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Health & Fitness

  • Unexpected exercise

    Unexpected exercise

    Sometimes we find inspiration where we least expect to. Sometimes help comes from the most unlikely of sources. We all know life can take sudden and unexpected twists and turns. While we do our best to plan and prepare for the challenges we create...

  • Lung cancer can remain hidden for 20 years

    Lung cancer can remain hidden for 20 years

    Lung cancer can lie dormant for more than 20 years before turning deadly, helping explain why a disease that kills more than 1.5 million a year worldwide is so persistent and difficult to treat, scientists said. Two papers detailing the evolution...

  • Blood clots in leg and lungs leading cause of premature death

    Blood clots in leg and lungs leading cause of premature death

    World Thrombosis Day (WTD), being celebrated on Monday, aims to raise awareness of the largely preventable disease as a comprehensive science review and a public survey reveal large gaps in public’s knowledge. While the world’s top two...

  • It’s a vicious circle

    It’s a vicious circle

    We are all used to modern commodities and luxuries and often turn a blind eye to the repercussions these are having on our health. Medical student Gianluca Fava takes a look at the effect of modern lifestyles on the air we breathe and how we...

  • Advocating a smoke-free world

    Advocating a smoke-free world

    Stephanie Fsadni learns that women are more prone to breathing problems than men. Respiratory consultant Josef Micallef explains why they are more predisposed to suffer from asthma, lung cancer and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease...

  • The breathing mechanism

    The breathing mechanism

    Ever wondered what the exact purpose of breathing is? And how humans actually breathe? The respiratory system is a beautifully constructed system of mechanics enabling organisms to satisfy one of the vital functions of life in a very efficient...

  • Exercise is good for you... even if you are asthmatic

    Exercise is good for you... even if you are asthmatic

    Contrary to popular myth, experts say exercise forms part of good asthma management. Stephanie Fsadni talks to a young rugby player who suffered severely from asthma as a child and who believes sports has helped improve his condition...

  • Obstructive Sleep Apnoea

    Obstructive Sleep Apnoea

    Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA) is a common and debilitating condition and can affect people at any age, although it is most prevalent from middle age onwards. In OSA the upper part of the air passage behind the tongue narrows and often blocks...

  • A hard pill to swallow

    A hard pill to swallow

    Metastatic breast cancer may not be much discussed and information on the disease is lacking. Stephanie Fsadni meets Doris Fenech, who has been living with metastatic cancer for the past six years. Despite her failing health, she is intent on...

  • ‘Gold standard’ of detection

    ‘Gold standard’ of detection

    Mammography remains the ‘gold standard’ in the early detection of breast cancer. Dr Malcolm Crockford, consultant radiologist at The Radiology Clinic, explains how mammography can detect breast cancer long before a lump develops. Mammography has...

  • Not only a female concern

    Not only a female concern

    Breast cancer may not be common among men but the mortality rate is higher than in women. Medical student Yimeng Zhang points out that these patients often do not receive enough physical, emotional and psychological support. Breast cancer is...

  • Nobel discovery opens window on to Alzheimer’s

    Nobel discovery opens window on to Alzheimer’s

    The discovery of cells in the brain that act as the body’s internal global positioning system, which won three scientists the Nobel Prize for medicine, opens an intriguing new window on to dementia. Since these spatial cells are among the first to...

  • Long-term stroke risks highlighted

    People who have had a stroke or transient ischemic attack (TIA or mini stroke) are at high risk of suffering a similar episode within five years, research has found. A study showed that these patients have an almost 10 per cent risk of dying,...

  • Neuroticism linked to Alzheimer’s disease

    Neuroticism linked to Alzheimer’s disease

    Anxious, jealous, moody or distressed middle-aged women may be putting themselves at risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease, according to a 38-year-long study. The claim, which appears in Neurology online, comes after scientists used personality...

  • Adding precious life to years

    Adding precious life to years

    Last Wednesday was International Day of Older Persons, a stark reminder that the world will soon see more people aged 60 and over than children. Almost 700 million people are aged over 60. By 2050, this figure will reach two billion, more than 20...

  • A view of depression

    A view of depression

    18A couple of months ago, US actor Robin Williams took his own life, which was a universal shock. However, after his death, we learnt that he suffered tremendously from serious depression. It becomes hard to reconcile the wonderful man who made us...

  • Is the calorie theory wrong?

    Is the calorie theory wrong?

    Eminent world-class medical scientists have recently expressed serious doubts about the reliability of so-called ‘evidence-based medicine’ on which dietary advice and pharmaceutical drug protocols have been based in recent decades. The relatively...

  • Tools to tweak programmes

    Tools to tweak programmes

    “I go walking everyday for one hour but just can’t seem to lose any weight.” Sometimes I feel like a mechanic peering over an open bonnet. “I’ve been training in the gym for nearly a year now and I haven’t put on any muscle.” I often hear such...

  • Sense of smell ‘predicts lifespan’

    Sense of smell ‘predicts lifespan’

    Being unable to smell bacon frying may be far more dire than simply missing out on one of life’s pleasures. In older adults, it could be a predictor of increased risk of death within five years. In a study of more than 3,000 people aged 57 to 85,...

  • ‘Exciting’ asthma therapy discovery

    Scientists may have discovered a new way to tackle life-threatening asthma attacks. Research, published in Science Translational Medicine journal, which sought to explain why the common cold could bring on life-threatening asthma attacks has been...

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