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Health & Fitness

  • Walking off the Christmas fat

    Walking off the Christmas fat

    Some unforgiving coaches of yesteryear would famously and universally proclaim to their aggrieved athletes: “Walk it off!” Sprained ankle? Busted ribs? Dry cough? Flaring temper? Bruised ego? No problem, just walk it off! What a wonderful world it...

  • Alcohol advice needs updating - health chief

    Alcohol advice needs updating - health chief

    The idea that drinking a glass of red wine a day is good for you is an "old wives' tale", England's Chief Medical Officer has said. Dame Sally Davies defended a move to issue new guidance on drinking, saying there was a need to update the advice...

  • Does screening truly save lives? Answer is unclear

    Does screening truly save lives? Answer is unclear

    Study argues that any reduction in cancer deaths due to screening may be offset by fatalities connected to harmful effects of the tests or unnecessary treatments Bigger studies are needed to tell whether cancer screening really saves lives,...

  • Research finds genetic link to heart condition affecting pregnant women

    The cause of a life-threatening condition that can lead to heart failure in pregnant women could be genetic, a global study has found. Peripartum cardiomyopathy (PPCM) can lead to a woman developing heart failure in late pregnancy or shortly after...

  • Drug approvals at 19-year high belie the industry’s challenges

    Drug approvals at 19-year high belie the industry’s challenges

    2015 was a good year for innovation in medicine with the US Food and Drug Administration approving 45 novel drugs, four more than in 2014 and the most since the all-time record of 53 set in 1996. Across the Atlantic, the European Medicines Agency...

  • US company bags pot discount for gum to treat MS

    US company bags pot discount for gum to treat MS

    Axim Biotechnologies Inc., a small, Manhattan-based company with ties to the Netherlands, says it has a trump card in its quest to develop a cannabis-based chewing gum to ease the symptoms of multiple sclerosis. The company says it will be able to...

  • Fighting diabetes complications

    Fighting diabetes complications

    A study led by the Diabetes Foot Research Group of the University of Malta highlights that healthcare professionals should be cautious when conducting vascular foot assessments and that both ABPIs and Doppler waveforms should be used in the...

  • Considerations for resolutions

    Considerations for resolutions

    Every year we consider setting up resolutions for the coming year. Invariably, we do not keep to them. I am including a few options that are low key and could easily be included in your routine throughout the year and would help some part of your...

  • Not going vegan, but want less meat?

    Not going vegan, but want less meat?

    The environmental, health and animal welfare benefits of a meat-free diet are well known – but convincing people to forgo crispy bacon or juicy steak for the rest of their lives is not easy. There might be a better way, one campaigner says.

  • Gum disease linked to breast cancer risk in older women

    Middle-aged and older women with gum disease are slightly more likely than those without gum problems to develop breast cancer, suggests a new study. The risk increase was most pronounced for women with gum disease who smoked cigarettes or had...

  • New weapons to attack maladies

    New weapons to attack maladies

    Diseases and disorders plague humanity. They have the power to devastate the afflicted and those close to them. Globally, researchers are fighting back. The Maltese branch of this international force recently came together at the ninth Malta...

  • After-Christmas bloating

    After-Christmas bloating

    There are many reasons why we bloat, and it is more common in women than in men. The most common reason is the result of candida albicans. There is so much information on the net about candida that it can be overwhelming. Simply put, candida is a...

  • Thinking yourself better

    Thinking yourself better

    We are aware that in trials, when testing new drugs, or even when testing drugs generally, there is wide use made of a ‘sugar pill’ or a placebo. The placebo effect has always been scorned by many of the medical profession. However, the results...

  • See genetics as a starting line

    See genetics as a starting line

    While the subject of genes and DNA is truly fascinating, I have to admit there’s something about the word genetics that very often irks me. “It’s all down to your genetics,” many like to say. If you have ever striven for a physical fitness goal...

  • Cancer is mostly due to environmental factors, not bad luck, study finds

    Cancer is mostly due to environmental factors, not bad luck, study finds

    Cancer is overwhelmingly a result of environmental factors and not largely down to bad luck, the BBC reported today. Earlier this year, researchers sparked a debate after suggesting two-thirds of cancer types were down to luck rather than factors...

  • French bird flu poses no risk to humans – minister

    French bird flu poses no risk to humans – minister

    The bird flu virus found in five regions of southwest France over the past three weeks has no risk of spreading to humans, the French farm minister said, basing his statement on a study released by the food and health agency. Two new outbreaks of...

  • Young scientists in aid of well-being

    Young scientists in aid of well-being

    Students who represented Malta at this year’s EU Contest for Young Scientists in Milan are presenting their projects today at St Aloysius Sixth Form Hall at 6.30pm. “Today more than ever, we need our youngsters to study and be imaginative; we need...

  • Nurofen admits misleading consumers over pain relief

    Nurofen admits misleading consumers over pain relief

    Australian court orders drug maker to stop selling several versions of popular painkiller identical to standard ibuprofen pills but nearly twice as expensive An Australian court ordered Reckitt Benckiser yesterday to pull several of its Nurofen...

  • Women surgeons face gender discrimination

    Women surgeons face gender discrimination

    Women surgeons working at university medical centres say they have faced more gender discrimination as staff surgeons than they did as medical students or residents, according to a new study in Canada. But the women surgeons still rated their...

  • Purple potatoes ‘slow cancer’

    Purple potatoes ‘slow cancer’

    The colour purple seems to matter when it comes to potatoes. They contain properties that kill colon cancer stem cells and slow the spread of the disease. Researchers believe that the potato’s resistant starch helps gut bacteria create short chain...

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