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Health & Fitness

  • Vegetarian and vegan diets good for children and adults

    Vegetarian and vegan diets good for children and adults

    Plant-based diets are tied to a lower risk of health problems like heart disease, diabetes, obesity and certain cancers – and pretty much anyone can eat this way, according to a leading group of nutritionists. Vegetarian and vegan diets are...

  • Fitness, meditation and prostate cancer

    Fitness, meditation and prostate cancer

    According to a new report, sitting for more than three hours a day (which applies to most of us in desk jobs, or driving) is responsible for an average of 3.8 per cent of all deaths. Sitting for half that time reduces the mortality risk threefold,...

  • The fatness industry

    The fatness industry

    There’s been a lot of talk lately about our overly large local waistlines, but perhaps the mere act of talking about it serves only to reinforce how we got into this spot of trouble in the first place. Maybe we just like to talk a little too much,...

  • Minimum alcohol pricing 'could improve' Britain's health

    Minimum alcohol pricing 'could improve' Britain's health

    The British government has said it will continue to look at minimum pricing for alcohol in light of a new report which argues it could improve the nation's health. Public Health England's (PHE) review found that a range of measures, such as...

  • Combating heart disease

    Combating heart disease

    The Malta Heart Foundation is being relaunched tomorrow in a bid to increase awareness of the importance of leading a healthy lifestyle and support patients Heart disease is responsible for more deaths every year than any other condition. In...

  • Nestle touts new technology to reduce sugar in chocolate

    Nestle touts new technology to reduce sugar in chocolate

    Nestle, the world's largest packaged food group, said it had devised a new technology that has the potential to reduce sugar in some of its confectionery products by up to 40 percent without affecting the taste.  The maker of Kitkat and Aero bars...

  • Surprising monkey study could lead to 'functional' HIV cure

    Surprising monkey study could lead to 'functional' HIV cure

    Anthony Fauci doesn't get too excited about the results of animal studies, and he doesn't make house calls. But when a drug already taken by thousands of people for intestinal conditions appeared to control the monkey version of HIV, it got the...

  • Educate to eradicate Aids

    Educate to eradicate Aids

    On the first day of every December, since 1988, the world has observed World Aids Day. This global health day is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite and show their support for people living with HIV and to comme­­morate people who have...

  • One in seven people with HIV in EU unaware they have virus

    One in seven people with HIV in the Europe Union region is unaware they have the virus, seriously hampering efforts to meet a global 2030 deadline for eradicating the Aids epidemic, a senior health expert said. The average estimated time between...

  • Thriving on raw eggs, world's oldest person marks 117th birthday in Italy

    Thriving on raw eggs, world's oldest person marks 117th birthday in Italy

    Emma Morano, thought to be the world's oldest person and the last to be born in the 1800s, celebrated her 117th birthday today, still swearing by her diet of two raw eggs a day. Morano was born in November 1899, four years before the Wright...

  • Emotional bond with fathers ‘key to children’s behaviour’

    Emotional bond with fathers ‘key to children’s behaviour’

    Fathers who are emotionally involved with their children and feel confident as a parent are less likely to raise offspring with behavioural problems, research suggests. A new study from Oxford University found that a father’s emotional attachment...

  • Music ‘food’ for the brain

    Music ‘food’ for the brain

    Music lessons improve brain connections in healthy children and may be useful in children with autism spectrum disorders and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), researchers say. After nine months of musical training in healthy...

  • The five-second rule

    The five-second rule

    We may have heard of the five-second rule when applied to dropping food on the ground. Basically, you have five seconds to pick it up before it gets swamped with all the bad germs on your floor. Ironically, nobody knows where this rule came from.

  • Physical activity as entertainment

    A great aspect of physical activity is that it isn’t only fun to do, it’s so often just as fun to watch. From competitive sport to dance, there is something intrinsically pleasing about watching other human bodies in motion, performing coordinated...

  • Healthy week

    Vassallo Group of Companies held its first Healthy Lifestyles Week for employees. Organised in collaboration with the Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Directorate, the event aimed to promote a healthier lifestyle for over 1,500 staff from...

  • Too clean for comfort?

    Too clean for comfort?

    Allergies seem to be increasing at a fast rate within our community and throughout the world. For instance, allergic rhinitis (including hay fever) affects 10-30 per cent of the population worldwide. One marker of allergic sensitisation, the...

  • Evidence ties sugary caffeinated drinks to poor sleep

    Evidence ties sugary caffeinated drinks to poor sleep

    Adults who sleep no more than five hours a night are more likely to be heavy soda drinkers than people who get more rest, a US study suggests. Soda is the main source of added sugar in the American diet, researchers note in the journal Sleep Health.

  • Scientists say gut microbes may play role in yo-yo weight loss and gains

    Scientists say gut microbes may play role in yo-yo weight loss and gains

    Scientists studying yo-yo dieting in mice say the tendency for people to regain excess weight rapidly after successfully slimming may well be due to their microbiome - the trillions of microorganisms in the gut. The researchers found that changes...

  • Brain power

    Brain power

    Up until the late 1990s, neuroscientists had believed that the brain stopped making new brain cells in adulthood and from then on it was one inevitable slide into decrepitude as brain cells died off, never to be replaced. Then scientists...

  • Uniquely fit

    Uniquely fit

    When ordering that special new outfit online or a quick cappuccino across the road from the office, it seems there’s a natural mental clock that instantly starts to tick. Inherent and unnoticed at first it ticks away for as long as we feel we can...

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