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Health & Fitness

  • Healthy and more active lifestyle

    Healthy and more active lifestyle

    Most women are contantly stuggling against their weight. But there is some good news: one can stop dieting! It is the small changes in one’s daily lifestyle that bring about huge changes, not just in weight but also in the way one feels and...

  • Look better for longer

    Look better for longer

    CHIC Med-Aesthetic Clinics at SkyParks Business Centre is holding an open day on Saturday, March 14. Visitors can benefit from various offers on all professional aesthetic treatments available at the centre, including skin laser treatments such as...

  • Taking proper care of feet

    Feet often receive too little attention despite all the hard work they do. In order to optimally care for one’s feet, it is advisable to clean them after any callus treatment in an indulging footbath such as Scholl Velvet Smooth. This removes the...

  • Six-way kidney transplant in San Francisco hospital

    Doctors at a San Francisco hospital began an unusual series of kidney transplants yesterday with six living donors providing organs to six patients in a chain that began with a woman described as an altruistic donor unrelated to any of the...

  • Disease of kings has positive effect

    Disease of kings has positive effect

    People with a history of gout have a 24 per cent lower risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease, a study has found. The condition, known as the disease of kings due to Henry VIII famously suffering from it, appears to have a protective effect on the...

  • Mediterranean diet ‘cuts heart disease risk’

    Mediterranean diet ‘cuts heart disease risk’

    A Mediterranean diet rich in fresh fruit, vegetables, wholegrains, nuts, beans, fish and olive oil can cut the long-term risk of heart disease by half, research has shown. Scientists monitored the health of more than 2,500 Greek adults aged 18 to...

  • Coronary health linked to stress in teenagers

    The worse a person deals with stress when young, the more likely they will develop heart disease later in life, a study has suggested. Researchers in the UK and Sweden said that even exercise would do little to help after examining the records of...

  • Ebola-like ‘epidemic’ warning

    Ebola-like ‘epidemic’ warning

    Almost 30 countries are highly vulnerable to an Ebola-style epidemic which could jeopardise the future of millions of children, a charity has warned. A new report by Save the Children ranks the world’s poorest countries on the state of their...

  • Harvard prevention trial studies tau, Alzheimer’s other protein

    Harvard prevention trial studies tau, Alzheimer’s other protein

    Alzheimer’s researchers at Harvard for the first time are scanning the brains of healthy patients for the presence of a hallmark protein called tau, which forms toxic tangles of nerve fibres associated with the fatal disease. The scans are part of...

  • Coffee ‘prevents clogged arteries’

    Coffee ‘prevents clogged arteries’

    People who drink three to five coffees a day are less likely to develop clogged arteries that could lead to heart attacks, a study has shown. The effects of coffee consumption on cardiovascular health have led to much debate, and despite earlier...

  • ‘Careful’ use of paracetamol urged

    ‘Careful’ use of paracetamol urged

    Long-term use of paracetamol has been linked to an increased risk of gastrointestinal problems, high blood pressure and stroke, researchers have found. Although the risk remains small, doctors should consider advising their patients on alternative...

  • Inflammation role ‘complicated’

    Inflammation role ‘complicated’

    Inflammation, often seen as a villain in relation to health, may protect against heart disease, a study has suggested. Scientists were surprised by the finding because they suspected inflammation was likely to increase the risk of heart and artery...

  • Too much red wine may harm muscles

    An ingredient in chocolate and red wine reputed to have anti-ageing properties may actually hinder the regeneration and repair of muscles in higher doses, researchers claim. Resveratrol, widely sold in supplements, is said to have powerful...

  • Coffee ‘may protect against MS’

    Drinking coffee may protect against multiple sclerosis (MS), a study suggests. Scientists attribute the effect to caffeine, which has already been linked to a reduced risk of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. The researchers analysed data from...

  • Excessive sleep linked to strokes

    Excessive sleep linked to strokes

    Getting too much sleep may increase the risk of having a stroke, scientists have said. According to the study by the University of Cambridge, this risk doubles for older people who persistently sleep longer than the average of eight hours a...

  • Aussie actor gets sugar rush from low-fat foods

    Aussie actor gets sugar rush from low-fat foods

    An Australian actor who set out to expose hidden sugar in health food said he gained 8.5kg and a paunch after a 60-day low-fat diet, including yoghurt, cereal, muesli bars and juices. Damon Gameau’s document-ary, That Sugar Film, studies the...

  • Get to grips with your anger

    Get to grips with your anger

    Anger in itself is neither good nor bad. It is a tool that helps us to read and respond to upsetting social situations. Gestalt psychotherapist Ray Micallef points out to Simonne Pace it’s how you use this tool that matters. The Mental Health...

  • Calming one’s self

    Calming one’s self

    Calming exercise seems like a contradiction in terms. However, it is possible to exercise and calm ourselves at the same time. I recently attended a ‘retreat for the mind’ and this included something called ‘walking meditation’. I thought it was...

  • A national register of exercise professionals

    A national register of exercise professionals

    In a room somewhere in the south of the island last week, the air carried a palpable feeling of history in the making. A call was issued some weeks ago, and six of the respondents took time out of their busy schedules to answer it with their...

  • WHO calls for more measles vaccination campaigns in Europe

    WHO calls for more measles vaccination campaigns in Europe

    The World Health Organisation in Europe called for measles vaccination campaigns to be stepped up across the region after recording 22,000 cases of the highly infectious disease since the start of 2014. Saying she was “taken aback” by high case...

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