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Health & Fitness

  • Banking on baby teeth

    Banking on baby teeth

    If you fear you have missed the boat as regards banking your children’s stem cells at birth, Stephanie Fsadni says they can also be extracted from teeth to be harvested and stored for future health remedies. The regenerative role of stem cells in...

  • Bracing up for a brighter smile and a better bite

    Bracing up for a brighter smile and a better bite

    Braces are no longer the metal nuisance they once were and the social stigma around them may be fading away. Claire Caruana meets a couple in their 20s who both wear braces. Believing that braces are only effective if worn at a young age, Marica...

  • Never too old to fix your teeth

    Never too old to fix your teeth

    Although childhood is the ideal time to make changes to teeth positioning, more adults are nowadays opting for orthodontic treatment and coming away with excellent results. Dr Pascal A. Demajo, dental surgeon with a special interest in...

  • Consequences of periodontal disease

    Consequences of periodontal disease

    Recent research has shown that gum disease may be a more serious risk factor for heart disease than high blood pressure, smoking, high cholesterol, gender and age. Studies also show that diseased gums release significantly higher levels of...

  • Dental challenges in our elder years

    Dental challenges in our elder years

    As people are living longer and keeping their teeth for longer, they are more likely to face significant dental challenges. Dr Paula Vassallo highlights some common problems and concerns, and gives advice on how to care for your teeth in the long...

  • Implanting prostheses

    Implanting prostheses

    Since the mid-1950s Drs Demajo Dental and Implantology Clinics Est 1919 have produced thousands of prosthetic teeth, both removable and fixed, at their dental ­laboratory. Through years of practice, constant upgrade and now, even EU fundings, the...

  • Artificial sweeteners ‘are bad’

    Artificial sweeteners ‘are bad’

    Sugar-free sweeteners could increase glucose intolerance and diabetes risk by affecting bacteria in the gut, a study has suggested. From improving metabolism and helping people to slim, widespread use of artificial sweeteners may be fuelling the...

  • Action needed to reduce daily sugar intake – WHO

    Action needed to reduce daily sugar intake – WHO

    More must be done to curb sugar intake to reduce the “costly burden” of tooth decay, experts have said. People should get no more than three per cent of their daily calories from sugars, experts said. Current World Health Organisation (WHO)...

  • Dairy food ‘lowers diabetes risk’

    Dairy food ‘lowers diabetes risk’

    People who take eight or more portions of high-fat dairy produce each day are at a lower risk of developing diabetes than those who have only one portion a day, new research shows. A study of almost 27,000 people aged between 45 and 74, 60 per...

  • Useful ‘mini-bite’ updates

    Useful ‘mini-bite’ updates

    Sometimes there are a number of what I would call ‘mini-bites’ of information all relating to our health. This gives a wealth of information I’m keen to pass on, as someone, somewhere, will find one of them useful. Here is my set of updates for...

  • Straying from structure

    Straying from structure

    Structure. Order. It makes us feel safe. It makes us feel civilised. If order is good, then the chaotic and random, by default, must be bad. But is this really the case? Could it be that structure sometimes amounts to little more than a false...

  • Breathalyser bid to spot concussion

    Breathalyser bid to spot concussion

    Scientists are developing a pitch-side breathalyser that can show if a footballer or rugby player is suffering from concussion. So far they have only tested gases in the laboratory, but a trial involving 40 students could pave the way to making...

  • Scientists ‘reset’ human stem cells

    Scientists have made a breakthrough in creating stem cells crucial to regenerative medicine. British and Japanese academics have successfully ‘reset’ human pluripotent stem cells, considered useful because they can become human cells or tissues...

  • Kicking unhealthy habits

    Kicking unhealthy habits

    Do you smoke cigarettes or even weed? Do you drink alcohol? Do you have an unbalanced diet? Would you change these unhealthy habits if you were pregnant, asks medical student Sahra Abdallah Haji. Beware of the consequences. During pregnancy,...

  • In favour of breastfeeding

    In favour of breastfeeding

    Charmaine Gauci, director, Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Directorate, believes breastfeeding provides the ideal nourishment for babies and a special bonding experience with the mother, besides long-term benefits for both. The decision...

  • Time to plan

    Time to plan

    Marianne Theuma, a childbirth educator, pinpoints some stark changes a baby may bring into a couple’s life andgives advice on how to get prepared. A male and a female are attracted to each other, then they choose to get together and one fine day a...

  • Choosing suitable skincare products

    Choosing suitable skincare products

    Mustela is the leading skincare brand for babies and mothers-to-be. The range comprises: Mustela Bebe: daily use products for hygiene, bath time, nappy change and skin protection, formulated for the delicate skin of babies and children. All are...

  • Experts highly advice against ‘fat shaming’

    Experts highly advice against ‘fat shaming’

    ‘Fat shaming’ does not help people lose weight, experts have said. Making overweight and obese people feel bad about their size does not encourage them to shed excess pounds – and may even make them put on more weight, researchers found. The...

  • Food substances are ‘not addictive’

    Eating can be addictive but foods high in fat or sugar are not to blame, a study suggests. An international team of scientists has found no strong evidence that particular chemical substances in foods are addictive. It is the positive feelings...

  • Ebola vaccine protects monkeys for a few months

    Ebola vaccine protects monkeys for a few months

    An experimental Ebola vaccine, similar to one being developed by GlaxoSmithKline, is effective for at least five weeks in lab monkeys but requires boosting with an additional vaccine to extend its protection to 10 months, according to a study. The...

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