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Health & Fitness

  • LatchOn: new breastfeeding initiative

    LatchOn: new breastfeeding initiative

    A woman gives birth to a baby and starts nursing her little one. She knows she can breastfeed her child anywhere and anytime but feels a bit apprehensive going out that first time. She has never nursed her baby in a public space and is unsure of...

  • Mobile phone update

    Mobile phone update

    It is always useful to keep aware of new health research and updates regarding mobile phone usage. Exactly 30 years ago last month, the world’s first mobile phone call was made – from a device weighing four kilos and costing £4,000. The change in...

  • Fight for your freedom

    Fight for your freedom

    I was at the bank the other day. Now whether going to the bank is indeed a pleasant or unpleasant experience I guess largely de­pends on that all-important critical figure, be it positive or negative in value: your bank balance. It is somewhat...

  • HRT ‘raises ovarian cancer risk’

    HRT ‘raises ovarian cancer risk’

    Women who undergo hormone replacement therapy (HRT) have a “significantly increased” risk of developing ovarian cancer, according to a major study. Researchers from the University of Oxford analysed 52 previous studies involving 21,000 women found...

  • British ban on smoking in car with children

    British ban on smoking in car with children

    Smoking in cars with children will be outlawed in England from next October following a final vote of MPs. The Department of Health (DoH) previously said regulations laid before Parliament to make private vehicles carrying under-18s smoke-free...

  • Eating oily fish ‘can mend heart’

    Eating oily fish ‘can mend heart’

    Eating oily fish has long been known to keep your heart healthy but scientists have also found it can mend a damaged heart. Diets high in omega-3 fatty acid foods could also help fix damaged blood vessels faster, reducing the risk of...

  • Job stress ‘making staff unhealthy’

    Job stress ‘making staff unhealthy’

    The negative impact a job can have on health has been revealed in a new study showing many people feel work pressures make them drink and smoke more, put on weight and do less exercise. A survey of almost 1,400 workers revealed that almost a third...

  • Free from Ebola, survivors complain of new syndrome

    Free from Ebola, survivors complain of new syndrome

    Romeo Doe, a 29-year-old tailor who survived Ebola in Liberia, is struggling to cope with the impact of a disease that killed seven members of his family and now threatens his livelihood. Since he was released from an Ebola centre in the capital...

  • Secret burials thwarting efforts to stamp out epidemic

    Secret burials thwarting efforts to stamp out epidemic

    Efforts to stamp out West Africa’s Ebola epidemic are being thwarted by villagers touching and washing the infectious bodies of dead victims at secret burials and difficulty in tracing those exposed to the virus, UN officials said. The number of...

  • ‘Off the cuff’ cancer remarks

    ‘Off the cuff’ cancer remarks

    The media has recently been full of some rather harsh comments relating to cancer. Having had a family with their fair share of cancer deaths, I felt enraged by the ‘off the cuff’ remarks. Here is one example: Cancer remains the enemy within, the...

  • Fighting cancer using immunity

    Fighting cancer using immunity

    Mark Farrugia, who has just completed a Master’s degree in biomedical science, was involved in research to better understand how T regulatory cells (Tregs) work, their direct involvement in cancer and ways to reduce or remove them from the cancer...

  • Research on genetics of osteoporosis and fractures

    Research on genetics of osteoporosis and fractures

    Research related to osteoporosis in Maltese women, carried out at the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Malta, identified a number of risk factors contributing to an increased risk of developing this condition and sustaining a...

  • Right out of a box

    Right out of a box

    There are few items these days that cannot be packaged and sold in boxes. Whether it’s a tasty chocolate morsel or a high-tech gaming console, chances are it came in a box. But what of fitness, superior fitness right out of a box? Is it even...

  • Mushroom boosts research efforts

    Mushroom boosts research efforts

    A carnivorous edible mushroom that lives a double life as part of the woodland landscape and vicious predator is helping scientists find new ways of fighting human disease. Oyster mushrooms are a common sight growing out of the bark of trees and...

  • Protecting yourself and others from viruses

    Protecting yourself and others from viruses

    Charmaine Gauci, director of the Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Directorate, shares some advice on how to limit the spread of colds and flu. Many people have experienced a common cold. It is that feeling of having a dripping nose,...

  • Do I have a cold or the flu?

    Do I have a cold or the flu?

    Both colds and influenza are respiratory illnesses but have different symptoms. Influenza is more serious, as it often involves fever and body aches. It can also develop a number of complications. The flu is preventable by means of the influenza...

  • The risk of complications

    The risk of complications

    If influenza is not treated properly, a number of complications may develop, leading to serious health problems. Claire Caruana highlights the most common ones – asthma flare-ups, bronchitis, pneumonia, sinusitis and ear infections. Asthma...

  • Boosting the immune system

    Boosting the immune system

    Eating healthy may boost one’s immune system, says nutritionist Daniel Petre. He tells Stephanie Fsadni one can actually select foods that are loaded with specific immune-boosting nutrients. A weakened immune system is just what a flu bug needs to...

  • ‘Not a safe alternative’

    ‘Not a safe alternative’

    E-cigarettes generate toxic chemicals similar to those found in tobacco and may harm the lungs and immune system, research suggests. The findings, from a study of mice, indicate that ‘vaping’ is far from being a safe alternative to smoking...

  • Review calls for global fund to fight dangerous superbugs

    A global fund should be created to speed development of much-needed new antibiotics to counter the growing threat of drug-resistant superbugs, a British-government backed review said yesterday. The review, headed by the leading economist and...

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