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Health & Fitness

  • Obesity: is it linked to inactivity?

    There has been some debate exploring the possible reasons for the obesity epidemic sweeping the western world. Since on this tiny sunny patch of the planet we are forerunners in international obesity rankings, we should be concerned. Whether it’s...

  • Point-of-care clinic within patients’ reach

    The Health Ministry is improving the service of the Anticoagulant Clinic as part of overall improvements in the primary healthcare sector. The aim is to introduce a point-of-care Anticoagulant Clinic in the primary healthcare setting to improve...

  • Artificial life closer to reality

    A landmark step towards the creation of artificial life has been taken by scientists who have built a functioning synthetic yeast chromosome. Their achievement breaks new ground by taking the emerging field of synthetic biology beyond the limits...

  • Cancer study looks at organic diet

    Eating pesticide-free organic food does nothing to reduce a woman’s risk of cancer, a study has found. Researchers asked 600,000 women aged 50 or over whether they ate organic food and monitored their health for nine years. In total, around 50,000...

  • Study suggests autism begins ‘long before birth’

    A study that examined brains from children who died has bolstered evidence that something before birth might cause autism. Clusters of disorganised brain cells were discovered in tissue samples from brain regions important for regulating social...

  • Smoking bans cut premature births and child asthma attacks

    Banning smoking in public places has helped to cut premature births by 10 per cent, according to new research from the US and Europe. A study in The Lancet medical journal found that while the impact of anti-smoking laws varies between countries,...

  • WHO declares India free of polio

    The World Health Organisation has formally declared India to be polio-free, with no new cases of the disease detected in the country in the past three years. The WHO said that the milestone means it now considers the entire southeast Asian region,...

  • Scientist who discovered Ebola frustrated by Guinea outbreak

    Peter Piot was 27, newly qualified and working in a microbiology lab in Antwerp when he received a flask of human blood contaminated with a mysterious pathogen that had been killing people in the forests of Zaire. If he had known then what he was...

  • Polluted air linked to 7m deaths in 2012 – WHO

    Air pollution killed about seven million people in 2012, making it the world’s single biggest environmental health risk, the World Health Organisation said yesterday. The toll, a doubling of previous estimates, means one in eight of all global...

  • Better sleep ‘may prevent diabetes’

    Doctors should consider prescribing better sleep to ward off type 2 diabetes and obesity, say experts. Increasing evidence points to a link between poor sleep and common metabolic disorders, according to a new research review. Often sleep loss is...

  • Mother’s diet can affect dementia risk

    A pregnant mother’s eating habits may influence her unborn child’s chances of developing Alzheimer’s, research suggests. Scientists found that offspring of mice fed a high fat diet were more likely as adults to experience impaired blood flow in...

  • ‘Get some exposure to the sun’

    There are many facets of our lifestyle that affect our long-term health. Here are just a few of them. Yo-yo dieting is a common result of regular dieting. It means putting all the weight back on (with interest) after stopping the diet. However,...

  • Golden burn workout

    As you look down on Għajn Tuffieħa Bay beach from the upper car park, the view is simply breathtaking. At sunrise, the fresh air blows in from the sea and tickles the sand and grass before filling our lungs with that special, sweet-smelling sense...

  • Ageing before their time

    Obese teenagers who eat a lot of salty food may be getting old before their time, a study suggests. Scientists found evidence of their cells ageing more quickly than those of over-weight teens who consumed less salt, or slimmer individuals. In...

  • Active women cut breast cancer risk

    Active women can reduce their risk of breast cancer by up to 12 per cent, researchers have said. Compared with the laziest women, those who have the highest level of daily exercise can significantly reduce their risk of contracting breast...

  • Westin Well-being Movement at The Westin Dragonara Resort

    The Westin Dragonara Resort is opening its doors to the public as part of the global launch of the Westin Well-being Movement, a campaign designed to enhance the well-being of guests and associates around the world. The year-long $15 million...

  • Statins hope for MS sufferers

    A cheap cholesterol-lowering pill may offer new hope to patients with progressing multiple sclerosis (MS), research suggests. Findings from a Phase II patient trial show that a high daily dose of simvastatin can stave off nerve damage linked to...

  • New smoking link to breast cancer

    Smoking increases the risk of breast cancer in older women by almost a fifth, a study has found. The discovery adds to a growing weight of evidence linking exposure to tobacco smoke with the disease. US scientists who tracked the progress of...

  • Gut bacteria aids chocolate benefit

    Chocoholic gut bacteria may be one of the chief reasons why dark chocolate is good for the heart, research suggests. By breaking down indigestible chocolate compounds and fermenting cocoa fibre, they generate a potent anti-inflammatory effect. It...

  • The restorative powers of honey

    Honey could be the key in the battle against antibiotic resistance, experts have said. As well as being a tasty treat, honey could be used to help fight infections, they said. Scientists said that honey has a combination of weapons to beat...

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