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Health & Fitness

  • Exercising through the menopause

    Metabolism has to be one of those most persistently misused terms in the fitness industry. Having a fast metabolism was once the envy of almost every a would-be fitness enthusiast. Having a fast metabolism, instructors said, would mean that the...

  • For men, heavy drinking may damage the heart over time

    For men, heavy drinking may damage the heart over time

    Men with a history of heavy drinking are more likely to have arterial stiffness, an important measure of heart risk, according to a recent study. “Arterial stiffness is an important indicator of cardiovascular aging and is known to be strongly...

  • African app cuts medical costs with community "virtual pharmacy"

    African app cuts medical costs with community "virtual pharmacy"

    A mobile app in Senegal helps families save money and reduce waste through a "virtual pharmacy" where users can exchange leftover medication for new prescriptions. JokkoSante is scaling up after a two-year pilot phase in one Senegalese town and...

  • Acupuncture might help prevent migraine

    Acupuncture might help prevent migraine

    For people with migraine without aura, regular acupuncture may help reduce the frequency of attacks, hints a study from China. Patients with migraine without aura who received five acupuncture treatments per week for four consecutive weeks had...

  • Depression top cause of disability, strikes young and old - WHO

    Depression top cause of disability, strikes young and old - WHO

    More than 4% of the world's population lives with depression, and women, youth and the elderly are the most prone to its disabling effects, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said. An estimated 322 million people suffered depressive disorders in...

  • Older Pacemaker recipients can safely get non-chest MRIs, new study shows

    Older Pacemaker recipients can safely get non-chest MRIs, new study shows

    It might be possible for people with an older pacemaker to safely undergo magnetic resonance imaging after all. A new study suggests that avoiding an MRI of the chest and reprogramming the pacemaker before and after the scan can prevent...

  • Many forecast to live beyond the age of 90

    Many forecast to live beyond the age of 90

    Average life expectancy will rise in many countries by 2030, breaking through 90 years in some places, and policymakers need to make more efforts to plan for it, according to a large international study. South Koreans are likely to have the...

  • Cancer death rates falling faster for men across Europe

    Death rates from cancer across Europe are falling faster for men than women, a new study has found. Experts have predicted that during 2017, 131.8 men out of every 100,000 across the EU will die from cancer – a dip of 8.2 per cent when compared to...

  • "Alarming" superbugs a risk to people, animals and food, EU warns

    "Alarming" superbugs a risk to people, animals and food, EU warns

    Superbug bacteria found in people, animals and food across the European Union pose an "alarming" threat to public and animal health having evolved to resist widely used antibiotics, disease and safety experts warned today. A report on...

  • Detailed MRI scans 'may aid recovery of liver cancer patients'

    Detailed MRI scans 'may aid recovery of liver cancer patients'

    Detailed MRI scans could help improve the recovery of patients with liver cancer, researchers believe. A €1.3 million initiative in the UK is to study the use of advanced imaging technology in assessing possible risks to patients before...

  • Joseph Xuereb, executive chef at The Palace Hotel, wins Chef of the Year Award

    Joseph Xuereb, executive chef at The Palace Hotel, wins Chef of the Year Award

    The executive chef at The Palace Hotel, Sliema Joseph Xuereb won the Chef of the Year Award at the fifth edition of the WRMC (Wines and Restaurants of Malta.com) Restaurants Quality Recognition Awards gala dinner and ceremony. Mr Xuereb has been...

  • People still confuse the common cold with flu

    People still confuse the  common cold with flu

    Seasonal influenza is an acute respiratory infection caused by influenza viruses, which circulate in all parts of the world. Yearly influenza epidemics can seriously affect all populations but the highest risk of complications occur in pregnant...

  • Know your fats and carbs

    Know your fats and carbs

    The idea that saturated fats cause heart disease was promoted by Ancel Keys, a researcher at the University of Minnesota. It started to change public health policies after Keys published his famed Seven Countries Study in 1970, which suggested...

  • Think of your body as one unit

    Probably one of the most useful pieces of advice I’ve ever received in sport and exercise is to consider the body as one unit. We often tend to break it up into constituent parts, focusing on specific muscles or segments when carrying out...

  • Children identify problems with psychiatric healthcare

    Children identify problems with psychiatric healthcare

    Children who make use of mental health services say they are happy with the care received, despite identifying a number of shortcomings in the present system, a report published recently shows. Addressing a mental health conference organised by...

  • Fathers get depressed during and after pregnancy, too

    Fathers get depressed during and after pregnancy, too

    Women aren't the only ones who may feel depressed when welcoming a newborn- a new study from New Zealand finds that some men also experience depressive symptoms during and after their female partners' pregnancies. In the study of almost 4,000 men,...

  • Air pollution linked to 2.7 million premature births a year

    Air pollution linked to 2.7 million premature births a year

    Curbing outdoor air pollution may help prevent 2.7 million premature births a year, a condition that threatens children's lives and increases their risk of long-term physical and neurological problems, scientists said on Thursday. Fine particles...

  • Former football stars to donate brains for head injury research

    Former football stars to donate brains for head injury research

    World Cup winner George Cohen and former Manchester United star Pat Crerand have pledged to donate their brains to science after research tentatively linked heading the ball with dementia. The British sporting heroes, both 77, said they wanted to...

  • Weight gain over lifetime can dramatically increase cancer risk, study shows

    Weight gain over lifetime can dramatically increase cancer risk, study shows

    Health experts have urged younger people to try to maintain a healthy weight throughout their lives as stark new figures show that gaining weight over a lifetime can dramatically increase a person's risk of getting certain types of cancer. People...

  • Brain damage in former players fuels football 'heading' fears

    Brain damage in former players fuels football 'heading' fears

    Scientists have found signs of brain damage that could cause dementia in a handful of former football players, fuelling worries about the danger of frequent knocks from heading the ball or colliding with others on the field. The small study was...

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