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Health & Fitness

  • Turning back the gym clock

    Turning back the gym clock

    Often the keenest of all among gym converts and newly-christened fitness enthusiasts are young men wishing to lift their way to greater strength and muscle mass. It is this type of male that inhabits the majority of gym space the world over, and...

  • Vaccines for healthy ageing

    Healthy ageing is the lifelong practice of preventative health behaviour, such as choosing nutritious foods, regular exercise, appropriate screenings and vaccination in pursuit of optimal quality of life. Through vaccination, adults can be...

  • Scratching itch makes it worse

    Scratching itch makes it worse

    Mother was right − if you scratch an itch it will only get worse. Scratching triggers the release of a nerve chemical that intensifies the maddening sensation, scientists have discovered. The finding, in mice, suggests the old wives’ tale about...

  • Too much pressure on your feet

    Too much pressure on your feet

    As the rate of overweight and obese children increases, so do foot problems, as excessive weight is a burden to the developing foot and ankle. According to the World Health Organisation, obesity is one of the main serious global problems in the...

  • More serious than athlete’s foot

    More serious than athlete’s foot

    Sportspeople with atypical feet, like a very high arch or flat feet, are at greater risk of injury if they do not take extra caution. Medical student Vanessa Mercieca highlights some common problems. There is no doubt that the demands on athletes’...

  • Test your run at Eurosport

    Test your run at Eurosport

    New cutting-edge foot-scanning technology developed to improve services within sports outlets is now available at Eurosport. Through an accurate assessment, customers can pick the right footwear. “There are many problems caused by buying the wrong...

  • Managing heel pain

    Managing heel pain

    Heel pain is by far the most common foot problem in adults, especially females, says podiatrist Christian Ellul. He takes a look at the various causes and possible treatments. Heel pain is by far the commonest foot problem in adults affecting all...

  • C-sections ‘raise autism risk’

    C-sections ‘raise autism risk’

    Babies born through Caesarean section are more likely to develop autism, a new study claims. In a report published in an international scientific journal, academics warn increasingly popular C-section deliveries heighten the risk of the disorder...

  • Sunshine may help protect from diabetes

    Sunshine may help protect from diabetes

    Sunshine may protect against weight gain and diabetes, research suggests. Scientists found that overfed mice with fur shaved to expose their skin were slower to gain weight after basking in ultraviolet (UV) light, the same rays that make up...

  • Living with schizophrenia

    Living with schizophrenia

    A seminar named ‘Life with Schizophrenia’ was organised at Mount Carmel Hospital on October 10, in order to celebrate World Mental Health Day. A number of professionals participated in this seminar in order to inform the wide audience about what...

  • Keep clean

    Keep clean

    Bacteria constitute a large domain of prokaryotic micro-organisms. Typically a few micrometres in length, bacteria have a number of shapes, ranging from spheres to rods and spirals. Bacteria were among the first life forms to appear on Earth, and...

  • Outdoor challenges for greater wellness

    Outdoor challenges for greater wellness

    As the weather starts to close in and the looming overcast sky creeps over us, nature again reminds us of the tremendous influence it holds over our existence – the elements, the great outdoors, forces to be reckoned with, forces with which to...

  • Walking the talk

    Walking the talk

    This year’s edition of the annual Silhouette Walk, a walk organised by Europa Donna Malta to raise awareness about the importance of breast screening, is being held today. It starts at 10am from near The Mall in Floriana and ends at The Ferries in...

  • Insanity in the fitness world

    Insanity in the fitness world

    An Insanity Master Class Weekend and PiYo classes, a combination of Yoga and Pilates was organised by Cynergi Health and Fitness Club. The event was hosted by Rob Myers-McLaughlin, the head master trainer for Beadybody UK where he represents...

  • Keeping the post-birth pot belly under control

    Keeping the post-birth pot belly under control

    So, there you are with your brand-new, squealing infant, slumped on the sofa and counting it a successful day if you get out of your bathrobe and into some mum jeans. At this point, exercise is very low down the to-do list, somewhere behind ‘bin...

  • A futile exercise in exercise

    A futile exercise in exercise

    I need to lose weight. I want to, but I also need to. I’d like more hours in the day, too. I require them. But the laws of physics are immutable. That is to say, I will not be going to the gym anytime soon, either. I had a pretty active childhood.

  • Fine quality biscuits

    Devon has been established since 1982 and today offers an extensive range of chocolate-coated biscuits, cream-filled biscuits, semi-sweet biscuits, cookies and crackers. In 2005 Devon added the Healthline range, which offers sugar-free products...

  • Learn the bootcamp basics for free fitness

    Learn the bootcamp basics for free fitness

    Getting fit on schedule doesn’t necessarily require a regimental discipline and a bottomless budget. Helen Raine cooks up a DIY routine of her own. Bootcamp has something of an image problem. The first time I heard a friend talking about it, I...

  • B is for Bokwa

    B is for Bokwa

    I started attending Bokwa classes last year by chance. The fitness school I attended incorporated some Bokwa moves in another class and I soon found myself quite enjoying doing Js, Ks and Ls. And no, thankfully, the letters don’t stand for jumps,...

  • A natural drink with sparkle

    A natural drink with sparkle

    Delightfully refreshing, Fruvia is a sparkling, all-natural juice drink, naturally sweetened with no artificial ingredients or flavourings. It is one of the first beverages of its kind in Malta that is sweetened using a mix of Stevia, the...

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