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Health & Fitness

  • 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...

  • In praise of walking

    In praise of walking

    Imprinted in the mind of the average Maltese we find the belief that the function of walking is to get from A to B in the shortest possible time and with the least expenditure of energy. Very few seem to think much of the value of walking as a...

  • GPs ‘isolated’ from patients

    GPs ‘isolated’ from patients

    Older adults take more medications than any other group and sometimes they take the wrong drug for the wrong reason and at the wrong dosage. In a 2012 study on Maltese older adults, Lorna Marie West and Scott Cunningham, both from The Robert...

  • Sugar triggers cancer

    Sugar triggers cancer

    We have seen and read a lot in the media about sugar. It is interesting that the focus has shifted from fats. I do not intend to follow the herd and discuss sugar in the same way. However, I do intend to look at sugar in relation to...

  • Mainstream education for intellectual disability

    The transition from secondary school to post-secondary education can be challenging for any young person. People with intellectual disability may face more challenges during their transition to mainstream post-secondary education. What are the...

  • Let’s get physical

    Let’s get physical

    “There are no boundaries other than those we create.” A truly inspiring mantra many a fitness professional will profess. Such an approach is fantastic when it comes to getting in shape and pursuing one’s fitness goals, but sometimes the fitness...

  • Fruit and veg ‘help prevent weight gain’

    Fruit and veg ‘help prevent weight gain’

    Eating fruit and vegetables that are high in a key compound – such as apples, pears, blueberries, strawberries and radishes – may help prevent weight gain. Research from Harvard University and the University of East Anglia has found that fruit and...

  • Too much exercise can affect ability to lose kilos

    Too much exercise can affect ability to lose kilos

    Hitting the gym in the hope of burning up calories to lose weight can backfire as the body adapts to higher activity levels, a study has found. The change in metabolism means that slimmers who rely on exercise to achieve their goals are likely to...

  • Mediterranean diet and vitamin C

    Mediterranean diet and vitamin C

    It’s always good to hear more studies giving positive results about the Mediterranean diet. Following this diet, rich in olive oil, is the surest way to prevent breast cancer. It is even effective when mixed nuts are used instead of oil. Women who...

  • The figure and physique selfie

    The figure and physique selfie

    It’s finally happening. For nearly a decade now I am happy to have had my little say here each and every week about all aspects of exercise and fitness that spring to mind. The culture of fitness on our fair islands, or rather the lack thereof,...

  • HIV uses viral reservoir to ‘bounce back’

    The Aids virus HIV can keep on growing even when it is undetectable in the blood of treated patients, new research has shown. As a result, the virus rapidly bounces back if a patient stops taking the anti-retroviral drugs that keep the infection...

  • Alzheimer’s and other brain disorders ‘may be linked to support cells’

    Alzheimer’s and other brain disorders ‘may be linked to support cells’

    Support cells rather than neurons may underlie some brain disorders including Alzheimer’s disease, multiple sclerosis (MS) and intellectual disability, a study suggests. The cells do not transmit nerve messages but play a vital role protecting and...

  • Heart-healthy sardines pack a bold flavour punch

    Heart-healthy sardines pack a bold flavour punch

    Growing up with a father who suffered from cardiovascular disease, I learned at an early age how to eat healthfully. Hot dogs, fried chicken and steaks rarely graced our dinner table. Instead, we ate boatloads of low-fat and vitamin – and...

  • Eat with a smile

    Eat with a smile

    So you’ve been up since six this morning and have only managed to do less than half of what you had planned. Then you dash out for half an hour but, countless traffic jams later, you end up wasting a couple of hours. And when you return home, you...

  • Turn fitness into a furry tail

    Turn fitness into a furry tail

    We all need a bit of motivation to put on our running shoes, take out our bicycle for a night ride, and stick to our gym schedule. Recruiting a training buddy helps. After all, while we might believe our own excuses to pull out of a long walk or a...

  • From start to finish

    From start to finish

    At the start of the new year, many draw up a list of resolutions that is as long as a shopping list for the January sales. Yet similarly to what happens during the sales, many end up with no spare change and items which they don’t really need. In...

  • Try something new

    Try something new

    If the dank winter weather is muffling your desire to exercise, you need some fresh inspiration to get you moving again. Changing your workout will not only make it more effective by challenging different muscles and building strength, but it can...

  • Getting fit with a view

    Getting fit with a view

    The Sunny Coast Leisure Club in Qawra offers you complete well-being for body, mind and spirit right at the water’s edge. Facilities include a fitness centre, squash court, heated indoor pool and jacuzzi, outdoor pool and jacuzzis, kids’ splash...

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