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Health & Fitness

  • Is our environment a risk factor for heart disease?

    Is our environment a risk factor for heart disease?

    Heart surgeon Alexander Manché argues that both nature and nurture are leading to the high prevalence of heart disease in our society. But while we have little to no control over nature, we can and have to regulate our lifestyles better. World...

  • That fluttering feeling

    That fluttering feeling

    Anyone can experience palpitations, irrespective of age. They can be quite normal during stressful periods of our lives, but sometimes they may signal a heart problem. Medical student Sahra Abdallah Haji explains how we can reduce such...

  • Running like clockwork

    Running like clockwork

    Daniela Zammit, from the Malta Medical Students’ Association, describes how the life-saving pacemakers work and how they allow patients to lead a fairly normal life. Every day, the average, healthy heart beats about 100,000 times, sending 2,000...

  • Keeping up the rhythm

    Keeping up the rhythm

    Fitness instructor Michele Wilson, 63, knows very well how exercise can improve heart health and reverse some heart disease risk factors. She shares her enthusiasm for an active lifestyle with Stephanie Fsadni. The benefit of exercise for our...

  • Skirt size ‘linked to cancer risk’

    Skirt size ‘linked to cancer risk’

    An increasing skirt size could increase a woman’s risk of breast cancer by as much as 33 per cent, researchers have found. If a 25-year-old woman goes up a size − for instance from a size 12 to a 14 − every 10 years until after going through the...

  • Statins ‘increase diabetes risk’

    Statins ‘increase diabetes risk’

    Cholesterol-lowering drugs can directly increase the risk of diabetes because of the way they function, research has shown. Statins have previously been associated with higher rates of type 2 diabetes, but it was not clear whether the drugs were...

  • Lifestyle linked to heart well-being

    Lifestyle linked to heart well-being

    Four out of five heart attacks in men could be prevented by adopting a super-healthy lifestyle that avoids junk food, smoking, excessive drinking and lack of exercise, a study has found. Scientists assessed the lifestyles of 20,721 Swedish men...

  • Concern over sport beverages promotion

    Sporting bodies’ promotional ties with nutritional supplement and sports drinks manufacturers could be lending ‘unwarranted credibility’ to such products, according to an article in a leading medical journal. Several academics have raised concerns...

  • Job fears may increase asthma risk

    Job fears may increase asthma risk

    People who are concerned they may lose their jobs are more likely to develop asthma than those who have job security, a new study suggests. Job insecurity has been linked to poor health outcomes and researchers decided they wanted to look into...

  • Dry-roasted peanuts are the worst for allergies

    Dry-roasted peanuts are the worst for allergies

    Dry-roasted peanuts may be more likely to trigger allergic reactions than those that are ‘raw’, a study has shown. The high temperatures involved in dry roasting cause chemical changes that can sensitise the immune system to peanut proteins,...

  • Call for eye tests every two years

    Call for eye tests every two years

    One in 10 people are putting themselves at risk by leaving years in between eye tests, a new poll suggests. The College of Optometrists said many people are living with poor vision or putting their sight at risk by failing to go for regular eye...

  • To make most of workouts, experts say set proper pace

    To make most of workouts, experts say set proper pace

    Whether the goal is to finish a marathon, polish a tennis game or make the most of that hour at the gym, fitness experts say pacing can spell the difference between success and stagnation. Setting the proper workout pace, or the distribution of...

  • Reading the future

    In the bewildering maze of our genetic make-up, there are markers which determine our future, including diseases to which we may be susceptible. Practically all diseases have a genetic basis to a smaller or larger extent, and therefore, our future...

  • Alcoholic calorie conundrum

    Alcoholic calorie conundrum

    To understand this conundrum, we first have to understand how calories are formed. We have come to think of calories as little packets of energy somehow embedded in our food. However, they are not real, they are simply a measure of how much heat...

  • Smashing through plateaux

    Smashing through plateaux

    My days of strength competition are well behind me, but I wouldn’t trade the memories for the world. Nothing could extinguish my passion and enthusiasm for strength sports like weightlifting and powerlifting, or for the simple, noble pursuit of...

  • ‘Angelina effect’ on cancer tests

    ‘Angelina effect’ on cancer tests

    Referrals for genetic breast cancer tests more than doubled in the UK as a result of what doctors have dubbed the ‘Angelina effect’. In May last year, actress Angelina Jolie revealed to the world that she had undergone a double mastectomy to...

  • 'Angelina effect' on cancer tests

    'Angelina effect' on cancer tests

    Referrals for genetic breast cancer tests more than doubled in the UK as a result of what doctors have dubbed the "Angelina effect". In May last year, actress Angelina Jolie revealed to the world that she had undergone a double mastectomy to...

  • Fending off oral thrush

    Fending off oral thrush

    Oral infections may play a role in the development of cardiovascular and respiratory diseases. Medical student Maria Angela Grima takes a look at the causes and symptoms of oral candidiasis and identifies who is most at risk. Maintaining oral...

  • Care from a young age

    Care from a young age

    Decay in baby teeth progresses much faster than in adult ones. Paediatric dentist Audrey Camilleri argues that a child’s rotten teeth should be filled rather than extracted even though they will eventually fall off. Baby teeth are as prone to...

  • Something to smile about

    There is a strong connection between oral health and overall health. Our mouth is full of bacteria, most of which are harmless. Sometimes, harmful bacteria becomes uncontrollable. People undergoing medical treatment or who have a reduction in...

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