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Health & Fitness

  • Smoking ‘a mental illness trigger’

    Smoking ‘a mental illness trigger’

    Chemicals in tobacco may help trigger serious mental illnesses such as schizophrenia, a study suggests. Research shows that smoking can triple the chances of developing psychosis. Previously the fact that people with psychotic mental illnesses are...

  • Baby weight study reveals challenge

    Baby weight study reveals challenge

    Treating obese pregnant women with a diabetes drug does not stop their babies from being born overweight, a study has found. Heavier babies are more likely to grow into overweight adults and doctors had hoped the treatment would help to reduce...

  • Eating disorders and the power of thinness

    Eating disorders and the power of thinness

    As a PhD candidate with the Division of Anthropology at the University of Malta, I conducted an ethnographic study, a qualitative and comparative investigation on eating disorders in Malta and Italy, to shed more light on such aspects. The study...

  • Hydration campaign for divers

    Hydration campaign for divers

    If scuba-divers drink more water before diving they could considerably reduce their chances of decompression sickness (DCS), which in serious cases may lead to paralysis or even death. This is the message of a diving safety campaign by Divers...

  • Lyme and other diseases

    Lyme and other diseases

    Lyme disease is an infection caused by Borrelia burgdorferi bacteria, spread by a tick bite that can lead to a litany of debilitating symptoms. These include headaches, fatigue, joint and muscle pain, memory problems, confusion, difficulty...

  • Course on dementia caregiving

    Course on dementia caregiving

    Malta University Consulting Ltd is offering a course on dementia caregiving in the community. Scheduled to start in September, the course will consist of six afternoon sessions which will take place at the University Residence, Robert Mifsud...

  • Are we just fitter quitters?

    Are we just fitter quitters?

    What joy it is to face new pursuits, projects and challenges? There’s nothing quite like something novel to get excited about and immerse ourselves in. Even scientists now know that novelty itself is something we are hardwired to appreciate.

  • Get fit with Crossfit

    Get fit with Crossfit

    Living a healthy lifestyle might be difficult for some. Whether it’s work or taking care of the kids, the excuses for not going to the gym spring eternal. This, of course, is a serious problem, especially when you consider that we live in a...

  • Sugar, sugar, everywhere

    “Everything we’ve been told about food and exercise for the past 30 years is dead wrong.” The documentary Fed Up is in fighting form. The film focuses on the food industry and follows several obese American children. We watch them try and...

  • Life is good even with diabetes

    Life is good even with diabetes

    Health can be a matter of choice even for those who suffer from diabetes. Successfully managing diabetes depends on the diet and the general lifestyle of the patient (where lifestyle also refers to physical activity). However, diabetics are very...

  • Maintaining healthy nails

    Maintaining healthy nails

    Keeping nails strong and healthy requires a little extra effort, says nail technician Sarah Puglisevich. She tells Claire Caruana how little changes in our daily routine can go a long way and even help protect nails from various infections. While...

  • Detox your body

    A cold pressed juice cleanse is a convenient, easy way to kick-start a healthier lifestyle. The purpose of a juice cleanse is to make you feel great in body and mind, to get your glow back and to help shift a few stubborn kilos in the process. The...

  • Here comes the sun

    Here comes the sun

    Consultant dermatologist Sue Aquilina shares a few tips on how to combat some of the commonest summer skin issues with Sandra Aquilina. Sunburn While most of us are aware of the dangers of sunburn, on overcast or cloudy days you might be fooled...

  • On the nose

    On the nose

    Every perfume will not suit every person. But, as Jo Caruana learns from perfume expert Nick Gilbert, fragrance profiling will help you find the perfect scent to suit your personality and DNA. I have to admit that I have never given very much...

  • AyurVeda Organic Wellbeing celebrates 6th anniversary

    AyurVeda Organic Wellbeing celebrates 6th anniversary

    What was once a dream, became reality six years ago for Dorianne Catania, who believes that hard work, determination and passion for the spa industry are the key ingredients for the ultimate customer satisfaction. AyurVeda Organic Wellbeing offers...

  • Experience the Turkish hammam

    Experience the Turkish hammam

    Since ancient times, the cleansing ritual at the hammam was a must for any individual’s physical and emotional health. With summer in full swing, when the skin is exposed to all elements and the soul is burdened by heightened stress, escaping to...

  • Hair today, gone tomorrow

    Hair today, gone tomorrow

    At some point we stopped liking hair if it existed below the eye line. Women, always ahead of the fashion curve by a handful of decades, have been curling, crimping, plucking, shaving and waxing the fine, thin strands of protein and keratin that...

  • Give your bathroom the spa treatment

    Give your bathroom the spa treatment

    Whether you’re setting up a new bathroom or want to give your old bathroom a bit of Zen zing, Veronica Stivala tells you how to make your bathroom your own personal spa. Our lives are getting more and more rushed and time to relax and recollect...

  • Progesterone could transform treatment for tumour growth

    Progesterone could transform treatment for tumour growth

    Half of breast cancer patients could benefit from having the widely available female hormone progesterone added to their treatment, research suggests. The hormone is involved in signals between cell molecules that can hold back tumour growth,...

  • Hope for deafness gene therapy cure

    Hope for deafness gene therapy cure

    Gene therapy for deafness is moving closer to reality, with research showing the technique for fixing faulty DNA can improve responses in mice with genetic hearing loss. Separately, a clinical trial backed by Novartis is under way to help a...

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