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  • Antidepressant may be new alternative for hot flashes

    A low dose of antidepressant may be almost as effective as oestrogen at reducing the number of hot flashes menopausal women have to endure, according to a new study. Oestrogen therapy is still the best way to avert the sudden feelings of...

  • Two drugs are better than one for asthma control

    Two drugs are better than one for asthma control

     People with asthma are likely to benefit from combining medications to manage their symptoms, a strategy that requires doctors and patients to work together to tweak prescriptions, Dutch researchers say. Based on a review of data from 64 asthma...

  • Light at night linked to obesity

    Light at night linked to obesity

    Sleeping with too much light in the room increases the risk of obesity in women, research has shown. Greater exposure to light at night raised both Body Mass Index (BMI) and waist size in more than 113,000 women taking part in the British study,...

  • Gene test may reveal heart disease

    Gene test may reveal heart disease

    A potentially lethal pattern of gene activity can identify people at high risk of dying from heart disease, say scientists. The discovery could lead to a simple blood test showing which patients should qualify for personalised treatment and...

  • Top scientists warn WHO not to stub out e-cigarettes

    Top scientists warn WHO not to stub out e-cigarettes

    Ahead of World No Tobacco Day tomorrow, group urges UN health agency to embrace device that could help slash disease and deaths caused by smoking A group of 53 leading scientists has warned the World Health Organisation not to classify...

  • Cancer warning over indoor tanning

    Indoor tanning can trigger deadly skin cancer even when it causes no burns, research has confirmed. Scientists stressed that tanning was a biological response indicating damage by ultraviolet (UV) radiation – with or without burns. The study...

  • Brain activity changes seen after chemo

    Brain activity changes seen after chemo

    For some women with breast cancer, changes in brain activity while multitasking could explain ‘chemo brain’ – reduced mental functioning that many experience after chemotherapy, Belgian researchers say. “Cognitive complaints of people increase...

  • Testosterone ‘can help men slim’

    Testosterone ‘can help men slim’

    Testosterone therapy acts as a powerful slimming aid for obese men who lack the hormone, research has shown. The treatment led men to lose around a fifth of their weight after six years. On average, their body weight fell from 127kg to 102kg and...

  • Call for health warning on drinks

    Call for health warning on drinks

    Health warnings should be added to sugary drinks in an attempt to make them as socially unacceptable as cigarettes, a leading figure in public health has said. Simon Capewell, professor of public health at the University of Liverpool, called for...

  • Going to ground

    Going to ground

    A couple of years ago I wrote about earthing. I had a huge amount of e-mail responses as a result and many people took up the concept in their own lives. As is the case with any health concept, there have been more studies carried out and also...

  • Spicing up a regular run

    Spicing up a regular run

    I’m sure I’ve read that name somewhere before. It could be a moped model, a scooter, or maybe even a small car. The last time it popped into my head, however, wasn’t to describe a machine; it flashed through just as I arrived home from another...

  • Ticking time bomb

    Ticking time bomb

    Superbugs resistant to drugs pose a serious worldwide threat and demand a response on the same scale as efforts to combat climate change, infectious disease specialists said. Warning that a world without effective antibiotics would be “deadly”,...

  • Mental health life expectancy link

    any mental illnesses are as bad for you as smoking, research has suggested. Life expectancy for people with mental health problems is less than for heavy smokers, experts have found. Serious mental illness can reduce a person’s life expectancy by...

  • The darker side to sunshine

    The darker side to sunshine

    Amy Chircop from the Malta Medical Students’ Association delves into the adverse cosmetic and health consequences of too much sun exposure. With summer around the corner, it seems inevitable not to daydream about long, relaxing days at the beach,...

  • Euro Melanoma campaign

    Euro Melanoma campaign

    ‘Skin cancer can be seen’ is the theme of the 15th Euro Melanoma campaign launched last month. Set up by the Maltese Association of Dermatology & Venereology in collaboration with the Department of Dermatology and Venereology, and the Health...

  • Drink to your health

    Drink to your health

    Water is vital for the proper functioning of all body organs. Thus we need to replenish any fluids that are lost, says medical student Maria Angela Grima. Water makes up about 60 per cent of our total body weight. Small amounts of fluid are lost...

  • Protecting our eyes

    Protecting our eyes

    Ophthalmic surgeon Mario Vella warns Stephanie Fsadni about the various problems associated with staring at the sun and not shielding our eyes well enough from UV radiation. The sun’s UV rays are as harmful to our eyes as they are to our skin,...

  • Trendy sunglasses

    Besides being a favourite fashion accessory, sunglasses have the unique added function of protecting our vision by blocking out the sun’s harmful rays. But why look not cool and chic with them too? These are this year’s trend. Unisex: Mirrored...

  • Sun care solutions

    Eucerin sunscreens provide sun care solutions for all the family. Eucerin Sun-Creme Tinted SPF50 offers the perfect match between the highest sun protection and natural tanned looking skin. Its non-greasy formula leaves a mattified, even...

  • A double mastectomy choice may be wrong

    A double mastectomy choice may be wrong

    Nearly three-quarters of wom­en who have both breasts removed after a cancer diagnosis may be wrong to take the drastic step, a study has suggested. Researchers who studied 1,447 women treated for breast cancer found that eight per cent of them...

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