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Health & Fitness

  • Abuse raises artery disease risk

    Abuse raises artery disease risk

    Sexual abuse as a child increases a woman’s risk of developing early signs of artery disease, a study has found. Scientists linked a history of sexual abuse with inner lining thickening of the carotid artery carrying blood to the brain. The...

  • Nature versus nurture

    Nature versus nurture

    When observing in awe the masterful performances of top athletes, marvelling at a beautiful figure or physique, or perhaps while appreciating someone’s wisdom or powers of reason, have you ever wondered if people are just born the way they are or...

  • Ways of escaping eczema

    Ways of escaping eczema

    Unless you have experienced living with eczema on a daily basis, you cannot begin to understand the pain and discomfort it brings to sufferers. It is often thought of as a childhood condition, but more and more adults are either beginning to...

  • A slimmer body

    A slimmer body

    Successful and long-term weight reduction requires patience and time. Numerous publications recommend miraculous diets that apparently allow us to lose a number of kilograms in a week. Such weight loss is only partially possible due to water loss.

  • Screening sunscreen

    Screening sunscreen

    We’ve all got the message; wear sunscreen or your skin will wrinkle like an Aztec mummy and that cute mole on your shin will turn cancerous. Slathering on the white stuff means salvation from the radiation of our closest star. But most commercial...

  • Achievable weight loss

    Achievable weight loss

    Charles de Giorgio Ltd was recently appointed exclusive distributor for Atkins diet products in Malta. Atkins Nutritionals Incorporated has re-emerged as a key player in weight control nutrition category, largely because consumers have found that...

  • Doing it your own way

    Walk into a class of Mysore-style Ashtanga yoga and, at first glance, you’ll probably be shocked at the chaos and mayhem surrounding you. This is not people’s general idea of a calm, coordinated yoga lesson, with all students following a flowing...

  • Exercise slows progression of some chronic diseases

    Exercise slows progression of some chronic diseases

    There is a stigma to elderly training in Malta, with the common belief that rest and medication are the answer to pain reduction and that exercise may cause harm. As a result, third age training is not considered to be part of mainstream training...

  • Change your lifestyle

    Change your lifestyle

    Nowadays, everyone is aware of the negative effects that excessive body fat can have on our health, everyone seems to know how to make healthier food choices and everyone understands the importance of regular exercise for our overall well-being...

  • Inhalers ‘stunt growth’

    Inhalers ‘stunt growth’

    Corticosteroid drugs given via inhalers to children with asthma may suppress their growth, according to two systematic reviews of scientific studies on the issue. Health experts who conducted the review and published it in The Cochrane Library...

  • Gene therapy creates ‘biological pacemakers’

    Scientists have used a gene therapy technique to create “biological pacemakers” from the heart’s own cells. The procedure, tested on pigs, could be ready for human trials in three years. In future, it could help infants born with heart block – a...

  • Stress, depression affect how the body processes fat

    Stress, depression affect how the body processes fat

    Stress and depression have long been linked with a heightened risk of weight gain, but a new study sheds light on how those mental states may alter the way the body processes fatty foods. Compared to women without stress in the study, stressed-out...

  • Under 40s could be at risk from high cholesterol

    Under 40s could be at risk from high cholesterol

    Research in the UK shows that 62 per cent of people under 40 have never had a cholesterol test, with only one in 10 saying they have asked their doctor to test them for high cholesterol. Furthermore, almost 40 per cent have never looked into...

  • Mild injury 'causes brain damage'

    Mild injury 'causes brain damage'

    Even a slight bang on the head – for instance after falling off a bicycle – can cause brain damage affecting thinking and memory, research has shown. Scientists compared 53 people who had suffered mild or moderate head injuries several days...

  • Arthritis drug hope for Alzheimer’s

    A drug commonly used to treat arthritis could potentially slow the progress of Alzheimer’s disease, an academic study has found. Scientists at the University of Southampton conducted a small control study with a group of 41 patients exhibiting...

  • Asthma inhalers 'can stunt growth'

    Asthma inhalers 'can stunt growth'

    Asthma inhalers can stunt the growth of children, research has shown. During the first year of treatment, the widely used remedies cut growth rates by about half a centimetre, said scientists. But they and other experts stressed that slight loss...

  • ‘Pre-diabetes’ label ‘worthless’

    ‘Pre-diabetes’ label ‘worthless’

    Telling people they have borderline diabetes has no medical value, researchers have said. A recent study estimated that more than a third of adults in the UK now have borderline diabetes, also known as pre-diabetes. The research, published in the...

  • Exercise ‘may cut dementia risk’

    Exercise ‘may cut dementia risk’

    Simple lifestyle changes such as taking more exercise and improving diet may protect against dementia in at-risk older adults, research suggests. Scientists studied the effects of healthier living in 1,260 men and women aged 60 to 77 considered to...

  • Nickel in iPads ‘can cause rashes’

    Nickel in iPads ‘can cause rashes’

    Unexplained rash? Check your iPad, because the popular tablet computer may contain nickel, one of the most common allergy-inducing metals. Recent reports in medical journals describe nickel allergies from a variety of personal electronic devices,...

  • Weather not tied to back pain

    Back pain is no more likely to strike on cold, rainy days than in fair weather, according to a study from Australia. Temperature, humidity, wind direction, precipitation and air pressure were not linked to the onset of lower back pain among close...

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