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  • TV noise can hinder toddlers picking up new words

    TV noise can hinder toddlers picking up new words

    Background noise from the radio or TV can make it harder for toddlers to learn new words, research suggests. Scientists conducted experiments in which children aged around two were taught new words while hearing soft or loud background...

  • Extreme sitting may lead to increased heart risk disease

    Being sedentary, at least in moderation, is unlikely to cause heart disease, according to a new review of past research. Based on their analysis, researchers conclude that only very high levels of sedentary time – more than 10 hours per day – are...

  • Argentine women protest over shaming of public breastfeeding

    Argentine women protest over shaming of public breastfeeding

    Mothers in Buenos Aires come out in defence of the right to breast-feed in public after a woman was threatened with arrest for breast-feeding in public.   22-year-old Costanza Santos was threatened with arrest for breast-feeding her...

  • Prescription for high blood pressure

    Prescription for high blood pressure

    How common is it that one walks into the gym suffering from high blood pressure? How often has a client been referred by a general practitioner to start an exercise programme to lower their blood pressure? Are we aware that stress has the tendency...

  • Can you hear me?

    Can you hear me?

    Hearing loss can have many causes. There is no doubt that age-related hearing loss is the most common human auditory disorder, affecting about 40 per cent of those over the age of 75, worldwide (J. Am. Geriatr. Soc., 1995). However, hearing loss...

  • Some of the things we need fixing

    Some of the things we need fixing

    While eagerly awaiting the start of the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games in just under two weeks’ time, I'm always attentive to updates I catch on TV or elsewhere. If you’re close by and utter the words, “the Olympics,” then as long as I’m in earshot...

  • Community set up to provide lifestyle guidance

    The increase in obesity levels has been somewhat alarming in the past few years – sedentary lifestyles and lack of guidance on how to create a good work-life balance are major contributing factors to this issue. With this in mind the...

  • Alcohol directly linked to several cancers

    Alcohol directly linked to several cancers

    Alcohol is directly linked to seven forms of cancer, a new study has established. People consuming even small to moderate amounts of alcohol are at risk, according to the new study, published on Addiction Journal. The evidence from the study...

  • Double hand transplant patient looks forward to holding a bottle of beer

    Double hand transplant patient looks forward to holding a bottle of beer

    The first person in the UK to have a double hand transplant says he feels "whole again" as he looks forward to holding a bottle of beer and wearing shirts with real buttons. Chris King, 57, lost both his hands, except the thumbs, in an accident...

  • Mother’s pre-pregnancy diabetes connected to baby’s risk to heart disease

    Mother’s pre-pregnancy diabetes connected to baby’s risk to heart disease

    Women with diabetes have considerably higher risk of adverse pregnancy outcomes, such as birth defects than women with no diabetes, a new study shows. The risk is linked to both type 1 and type 2 diabetes. A Danish study, published in Circulation...

  • Florida health dept investigates possible local Zika transmission

    Florida health dept investigates possible local Zika transmission

    Florida health officials are investigating a case of Zika virus infection that does not appear to have stemmed from travel to another region with an outbreak. The statement from the Florida Department of Health did not specify whether the Zika...

  • A healthy diet ‘can include a lot of fat’

    A healthy diet ‘can include a lot of fat’

    Extra healthy fats from a Mediterranean diet may help protect against heart disease, diabetes and breast cancer, a research review suggests. “The kind of fat matters,” said lead study author Hanna Bloomfield of the Minneapolis Veterans Affairs...

  • ‘Roller-coaster cholesterol’ may be linked to lower mental ability scores

    ‘Roller-coaster cholesterol’ may be linked to lower mental ability scores

    Roller-coaster levels of ‘bad’ cholesterol may lead to poorer mental performance in older adults, a study has found. Greater fluctuations in low-density lipoprotein (LDL), which is linked to heart disease, were associated with lower scores in...

  • Paediatricians call for sex education, say teaching of abstinence ineffective

    Children and adolescents should receive age-appropriate and evidence-based education about sex and sexuality from schools, parents, professionals and paediatricians, American Academy of Pediatrics recommends. Sexuality education has been proven to...

  • Fats can be a part of a healthy diet

    Fats can be a part of a healthy diet

    Fat can be a part of a healthy diet, but it’s the type of fat that matters. The fats typical of a Mediterranean diet can be a part of healthy eating habits and may even protect against heart disease, diabetes and breast cancer, a research review...

  • Could fruit and veggies boost your happiness?

    Could fruit and veggies boost your happiness?

    The reasons experts usually give for eating more fruit and vegetables tend to be about long-term health benefits, but piling on the produce may also improve wellbeing in the shorter term, researchers say. Based on national surveys in Australia,...

  • Research questions the effectiveness of steam inhalation for sinus congestion

    Research questions the effectiveness of steam inhalation for sinus congestion

    Steam inhalation is not effective in relieving symptoms of chronic sinus congestion, according to new research. The study, published in the CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal), also showed that advice to use nasal irrigation, which is when...

  • Kids who watch lots of TV end up with weaker bones

    Kids who watch lots of TV end up with weaker bones

    Kids who watch a lot of television may build less bone during critical years, and be more vulnerable to osteoporosis and bone breaks later in life as a result, a new study suggests. However, the act of watching TV is not necessarily the cause of...

  • Red meat leads to ‘shortest’ lifespan

    Red meat leads to ‘shortest’ lifespan

    How many of us remember using talcum powder many years ago? It was the must-have product for babies, especially with nappy rash. What we didn’t know was that talc, in its mineral form, contains asbestos, a known carcinogen. However, manufacturers...

  • Maintaining our bodily home

    Maintaining our bodily home

    I really didn’t need to visit one of Malta’s largest home improvement centres to buy a few little screws, but alas, my overkill at least served as some inspiration of sorts. As I wandered through the aisles, feasting my eyes on shelves packed with...

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