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  • Job fears may increase asthma risk

    Job fears may increase asthma risk

    People who are concerned they may lose their jobs are more likely to develop asthma than those who have job security, a new study suggests. Job insecurity has been linked to poor health outcomes and researchers decided they wanted to look into...

  • Dry-roasted peanuts are the worst for allergies

    Dry-roasted peanuts are the worst for allergies

    Dry-roasted peanuts may be more likely to trigger allergic reactions than those that are ‘raw’, a study has shown. The high temperatures involved in dry roasting cause chemical changes that can sensitise the immune system to peanut proteins,...

  • Call for eye tests every two years

    Call for eye tests every two years

    One in 10 people are putting themselves at risk by leaving years in between eye tests, a new poll suggests. The College of Optometrists said many people are living with poor vision or putting their sight at risk by failing to go for regular eye...

  • To make most of workouts, experts say set proper pace

    To make most of workouts, experts say set proper pace

    Whether the goal is to finish a marathon, polish a tennis game or make the most of that hour at the gym, fitness experts say pacing can spell the difference between success and stagnation. Setting the proper workout pace, or the distribution of...

  • Reading the future

    In the bewildering maze of our genetic make-up, there are markers which determine our future, including diseases to which we may be susceptible. Practically all diseases have a genetic basis to a smaller or larger extent, and therefore, our future...

  • Alcoholic calorie conundrum

    Alcoholic calorie conundrum

    To understand this conundrum, we first have to understand how calories are formed. We have come to think of calories as little packets of energy somehow embedded in our food. However, they are not real, they are simply a measure of how much heat...

  • Smashing through plateaux

    Smashing through plateaux

    My days of strength competition are well behind me, but I wouldn’t trade the memories for the world. Nothing could extinguish my passion and enthusiasm for strength sports like weightlifting and powerlifting, or for the simple, noble pursuit of...

  • ‘Angelina effect’ on cancer tests

    ‘Angelina effect’ on cancer tests

    Referrals for genetic breast cancer tests more than doubled in the UK as a result of what doctors have dubbed the ‘Angelina effect’. In May last year, actress Angelina Jolie revealed to the world that she had undergone a double mastectomy to...

  • 'Angelina effect' on cancer tests

    'Angelina effect' on cancer tests

    Referrals for genetic breast cancer tests more than doubled in the UK as a result of what doctors have dubbed the "Angelina effect". In May last year, actress Angelina Jolie revealed to the world that she had undergone a double mastectomy to...

  • Fending off oral thrush

    Fending off oral thrush

    Oral infections may play a role in the development of cardiovascular and respiratory diseases. Medical student Maria Angela Grima takes a look at the causes and symptoms of oral candidiasis and identifies who is most at risk. Maintaining oral...

  • Care from a young age

    Care from a young age

    Decay in baby teeth progresses much faster than in adult ones. Paediatric dentist Audrey Camilleri argues that a child’s rotten teeth should be filled rather than extracted even though they will eventually fall off. Baby teeth are as prone to...

  • Something to smile about

    There is a strong connection between oral health and overall health. Our mouth is full of bacteria, most of which are harmless. Sometimes, harmful bacteria becomes uncontrollable. People undergoing medical treatment or who have a reduction in...

  • Banking on baby teeth

    Banking on baby teeth

    If you fear you have missed the boat as regards banking your children’s stem cells at birth, Stephanie Fsadni says they can also be extracted from teeth to be harvested and stored for future health remedies. The regenerative role of stem cells in...

  • Bracing up for a brighter smile and a better bite

    Bracing up for a brighter smile and a better bite

    Braces are no longer the metal nuisance they once were and the social stigma around them may be fading away. Claire Caruana meets a couple in their 20s who both wear braces. Believing that braces are only effective if worn at a young age, Marica...

  • Never too old to fix your teeth

    Never too old to fix your teeth

    Although childhood is the ideal time to make changes to teeth positioning, more adults are nowadays opting for orthodontic treatment and coming away with excellent results. Dr Pascal A. Demajo, dental surgeon with a special interest in...

  • Consequences of periodontal disease

    Consequences of periodontal disease

    Recent research has shown that gum disease may be a more serious risk factor for heart disease than high blood pressure, smoking, high cholesterol, gender and age. Studies also show that diseased gums release significantly higher levels of...

  • Dental challenges in our elder years

    Dental challenges in our elder years

    As people are living longer and keeping their teeth for longer, they are more likely to face significant dental challenges. Dr Paula Vassallo highlights some common problems and concerns, and gives advice on how to care for your teeth in the long...

  • Implanting prostheses

    Implanting prostheses

    Since the mid-1950s Drs Demajo Dental and Implantology Clinics Est 1919 have produced thousands of prosthetic teeth, both removable and fixed, at their dental ­laboratory. Through years of practice, constant upgrade and now, even EU fundings, the...

  • Artificial sweeteners ‘are bad’

    Artificial sweeteners ‘are bad’

    Sugar-free sweeteners could increase glucose intolerance and diabetes risk by affecting bacteria in the gut, a study has suggested. From improving metabolism and helping people to slim, widespread use of artificial sweeteners may be fuelling the...

  • Action needed to reduce daily sugar intake – WHO

    Action needed to reduce daily sugar intake – WHO

    More must be done to curb sugar intake to reduce the “costly burden” of tooth decay, experts have said. People should get no more than three per cent of their daily calories from sugars, experts said. Current World Health Organisation (WHO)...

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