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Health & Fitness

  • 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...

  • Smoking cannabis every day increases brain connectivity

    Regular cannabis use shrinks the brain but increases the complexity of its wiring, a study has found. To some extent the loss of brain volume is balanced by larger numbers of connections between neurons, scientists discovered. But they warn that...

  • Studies offer clues on addiction for cigarettes

    British scientists say they have found the best way yet to analyse the effects of smoking on the brain – by taking functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) scans of people while they puff on e-cigarettes. In a small pilot study, the...

  • Live purposefully, live longer

    Live purposefully, live longer

    Life is likely to last longer if it has a purpose and seems worthwhile, research suggests. Scientists found that pensioners with the greatest sense of well-being were 30 per cent less likely to die within a decade than those who were least...

  • First nationwide health study to tackle diabetes

    First nationwide health study to tackle diabetes

    The University of Malta launched Saħħtek – Health and Well-being, a cross-sectional survey which kicks off this month. Held at Medical School at Mater Dei Hospital, the launch was attended by University rector Juanito Camilleri together with Sarah...

  • Dealing with stress

    Dealing with stress

    Stress can be defined as pressures placed on people and their reactions to those pressures or as an imbalance between perceived demands and the perceived ability to cope. Both definitions will strike a chord with those of you who have experienced...

  • Like your exercise bike

    Like your exercise bike

    With so many other seemingly more exciting alternatives to choose from, we’re not exactly clamouring for rides on the old exercise bike these days. The stationary bike has assumed more of a classic role in today’s colourful and fancy world of...

  • ‘Superbug’ in the trenches

    ‘Superbug’ in the trenches

    Scientists who unlocked the genetic code of bacteria grown from a soldier who died of dysentery in World War I say it revealed a superbug already resistant to penicillin and other antibiotics decades before they were in common use. The discovery...

  • Shift work may ‘age brain’

    Shift work may ‘age brain’

    Long-term shift work has an ageing effect on the brain that leads to an impaired ability to think and remember, a study has found. A decade or more working rotating shifts was associated with a loss of brain function equivalent to 6.5 years of...

  • That drink could be making you fat

    That drink could be making you fat

    That cheeky after-work pint or the bottle of wine you share with your partner over dinner could be adding inches to your waistline as well as some foods, figures show. A standard 175ml glass of wine contains between 126 and 160 calories depending...

  • Understanding your neck pain

    Understanding your neck pain

    The musculoskeletal component of the neck consists of the cervical spine, muscles, ligaments and discs. The cervical spine, comprising seven vertebrae situated below the skull, together with the muscles attached to it, enable one to perform...

  • From baby milk to food

    From baby milk to food

    From the many online posts by parents asking for help on the introduction of food to their babies and on how breastfeeding is not important after the six-month mark, one can see that there is still confusion as to when to start a child on food and...

  • Let friendly bacteria flourish

    Let friendly bacteria flourish

    Last week we looked at the way bacteria is involved in every part of our lives. In fact, it could well be that we’re obsessed with all things antibacterial. However, new research shows that tackling bacteria harms the good as well as the bad and...

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