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Health & Fitness

  • A holistic approach to tackling obesity

    A holistic approach to tackling obesity

    Claire Caruana takes a look behind the doors of Dar Kenn Għal Saħħtek, a residential facility for people suffering from eating disorders and obesity, where patients are given nutritional and psychological help. Dar Kenn Għal Saħħtek (DKgħS), the...

  • Tobacco products display banned in all shops in UK

    Tobacco products display banned in all shops in UK

    A ban on displaying tobacco in small shops in the UK came into force this week. The display of tobacco products, which has been illegal for large stores and supermarkets since 2012, is now prohibited in all premises. The ban has been heralded as...

  • For some elderly, unclogging leg arteries doesn’t improve mobility

    For some elderly, unclogging leg arteries doesn’t improve mobility

    Surgery to improve blood flow to the legs yields only limited improvements in mobility, according to a study. Knowing that so-called lower extremity revascularisation may not improve mobility allows doctors, patients and families to have more...

  • Brain function link to MS chemical

    Increased brain function could stimulate a chemical that protects nerve fibres from multiple sclerosis (MS), a study suggests. Researchers at Edinburgh University treated zebrafish with drugs which produced a similar reaction to touch or proximity...

  • Ensuring food safety from stable to table

    Ensuring food safety from stable to table

    World Health Day, being commemorated today, is sponsored yearly by the World Health Organisation. Thus one may be under the wrong impression that human health falls solely under WHO or, in a country context, under the health department. However,...

  • Former model races to ski record

    Former model races to ski record

    Model-turned-entrepreneur Heather Mills has claimed a new title - the fastest disabled woman on skis. Mills, who lost the lower half of her left leg and crushed her pelvis after she was knocked down by a police motorcycle in 1993, set the new...

  • Studying the power of thought

    Studying the power of thought

    The problem with distance healing is that, to the sceptics, it is intangible, immeasurable and inconceivable. Prayer, Reiki, intention, spiritual healing, energy healing and all the other descriptions of the power of thought are subjects that...

  • The importance of early detection

    The importance of early detection

    This month is autism month. The birth of a child into a family is an event viewed by most expectant parents as a joyful experience. Plans are made for the new arrival and the whole family is thrilled to welcome the new addition. When the baby...

  • Inspired by Fifty Shades of Grey

    “Pleasure and pain are two sides of the same coin.” Why thank you Mr Grey, but us fitness addicts have known this for quite some time, in a slightly different context perhaps, but one cannot deny a degree of pain is indeed present in many forms of...

  • Pesticide ‘harmful to men’s fertility’

    Pesticide ‘harmful to men’s fertility’

    Pesticide residues coating non-organic fruit and vegetables may be harming men’s fertility, research suggests. Scientists demonstrated a link between the chemicals, sprayed on to crops to prevent damage by insect pests, and reduced sperm count and...

  • Alcohol sips ‘send mixed message’

    Alcohol sips ‘send mixed message’

    Children allowed an occasional sip of wine at the dinner table may be more at risk of taking to drink as teenagers, research has shown. Of 561 US children studied, those given a taste of alcohol by the age of 11 were four times more likely to have...

  • Garlic salve ‘can kill superbug’

    A garlic-based ‘potion’ listed in a thousand-year-old Anglo-Saxon manuscript has been found to kill off the MRSA superbug. Microbiologists at the University of Nottingham say early trials of the 10th century remedy – which also contains cow bile –...

  • Event to focus on life without stress

    Event to focus on life without stress

    Seminar and workshop provider One Spirit Personal Development will be addressing the growing issues of workplace stress during an event themed More to Life, to take place on April 11. Jackey Backman, the company’s senior director, has been...

  • Internal causes of arthritis

    Internal causes of arthritis

    Last week we introduced the subject by taking a closer look at arthritis, including diet and exercise. Today, we will continue looking at exercise while also delving into internal causes. Movement is vital to help keep arthritis at bay. Resistance...

  • Pain in the shins

    Pain in the shins

    With the run-up to the marathon, it is always common to encounter athletes complaining of pain in the shins. This condition is generally referred to as shin splints, a most frustrating pain after all the hard training done to get fit for this...

  • Tinkering with our inheritance

    Tinkering with our inheritance

    Ask anyone whether it would be a good idea if we could rid humanity of all its genetic disorders and the answer will surely be a resounding yes. To prevent a child from inheriting any of the disorders, which we as parents have been lumbered with,...

  • Confessions of a hungry professional

    Confessions of a hungry professional

    It’s only natural to be curious about other people’s confessions, and I’ve made some of my own on this very page several times before. Today’s confession, however, rattles, if ever so slightly, the very nature of personal training itself, as so...

  • Europe’s first non-beating heart transplant a success

    Europe’s first non-beating heart transplant a success

    Surgeons have carried out the Britain’s first non-beating heart transplant. Huseyin Ulucan, 60, from London, became the first successful recipient of a heart transplant from a non-beating heart donor in Europe following an operation at Papworth...

  • Crossing fingers can have impact on pain

    Crossing fingers can have impact on pain

    Crossing fingers may not bring good luck, as some believe, but it can have an impact on pain, according to scientists. The superstitious action was found to affect a well-known pain experiment known as the ‘thermal grill illusion’, which involves...

  • Mid-life fitness ‘cuts cancer risk’

    High levels of fitness in middle age can help men survive cancer, a study has found. Keeping fit reduced the chances of those who developed lung, bowel or prostate cancer dying from their disease by almost a third, the research showed. Mid-life...

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