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Health & Fitness

  • Research on genetics of osteoporosis and fractures

    Research on genetics of osteoporosis and fractures

    Research related to osteoporosis in Maltese women, carried out at the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Malta, identified a number of risk factors contributing to an increased risk of developing this condition and sustaining a...

  • Right out of a box

    Right out of a box

    There are few items these days that cannot be packaged and sold in boxes. Whether it’s a tasty chocolate morsel or a high-tech gaming console, chances are it came in a box. But what of fitness, superior fitness right out of a box? Is it even...

  • Mushroom boosts research efforts

    Mushroom boosts research efforts

    A carnivorous edible mushroom that lives a double life as part of the woodland landscape and vicious predator is helping scientists find new ways of fighting human disease. Oyster mushrooms are a common sight growing out of the bark of trees and...

  • Protecting yourself and others from viruses

    Protecting yourself and others from viruses

    Charmaine Gauci, director of the Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Directorate, shares some advice on how to limit the spread of colds and flu. Many people have experienced a common cold. It is that feeling of having a dripping nose,...

  • Do I have a cold or the flu?

    Do I have a cold or the flu?

    Both colds and influenza are respiratory illnesses but have different symptoms. Influenza is more serious, as it often involves fever and body aches. It can also develop a number of complications. The flu is preventable by means of the influenza...

  • The risk of complications

    The risk of complications

    If influenza is not treated properly, a number of complications may develop, leading to serious health problems. Claire Caruana highlights the most common ones – asthma flare-ups, bronchitis, pneumonia, sinusitis and ear infections. Asthma...

  • Boosting the immune system

    Boosting the immune system

    Eating healthy may boost one’s immune system, says nutritionist Daniel Petre. He tells Stephanie Fsadni one can actually select foods that are loaded with specific immune-boosting nutrients. A weakened immune system is just what a flu bug needs to...

  • ‘Not a safe alternative’

    ‘Not a safe alternative’

    E-cigarettes generate toxic chemicals similar to those found in tobacco and may harm the lungs and immune system, research suggests. The findings, from a study of mice, indicate that ‘vaping’ is far from being a safe alternative to smoking...

  • Review calls for global fund to fight dangerous superbugs

    A global fund should be created to speed development of much-needed new antibiotics to counter the growing threat of drug-resistant superbugs, a British-government backed review said yesterday. The review, headed by the leading economist and...

  • Blood from survivors of Ebola could help spur new treatments

    Blood from survivors of Ebola could help spur new treatments

    After successfully treating four Ebola patients last year, Emory University in Atlanta is now leading a government-funded project that will use blood from survivors of the deadly virus to test a novel way of treating infectious...

  • Only 40% of funds reached target countries

    Only 40% of funds reached target countries

    Almost $2.9 billion was pledged by the end of 2014 in donations to fight West Africa’s Ebola epidemic, yet only around 40 per cent had actually reached affected countries, researchers said. A study by the UN Office for the Coordination of...

  • Dornan wins 'sexiest man' accolade

    Dornan wins 'sexiest man' accolade

    Jamie Dornan and Benedict Cumberbatch have topped a list of the world's sexiest men. Fifty Shades Of Grey and The Fall star Jamie, who won fans as a model before gaining success as an actor, took first place in Glamour magazine's annual...

  • Obesity, pre-pregnancy health link

    Obesity, pre-pregnancy health link

    The health of a mother before she conceives affects the chances of the child becoming obese later in life, according to new research. The study by the University of Southampton suggests that having a greater number of early life ‘risk factors’ is...

  • What is bursitis?

    Bursitis describes inflammation in a specific bursa or bursae. A bursa is a structure within the body made up of a small enclosed fluid-filled sac found around muscles, ligaments tendons and bony prominences. More than 150 bursae can be found...

  • Taking care of our body

    Taking care of our body

    Everybody is aware of the old adage that a stitch in time saves nine. On the other hand, it seems to be an inherent characteristic of human nature that a healthy body is an ignored body. Unlike servicing a car at regular intervals from the very...

  • Studying food processes

    Studying food processes

    Regular health advice includes avoiding processed food. However, sometimes we are not aware what processed food really is, or even what makes it ‘processed’. A new book has been published which offers an insight into the myths and facts about food...

  • Fighting sabre-toothed stress

    Fighting sabre-toothed stress

    Stress; it’s a seemingly normal phenomenon these days, but was it always this way? I often enjoy visualising how things must have been a long, long time ago. Our physically robust distant ancestors, running around hunting woolly mammoths and...

  • Third of children in UK overweight

    Third of children in UK overweight

    More than a third of children in the UK are overweight or obese, according to a 20-year study of electronic health records. However, a rapid rise in the problem may be starting to level off, at least in younger children, the findings indicate,...

  • Tips from the top

    Tips from the top

    For many, working out is a daunting task, but for Nicola Muscat, Elaine Genovese and Mark Herrera, it’s a rigorous daily affair. They tell Claire Caruana that while tough at times, their training regime makes them happy while keeping them...

  • Read before you eat

    Read before you eat

    In the past few years we’ve all been hearing a lot about eating natural, healthy and organic food. But do these categories actually refer to less processed food which contains more fibre and nutrients and less artificial additives? The term...

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