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Health & Fitness

  • 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...

  • Not just a skin condition

    Not just a skin condition

    Psoriasis may affect the individual on various levels, not only physically but also psychologically, emotionally and socially. Medical student Rebekah Camilleri points out the different manifestations of psoriasis and says that although there is...

  • Peeling off the layers

    Peeling off the layers

    Anyone who has seen the Sex and the City episode in which a blotchyfaced Samantha (Kim Cattrall) dons a horrific black veil after a face peel that was supposed to make her look younger and fresher, understandably may have reservations about having...

  • No magic pill to fight cellulite

    No magic pill to fight cellulite

    Stephanie Fsadni finds to her chagrin that there is no really quick remedy against cellulite. She learns that, although topical creams and professional treatments may help, the best way to get rid of that orange-peel skin, reduce its appearance or...

  • Men’s skincare regime

    Nowadays one finds a plethora of skincare products that are specifically targeted at men – from a wide range of shower gels to moisturisers to eye serums. But do men care that much about their skin’s health and do they stick to a daily routine?...

  • Assisting ‘miracles’ every day

    Assisting ‘miracles’ every day

    The International Day of the Midwife is an occasion for every individual midwife to think about the many others in the profession, to make new contacts within and outside midwifery, and to widen the knowledge of midwives’ contribution to...

  • Yoga may help relieve symptoms of asthma

    Yoga may help relieve symptoms of asthma

    Yoga seems to provide small improvements in symptoms and quality of life in people with asthma, according to a new review. The practice of yoga includes breathing exercises, postures (called asanas) and meditation. Yoga has been proposed as a...

  • Individual DNA analysis basis of new approach to breast cancer

    Individual DNA analysis basis of new approach to breast cancer

    The latest breast cancer research could lead to more personalised care for patients and help further understanding of the causes of the disease, scientists said. A study involving people from around the world has been hailed as giving a more...

  • Children of distracted parents may have shorter attention spans

    Children of distracted parents may have shorter attention spans

    Parents who look at their phones or getdistracted when playing with their children may raise youngsters with short attention spans, research suggests. Psychologists said they have found the first direct connection between how long a parent pays...

  • Newborns in Scotland being tested for alcohol

    Newborns in Scotland being tested for alcohol

    Newborn babies in Scotland are being tested for alcohol after researchers raised concerns that some pregnant mothers are drinking regularly. Samples from hundreds of babies born at the Princess Royal Maternity Hospital in Glasgow are being studied...

  • Social circle ‘is greatestpain killer’

    Social circle ‘is greatestpain killer’

    Having lots of friends can be “better than morphine”, new research suggests. People with large groups of friends have a higher pain tolerance, according to researchers from Oxford University. Experts looked into endorphins – the body’s natural...

  • Misunderstood heart disease risks

    Misunderstood heart disease risks

    The favourite cause of heart disease is a high-fat diet. While that certainly does not help, it is becoming increasingly clear that the real issue is due to our modern diet, more specifically, anything that comes in a box with a long shelf...

  • Healthy lungs for life

    Healthy lungs for life

    The European Respiratory Society and the European Lung Foundation are partners of global health initiative Healthy Lungs for Life. The campaign, which is being supported by GSK Malta, seeks to reduce the number of people living with respiratory...

  • Training tips for overweight participants

    Training tips for overweight participants

    If you live in Malta and are news savvy, it is unlikely that you have not heard about the problem of big waistlines on our little islands. We often cite international and European obesity and inactivity statistics presenting our poor state of...

  • Maltese team studies how aspirin can prevent cancer

    Maltese team studies how aspirin can prevent cancer

    A team at the University of Malta is looking into the effect of aspirin on genes, to understand how this painkiller destroys cancer cells. A daily dose of aspirin is prescribed to patients at risk of cardiovascular diseases but recent research has...

  • Eating too much red meat could increase ‘biological age’ of body

    Eating too much red meat could increase ‘biological age’ of body

    Eating too much red meat and not enough fruit and vegetables could possibly increase the body’s “biological age” and contribute to health problems. Scientists found that a moderate increase in levels of serum phosphate in the body caused by red...

  • Music for babies

    Music for babies

    Music can help improve the way a baby responds to speech, researchers have found. Experts said that experiencing music has the potential to boost broader cognitive skills. The rhythmic pattern in music can improve a baby’s ability to detect and...

  • ‘Childbearing hips’ reach peak level between 25 and 40

    ‘Childbearing hips’ reach peak level between 25 and 40

    The expression “childbearing hips” should be reserved for women between 25 and 40, a study suggests. Researchers have tracked the development of pelvis growth and found that a woman’s pelvis adjusts for childbearing years. After the onset of...

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