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Health & Fitness

  • New home for the elderly in Santa Venera

    New home for the elderly in Santa Venera

    Casa Francesco, operated by L’Agora Malta, is a new residential home for the elderly that has opened its doors in Santa Venera. The nursing home has an accommodation capacity of 75 beds, with all rooms enjoying en suite facilities,...

  • Trek through the traffic

    Trek through the traffic

    I got caught again last week, and more than once. If I meet that sweet spot in the morning, that special time window before the crippling traffic takes hold of the nation by the scruff of the neck and brings it to a soul-destroying and agonising...

  • Playing video games ‘a therapy for Parkinson’s’

    Playing video games ‘a therapy for Parkinson’s’

    Computer consoles can help improve the lives of people with the neurological disease Parkinson’s, researchers have found. Scientists said games with sensors − used in consoles like the Nintendo Wii and accessories such as the Xbox Kinect − were...

  • Hand dryers ‘worse for germ spread’

    High-powered hand dryers may seem ultra-hygienic but spread more germs than paper towels, research has shown. Scientists at the University of Leeds found that airborne germ counts around jet air dryers were 27 times higher than they were in the...

  • Mice and men ‘very genetically different’

    Mice and men ‘very genetically different’

    Mice and men are genetically far further apart than was previously thought, calling into question the important role the rodents play in medical research. A study has found that while mice and humans share many protein-coding genes, the way their...

  • Complex jobs may protect brain

    Complex jobs that require a lot of difficult analysis or social interaction may protect the brain from mental decline, research suggests. Social workers, lawyers, architects and graphic designers are likely to have longer-lasting memory and...

  • Survivor blood tests to treat new disease victims

    Survivor blood tests to treat new disease victims

    A coalition of companies and aid groups will test experimental drugs and collect blood plasma from Ebola survivors to treat new victims of the disease in West Africa. Plasma from survivorscontains antibodies, substances the immune system makes to...

  • WHO seeks swifter test to help stamp out epidemic

    WHO seeks swifter test to help stamp out epidemic

    The World Health Organisation is seeking faster and cheaper tests to detect the Ebola virus to help stamp out the last few cases of the deadly fever once the main epidemic has been tackled, WHO officials said. The world’s worst ever outbreak of...

  • Test your run

    Cutting-edge foot-scanning technology developed to improve services within sports outlets is now available at Eurosport. The scanning platform Sincro-Scan will record those areas where feet exert pressure, both while standing and in motion. The ...

  • Lifestyle reminders

    Lifestyle reminders

    It is essential to keep up the motivation on health habits to make sure your health remains good in the long term. It is true, the tendency is to think that bad health is a long time off, when you are younger. However, people of all ages can make...

  • Maltese hope barometer

    The University of Malta’s Centre for Resilience and Socio-Emotional Health is launching a study on the Maltese people’s hopes, wishes and expectations for 2015. Hope plays a central role in people’s happiness and satisfaction, helping to fostering...

  • Are you working hard enough?

    Are you working hard enough?

    An interesting query I received simply read: “How do I know if I’m training hard enough?” To this simple query, I will attempt to provide an equally simple and straightforward reply. You might go out walking or jogging or maybe have a piece of...

  • WHO starts assessment of potential Ebola ‘cures’

    WHO starts assessment of potential Ebola ‘cures’

    The World Health Organisation has begun assessing more than 120 potential treatments for Ebola patients, it said yesterday, but so far has found none that definitely work, and some that definitely do not. One drug used to treat HIV patients,...

  • The risk of heart disease

    The risk of heart disease

    Josanne Vassallo tells Stephanie Fsadni about the importance of a healthy lifestyle and adherence to medication to control blood glucose levels and help prevent heart problems. Individuals suffering from diabetes are at a higher risk of developing...

  • Could your child have diabetes?

    Could your child have diabetes?

    Whenever a child is diagnosed with diabetes for the first time, parents often react with shock and disbelief. In reality, diabetes is one of the commonest chronic conditions that affects children. About 95 per cent of diabetic children have type 1...

  • When the disease affects the nerves

    When the disease affects the nerves

    Diabetic neuropathy can affect various parts of the body and living with it may be difficult and frustrating. Medical student Yimeng Zhang takes a look at different neuropathies and how it is possible to reduce their debilitating effects. Fifty...

  • Raising awareness

    Diabetes is on the increase worldwide, including Malta. A National Diabetes Plan is being compiled which should lay the way forward to continue improving on the current health system and address shortcomings. Meanwhile, it is important to continue...

  • The fear of amputation

    The fear of amputation

    About 16.7 per cent of the Maltese population is living with diabetes (9.2 per cent) or impaired glucose tolerance (7.5 per cent). This high prevalence in the population is responsible for one in four deaths of the Maltese people before the age of...

  • Scientists scour the genomes of people who live past 110

    Scientists scour the genomes of people who live past 110

    How do some people live past 110 years old? Is it superior genes, clean living, good luck or some combination of those? Scientists studying these ‘supercentenarians’ said they sequenced the genomes of 17 people aged 110 to 116 to try to determine...

  • Mutation link to lower cholesterol

    Rare mutations in a single gene are linked to lower cholesterol levels and a 50 per cent reduced risk of heart disease, research has shown. Scientists believe the discovery might guide the way to new treatments. The gene, known as NPC1L1, is...

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