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Health & Fitness

  • iPad game helps schizophrenics

    iPad game helps schizophrenics

    A brain-training iPad game has been developed to help people with schizophrenia. Researchers at the University of Cambridge said slow progress is being made towards developing a drug treatment and the game, called Wizard, can help where drugs have...

  • Golf ball-sized heart pump could help dying patients

    Golf ball-sized heart pump could help dying patients

    An artificial heart pump the size of a golf ball could transform thousands of dying patients’ lives, the surgeon who implanted the first in the world has said. Retired father-of-three Harry Chivers, 63, was the first person to have the...

  • Texting and walking ‘changes pace and gait’

    Texting and walking ‘changes pace and gait’

    People walk slower while texting on their mobile phones to try to avoid accidents, according to research. And they often make large, exaggerated movements to negotiate crowds and compensate for their diminished vision. One of the researchers,...

  • Low milk supply in mothers is a myth

    Low milk supply in mothers is a myth

    As we roll into another World Breastfeeding Week celebration, which takes place every year between August 1 and 7, we will look into why many mothers stop breastfeeding before they reach their goal because of presumed low milk supply. In reality,...

  • Active smoking and alcohol risk factors of heart condition

    Active smoking is a well-known risk factor of myocardial infarction. Research carried out on the Maltese population has revealed that smokers run three times the risk of myocardial infarction compared with non-smokers. Stopping smoking reduces...

  • Pharmacognosy and herbal products course

    Malta University Consulting Ltd will be offering a 28-hour course on pharmacognosy and herbal products, scheduled to start on September 9 at the University Residence, Robert Mifsud Bonnici Street, Lija.The course is aimed at those working in the...

  • No after-dinner snack, no glucose

    No after-dinner snack, no glucose

    It is always worth taking a look at studies linking health issues with food. Today we are going to look at a variety of these links and see which ones affect your lifestyle. Some people can’t resist a midnight snack. However, let’s look at it with...

  • ‘I don’t need to train because...’

    We fitness professionals appear to be on a constant crusade to convince all and sundry to jump on our exercise and fitness band­wagon. In our efforts we quote all known benefits of exercise, including getting healthier, losing weight, or looking...

  • Underweight babies ‘more likely to be neurotic adults’

    Underweight babies ‘more likely to be neurotic adults’

    Babies born very prematurely or severely underweight are at an increased risk of becoming introverted, neurotic and risk-averse as adults, research suggests. Scientists say such a personality profile could help explain the higher rates of career...

  • Protein ‘biomarkers’ discovery throws light on what drives cancer

    A new mechanism behind cancer spread has been discovered that challenges the conventional view about what drives tumours. Scientists investigating ovarian cancer found that a protein imbalance within cells switched on a biological circuit...

  • Sweeteners and weight loss

    Sweeteners and weight loss

    Last week we took an in-depth look at sweeteners. The discovery that artificial sweeteners don’t help us to lose weight wouldn’t be a surprise to anyone who keeps up with the scientific evidence. In fact, as long ago as 1988, clinical trials...

  • Health and care solution launched

    Health and care solution Scope (Safely communicating health observations in a productive and efficient way), enabling individuals to conduct routine medical tests and instantly capture the reading electronically through health-monitoring devices,...

  • Insider secrets that will help out

    In my work I’m lucky to meet some very knowledgeable people in the areas of sport and health-related exercise. I have conversations about fitness from time to time with ardent enthusiasts, physique/figure competitors, instructors, coaches, current...

  • Experts call for €1.8bn global fund for vaccines

    Experts call for €1.8bn global fund for vaccines

    Global health experts have called for the creation of a €1.8 billion vaccine development fund to feed a pipeline of potential new shots against priority killer diseases like Ebola, Mers and the West Nile virus. The fund would help bridge the gap...

  • Campbell to stop adding MSG to kids’ condensed soups

    Campbell to stop adding MSG to kids’ condensed soups

    Campbell Soup Co. said it would stop adding monosodium glutamate (MSG) to its condensed soups for children and increase its organic offerings as part of a broader strategy to cater to changing consumer tastes. The world’s largest soup maker said...

  • Binge eating gene in teenagers

    Binge eating gene in teenagers

    Scientists have discovered a gene they believe may hold the key to why some teenagers binge eat. Around 10 per cent of adults and teenagers binge eat – characterised by excessively overeating with a feeling of losing control over what they are...

  • Bionic eye a ‘total success’

    Bionic eye a ‘total success’

    A partially-sighted pensioner has had his central vision restored for the first time in nearly a decade after he received a ‘bionic eye’. Ray Flynn, 80, from Audenshaw, Manchester, is the world’s first patient with advanced dry age-related macular...

  • Problematic diabetes drugs may reduce risk of Parkinson’s disease

    Problematic diabetes drugs may reduce risk of Parkinson’s disease

    Two problematic diabetes drugs associated with worrying side effects may reduce the risk of patients developing Parkinson’s disease, offering a springboard for further research, scientists said. An analysis of more than 160,000 British diabetics...

  • ­­Sugary drinks blamed over type 2 diabetes

    Drinking sugary drinks could be causing nearly 8,000 cases of type 2 diabetes a year, according to research. A study led by the University of Cambridge found sugar-sweetened drinks could give rise to 1.8 million diabetes cases over 10 years in the...

  • First case of long-term HIV remission in child revealed

    First case of long-term HIV remission in child revealed

    A French teenager born with HIV and treated until age six is still free from infection 12 years after stopping the treatments, suggesting the first case of long-term remission in a childinfected from birth, experts said. The girl is one of a small...

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