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Health & Fitness

  • Poor sleep may cause Alzheimer’s

    Poor sleep could be a cause of Alzheimer’s disease, research has suggested. A lack of regular deep sleep allows a toxic protein known as beta-amyloid to increase in the brain, attacking the mind’s memory faculties. The study by Berkeley,...

  • Exercise in pregnancy 'beneficial'

    Exercise in pregnancy 'beneficial'

    Women who exercise during pregnancy are around a third less likely to develop gestational diabetes, and put on less weight - even if they normally do little or none, a study has found. Gestational diabetes is a common pregnancy complication with...

  • Statins 'cut cancer death risk'

    Statins 'cut cancer death risk'

    Statins could cut the risk of dying from cancer by up to 55 per cent, according to research. A 15-year study of almost 150,000 people found that those taking the cholesterol-lowering drugs were more likely to survive the illness. Experts at the...

  • Tests for new cancer drugs not reliable enough, doctors say

    Tests for new cancer drugs not reliable enough, doctors say

    Drug makers including Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. and Merck & Co. are testing which patients will most benefit from new cancer treatments based on a protein found in their tumours, but that guide, known as a biomarker, may be too unreliable,...

  • Urgent action needed to lessen the future impact of AF in Europe

    Urgent action needed to lessen the future impact of AF in Europe

    With an ageing population in Europe and the prevalence of atrial fibrillation expected to double in the continent by 2060, Atrial Fibrillation (AF) looks likely to become a future health issue for millions of people in Europe. The Future of...

  • Breastfeeding ‘cuts leukaemia risk’

    Breastfeeding ‘cuts leukaemia risk’

    Babies who were breastfed for at least six months had a 19 per cent lower risk of going on to develop leukaemia in childhood than those who were breastfed for a shorter period or not at all, research found. Scientists said they made the findings...

  • New era in war on cancer

    New era in war on cancer

    Experts have hailed a “new era” for cancer treatments after achieving “spectacular” results from trials on a new class of drugs. Immunotherapy, which harnesses the body’s immune system to attack cancerous cells, is proving so effective that in one...

  • Good diet ‘key in prostate battle’

    Men with prostate cancer significantly increase their chances of dying from the disease if they fail to eat healthily after being diagnosed, a study has found. Those most wedded to a Western diet containing a lot of red and processed meat, fat and...

  • Drug boost in fight against lung cancer

    A drug that frees the immune system to attack a devastating form of lung cancer has been shown to double the life expectancy of genetically targeted patients. Nivolumab is one of new generation of immunotherapy drugs that release cancer-applied...

  • Statins boost for bypass surgery

    Statins boost for bypass surgery

    Cholesterol-lowering statin drugs can reduce the risk of dying during a heart bypass operation by as much as two-thirds, a study has found. Researchers made the discovery after analysing data on more than 16,000 British patients aged 40 and over...

  • Good diet 'key in prostate battle'

    Good diet 'key in prostate battle'

    Men with prostate cancer significantly increase their chances of dying from the disease if they fail to eat healthily after being diagnosed, a study has found. Those most wedded to a ‘Western’ diet containing a lot of red and processed meat, fat...

  • For good mental health

    For good mental health

    A study shows how engaging in arts and crafts can help elderly people avoid dementia. For the Mayo Clinic Study of Ageing, published in the journal Neurology last month, 256 people aged from 85 to 89 years with normal cognitive functions first...

  • New breast cancer research by Maltese group

    The Group of Breast Cancer Researchers at the University of Malta has come up with new findings that suggest they will facilitate therapy for breast cancer patients. The researchers have been invited to present their results at the International...

  • Fighting your lethargy

    Fighting your lethargy

    There is a tendency to blame a feeling of constant tiredness on age. While that could be possible in some cases, in general it usually has an underlying health problem. The feeling of losing your ‘mojo’ and not having the energy, mental belief and...

  • Consequences of bullying

    Everybody is aware of bullying in the schoolyard and the efforts currently being made to control it. Not so evident, however, is the fact that bullying is also very much widespread in the older population. Bullying among adults comes in many forms...

  • How coeliac disease affects your body

    How coeliac disease affects your body

    Medical student Yimeng Zhang explains that coeliac disease is a ‘multisystem disorder’, not only affecting the intestine but any part of the body, including the skin. Coeliac disease is a common digestive condition where a person’s body has an...

  • Raising awareness

    Raising awareness

    Coeliac Association Malta is a voluntary self-help and non-governmental organisation for people with coeliac disease or dermatitis herpetiformis. It was founded in 1989 by coeliacs themselves to promote the welfare of coeliacs in Malta. Membership...

  • Bid to halt breast cancer spread

    Bid to halt breast cancer spread

    Certain breast cancers spread to the bones using an enzyme that drills “seed holes” for planting new tumours, research has shown. The discovery could lead to treatments aimed at preventing secondary breast cancers in patients with non-hormone...

  • Single drink risk to elderly women

    Just one alcoholic tipple a day can damage the hearts of elderly women, research has shown. A study of 4,466 people with an average age of 76 found that “moderate” drinking led to small reductions in heart function, but only among women. The US...

  • Skin cancer hope from herpes virus

    Skin cancer hope from herpes virus

    A genetically-modified cold sore virus could be made available as a game-changing new treatment for deadly skin cancer within a year, scientists claim. Extraordinary results from a Phase III trial involving patients with aggressive, inoperable...

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