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Health & Fitness

  • Do we know what we are eating?

    Do we know what we are eating?

    Charmaine Gauci, director at the Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Directorate, says consumers may not be aware of what exactly is in the food they eat. Some ‘hidden’ constituents may lead to obesity and non-communicable diseases such as...

  • Cultivating healthy lifestyles

    Cultivating healthy lifestyles

    Lorraine Dimech Magrin and Anna Maria Gilson report on the various initiatives being taken at school level to promote healthier lifestyles among children, with a special focus on the role of home economics. Childhood obesity is on the rise in...

  • Making exercise much more fun

    Making exercise much more fun

    Helping children find activities they like is one of the keys to keeping them active. “It doesn’t matter what the activity is so long as they like it,” says Alan Pace, director of operations at children’s gym Spinach Fitness. Parents play an...

  • A new approach to dieting

    There may still be misconceptions about the Atkins diet which was launched in 1972 and wherein one could eat unlimited protein sources and limited vegetables. But the chief nutritionist for the New Atkins Nutritional Approach, Linda O’Byrne, says...

  • The silent killer

    The silent killer

    Obese people stand a higher chance of developing hypertension. Medical student Sahra Haji outlines how high blood pressure is measured, its causes, prevention and possible treatment. Have you heard of the silent killer? A disease so deadly you...

  • New healthy squash drink alternative

    New healthy squash drink alternative

    My Coolee berrys is a new healthy squash drink alternative, which contains as much as 40 per cent less sugar and calories than other drinks as it uses Stevia, a natural sweetener extracted from plant species stevia rebaudiana. After the success of...

  • Take your body back

    A revolutionary fat-reduction treatment is making national headline news in the UK and many TV celebrities and footballers’ wives are raving about it. 3D-Lipo is a safe, powerful and non-invasive alternative to liposuction for fat removal and skin...

  • Tips on weight-loss motivation

    Tip 1 – Be your own friend What would happen if you criticised your friend all day long, saying things like: why did you eat that, you are fat and ugly, you will never lose this weight, and how can you be so out of control? Your friend would not...

  • A holistic approach to tackling obesity

    A holistic approach to tackling obesity

    Claire Caruana takes a look behind the doors of Dar Kenn Għal Saħħtek, a residential facility for people suffering from eating disorders and obesity, where patients are given nutritional and psychological help. Dar Kenn Għal Saħħtek (DKgħS), the...

  • Tobacco products display banned in all shops in UK

    Tobacco products display banned in all shops in UK

    A ban on displaying tobacco in small shops in the UK came into force this week. The display of tobacco products, which has been illegal for large stores and supermarkets since 2012, is now prohibited in all premises. The ban has been heralded as...

  • For some elderly, unclogging leg arteries doesn’t improve mobility

    For some elderly, unclogging leg arteries doesn’t improve mobility

    Surgery to improve blood flow to the legs yields only limited improvements in mobility, according to a study. Knowing that so-called lower extremity revascularisation may not improve mobility allows doctors, patients and families to have more...

  • Brain function link to MS chemical

    Increased brain function could stimulate a chemical that protects nerve fibres from multiple sclerosis (MS), a study suggests. Researchers at Edinburgh University treated zebrafish with drugs which produced a similar reaction to touch or proximity...

  • Ensuring food safety from stable to table

    Ensuring food safety from stable to table

    World Health Day, being commemorated today, is sponsored yearly by the World Health Organisation. Thus one may be under the wrong impression that human health falls solely under WHO or, in a country context, under the health department. However,...

  • Former model races to ski record

    Former model races to ski record

    Model-turned-entrepreneur Heather Mills has claimed a new title - the fastest disabled woman on skis. Mills, who lost the lower half of her left leg and crushed her pelvis after she was knocked down by a police motorcycle in 1993, set the new...

  • Studying the power of thought

    Studying the power of thought

    The problem with distance healing is that, to the sceptics, it is intangible, immeasurable and inconceivable. Prayer, Reiki, intention, spiritual healing, energy healing and all the other descriptions of the power of thought are subjects that...

  • The importance of early detection

    The importance of early detection

    This month is autism month. The birth of a child into a family is an event viewed by most expectant parents as a joyful experience. Plans are made for the new arrival and the whole family is thrilled to welcome the new addition. When the baby...

  • Inspired by Fifty Shades of Grey

    “Pleasure and pain are two sides of the same coin.” Why thank you Mr Grey, but us fitness addicts have known this for quite some time, in a slightly different context perhaps, but one cannot deny a degree of pain is indeed present in many forms of...

  • Pesticide ‘harmful to men’s fertility’

    Pesticide ‘harmful to men’s fertility’

    Pesticide residues coating non-organic fruit and vegetables may be harming men’s fertility, research suggests. Scientists demonstrated a link between the chemicals, sprayed on to crops to prevent damage by insect pests, and reduced sperm count and...

  • Alcohol sips ‘send mixed message’

    Alcohol sips ‘send mixed message’

    Children allowed an occasional sip of wine at the dinner table may be more at risk of taking to drink as teenagers, research has shown. Of 561 US children studied, those given a taste of alcohol by the age of 11 were four times more likely to have...

  • Garlic salve ‘can kill superbug’

    A garlic-based ‘potion’ listed in a thousand-year-old Anglo-Saxon manuscript has been found to kill off the MRSA superbug. Microbiologists at the University of Nottingham say early trials of the 10th century remedy – which also contains cow bile –...

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