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Health & Fitness

  • Molecule could help heal spinal damage

    A molecule that helps broken spinal cords to heal has been identified by British scientists. The discovery of the neuregulin-1 signalling molecule could one day lead to new therapies that aid the self-repair of spinal cords, say the...

  • ‘Lost’ memories wiped out by Alzheimer’s could be revived

    Lost memories banished by Alzheimer’s can in theory be rescued by stimulating nerve cells to grow new connections, a study has shown. The proof-of-concept research, conducted in mice, raises the possibility of future treatments that reverse memory...

  • Angola's yellow fever death toll rises to 158 - WHO

    Angola's yellow fever death toll rises to 158 - WHO

    A yellow fever outbreak in Angola that began late last year has killed 158 people, up from 50 a month ago, as deaths from the disease transmitted by mosquitoes accelerate, a World Health Organisation official said today. There has also been an...

  • Science: believers and sceptics

    It may be said that the world is divided into science believers and science sceptics who sometimes come to blows on topics that vary from global warming to vaccinating a newborn child. Controversial issues are not only plentiful but, with...

  • Life expectancy

    Over the decades we have had an idea of our life expectancy. Hundreds of years ago it was amazing if we lived to reach the age of 55. Now we are looking to our 80s. Some researchers believe that the idea of living up to 120 is within reach. If...

  • Good health should spread like wildfire

    Good health should spread like wildfire

    I admit I am a sucker for TV documentaries about our special furry friends in the animal kingdom who reportedly share over 90 per cent of our DNA. When considering the subtle similarities and differences between ourselves, bonobos, chimpanzees and...

  • Professionals tackle current issues from 360˚ perspective

    Professionals tackle current issues from 360˚ perspective

    Relevant themes are tackled from multidisciplinary approach in series of events held in collaborative effort between Willingness Malta and psychology students Traditional therapies and helping professions in the western world have supported many...

  • Attention deficit disorder in children: a new epidemic?

    Attention deficit disorder in children: a new epidemic?

    More children are being diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD). Parents and teachers alike report difficulties with attention, concentration and discipline. ADD affects individuals in general but is even more present when the person has a...

  • Do it for Lent if nothing else

    Do it for Lent if nothing else

    The word fast can be used to define a lot about the way we live. Fast food, fast internet and to generally live life in the fast lane are all ideas we can relate to. Even in fitness we band the word around to increase interest in adopting a...

  • It is never too late to exercise

    It is never too late, even if you are 75 or older, to introduce gentle exercise into your life. This exercise regime could help you live longer and healthier and reduce your chances of heart disease and stroke. Older men and women who begin to...

  • Vegan diet‘cuts risk of prostate tumour’

    Vegan diet‘cuts risk of prostate tumour’

    Men who follow a vegan diet may cut their risk of prostate cancer, research suggests. A study found a 35 per cent lower risk of the cancer for those who followed a vegan diet, which is based on plants and includes vegetables, grains, nuts and...

  • Aspirin protects against cancers, particularly stomach and bowel

    Aspirin provides overall protection against cancers, especially those affecting the stomach and bowel, a large study has found. Scientists in the US analysed 32 years-worth of data from almost 136,000 participants in two major health...

  • Zika may increase risk of neurological illness

    Zika may increase risk of neurological illness

    French scientists say they have proved a link between the Zika virus and a nerve syndrome called Guillain-Barré, suggesting countries hit by the Zika epidemic will see a rise in cases of the serious neurological condition. Guillain-Barré (GBS) is...

  • Ten areas in the UK to become ‘healthy towns’

    Ten areas in the UK to become ‘healthy towns’

    Ten areas across the UK have been picked to become “healthy towns” in a bid to tackle the nation’s obesity crisis. NHS England has outlined plans to help create the new communities, which will be focused on “healthy living”. The health service...

  • 70s may bring back the spring in your step

    70s may bring back the spring in your step

    Feelings of well-being increase in the seventh decade of life, the longest-running study following the progress of people from birth has shown. Researchers who quizzed more than 3,000 participants found that approaching 70 can put a spring in your...

  • Crunchy power food

    Crunchy power food

    Eating carrots can cut the risk of hard-to-treat types of breast cancer by up to 60 per cent, research has shown. The Bugs Bunny therapy relies on the orange pigment carotene which is abundant in carrots and also found in other colourful and dark...

  • Staying mentally active unlikely to protect most against Alzheimer’s

    Crossword puzzles, serious reading material and stimulating conversation are unlikely to protect most people from Alzheimer’s, a study has found. But keeping the brain active in older age can reduce the risk of dementia in the 20 per cent of...

  • Medication is major problem affecting sex among older adults

    Medication is major problem affecting sex among older adults

    The most conclusive evidence we have that sex is important in later life comes from the masters of longevity themselves – centenarians. In a 2009 National Geographic article, Dan Buettner referred to communities that have a high concentration of...

  • Is yours a balanced diet?

    Is yours a balanced diet?

    What is a balanced diet? Many medics believe that as long as we eat a balanced diet, we have no requirement for vitamins at all. The problem with that statement is defining the balanced diet. I know what a balanced diet is. Do you? Does your...

  • Healthy mind, healthy body

    Healthy mind, healthy body

    A very long time ago, the ancient Greeks idealised the notion of a sound mind in a sound body. One might say that spirited pursuits in both dimensions are still in full swing to this very day. Step inside any gym on a weekday evening and you will...

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