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Health & Fitness

  • 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...

  • It’s time to support your immune system

    It’s time to support your immune system

    Research shows that our bodies often lack the specific nutrients required to maintain the normal function of the immune system. Fruit and vegetables are the richest source of antioxidants, when taken in sufficient amounts. A synergistic...

  • Unravelling the genetics of osteoporosis

    Unravelling the genetics of osteoporosis

    Prof. Angela Xuereb, Dean of the Faculty of Health Studies at the University of Malta, and her team of researchers, are working on unravelling the genetics of osteoporosis.  Your team of researchers is working on unravelling the genetics of...

  • Diabetes findings open doors to new treatments

    Diabetes findings open doors to new treatments

    Children who are diagnosed with diabetes before the age of seven develop a more aggressive form of the disease than that seen in teenagers, new research suggests. The study provides the first clear evidence of the impact being diagnosed with type...

  • Common drug may help recovery from heart attacks

    Diabetes patients could be aided in recovering from heart attacks by a common drug already on the market, health researchers have claimed. Heart disease is the leading cause of illness for people suffering from diabetes. But a study into the drug...

  • Camera flash light therapy may help in reducing jet lag

    Camera flash light therapy may help in reducing jet lag

    Timed flashes of light during sleep may be the best way to combat jet lag, a study has found. Researchers found that exposing volunteers to short “camera flashes” of light as they slept reset their body clocks. Using the flash therapy the night...

  • More women face genital mutilation than estimated

    More women face genital mutilation than estimated

    UN report says that despite growing momentum, booming populations insome high-prevalence countries are undermining efforts to tackle practice More than 200 million girls and women globally have suffered genital mutilation, far higher than...

  • In praise of walking

    In praise of walking

    Imprinted in the mind of the average Maltese we find the belief that the function of walking is to get from A to B in the shortest possible time and with the least expenditure of energy. Very few seem to think much of the value of walking as a...

  • GPs ‘isolated’ from patients

    GPs ‘isolated’ from patients

    Older adults take more medications than any other group and sometimes they take the wrong drug for the wrong reason and at the wrong dosage. In a 2012 study on Maltese older adults, Lorna Marie West and Scott Cunningham, both from The Robert...

  • Sugar triggers cancer

    Sugar triggers cancer

    We have seen and read a lot in the media about sugar. It is interesting that the focus has shifted from fats. I do not intend to follow the herd and discuss sugar in the same way. However, I do intend to look at sugar in relation to...

  • Mainstream education for intellectual disability

    The transition from secondary school to post-secondary education can be challenging for any young person. People with intellectual disability may face more challenges during their transition to mainstream post-secondary education. What are the...

  • Let’s get physical

    Let’s get physical

    “There are no boundaries other than those we create.” A truly inspiring mantra many a fitness professional will profess. Such an approach is fantastic when it comes to getting in shape and pursuing one’s fitness goals, but sometimes the fitness...

  • Fruit and veg ‘help prevent weight gain’

    Fruit and veg ‘help prevent weight gain’

    Eating fruit and vegetables that are high in a key compound – such as apples, pears, blueberries, strawberries and radishes – may help prevent weight gain. Research from Harvard University and the University of East Anglia has found that fruit and...

  • Too much exercise can affect ability to lose kilos

    Too much exercise can affect ability to lose kilos

    Hitting the gym in the hope of burning up calories to lose weight can backfire as the body adapts to higher activity levels, a study has found. The change in metabolism means that slimmers who rely on exercise to achieve their goals are likely to...

  • Mediterranean diet and vitamin C

    Mediterranean diet and vitamin C

    It’s always good to hear more studies giving positive results about the Mediterranean diet. Following this diet, rich in olive oil, is the surest way to prevent breast cancer. It is even effective when mixed nuts are used instead of oil. Women who...

  • The figure and physique selfie

    The figure and physique selfie

    It’s finally happening. For nearly a decade now I am happy to have had my little say here each and every week about all aspects of exercise and fitness that spring to mind. The culture of fitness on our fair islands, or rather the lack thereof,...

  • HIV uses viral reservoir to ‘bounce back’

    The Aids virus HIV can keep on growing even when it is undetectable in the blood of treated patients, new research has shown. As a result, the virus rapidly bounces back if a patient stops taking the anti-retroviral drugs that keep the infection...

  • Alzheimer’s and other brain disorders ‘may be linked to support cells’

    Alzheimer’s and other brain disorders ‘may be linked to support cells’

    Support cells rather than neurons may underlie some brain disorders including Alzheimer’s disease, multiple sclerosis (MS) and intellectual disability, a study suggests. The cells do not transmit nerve messages but play a vital role protecting and...

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