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Health & Fitness

  • A look at pain relief and cancer support

    Having a stiff or painful neck can cause discomfort all day. Acupuncture and the Alexander Technique (which helps improve posture) are both more successful at reducing chronic neck pain than standard treatments, according to a new study. Both...

  • Many studies about alcohol consumption benefits flawed

    A new study has poured cold water on the idea that moderate alcohol consumption is healthy. Many people enjoy a glass of wine with dinner happily believing that they are reducing the risk of heart disease and helping themselves to live longer. But...

  • Women more heavily impacted by Alzheimer’s disease

    Women more heavily impacted by Alzheimer’s disease

    Alzheimer’s disease has a worse effect on women than men, researchers have said. Women with Alzheimer’s have poorer cognitive abilities than men at the same stage of the disease, the study has found. Researchers from the University of...

  • Happy people live longer

    Happy people live longer

    In the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network’s 2015 World Happiness Report, Malta improved its standing as the world’s 37th happiest country, up from 48th place two years earlier. And this is good news because being happy promotes...

  • The dairy controversy

    The dairy controversy

    There is an ever-growing group of people who, for one reason or another, have excluded dairy products completely from their diet, opting to obtain their calcium from other sources. I cannot say anything about those who opt out for ethical reasons,...

  • Lessening the pain of arthritis

    I am sure you know someone who suffers from arthritis. It may even be you. Arthritis is the biggest cause of disability in the UK and the US. It affects some 10 million British people and 50 million Americans. It is widespread in the western world...

  • Cocaine use: higher risk of stroke for youngsters

    Cocaine use: higher risk of stroke for youngsters

    Adults, even in their 30s and 40s, may raise their risk of stroke by six-fold every time they use cocaine, a recent US study suggests. Based on a comparison of younger victims of a first stroke, using cocaine in the 24 hours before the event...

  • Molecule could help heal spinal damage

    A molecule that helps broken spinal cords to heal has been identified by British scientists. The discovery of the neuregulin-1 signalling molecule could one day lead to new therapies that aid the self-repair of spinal cords, say the...

  • ‘Lost’ memories wiped out by Alzheimer’s could be revived

    Lost memories banished by Alzheimer’s can in theory be rescued by stimulating nerve cells to grow new connections, a study has shown. The proof-of-concept research, conducted in mice, raises the possibility of future treatments that reverse memory...

  • Angola's yellow fever death toll rises to 158 - WHO

    Angola's yellow fever death toll rises to 158 - WHO

    A yellow fever outbreak in Angola that began late last year has killed 158 people, up from 50 a month ago, as deaths from the disease transmitted by mosquitoes accelerate, a World Health Organisation official said today. There has also been an...

  • Science: believers and sceptics

    It may be said that the world is divided into science believers and science sceptics who sometimes come to blows on topics that vary from global warming to vaccinating a newborn child. Controversial issues are not only plentiful but, with...

  • Life expectancy

    Over the decades we have had an idea of our life expectancy. Hundreds of years ago it was amazing if we lived to reach the age of 55. Now we are looking to our 80s. Some researchers believe that the idea of living up to 120 is within reach. If...

  • Good health should spread like wildfire

    Good health should spread like wildfire

    I admit I am a sucker for TV documentaries about our special furry friends in the animal kingdom who reportedly share over 90 per cent of our DNA. When considering the subtle similarities and differences between ourselves, bonobos, chimpanzees and...

  • Professionals tackle current issues from 360˚ perspective

    Professionals tackle current issues from 360˚ perspective

    Relevant themes are tackled from multidisciplinary approach in series of events held in collaborative effort between Willingness Malta and psychology students Traditional therapies and helping professions in the western world have supported many...

  • Attention deficit disorder in children: a new epidemic?

    Attention deficit disorder in children: a new epidemic?

    More children are being diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD). Parents and teachers alike report difficulties with attention, concentration and discipline. ADD affects individuals in general but is even more present when the person has a...

  • Do it for Lent if nothing else

    Do it for Lent if nothing else

    The word fast can be used to define a lot about the way we live. Fast food, fast internet and to generally live life in the fast lane are all ideas we can relate to. Even in fitness we band the word around to increase interest in adopting a...

  • It is never too late to exercise

    It is never too late, even if you are 75 or older, to introduce gentle exercise into your life. This exercise regime could help you live longer and healthier and reduce your chances of heart disease and stroke. Older men and women who begin to...

  • Vegan diet‘cuts risk of prostate tumour’

    Vegan diet‘cuts risk of prostate tumour’

    Men who follow a vegan diet may cut their risk of prostate cancer, research suggests. A study found a 35 per cent lower risk of the cancer for those who followed a vegan diet, which is based on plants and includes vegetables, grains, nuts and...

  • Aspirin protects against cancers, particularly stomach and bowel

    Aspirin provides overall protection against cancers, especially those affecting the stomach and bowel, a large study has found. Scientists in the US analysed 32 years-worth of data from almost 136,000 participants in two major health...

  • Zika may increase risk of neurological illness

    Zika may increase risk of neurological illness

    French scientists say they have proved a link between the Zika virus and a nerve syndrome called Guillain-Barré, suggesting countries hit by the Zika epidemic will see a rise in cases of the serious neurological condition. Guillain-Barré (GBS) is...

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