your physical and mental energy and reverses your stress response, enabling you to avoid or even reverse the negative effects of stress. The team behind Stellina...

  • Probiotics don’t aid colic babies

    Probiotics do nothing to help soothe babies with colic, according to the largest research trial to date. Previous studies have suggested some benefit from giving infants probiotic drops, but they were flawed in their design, experts said. In the...

  • Young male smokers may raise obesity risk in their future sons

    Men who start smoking before the age of 11 risk having sons who are overweight, British researchers have found, adding to evidence that lifestyle factors even in childhood can affect the health of future offspring. The scientists said the...

  • Monitor could predict heart attacks in future

    Heart attacks could in future be predicted days in advance using a wearable blood monitor, research suggests. Scientists have identified two biomarkers whose levels drop dramatically within two weeks of a heart attack. The discovery could lead to...

  • Ancient drug reduces heart inflammation

    A drug that was used in the time of the pharaohs for rheumatism has proven highly effective in treating recurrent bouts of pericarditis, an inflammation of the sac surrounding the heart, according to findings. The ancient medicine, colchicine,...

  • Have a nice flight

    Flying to a long-haul destination is your quickest route to enjoy the bounty of the US, solve the mysteries of Africa, fall in love with the Orient, and get rich with the (metaphorical) gold of Latin America. There’s just one problem – it’s not...

  • Blood pressure highs and lows

    Our blood pressure normally rises and falls throughout the day. It is at its highest in the morning and can vary from one arm to the other. The systolic reading (the first of two numbers, assessed when the heart is pumping) can rise by as much as...

  • Heart to Heart seminar talks about cholesterol, obesity

    Cholesterol and obesity were discussed during a Heart to Heart seminar, one of a series, organised by Unilever-owned Flora pro.activ. The seminars, organised once every few years, aim to address risk factors in the development of cardiovascular...

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