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Health & Fitness

  • Common gestational diabetes risk factors

    Common gestational diabetes risk factors

    Nearly half of all cases of diabetes during pregnancy could be prevented if young women eat well, exercise regularly and stop smoking before and during pregnancy, according to a study. Gestational diabetes is a common pregnancy complication that...

  • Mothers’ smoking ‘hits fertility’

    Mothers’ smoking ‘hits fertility’

    Mothers who smoke during pregnancy could damage the future fertility of their sons, new research has found. Experts used mice to test the long-term effects of mothers smoking during pregnancy and breastfeeding. They discovered that male pups...

  • Combined cancer treatment hailed

    Combined cancer treatment hailed

    Treating cancers with immunotherapy and radiotherapy at the same time could stop them becoming resistant to treatment, according to research published yesterday. Scientists found combining the two treatments helped the immune system hunt down and...

  • Diabetes in pregnancy risk factors

    Diabetes in pregnancy risk factors

    Nearly half of all cases of diabetes during pregnancy could be prevented if young women eat well, exercise regularly and stop smoking before and during pregnancy, according to a study. Gestational diabetes is a common pregnancy complication that...

  • Walking is fitness ‘superfood’

    Walking is fitness ‘superfood’

    Walking may never become as trendy as CrossFit, as sexy as mud runs or as ego-boosting as Ironman races but for fitness experts who stress daily movement over workouts and an active lifestyle over weekends of warrior games, walking is a super...

  • Turmeric link to brain cell repair

    Turmeric link to brain cell repair

    An ingredient in the yellow curry spice turmeric may hold the key to repairing the brains of people with neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s, research suggests. In laboratory tests, aromatic turmerone promoted the proliferation of brain...

  • Fun run in aid of Multiple Sclerosis

    Fun run in aid of Multiple Sclerosis

    A fun run in aid of the Multiple Sclerosis Society was organised this morning. The run, from Manoel Island to the Love Monument in St Julian’s, was aimed to collect funds for the society. A donation of €6.99 can ben made by sending an SMS to 5061...

  • Can you hear what I’m saying?

    Can you hear what I’m saying?

    I was in a bar where live music was playing. The person I was with, who was showing discomfort, said: “The music is worsening my tinnitus.” For those of us who don’t suffer from this uncomfortable condition, we don’t have a clue as to how it must...

  • Dead-end jobs linked to diabetes

    Long hours in a dead-end job can increase diabetes risk by almost a third, research has shown. People in low-status, poorly paid jobs who work 55 hours or more a week are 30 per cent more likely to develop Type 2 diabetes than those putting in 35...

  • Calcium ‘could give cancer warning’

    Calcium ‘could give cancer warning’

    Calcium in the blood could provide an early warning of cancers, especially in men, research has shown. Even slightly raised blood levels of calcium in men was associated with an increased risk of cancer diagnosis within one year. The discovery,...

  • Paranormal fitness activities

    If I were to tell you there existed a demon of sloth, a ghost of laziness, or an evil spirit of inactivity, would you believe it? I’ll also tell you that this spirit is dark, it is out to possess you, and if you don’t fight it, it might very well...

  • Exercise ‘helps fight depression’

    Physical activity combats depression by purging the body of a harmful substance that accumulates during stress, research suggests. Exercised muscle produces enzymes that convert the stress chemical kynurenine into a form that cannot pass into the...

  • Antibiotics are ‘failing’

    Antibiotics are ‘failing’

    A “worrying” number of antibiotics prescribed to patients by their family doctors fail to treat common infections, new research suggests. Experts set out to analyse the number of antibiotics failures for four common ailments between 1991 and 2012...

  • Experts unveil plan to end rabies worldwide

    Experts unveil plan to end rabies worldwide

    Rabies experts have unveiled a blueprint for eliminating the pernicious disease, which almost always is caused by bites from rabid dogs and kills tens of thousands of people a year worldwide, through a programme of mass dog vaccinations in...

  • Is our environment a risk factor for heart disease?

    Is our environment a risk factor for heart disease?

    Heart surgeon Alexander Manché argues that both nature and nurture are leading to the high prevalence of heart disease in our society. But while we have little to no control over nature, we can and have to regulate our lifestyles better. World...

  • That fluttering feeling

    That fluttering feeling

    Anyone can experience palpitations, irrespective of age. They can be quite normal during stressful periods of our lives, but sometimes they may signal a heart problem. Medical student Sahra Abdallah Haji explains how we can reduce such...

  • Running like clockwork

    Running like clockwork

    Daniela Zammit, from the Malta Medical Students’ Association, describes how the life-saving pacemakers work and how they allow patients to lead a fairly normal life. Every day, the average, healthy heart beats about 100,000 times, sending 2,000...

  • Keeping up the rhythm

    Keeping up the rhythm

    Fitness instructor Michele Wilson, 63, knows very well how exercise can improve heart health and reverse some heart disease risk factors. She shares her enthusiasm for an active lifestyle with Stephanie Fsadni. The benefit of exercise for our...

  • Skirt size ‘linked to cancer risk’

    Skirt size ‘linked to cancer risk’

    An increasing skirt size could increase a woman’s risk of breast cancer by as much as 33 per cent, researchers have found. If a 25-year-old woman goes up a size − for instance from a size 12 to a 14 − every 10 years until after going through the...

  • Statins ‘increase diabetes risk’

    Statins ‘increase diabetes risk’

    Cholesterol-lowering drugs can directly increase the risk of diabetes because of the way they function, research has shown. Statins have previously been associated with higher rates of type 2 diabetes, but it was not clear whether the drugs were...

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