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Health & Fitness

  • Putting on wearables

    Putting on wearables

    The first month of the new year is huffing and puffing to its finish line. You’re pretty much in the same situation – out of breath as you try to stay committed to the resolution you made. Every year, most people make a resolution to lose weight,...

  • Obesity rates need to slim down

    Obesity rates need to slim down

    The Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity (ECHO) presented its final report to the WHO director-general, culminating a two-year process to address the alarming levels of childhood obesity and overweight globally. The ECHO report proposes a range...

  • The heart of the matter

    The heart of the matter

    Thousands of lives could be saved by finding the best time to perform heart surgery. Jennifer Grech speaks to Alexander Manché, cardiothoracic chairman at Mater Dei Hospital, to discover more. Hundreds of people in Malta have some form of...

  • Dementia caregivers need to de-stress

    Dementia caregivers need to de-stress

    Dementia is a brain disease that changes how we think and behave. It mainly affects older people but there are communities, one in Yarumal, a village north of Bogota, Colombia, where more than 5,000 people are suspected to have dementia while they...

  • Nutrient robbers and tall people

    Nutrient robbers and tall people

    We are aware that many lifestyle habits can cause cancer, that the causes are multifactorial and can be attributed to a range of causes. However, scientists, in a recent study, have said we may have to add another cause to the long list. That risk...

  • ‘Gait’ way to better health, mobility

    ‘Gait’ way to better health, mobility

    There may have been times in your past when you looked up towards the heavens in despair or perhaps seeking some friendly guidance from ‘above’. If you have ever despaired about your physical condition, specifically chronic aches and pains, or...

  • Clinical centre opening at Hilltop Gardens

    Clinical centre opening at Hilltop Gardens

    The Hilltop Gardens Retirement Village in Naxxar will on Monday open a first-class clinical centre offering a 24-hour GP service, bringing together more than 40 specialists, physicians and allied healthcare professionals under one roof. The...

  • High doses of cocaine ‘can cause brain to eat itself’

    High doses of cocaine ‘can cause brain to eat itself’

    High doses of cocaine can cause the brain to eat itself, research suggests. A mouse study found that the drug can trigger out-of-control ‘autophagy’ – a process by which cells literally digest themselves. When it is properly regulated, autophagy...

  • How much sugar do children consume?

    It has been revealed that British children aged between four and 10 are consuming about 22kg of sugar a year. We do not have this kind of data locally but the National Food Consumption Survey currently under way should provide this information...

  • Pilates for children: get up and go

    Pilates for children: get up and go

    The prevalence of childhood obesity in Malta has reached critical levels, with obese children within the five- to 10-year age group manifesting one or more cardiovascular risk factors. Regrettably, overweight children have a higher risk of health...

  • Exercise fast tracks detoxing

    Exercise fast tracks detoxing

    Last week we looked at the concept of detoxing and how, despite it being a modern buzzword, this concept has been carried out for hundreds of years. Your usual diet could be hampering your body’s natural capacity to detox and to rid itself of...

  • Shift that pudding-induced padding

    Shift that pudding-induced padding

    Are you sporting a little extra pudding-induced padding round your midsection or thighs following the new year’s festivities? Do your clothes not fit quite the same as they did a month ago? If so, it is a fitting time of year to talk about new...

  • University traditional Chinese medicine clinic opens its doors

    University traditional Chinese medicine clinic opens its doors

    Acupuncture, one of the modalities used for pain relief, may be used alone or as an adjunct to other treatment methods. However, it has been used to treat a wide range of other conditions such as chemotherapy-induced nausea/vomiting, postoperative...

  • Cannabis drug trial leaves one brain dead, five injured

    Cannabis drug trial leaves one brain dead, five injured

    One person has been left brain dead and five others are in a serious condition after taking part in a clinical trial in western France of an experimental medicine from an unnamed drug company, the French Health Ministry said yesterday. The...

  • Dozens feared exposed as Sierra Leone confirms woman died of Ebola this week

    A woman who died of Ebola this week in Sierra Leone potentially exposed at least 27 other people to the disease, according to an aid agency report yesterday, raising the risk of more cases just as the deadliest epidemic on record appeared to be...

  • A new era for treatment of dementia ‘on horizon’

    A new era for treatment of dementia ‘on horizon’

    There may be hope for dementia sufferers in the near future as new treatments are “on target” to be developed within the next decade, a leading expert has said. More than 6,000 people suffer from dementia in Malta, or 1.5 per cent of the...

  • After Ebola, two other tropical diseases pose threats

    A little-known bacterial disease may be killing as many people worldwide as measles, scientists said this week, while a mosquito-borne virus known as Zika is also raising global alarm. The spread of Ebola in West Africa last year shows how...

  • A full year of fitness

    A full year of fitness

    At the turn of 2016, many have probably made a resolution to change their lifestyle by exercising more, getting fit and eating more healthily. Yet how many will truly stick to that goal? Personal trainer Ian Jones says that many give up quickly...

  • Computer games ‘may boost pupils’ concentration levels’

    Computer games ‘may boost pupils’ concentration levels’

    Playing computer games could help boost pupils’ concentration levels and improve their results in the classroom, research suggests. The study found that turning learning into a game helps stop the mind from wandering, allowing students to study...

  • Inflammation in brain can drive development of Alzheimer’s

    Inflammation in brain can drive development of Alzheimer’s

    Preventing inflammation in the brain could protect against memory loss and behaviour changes caused by Alzheimer’s disease, according to research. The study, led by the University of Southampton, has found that blocking a receptor in the brain,...

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