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Health & Fitness

  • Am I a beginner or advanced?

    Am I a beginner or advanced?

    I was reading an interesting article about a gym training system some weeks ago. The advice it contained was organised according to beginner, intermediate and advanced levels, and getting the most out of it required readers to classify themselves...

  • Internet porn ‘helps feed sex addiction’

    Internet porn ‘helps feed sex addiction’

    Internet porn offering a seemingly endless choice of sexual images may be fueling sex addiction, say researchers. A study found that sex addicts are more driven to seek out new sexual images than other individuals. While there is no suggestion...

  • Mosquito with malaria- blocking genes

    Scientists aiming to take the bite out of malaria have produced a strain of mosquitoes carrying genes that block its transmission, with the idea that they could breed with other members of their species in the wild and produce offspring that...

  • Almost 16m on HIV treatment as Aids pandemic tide turns

    Almost 16m on HIV treatment as Aids pandemic tide turns

    Some 15.8 million people are now on HIV treatment and a five-year strategy to end the threat of a never-ending Aids pandemic is starting to show results, the United Nations Aids programme said yesterday. Estimates show new HIV infections have...

  • WHO condemned over poor response to Ebola outbreak

    WHO condemned over poor response to Ebola outbreak

    The World Health Organisation’s failure to sound the alarm until months into West Africa’s Ebola outbreak was an “egregious failure” which added to the enormous suffering and death toll, global health experts said yesterday. A specialist panel...

  • ‘Turn the volume down!’ Hearing loss is said to rise

    ‘Turn the volume down!’ Hearing loss is said to rise

    More than 15 million people in the UK will suffer hearing loss by 2035 as numbers rise dramatically, a new report has found. Data from the charity Action on Hearing Loss shows there are now 11 million people (one in six) in the UK living with...

  • Up to one billion risk blindness by 2050

    Up to one billion risk blindness by 2050

    Up to a billion people could be at risk of blindness by the middle of the century if an emerging short-sightedness (myopia) epidemic is ignored, say researchers at the Brien Holden Vision Institute. They predict that half the world’s population...

  • Acupuncture can lower pressure

    Acupuncture can lower pressure

    There is one rule in the bedroom – no televisions, laptops or mobile phones. They are well known for interrupting your sleep patterns. Teenagers are especially sensitive to light. The glare from tablets and smartphones could be keeping them awake...

  • Traversing the dusty path... inspiration from a Persian cat

    It’s been a traumatic time of late for little Dusty. Only several months ago, the blanket, scratching pole and litter tray would always be just where he expected them to be – under the shade of the book cabinet surveying the main stairwell and...

  • Tablets to help children with social skills

    Tablets to help children with social skills

    A number of children with autism will have the opportunity to enhance their development and social skills thanks to a number of tablets presented by Vassallo Group of Companies to the Autism Parents Association at the group’s training and...

  • Free services on World Diabetes Day

    Free services on World Diabetes Day

    Healthcare distributor Vivian Corporation joined forces with the Westin Dragonara Resort to offer free services on World Diabetes Day – celebrated worldwide on November 14 –which included blood glucose, blood pressure and BMI tests. Malta had...

  • University has new traditional Chinese medicine centre

    University has new traditional Chinese medicine centre

    The University of Malta and the Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine have inaugurated the Centre for Traditional Chinese Medicine at the university’s Msida campus. The centre, which allows healthcare practitioners who enrolled as...

  • Coffee ‘might help you live for longer’

    Coffee ‘might help you live for longer’

    Study finds that a moderate consumption of coffee reduces the risk of dying prematurely from heart disease, neurological conditions and Type 2 diabetes Drinking three to five cups of coffee a day might help you live longer, according to...

  • ‘Lifesaver’ medical dressing changes colour when it detects infection

    ‘Lifesaver’ medical dressing changes colour when it detects infection

    A high-tech medical dressing that changes colour when it detects infection has been developed by scientists. The breakthrough – hailed as a lifesaver – will improve treatments for burns patients and help combat the global problem of antibiotic...

  • It’s time to duel

    It’s time to duel

    Injuries may be more common in kick-boxing than in traditional boxing, mixed martial arts or other contact sports, a recent study suggests. On average, kick-boxing has an injury rate of about 40 for every 1,000 minutes of playing time, or about...

  • Your body can fight the invaders

    Your body can fight the invaders

    Take heed! It is the antibiotic apocalypse! “The great dragon was hurled down… He was hurled to the earth, and his angels with him” – Revelation 12:9. Can you imagine a world in which even a scratch could kill? We are creeping backwards towards...

  • Shivering could help weight loss

    How many ways have you tried to lose weight? I am sure they include various types of diets, exercise of all exertions, slimming pills, potions and powders. A new study has brought up an interesting, free way of losing weight. It is based on the...

  • Exercise and older participants

    Exercise and older participants

    I received a query from a reader interested in choosing from a range of exercise options tailored for those in, or entering their senior years. We talk about so many exercise options that it is only fair to wonder if any restrictions may exist for...

  • Living with diabetes

    Living with diabetes

    Charmaine Gauci, director, Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Directorate, says that living a healthy lifestyle, including a balanced diet and physical activity, can help one manage diabetes and lead a full life. Diabetes is a condition in...

  • Aiding circulation

    The circulation of blood around the body is key to one’s health. The risks of developing poor circulation increase: with age; medical conditions such as diabetes, where the blood vessels below the knee often become narrow and restrict blood flow...

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