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Health & Fitness

  • Research on personal training in Malta

    Research on personal training in Malta

    While it would seem reasonable to presume that the fitness industry is growing not only worldwide but also in Malta, we cannot really say for sure, because we simply don’t have the figures to back anything up. We don’t know how many people in...

  • Anti-malaria vaccine hope

    Anti-malaria vaccine hope

    The world’s first malaria vaccine, made by GlaxoSmithKline, could be approved by international regulators for use in Africa from October after final trial data showed it offered partial protection for up to four years. The shot, called RTS,S and...

  • Cigar risks 'equal to cigarettes'

    Cigar risks 'equal to cigarettes'

    The health risks of smoking cigars are just as severe as from using cigarettes, researchers have said. The study was carried out in the United States where the consumption of cigars doubled from 6.2 million in 2000 to more than 13.7 billion in...

  • Exercise not key to obesity fight

    Exercise not key to obesity fight

    Excess sugar and carbohydrates − not physical inactivity − are behind the surge in obesity, health experts have claimed. Writing in the British Journal Of Sports Medicine, they said poor diet now generates more disease than physical inactivity,...

  • Antibiotic Armageddon

    Antibiotic Armageddon

    An ‘antibiotic Armageddon’ could result in a superbug death toll of more than a million across Europe by 2025, experts have warned. According to the latest evid-ence, 400,000 people have already died since the emergence of large-scale antibiotic...

  • Scientists to share genetic data on Mers and Ebola

    Genetic sequence data on two of the deadliest yet most poorly understood viruses are to be made available to researchers worldwide in real time as scientists seek to speed up understanding of Ebola and Mers infections. The project, led by British...

  • Mindfulness therapy option for depression

    Mindfulness therapy option for depression

    Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) may be just as effective as anti-depressants in helping prevent people with chronic depression from relapsing, scientists said yesterday. Depression is one of the most common forms of mental illness,...

  • Vitamins ‘can raise cancer risk’

    Vitamins ‘can raise cancer risk’

    Taking vitamin supplements may actually increase the risk of getting cancer and heart disease, new research has warned. Millions of Britons take vitamin supplements regularly in a bid to stay fit and healthy, but a decade-long study which examined...

  • Eczema cream giveshope in MS fight

    Two drugs used in skin creams for treating athlete’s foot and eczema have been shown to reverse multiple sclerosis (MS). The surprise discovery could pave the way to ground-breaking new therapies for the auto-immune disease. Scientists found that...

  • Men warned on testicular cancer

    A third of men admit to spending just under an hour primping and preening themselves each day, but the same number say they never bother to check for testicular cancer, a charity has warned. Balls To Cancer said despite the fact testicular cancer...

  • Warning on severe morning sickness

    Warning on severe morning sickness

    A significant number of women who suffer from a type of severe morning sickness experienced by the Duchess of Cambridge are expected to either put up with it or have an abortion, a report has claimed. Around 10,000 women are thought to suffer with...

  • Test: sit, rise and live long

    Have you ever checked the creases in your palm for a superstitious analysis of your life expectancy? Or perhaps a fortune teller has consulted a mystical crystal ball on your behalf for a prediction of your impending doom? As depressing as the...

  • Are you defiant?

    Are you defiant?

    Over the past couple of decades we have seen new categories of disorder. Some of these disorders would not have been classified in a medical category years ago and were just put down to the type of personality. Some categories have sprung up...

  • Rabies spread by dogs kills 60,000 each year

    Rabies spread by dogs kills 60,000 each year

    A British-led study has found almost 60,000 people die every year from rabies transmitted by dogs. The report is the first to consider the impact of canine-spread rabies in terms of deaths and the economic costs of the disease around the...

  • Epilepsy drug may help MS sufferers

    A drug commonly taken to prevent epilepsy seizures could be used to protect people from an eye condition that is often associated with multiple sclerosis (MS), research has found. Optic neuritis causes the nerves carrying information from the eye...

  • Pushy UK parents in ‘curbing enthusiasm’ to take part in exercise sport

    Pushy UK parents in ‘curbing enthusiasm’ to take part in exercise sport

    Pushy, abusive parents in the UK are turning children as young as 8 off sport, according to a poll. Youngsters report being told they are “too heavy”, “lazy to run” or have made a “pathetic mistake” by mums and dads who are highly critical of...

  • Drugs hope for tinnitus sufferers

    Drugs hope for tinnitus sufferers

    The first drugs to treat hearing conditions such as tinnitus (ringing in the ear) could be available in the next five years, according to a new report. The charity Action on Hearing Loss said that with five drugs already in the final stages of...

  • Divorce linked to heart attack

    Divorce linked to heart attack

    Women who have been divorced once, or men who have been divorced at least twice, are more likely to have a heart attack than people who get and stay married, according to a study. “The negative health consequences of divorce have been known for...

  • WHO demands disclosure of all clinical trial results

    The World Health Organisation has called for the release of clinical trial results for all drugs, vaccines and medical devices − whatever the result − in the latest salvo against the withholding of data. Marie-Paule Kieny, assistant director...

  • Child stress ‘spikeschance of diabetes’

    Child stress ‘spikeschance of diabetes’

    Stressful life events in childhood such as death or illness in the family, divorce or separation, can triple the risk of developing type 1 diabetes, research has suggested. A study carried out in Sweden analysed more than 10,000 families with...

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