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Health & Fitness

  • Darkness ‘vital’ to cancer therapy

    Darkness ‘vital’ to cancer therapy

    Total darkness at night-time is key to the success of breast cancer therapy, scientists have suggested. Being exposed to light at night makes breast cancer resistant to the widely used hormonal therapy tamoxifen, they said. Such exposure shuts off...

  • Doubt cast on role of paracetamol

    Doubt cast on role of paracetamol

    Paracetamol painkillers are no better than a placebo for speeding the recovery of people suffering lower back pain, a study has found. Doctors should now look at whether the over-the-counter drug should be the first choice treatment for people...

  • Scientists make autism gene finding

    Autism and intellectual disability could be caused by similar genetic triggers, research suggests. Scientists from Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, who studied four families consisting of 16 people, have linked mutations in a...

  • Skin cancer research breakthrough

    Scientists believe they have discovered a new clue about cell growth which could lead to new drugs to tackle the most deadly form of skin cancer. Cancer Research UK scientists at the University of Manchester found that some melanoma cells are...

  • Shift work linked to diabetes risk

    Medics, police officers and firefighters could be at increased risk of developing diabetes, experts have said after new research linked shift work to a heightened risk of being diagnosed with the condition. Compared to normal office hours, working...

  • Diagnosis trial over lung condition

    A €12 piece of medical equipment has gone on trial designed to accelerate the detection of a potentially fatal lung disease. It is hoped the lateral-flow device (LFD), could help offer early diagnosis for the thousands of people struck down with...

  • Walk this way

    Walk this way

    Something as apparently simple as buying a pair of shoes can turn out to be a frustrating exercise. That is because we are all different and what works for one person will not necessarily work for another. Thankfully, there is a variety of...

  • To sleep, perchance to dream

    To sleep, perchance to dream

    Experts have been telling us for so long that we need a good seven to eight hours of sleep every night that we’ve almost dozed off. And yet, even when we do manage to get our eight-hour shift, we still feel that we haven’t slept enough. There are...

  • Go gentle into that good night

    Too much or too little? First of all, assess how much sleep you need. See how you respond to different amounts of sleep and how these affect your energy levels, health and mood. When you have a good idea of your sleep needs, ask yourself how often...

  • A tension span

    A tension span

    What are the health benefits of relaxation? Relaxation techniques are a great way to help with stress management. Relaxation isn’t just about peace of mind or enjoying a hobby: it is also a process that decreases the effects of stress on your mind...

  • Vitamin D linked to schizophrenia

    Vitamin D linked to schizophrenia

    People who suffer from vitamin D deficiency are twice as likely to be diagnosed with schizophrenia as those who have sufficient levels of the vitamin, according to new research. Scientists who examined 19 studies involving more than 2,000 adults...

  • Probiotics 'can aid blood pressure'

    Eating probiotics regularly may help lower blood pressure, according to research findings. The live bacteria and yeasts usually eaten in yoghurts or taken as food supplements were shown to modestly lower blood pressure when taken for two months or...

  • Schizophrenia genes 'breakthrough'

    Schizophrenia genes 'breakthrough'

    Scientists have made a breakthrough in their research into schizophrenia that could “open a window” to finding new treatments for the disease. Eighty-three new genes associated with schizophrenia have been identified in a wide-ranging study. A...

  • Gut bacteria link to bowel cancer

    Gut bacteria link to bowel cancer

    Bacteria in the gut can trigger cancer by breaking down carbohydrate food, a study has found. In tests on mice predisposed to cancer, microbes metabolising carbohydrates caused gut wall cells to proliferate and generate tumours. By either treating...

  • Abuse raises artery disease risk

    Abuse raises artery disease risk

    Sexual abuse as a child increases a woman’s risk of developing early signs of artery disease, a study has found. Scientists linked a history of sexual abuse with inner lining thickening of the carotid artery carrying blood to the brain. The...

  • Nature versus nurture

    Nature versus nurture

    When observing in awe the masterful performances of top athletes, marvelling at a beautiful figure or physique, or perhaps while appreciating someone’s wisdom or powers of reason, have you ever wondered if people are just born the way they are or...

  • Ways of escaping eczema

    Ways of escaping eczema

    Unless you have experienced living with eczema on a daily basis, you cannot begin to understand the pain and discomfort it brings to sufferers. It is often thought of as a childhood condition, but more and more adults are either beginning to...

  • A slimmer body

    A slimmer body

    Successful and long-term weight reduction requires patience and time. Numerous publications recommend miraculous diets that apparently allow us to lose a number of kilograms in a week. Such weight loss is only partially possible due to water loss.

  • Screening sunscreen

    Screening sunscreen

    We’ve all got the message; wear sunscreen or your skin will wrinkle like an Aztec mummy and that cute mole on your shin will turn cancerous. Slathering on the white stuff means salvation from the radiation of our closest star. But most commercial...

  • Achievable weight loss

    Achievable weight loss

    Charles de Giorgio Ltd was recently appointed exclusive distributor for Atkins diet products in Malta. Atkins Nutritionals Incorporated has re-emerged as a key player in weight control nutrition category, largely because consumers have found that...

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