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Health & Fitness

  • Ebola nurse back in hospital for third time

    Ebola nurse back in hospital for third time

    Ebola nurse Pauline Cafferkey has been admitted to hospital for the third time since contracting the disease, NHS officials have said. Ms Cafferkey was originally infected while working in Sierra Leone in December 2014 and spent almost a month in...

  • Mother tells of heartbreak over three-year-old daughter's rare genetic disorder

    Mother tells of heartbreak over three-year-old daughter's rare genetic disorder

    Unable to communicate or to receive her love, a mother has spoken of the heartbreaking condition her daughter was born with. Toddler Melodie Cook, from Stockton, is estimated to be only one in 1,500 people in the world with Phelan McDermid...

  • More coffee may help reduce liver damage

    More coffee may help reduce liver damage

    Drinking more coffee might help reduce the kind of liver damage that’s associated with overindulging in food and alcohol, a review of existing studies suggests. Researchers analysed data from nine previously published studies with a total of more...

  • Inflammation: secret cause of diabetes?

    Last week we looked at the fact that inflammation has been seen to be the cause of many diseases, including heart disease, arthritis and diabetes. Many believe that the primary cause of type 2 diabetes is insulin resistance. That means that...

  • Can gadgets help us get healthier?

    I certainly would not be the first to publicly register my concern for the widespread overuse of communications technology. Few sectors seem to be able to withstand the ongoing onslaught of technological revolution. The fitness gadget revolution...

  • WHO backs new weapons in Zika fight

    Countries fighting the Zika virus should consider new ways to fight disease-carrying mosquitoes, including testing the release of genetically modified insects and bacteria that stop their eggs hatching, the World Health Organisation said...

  • Cancer treatment shows ‘extraordinary’ results

    Cancer treatment shows ‘extraordinary’ results

    A potentially revolutionary therapy that trains the immune system to attack cancer has shown “extraordinary” results in early trials involving terminally ill patients. In one study, 94 per cent of participants with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia...

  • E-cigarette vapour causes biggest changes to genes

    E-cigarette vapour causes biggest changes to genes

    Growing concern: pregnant women should not use nicotine-free devices as they could damage babies’ brain development as much as tobacco smoke Pregnant women who smoke may harm their babies’ brain development if they turn to e-cigarettes to satisfy...

  • Inflammation – good and bad

    Inflammation – good and bad

    When we think of inflammation, we usually link it to a soft tissue injury where the body has become inflamed to protect the impact. We then use cryotherapy, or ice treatment, to reduce the inflammation until the area has healed and the pain has...

  • No such thing as ideal weight

    Few fitness professionals will not have heard the question, “What should I weigh?” or, “I’m 165cm tall, what is my ideal weight?” The little science we have to fall back on in tackling such a query is the body mass index (BMI), but we tend to do...

  • When the flu turns into a pandemic

    When the flu turns into a pandemic

    Here’s a look at the strains of influenza which have had devastating effects on the global community, including Malta, in the last century. A strain of influenza may turn into a pandemic when it spreads on a worldwide scale and infects a large...

  • Protecting ourselves and the community

    Protecting ourselves and the community

    The seasonal flu vaccine is the safest and most effective way to protect yourself and the community from influenza, says Victoria Farrugia Sant’Angelo. She explains to Stephanie Fsadni why people may still get ill after vaccination but stresses...

  • Keeping influenza at bay

    Keeping influenza at bay

    Influenza is highly contagious, but simple measures may go a long way in preventing the spreading of the flu. Children frequently get sick at school and so this institution is the ideal place where to teach young ones practical tips to avoid...

  • The A to Z of vitamin C

    The A to Z of vitamin C

    We all remember how our grandmother would insist on shoving oranges down our throats when we were kids. “It will make you stronger,” she would say while proceeding to peel, pulp or juice it. Then we would close our eyes and gulp it down, closing...

  • It’s time to support your immune system

    It’s time to support your immune system

    Research shows that our bodies often lack the specific nutrients required to maintain the normal function of the immune system. Fruit and vegetables are the richest source of antioxidants, when taken in sufficient amounts. A synergistic...

  • Unravelling the genetics of osteoporosis

    Unravelling the genetics of osteoporosis

    Prof. Angela Xuereb, Dean of the Faculty of Health Studies at the University of Malta, and her team of researchers, are working on unravelling the genetics of osteoporosis.  Your team of researchers is working on unravelling the genetics of...

  • Diabetes findings open doors to new treatments

    Diabetes findings open doors to new treatments

    Children who are diagnosed with diabetes before the age of seven develop a more aggressive form of the disease than that seen in teenagers, new research suggests. The study provides the first clear evidence of the impact being diagnosed with type...

  • Common drug may help recovery from heart attacks

    Diabetes patients could be aided in recovering from heart attacks by a common drug already on the market, health researchers have claimed. Heart disease is the leading cause of illness for people suffering from diabetes. But a study into the drug...

  • Camera flash light therapy may help in reducing jet lag

    Camera flash light therapy may help in reducing jet lag

    Timed flashes of light during sleep may be the best way to combat jet lag, a study has found. Researchers found that exposing volunteers to short “camera flashes” of light as they slept reset their body clocks. Using the flash therapy the night...

  • More women face genital mutilation than estimated

    More women face genital mutilation than estimated

    UN report says that despite growing momentum, booming populations insome high-prevalence countries are undermining efforts to tackle practice More than 200 million girls and women globally have suffered genital mutilation, far higher than...

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