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Health & Fitness

  • 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...

  • Can I grow a new brain to put an end to dementia?

    Can I grow a new brain to put an end  to dementia?

    So the good news is that all of us, especially if you are older than 65, have dementia. Yes, that is the good news. Because although we all have some of the biological mess in our brain, we deal with this on a daily basis and overcome these...

  • A little exercise can reduce type 2 diabetes risk by 30 per cent

    A little exercise can reduce type 2 diabetes risk by 30 per cent

    Ninety per cent of the Maltese adult population is either overweight or obese further perpetuating the risk of diabetes, according to diabetologist Stephen Fava. Malta has one of the highest rates of type 2 diabetes in the world, and the World...

  • WHO declares end of Zika emergency but says virus remains a threat

    WHO declares end of Zika emergency but says virus remains a threat

    The World Health Organization declare that Zika no longer constitutes an international emergency, but it stressed a need for a long-term effort to address the virus, which has been linked to birth defects and neurological complications. Officials...

  • World's first malaria vaccine set for 2018 release as UN secures funding

    World's first malaria vaccine set for 2018 release as UN secures funding

    Funding for phase one of pilot deployments of the world's first malaria vaccine in sub-Saharan Africa has been secured and immunisation campaigns will begin in 2018, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said yesterday. The vaccine, known as RTS,S...

  • US surgeons separate Nigerian conjoined twins

    US surgeons separate Nigerian conjoined twins

    12-month-old twin girls Miracle and Testimony Ayeni, who were born fused together at the lower half of their bodies, are separated after an 18-hour operation in Memphis. See video above.

  • One billion people suffer from high blood pressure

    One billion people suffer  from high blood pressure

    The number of people with high blood pressure has almost doubled in 40 years to over 1.1 billion worldwide, scientists said yesterday, with the burden of the condition shifting from the rich to the poor. In the largest study of its kind analysing...

  • ‘Heredity is not destiny’ when it comes to heart attacks – study

    If heredity puts you at higher risk for a heart attack, maintaining a healthy lifestyle can bring that risk down, below the risk faced by some people whose genes would normally protect them from heart disease, according to an analysis of more than...

  • Are you among the 1 billion people suffering from hypertension?

    Are you among the 1 billion people suffering from hypertension?

    The number of people with hypertension has almost doubled in 40 years to over 1.1 billion worldwide, scientists have said, with the burden of the condition shifting from the rich to the poor. In the largest study of its kind analysing blood...

  • Dementia, Alzheimer's are leading cause of death in UK for first time

    Dementia, Alzheimer's are leading cause of death in UK for first time

    Dementia and Alzheimer's disease has become the leading cause of death in England and Wales for the first time, new figures show. An ageing population and better diagnosis of the condition has led to dementia and Alzheimer's knocking ischaemic...

  • Weekend shake-up

    Weekend shake-up

    The daily grind getting just a little bit too much to handle? Had it up to here with traffic jams and work quandaries? Need to get away from it all? Some of these questions are just the sort that prompt us to consider taking holidays in the hope...

  • Let food be your medicine

    Let food be your medicine

    Once again I am looking at the effect of food on the body. Never forget what Hippocrates said: “Let food be your medicine.” Eating nuts is good for us. Forget the issue that they could increase your weight. I never met anyone who found themselves...

  • Experimental study by Maltese physiotherapist sheds light on ice bag application to ankle injury

    Experimental study by Maltese physiotherapist sheds light on ice bag application to ankle injury

    A dissertation entitled ‘An investigation into the skin surface temperature changes using ice bag application and local immersion technique at the ankle’ – by Marco Vella – was chosen to be presented at this year’s fourth edition of the European...

  • Brain plasticity: are we too old to recover from stroke?

    Brain plasticity: are we too old to recover from stroke?

    Although we think that the adult brain remains formed and static, we are finding that the brain changes and heals itself. Even early psychologists like William James (1890) argued that our brain is flexible and changing when he wrote The...

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