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Health & Fitness

  • Medication is major problem affecting sex among older adults

    Medication is major problem affecting sex among older adults

    The most conclusive evidence we have that sex is important in later life comes from the masters of longevity themselves – centenarians. In a 2009 National Geographic article, Dan Buettner referred to communities that have a high concentration of...

  • Is yours a balanced diet?

    Is yours a balanced diet?

    What is a balanced diet? Many medics believe that as long as we eat a balanced diet, we have no requirement for vitamins at all. The problem with that statement is defining the balanced diet. I know what a balanced diet is. Do you? Does your...

  • Healthy mind, healthy body

    Healthy mind, healthy body

    A very long time ago, the ancient Greeks idealised the notion of a sound mind in a sound body. One might say that spirited pursuits in both dimensions are still in full swing to this very day. Step inside any gym on a weekday evening and you will...

  • J&J to pay $72m for death linked to talcum powder

    J&J to pay $72m for death linked to talcum powder

    Johnson & Johnson was ordered by a Missouri state jury to pay $72 million of damages to the family of a woman whose death from ovarian cancer was linked to her use of the company’s talc-based Baby Powder and Shower to Shower for several...

  • How ‘superbugs’ build their defences

    How ‘superbugs’ build their defences

    Scientists in Britain have found how drug-resistant bacteria build and maintain a defensive wall – a discovery that paves the way for the development of new drugs to break through the barrier and kill the often deadly ‘superbugs’. In recent...

  • The Charlie Sheen effect

    The Charlie Sheen effect

    Actor Charlie Sheen’s bombshell announcement on a US chat show that he was HIV positive may have had a massive public health benefit, research suggests. After his confession on NBC’s Today Show on November 17 last year, HIV-related Google searches...

  • Ebola nurse back in hospital for third time

    Ebola nurse back in hospital for third time

    Ebola nurse Pauline Cafferkey has been admitted to hospital for the third time since contracting the disease, NHS officials have said. Ms Cafferkey was originally infected while working in Sierra Leone in December 2014 and spent almost a month in...

  • Mother tells of heartbreak over three-year-old daughter's rare genetic disorder

    Mother tells of heartbreak over three-year-old daughter's rare genetic disorder

    Unable to communicate or to receive her love, a mother has spoken of the heartbreaking condition her daughter was born with. Toddler Melodie Cook, from Stockton, is estimated to be only one in 1,500 people in the world with Phelan McDermid...

  • More coffee may help reduce liver damage

    More coffee may help reduce liver damage

    Drinking more coffee might help reduce the kind of liver damage that’s associated with overindulging in food and alcohol, a review of existing studies suggests. Researchers analysed data from nine previously published studies with a total of more...

  • Inflammation: secret cause of diabetes?

    Last week we looked at the fact that inflammation has been seen to be the cause of many diseases, including heart disease, arthritis and diabetes. Many believe that the primary cause of type 2 diabetes is insulin resistance. That means that...

  • Can gadgets help us get healthier?

    I certainly would not be the first to publicly register my concern for the widespread overuse of communications technology. Few sectors seem to be able to withstand the ongoing onslaught of technological revolution. The fitness gadget revolution...

  • WHO backs new weapons in Zika fight

    Countries fighting the Zika virus should consider new ways to fight disease-carrying mosquitoes, including testing the release of genetically modified insects and bacteria that stop their eggs hatching, the World Health Organisation said...

  • Cancer treatment shows ‘extraordinary’ results

    Cancer treatment shows ‘extraordinary’ results

    A potentially revolutionary therapy that trains the immune system to attack cancer has shown “extraordinary” results in early trials involving terminally ill patients. In one study, 94 per cent of participants with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia...

  • E-cigarette vapour causes biggest changes to genes

    E-cigarette vapour causes biggest changes to genes

    Growing concern: pregnant women should not use nicotine-free devices as they could damage babies’ brain development as much as tobacco smoke Pregnant women who smoke may harm their babies’ brain development if they turn to e-cigarettes to satisfy...

  • Inflammation – good and bad

    Inflammation – good and bad

    When we think of inflammation, we usually link it to a soft tissue injury where the body has become inflamed to protect the impact. We then use cryotherapy, or ice treatment, to reduce the inflammation until the area has healed and the pain has...

  • No such thing as ideal weight

    Few fitness professionals will not have heard the question, “What should I weigh?” or, “I’m 165cm tall, what is my ideal weight?” The little science we have to fall back on in tackling such a query is the body mass index (BMI), but we tend to do...

  • When the flu turns into a pandemic

    When the flu turns into a pandemic

    Here’s a look at the strains of influenza which have had devastating effects on the global community, including Malta, in the last century. A strain of influenza may turn into a pandemic when it spreads on a worldwide scale and infects a large...

  • Protecting ourselves and the community

    Protecting ourselves and the community

    The seasonal flu vaccine is the safest and most effective way to protect yourself and the community from influenza, says Victoria Farrugia Sant’Angelo. She explains to Stephanie Fsadni why people may still get ill after vaccination but stresses...

  • Keeping influenza at bay

    Keeping influenza at bay

    Influenza is highly contagious, but simple measures may go a long way in preventing the spreading of the flu. Children frequently get sick at school and so this institution is the ideal place where to teach young ones practical tips to avoid...

  • The A to Z of vitamin C

    The A to Z of vitamin C

    We all remember how our grandmother would insist on shoving oranges down our throats when we were kids. “It will make you stronger,” she would say while proceeding to peel, pulp or juice it. Then we would close our eyes and gulp it down, closing...

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