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Health & Fitness

  • ‘Gold standard’ of detection

    ‘Gold standard’ of detection

    Mammography remains the ‘gold standard’ in the early detection of breast cancer. Dr Malcolm Crockford, consultant radiologist at The Radiology Clinic, explains how mammography can detect breast cancer long before a lump develops. Mammography has...

  • Not only a female concern

    Not only a female concern

    Breast cancer may not be common among men but the mortality rate is higher than in women. Medical student Yimeng Zhang points out that these patients often do not receive enough physical, emotional and psychological support. Breast cancer is...

  • Nobel discovery opens window on to Alzheimer’s

    Nobel discovery opens window on to Alzheimer’s

    The discovery of cells in the brain that act as the body’s internal global positioning system, which won three scientists the Nobel Prize for medicine, opens an intriguing new window on to dementia. Since these spatial cells are among the first to...

  • Long-term stroke risks highlighted

    People who have had a stroke or transient ischemic attack (TIA or mini stroke) are at high risk of suffering a similar episode within five years, research has found. A study showed that these patients have an almost 10 per cent risk of dying,...

  • Neuroticism linked to Alzheimer’s disease

    Neuroticism linked to Alzheimer’s disease

    Anxious, jealous, moody or distressed middle-aged women may be putting themselves at risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease, according to a 38-year-long study. The claim, which appears in Neurology online, comes after scientists used personality...

  • Adding precious life to years

    Adding precious life to years

    Last Wednesday was International Day of Older Persons, a stark reminder that the world will soon see more people aged 60 and over than children. Almost 700 million people are aged over 60. By 2050, this figure will reach two billion, more than 20...

  • A view of depression

    A view of depression

    18A couple of months ago, US actor Robin Williams took his own life, which was a universal shock. However, after his death, we learnt that he suffered tremendously from serious depression. It becomes hard to reconcile the wonderful man who made us...

  • Is the calorie theory wrong?

    Is the calorie theory wrong?

    Eminent world-class medical scientists have recently expressed serious doubts about the reliability of so-called ‘evidence-based medicine’ on which dietary advice and pharmaceutical drug protocols have been based in recent decades. The relatively...

  • Tools to tweak programmes

    Tools to tweak programmes

    “I go walking everyday for one hour but just can’t seem to lose any weight.” Sometimes I feel like a mechanic peering over an open bonnet. “I’ve been training in the gym for nearly a year now and I haven’t put on any muscle.” I often hear such...

  • Sense of smell ‘predicts lifespan’

    Sense of smell ‘predicts lifespan’

    Being unable to smell bacon frying may be far more dire than simply missing out on one of life’s pleasures. In older adults, it could be a predictor of increased risk of death within five years. In a study of more than 3,000 people aged 57 to 85,...

  • ‘Exciting’ asthma therapy discovery

    Scientists may have discovered a new way to tackle life-threatening asthma attacks. Research, published in Science Translational Medicine journal, which sought to explain why the common cold could bring on life-threatening asthma attacks has been...

  • Common gestational diabetes risk factors

    Common gestational diabetes risk factors

    Nearly half of all cases of diabetes during pregnancy could be prevented if young women eat well, exercise regularly and stop smoking before and during pregnancy, according to a study. Gestational diabetes is a common pregnancy complication that...

  • Mothers’ smoking ‘hits fertility’

    Mothers’ smoking ‘hits fertility’

    Mothers who smoke during pregnancy could damage the future fertility of their sons, new research has found. Experts used mice to test the long-term effects of mothers smoking during pregnancy and breastfeeding. They discovered that male pups...

  • Combined cancer treatment hailed

    Combined cancer treatment hailed

    Treating cancers with immunotherapy and radiotherapy at the same time could stop them becoming resistant to treatment, according to research published yesterday. Scientists found combining the two treatments helped the immune system hunt down and...

  • Diabetes in pregnancy risk factors

    Diabetes in pregnancy risk factors

    Nearly half of all cases of diabetes during pregnancy could be prevented if young women eat well, exercise regularly and stop smoking before and during pregnancy, according to a study. Gestational diabetes is a common pregnancy complication that...

  • Walking is fitness ‘superfood’

    Walking is fitness ‘superfood’

    Walking may never become as trendy as CrossFit, as sexy as mud runs or as ego-boosting as Ironman races but for fitness experts who stress daily movement over workouts and an active lifestyle over weekends of warrior games, walking is a super...

  • Turmeric link to brain cell repair

    Turmeric link to brain cell repair

    An ingredient in the yellow curry spice turmeric may hold the key to repairing the brains of people with neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s, research suggests. In laboratory tests, aromatic turmerone promoted the proliferation of brain...

  • Fun run in aid of Multiple Sclerosis

    Fun run in aid of Multiple Sclerosis

    A fun run in aid of the Multiple Sclerosis Society was organised this morning. The run, from Manoel Island to the Love Monument in St Julian’s, was aimed to collect funds for the society. A donation of €6.99 can ben made by sending an SMS to 5061...

  • Can you hear what I’m saying?

    Can you hear what I’m saying?

    I was in a bar where live music was playing. The person I was with, who was showing discomfort, said: “The music is worsening my tinnitus.” For those of us who don’t suffer from this uncomfortable condition, we don’t have a clue as to how it must...

  • Dead-end jobs linked to diabetes

    Long hours in a dead-end job can increase diabetes risk by almost a third, research has shown. People in low-status, poorly paid jobs who work 55 hours or more a week are 30 per cent more likely to develop Type 2 diabetes than those putting in 35...

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