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Health & Fitness

  • Nuts ‘may help combat diabetes’

    Nuts ‘may help combat diabetes’

    Eating nuts may help to combat Type 2 diabetes, research suggests. Two servings of tree nuts a day appears to lower and stabilise blood sugar levels in people with the disease, according to evidence collected from 12 clinical trials. Tree nuts...

  • Scientists warned on cancer target

    Scientists looking for new ways to fight cancer may be aiming at the wrong target, research suggests. The most dangerous cancer cells are not necessarily those that proliferate the fastest, according to a US study. Instead of focusing on rapidly...

  • Marking World Breastfeeding Week

    Marking World Breastfeeding Week

    We are in the middle of World Breastfeeding Week. The major controversy mothers face is that of breast milk versus formula milk. This debate is essentially nothing but sand in mothers’ eyes to keep them from helping and supporting one...

  • Alcoholism and genetic make-up

    Alcoholism and genetic make-up

    It has been stated that genetic factors account for 50-60 per cent of risk for alcoholism (Matt McGue, University of Minnesota). It has also been known for some time that some ethnic groups (including East Chinese) have a deficiency of an enzyme...

  • Heart disease and long-term wellness

    Heart disease and long-term wellness

    There are many small tips we can incorporate into our lives to help our long-term health. I have a selection, one of which will be useful to you or someone you know. Initially, we will look at help for the heart. Drinking one sugar-sweetened drink...

  • The improvised suspension trainer

    The improvised suspension trainer

    I recall a recent instalment when I was asked if it is possible to bulk up and build muscle with no equipment whatsoever. Resourceful fitness professionals should relish such a challenge, as we are forced to ignore the problems and think of...

  • More than five a day ‘no effect’

    More than five a day ‘no effect’

    Eating more portions of fruit and vegetables than the recommended ‘five a day’ has no additional benefit on reducing a person’s risk of death, researchers have suggested. Consuming five portions of fruit or vegetables each day is linked to a lower...

  • Home cooking ‘helps healthy eating’

    Home cooking ‘helps healthy eating’

    Parents who spend time and trouble preparing food in the home may help their children develop healthier eating habits, research has shown. A study found that the amount of time parents devoted to meal preparation had a direct effect on children’s...

  • Middle-age ­drinking linked to memory loss

    Drinking too much in middle age can lead to memory loss in later life, a study has found. Scientists questioned 6,542 American middle-aged adults about their past alcohol consumption and assessed their mental abilities over a period of eight...

  • New exercise claim for older people

    New exercise claim for older people

    Pensioners can dramatically boost their health by doing just one minute of intense exercise twice a week, according to a new study. Scientists at Abertay University in Dundee found that in just six weeks the physical fitness of older people...

  • Fist bump ‘cleaner than handshake’

    Bumping fists rather than shaking hands could reduce the spread of infectious diseases, researchers said. Academics at Aberystwth University in west Wales came to the conclusion following a series of tests on hand hygiene. Using rubber gloves and...

  • The real cost of a prescription

    The real cost of a prescription

    A couple of weeks ago, timesofmalta.com published an article on the fact that pharmacists were becoming stricter and reluctant to dispense prescription-only medicines (POM) without a prescription from a medical doctor. This stems from the fact...

  • Facial paralysis

    Facial paralysis

    Bell’s palsy is a type of facial paralysis which causes temporary weakness or paralysis of the muscles on one side of the face. Very often, it gives rise to a great deal of concern to patients affected with it. Reassurance, advice and support help...

  • Functional exercise is for everyone

    Functional exercise is for everyone

    A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about the three exercises to help longevity. I also mentioned functional exercise (FE), which is the current buzzword for exercise to support your lifestyle. FE attempts to adapt or develop exercises that allow...

  • Are one-month makeovers possible?

    I was watching tennis highlights in the company of some good friends. Some of the top competitors in elite women’s tennis darted around the court exhibiting first class athletic prowess and corresponding aesthetic proportions to match. One of my...

  • Darkness ‘vital’ to cancer therapy

    Darkness ‘vital’ to cancer therapy

    Total darkness at night-time is key to the success of breast cancer therapy, scientists have suggested. Being exposed to light at night makes breast cancer resistant to the widely used hormonal therapy tamoxifen, they said. Such exposure shuts off...

  • Doubt cast on role of paracetamol

    Doubt cast on role of paracetamol

    Paracetamol painkillers are no better than a placebo for speeding the recovery of people suffering lower back pain, a study has found. Doctors should now look at whether the over-the-counter drug should be the first choice treatment for people...

  • Scientists make autism gene finding

    Autism and intellectual disability could be caused by similar genetic triggers, research suggests. Scientists from Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, who studied four families consisting of 16 people, have linked mutations in a...

  • Skin cancer research breakthrough

    Scientists believe they have discovered a new clue about cell growth which could lead to new drugs to tackle the most deadly form of skin cancer. Cancer Research UK scientists at the University of Manchester found that some melanoma cells are...

  • Shift work linked to diabetes risk

    Medics, police officers and firefighters could be at increased risk of developing diabetes, experts have said after new research linked shift work to a heightened risk of being diagnosed with the condition. Compared to normal office hours, working...

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