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Health & Fitness

  • The truth about e-cigarettes

    The truth about e-cigarettes

    In recent months there have been a number of reports and articles relating to the use of electronic cigarettes or, better, electronic vapour products. Unfortunately, much of what is quoted by different authors is inconsistent with real findings.

  • Course on natural medicines

    A short course on pharmacognosy and natural medicines will be held in July by Malta University Consulting Ltd for qualified personnel in the pharmaceutical industry. The course will provide biological, biochemical and pharmacological background...

  • Targeting cancer stem cells

    Cancer stem cells are thought to be the small population of cells in a tumour which are responsible for the regeneration of a cancer after chemotherapy. They are the cells thought to be most resistant to these therapies. In an interview with...

  • Connect your feet to earth

    Connect your feet to earth

    Last week I looked at the origins of earthing. Today I will look at simple changes we can all make to our lives to help earth us. The simplest earthing method is to take off your socks and shoes and connect with the grass or ground. Clinton Ober...

  • Protecting local professionals

    Protecting local professionals

    Are you proud of your country? Are you proud to be Maltese? When we’re abroad or meet foreigners, we might cringe when we have to talk about our performance in international football, but our faces light up when people tell us they’ve heard about...

  • Run/walk in aid of multiple sclerosis

    Run/walk in aid of multiple sclerosis

    People of all ages walked or ran to raise funds for multiple sclerosis in an event organised by the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Malta this morning. A number of people walked from Sliema while those who opted to run started from San Anton Gardens.

  • Antidepressant may be new alternative for hot flashes

    A low dose of antidepressant may be almost as effective as oestrogen at reducing the number of hot flashes menopausal women have to endure, according to a new study. Oestrogen therapy is still the best way to avert the sudden feelings of...

  • Two drugs are better than one for asthma control

    Two drugs are better than one for asthma control

     People with asthma are likely to benefit from combining medications to manage their symptoms, a strategy that requires doctors and patients to work together to tweak prescriptions, Dutch researchers say. Based on a review of data from 64 asthma...

  • Light at night linked to obesity

    Light at night linked to obesity

    Sleeping with too much light in the room increases the risk of obesity in women, research has shown. Greater exposure to light at night raised both Body Mass Index (BMI) and waist size in more than 113,000 women taking part in the British study,...

  • Gene test may reveal heart disease

    Gene test may reveal heart disease

    A potentially lethal pattern of gene activity can identify people at high risk of dying from heart disease, say scientists. The discovery could lead to a simple blood test showing which patients should qualify for personalised treatment and...

  • Top scientists warn WHO not to stub out e-cigarettes

    Top scientists warn WHO not to stub out e-cigarettes

    Ahead of World No Tobacco Day tomorrow, group urges UN health agency to embrace device that could help slash disease and deaths caused by smoking A group of 53 leading scientists has warned the World Health Organisation not to classify...

  • Cancer warning over indoor tanning

    Indoor tanning can trigger deadly skin cancer even when it causes no burns, research has confirmed. Scientists stressed that tanning was a biological response indicating damage by ultraviolet (UV) radiation – with or without burns. The study...

  • Brain activity changes seen after chemo

    Brain activity changes seen after chemo

    For some women with breast cancer, changes in brain activity while multitasking could explain ‘chemo brain’ – reduced mental functioning that many experience after chemotherapy, Belgian researchers say. “Cognitive complaints of people increase...

  • Testosterone ‘can help men slim’

    Testosterone ‘can help men slim’

    Testosterone therapy acts as a powerful slimming aid for obese men who lack the hormone, research has shown. The treatment led men to lose around a fifth of their weight after six years. On average, their body weight fell from 127kg to 102kg and...

  • Call for health warning on drinks

    Call for health warning on drinks

    Health warnings should be added to sugary drinks in an attempt to make them as socially unacceptable as cigarettes, a leading figure in public health has said. Simon Capewell, professor of public health at the University of Liverpool, called for...

  • Going to ground

    Going to ground

    A couple of years ago I wrote about earthing. I had a huge amount of e-mail responses as a result and many people took up the concept in their own lives. As is the case with any health concept, there have been more studies carried out and also...

  • Spicing up a regular run

    Spicing up a regular run

    I’m sure I’ve read that name somewhere before. It could be a moped model, a scooter, or maybe even a small car. The last time it popped into my head, however, wasn’t to describe a machine; it flashed through just as I arrived home from another...

  • Ticking time bomb

    Ticking time bomb

    Superbugs resistant to drugs pose a serious worldwide threat and demand a response on the same scale as efforts to combat climate change, infectious disease specialists said. Warning that a world without effective antibiotics would be “deadly”,...

  • Mental health life expectancy link

    any mental illnesses are as bad for you as smoking, research has suggested. Life expectancy for people with mental health problems is less than for heavy smokers, experts have found. Serious mental illness can reduce a person’s life expectancy by...

  • The darker side to sunshine

    The darker side to sunshine

    Amy Chircop from the Malta Medical Students’ Association delves into the adverse cosmetic and health consequences of too much sun exposure. With summer around the corner, it seems inevitable not to daydream about long, relaxing days at the beach,...

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