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Health & Fitness

  • ‘Quarter of miscarriages avoidable’

    A quarter of miscarriages may be preventable, research suggests. Being underweight or obese before conception, working nights, drinking alcohol in pregnancy and lifting heavy loads could all increase the risk, experts said. They said if women cut...

  • Olympian mind games every athlete can play

    For everyday athletes hoping to glean more than vague inspiration from watching the elite compete at the Olympic Games in Sochi, fitness experts say let the mind games begin. With imaging techniques, meditation and biofeedback, sports...

  • Uric acid leads to gout

    I’m always being asked questions about gout. About a month ago, there was an interesting phone-in programme on a UK radio and it was amazing how many people phoned in, of all ages, lifestyles and classes. I say classes because gout used to be...

  • Tobacco firms’ ‘weak evidence’

    Claims by tobacco companies that plain packaging will have no effect on smoking are based on “weak evidence” and include studies commissioned by the industry, researchers have said. Submissions to the UK government by Imperial Tobacco, Japan...

  • Back to the chest expander?

    I can still hear it now. The faint squeaks and twangs of moving metal springs emanating from my parent’s bedroom, accompanied by rhythmic huffs and puffs. It was my father, working his trusty chest expander. An ex-army officer, he was always a fit...

  • It’s fun to be fit

    The problem of child obesity in Malta has been highlighted in various studies in the last decade, with one report last year claiming that Maltese 10- to 11-year-olds are the second fattest on earth. Such news sends shockwaves across the community...

  • Caring for your child’s feet at a young age

    Babies’ feet don’t have bones‚ just soft cartilage which can easily be pushed out of shape by ill-fitting shoes. Even socks that are too tight can damage their feet at this delicate stage. A fully-formed adult foot has 26 bones, 19 muscles and...

  • Top-notch babysitting

    Brenda’s Babysitters’ services are offered by fully-qualified, experienced, conscientious and trustworthy personnel. When screening personnel, Brenda’s Babysitters not only scrutinises their experience and qualifications, but also makes sure that...

  • Helping your child grow

    The Baby Sensory and the Toddler Sense programmes offer a fully-inclusive approach to a child’s development from birth to five years. During baby’s first year there is unlimited potential for learning; Baby Sensory helps parents encourage their...

  • Men are 50% more likely to die from cancer than women

    Men are 50 per cent more likely to die from cancer than women, according to new global statistics. Data published by Cancer Research UK shows more than 4.6 million men die from the disease every year across the globe – the equivalent to 126 men in...

  • ‘Quit smoking’ to tackle depression

    Smokers who believe their habit relieves stress and depression are mistaken, according to research. Experts found that quitting smoking can be just as effective in tackling depression and anxiety as taking antidepressants. Writing online in the...

  • Breast cancer drug launched in UK

    A breast cancer drug for women who have stopped responding to Herceptin has been launched in the UK. Kadcyla – also called T-DM1 – is given to patients who have failed on conventional treatment with Herceptin and chemotherapy. It is only suitable...

  • Double mastectomy ‘boosts survival’

    Women with the same breast cancer gene as Angelina Jolie could have a much higher chance of survival if they have a double mastectomy, evidence has suggested. Over 20 more lives could be saved per 100 women if they opt to have both breasts removed...

  • Walking ‘can help preserve vision’

    Regular walking may protect the eyes and help prevent age-related vision loss, research has suggested. Tests on mice showed that moderate exercise slows down the death of light-sensitive retinal cells. Scientists believe the discovery has...

  • Support for new autism treatment

    A new study of the origins of autism lends support to a controversial treatment using a blood pressure drug, it is claimed. Scientists found that injecting pregnant mice with bumetanide reduced abnormally high levels of chloride in the brains of...

  • Lyme disease updates

    Looking at some healthy updates, Lyme disease is a debilitating condition. It is an infectious disease caused by at least three species of bacteria belonging to the genus Borrelia. Borrelia afzelii and Borrelia garniii cause most European...

  • Revolutionary arthritis treatment now in Malta

    After its success around the world, a revolutionary new arthritis product, Flexiseq, is being launched in Malta by Pro Bono Bio International Trading Ltd, a Maltese medical device specialist and leader in nano-physical healthcare products. Nick...

  • Tackling the big three

    Last week, we began to tackle the enigma of gaining muscle without the use of free weights or resistance machines. While I receive so many interesting and stimulating queries about every aspect of health and fitness, when asked if weight gain...

  • Scientists offer diabetes cure hope

    A diabetes cure could be in sight after scientists transformed ordinary skin cells into pancreatic cells producing insulin. Scientists used a step-by-step technique to reprogramme skin cells called fibroblasts taken from mice. At the end of the...

  • Green fuel ‘costly and harmful’

    A new “green” fuel to be introduced in the UK to meet EU regulations could be costly and harmful, according to tests carried out by What Car? magazine. The E10 fuel, which contains 10 per cent bio-ethanol, was less efficient than the current E5...

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