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Health & Fitness

  • How diabetes affects the gums

    How diabetes affects the gums

    Elizabeth Martinelli tells Stephanie Fsadni that dentists can spot whether a patient has diabetes and explains the link between the condition and gum disease. A dental check-up may reveal much more than decay as the mouth is a gateway to our...

  • A support group for diabetics

    The Maltese Diabetes Association is a voluntary non-governmental organisation aimed at educating its circa 1,000 members and the public on diabetes and how to prevent complications arising from it. The association is a member of the International...

  • Alternative retired lifestyles

    Alternative retired lifestyles

    According to a recent report published by the US Federal Reserve, nowadays more and more people are opting for alternative retired lifestyles. This may include part-time work, working reduced hours or even setting up a dream business. Since the...

  • Reducing the risk of kidney disease

    Reducing the risk of kidney disease

    Many people are diagnosed with diabetes when they develop one of its potentially life-threatening complications. If not controlled, diabetes can can affect nearly every organ in the body. One complication of diabetes is kidney damage. This is...

  • Weedkiller ‘unlikely to cause cancer’– report

    Weedkiller ‘unlikely to cause cancer’– report

    European scientists conclude that glyphosate, brought into use by Monsanto and Co. in the 1970s, is ‘safe’ but environment campaigners highly critical Glyphosate is unlikely to cause cancer in humans, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) said...

  • Handling joint pain

    Handling joint pain

    Christian Ellul, president of The Association of Podiatrists of Malta, highlights how different forms of arthritis can affect the feet but says that early treatment can delay and even prevent pathologies. Our feet are a complex system made up of...

  • Help can be close by

    Help can be close by

    Podiatry remains a relatively unusual healthcare profession in that it is defined by a focus on a discrete body part, rather than a specific role, philosophy or approach to treatment. As a profession it has been broadly depicted in the...

  • Too much acid in our system

    Too much acid in our system

    Foot gout is a common foot ailment that affects around one in every 100 individuals, mostly men. Medical student Leonard Callus delves into its causes and possible treatments. Gout is a common type of arthritis, which causes sudden burning pain,...

  • Happy feet

    Happy feet

    The best way to look after one’s toenails is by taking good overall care of the feet, especially as regards hygiene. Lorella Fava gives some tips. It’s almost December, you look down at your feet and all you see is chipped nail polish, unevenly...

  • A simple solution for painful feet

    A simple solution for painful feet

    Many people unnecessarily suffer from knee pain, lower-back pain, flat feet, bunions, arch pain, ankle sprains, metatarsalgia, shin pain, Achilles tendonitis and many more problems when a simple insole can prevent this. Tailor-made insoles...

  • ‘Spare tyre’ worse than being overweight or obese – experts

    ‘Spare tyre’ worse than being overweight or obese – experts

    A ‘spare tyre’ round the middle of an otherwise average-sized body is more dangerous than being fat all over, research has shown. The startling discovery was made by scientists who analysed data on 15,184 American men and women with an average age...

  • Strong legs linked to mental ability

    Strong legs linked to mental ability

    Anyone who doubts the intellectual prowess of some high profile football stars might have to think again. Scientists have discovered a link between strong legs and a fit brain that resists the effects of ageing. Researchers found a “striking...

  • Well-cooked meat ‘could increase’ kidney cancer risk

    Well-cooked meat ‘could increase’ kidney cancer risk

    Eating a lot of well-cooked meat could increase the risk of developingkidney cancer, medical research has discovered. Experts have found kidney cancer patients consumed higher amounts of meat and processed foods than people who do not have the...

  • When bacon is no longer an option

    When bacon is no longer an option

    On October 26, the IARC, the international cancer research agency of the World Health Organisation, issued a press release stating that it had evaluated the carcinogenicity of the consumption of red meat and processed meat and classified their...

  • Eat well and live longer

    Excuse my borrowing the Star Trek ‘Live long and prosper’ message, but today’s article is very much in the vein of looking at your lifestyle, changing it and living longer... maybe not long enough to get onto the Starship Enterprise, but you get...

  • Thinking athletic aesthetic

    Thinking athletic aesthetic

    I chanced upon a statistic last week that got me thinking. Apparently, we have quite a thriving cosmetic surgery scene in Malta. It would seem that quite a healthy number of our socially active populace are sporting a wide range of physical...

  • Sedentary life while pregnant causes health problems for all

    Sedentary life while pregnant causes health problems for all

    Women who feel depressed in pregnancy are more likely to sit down, which increases their risk of weight gain and diabetes, research suggests. Experts at Warwick Medical School found that sitting down for around six hours a day during the second...

  • Third of pregnant women ‘feel depressed and anxious’

    Almost a third of pregnant women suffer strong feelings of depression and anxiety, according to a survey. The poll found that many are struggling with signs of antenatal depression. NHS data suggests up to 15 per cent of women suffer antenatal...

  • Blood test could determine prostate cancer treatment

    Blood test could determine prostate cancer treatment

    Scientists may have taken a step forward in the treatment of cancer by developing a blood test that can identify key genetic mutations driving resistance to a widely used drug. The test is expected to be used in the prostate cancer treatment, with...

  • Prostate cancer facts

    Prostate cancer facts

    Prostate cancer is a disease which only affects men. Cancer begins to grow in the prostate – a gland in the male reproductive system. The word “prostate” comes from medieval Latin prostate and medieval French prostate. The ancient Greek word...

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