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Health & Fitness

  • Straying from structure

    Straying from structure

    Structure. Order. It makes us feel safe. It makes us feel civilised. If order is good, then the chaotic and random, by default, must be bad. But is this really the case? Could it be that structure sometimes amounts to little more than a false...

  • Breathalyser bid to spot concussion

    Breathalyser bid to spot concussion

    Scientists are developing a pitch-side breathalyser that can show if a footballer or rugby player is suffering from concussion. So far they have only tested gases in the laboratory, but a trial involving 40 students could pave the way to making...

  • Scientists ‘reset’ human stem cells

    Scientists have made a breakthrough in creating stem cells crucial to regenerative medicine. British and Japanese academics have successfully ‘reset’ human pluripotent stem cells, considered useful because they can become human cells or tissues...

  • Kicking unhealthy habits

    Kicking unhealthy habits

    Do you smoke cigarettes or even weed? Do you drink alcohol? Do you have an unbalanced diet? Would you change these unhealthy habits if you were pregnant, asks medical student Sahra Abdallah Haji. Beware of the consequences. During pregnancy,...

  • In favour of breastfeeding

    In favour of breastfeeding

    Charmaine Gauci, director, Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Directorate, believes breastfeeding provides the ideal nourishment for babies and a special bonding experience with the mother, besides long-term benefits for both. The decision...

  • Time to plan

    Time to plan

    Marianne Theuma, a childbirth educator, pinpoints some stark changes a baby may bring into a couple’s life andgives advice on how to get prepared. A male and a female are attracted to each other, then they choose to get together and one fine day a...

  • Choosing suitable skincare products

    Choosing suitable skincare products

    Mustela is the leading skincare brand for babies and mothers-to-be. The range comprises: Mustela Bebe: daily use products for hygiene, bath time, nappy change and skin protection, formulated for the delicate skin of babies and children. All are...

  • Experts highly advice against ‘fat shaming’

    Experts highly advice against ‘fat shaming’

    ‘Fat shaming’ does not help people lose weight, experts have said. Making overweight and obese people feel bad about their size does not encourage them to shed excess pounds – and may even make them put on more weight, researchers found. The...

  • Food substances are ‘not addictive’

    Eating can be addictive but foods high in fat or sugar are not to blame, a study suggests. An international team of scientists has found no strong evidence that particular chemical substances in foods are addictive. It is the positive feelings...

  • Ebola vaccine protects monkeys for a few months

    Ebola vaccine protects monkeys for a few months

    An experimental Ebola vaccine, similar to one being developed by GlaxoSmithKline, is effective for at least five weeks in lab monkeys but requires boosting with an additional vaccine to extend its protection to 10 months, according to a study. The...

  • Sibling rows may trigger self-harm

    Fights and rows among siblings may be a common occurrence but could lead to serious consequences in later life, research suggests. Children who are frequently bullied by their brothers or sisters are more likely to be depressed and even self-harm...

  • California study sheds doubts on double mastectomy benefit

    California study sheds doubts on double mastectomy benefit

    Women with breast cancer make no difference to their survival chances by deciding to have a double mastectomy, new research has shown. A study in California found that women who had lumps removed followed by radiotherapy lived as long as those...

  • What should a MS patient eat?

    What should a MS patient eat?

    Last week we looked at the triggers for multiple sclerosis (MS) sufferers. Having discussed what foods should be avoided, let’s take a look at the foods that could help the condition. Once again, the list is full of healthy options: lots of...

  • Unresolved cancer conundrums

    Unresolved cancer conundrums

    As everybody knows, cancer is a major killer among all developed nations, and that includes Malta. While we have a fairly good idea of what causes some types of cancer, including, for instance, the undoubted correlation between smoking and cancer...

  • Finding the time to exercise

    I was listening to Cats in the Cradle the other day, a song about a father who never had enough time for his son. When he finally retires and calls his now-working-man son for a visit, he is told: “I’d love to Dad if I could find the time.”...

  • CTS is painful and progressive

    CTS is painful and progressive

    If you frequently wake up at night with a tingling or numbing sensation in your hand or if you have a constant heaviness and discomfort in your hands while working at your desk, it is most likely you may be suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome,...

  • Time to get back in shape

    Time to get back in shape

    Summer is a great time to enjoy some quality time with family and children – everyone deserves a break after all. We’ve all enjoyed fantastic BBQs, good food, maybe a holiday abroad and yummy ice creams. And let’s face it – summer is just too hot...

  • Action needed to reduce global suicide rate

    More than 800,000 people each year worldwide commit suicide − around one person every 40 seconds − with many using poisoning, hanging or shooting to end their own lives, the World Health Organisation said. In its first global report on suicide...

  • WHO ‘gives misleading view on e-cigarettes’

    WHO ‘gives misleading view on e-cigarettes’

    A World Health Organisation-commissioned review of e-cigarettes contains errors, misinterpretations and misrepresentations, meaning policymakers may miss their potential health benefits, a group of tobacco addiction experts said. In a critique of...

  • E-cigarettes ‘gateway to harmful drugs’

    E-cigarettes ‘gateway to harmful drugs’

    Like conventional cigarettes, electronic cigarettes may function as a ‘gateway drug’ that can prime the brain to be more receptive to harder drugs, US researchers said. The findings, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, add to the...

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