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Health & Fitness

  • Alzheimer’s risk doubles with lack of vitamin D

    Alzheimer’s risk doubles with lack of vitamin D

    A severe lack of vitamin D can double the risk of Alzheimer’s in older people, a study has found. Even a moderate deficiency was found to increase the chances of developing the disease by 69 per cent. Scientists were surprised by the dramatic...

  • Prostate tests ‘would cut deaths’

    Screening men for prostate cancer could reduce deaths from the disease by a fifth despite doubts about the diagnostic test used, a study has found. The positive effect of screening increased over time, the research involving more than 162,000 men...

  • Concern over salt levels in cheese

    Concern over salt levels in cheese

    Cheese is unnecessarily loaded with salt, campaigners have said after new research found that the majority of cheese sold in Britain has a high salt content. Researchers found that halloumi and imported blue cheese have the highest amount of salt...

  • Aspirin ‘wards off cancer’

    Aspirin ‘wards off cancer’

    Taking a small daily dose of aspirin can significantly reduce the risk of developing – or dying from – bowel, stomach and oesophageal cancer, according to a large review of scientific studies. Researchers who analysed all available evidence from...

  • Some fats may reduce diabetes risk

    Not all saturated fats increase the chances of developing diabetes – and some actually protect against the disease, a study has shown. The kind of saturated fat found in dairy products such as yoghurt is likely to reduce type 2 diabetes risk, say...

  • Could MS patients be treated with HIV drug?

    Could MS patients be treated with HIV drug?

    Drugs used to treat HIV could potentially be used to treat multiple sclerosis (MS) in the future, experts have said after new research showed that people with the virus have a lower risk of MS. Researchers found that people with a HIV infection...

  • Spin classes take the plunge

    Spin classes take the plunge

    In a trend raising images of surrealism in the gym, bicycles have pedalled into the pool for a new fitness workout An increasing number of exercisers, seeking everything from a sanctuary from sweat, to joint relief, to a vigorous, whole body...

  • Nuts ‘may help combat diabetes’

    Nuts ‘may help combat diabetes’

    Eating nuts may help to combat Type 2 diabetes, research suggests. Two servings of tree nuts a day appears to lower and stabilise blood sugar levels in people with the disease, according to evidence collected from 12 clinical trials. Tree nuts...

  • Scientists warned on cancer target

    Scientists looking for new ways to fight cancer may be aiming at the wrong target, research suggests. The most dangerous cancer cells are not necessarily those that proliferate the fastest, according to a US study. Instead of focusing on rapidly...

  • Marking World Breastfeeding Week

    Marking World Breastfeeding Week

    We are in the middle of World Breastfeeding Week. The major controversy mothers face is that of breast milk versus formula milk. This debate is essentially nothing but sand in mothers’ eyes to keep them from helping and supporting one...

  • Alcoholism and genetic make-up

    Alcoholism and genetic make-up

    It has been stated that genetic factors account for 50-60 per cent of risk for alcoholism (Matt McGue, University of Minnesota). It has also been known for some time that some ethnic groups (including East Chinese) have a deficiency of an enzyme...

  • Heart disease and long-term wellness

    Heart disease and long-term wellness

    There are many small tips we can incorporate into our lives to help our long-term health. I have a selection, one of which will be useful to you or someone you know. Initially, we will look at help for the heart. Drinking one sugar-sweetened drink...

  • The improvised suspension trainer

    The improvised suspension trainer

    I recall a recent instalment when I was asked if it is possible to bulk up and build muscle with no equipment whatsoever. Resourceful fitness professionals should relish such a challenge, as we are forced to ignore the problems and think of...

  • More than five a day ‘no effect’

    More than five a day ‘no effect’

    Eating more portions of fruit and vegetables than the recommended ‘five a day’ has no additional benefit on reducing a person’s risk of death, researchers have suggested. Consuming five portions of fruit or vegetables each day is linked to a lower...

  • Home cooking ‘helps healthy eating’

    Home cooking ‘helps healthy eating’

    Parents who spend time and trouble preparing food in the home may help their children develop healthier eating habits, research has shown. A study found that the amount of time parents devoted to meal preparation had a direct effect on children’s...

  • Middle-age ­drinking linked to memory loss

    Drinking too much in middle age can lead to memory loss in later life, a study has found. Scientists questioned 6,542 American middle-aged adults about their past alcohol consumption and assessed their mental abilities over a period of eight...

  • New exercise claim for older people

    New exercise claim for older people

    Pensioners can dramatically boost their health by doing just one minute of intense exercise twice a week, according to a new study. Scientists at Abertay University in Dundee found that in just six weeks the physical fitness of older people...

  • Fist bump ‘cleaner than handshake’

    Bumping fists rather than shaking hands could reduce the spread of infectious diseases, researchers said. Academics at Aberystwth University in west Wales came to the conclusion following a series of tests on hand hygiene. Using rubber gloves and...

  • The real cost of a prescription

    The real cost of a prescription

    A couple of weeks ago, timesofmalta.com published an article on the fact that pharmacists were becoming stricter and reluctant to dispense prescription-only medicines (POM) without a prescription from a medical doctor. This stems from the fact...

  • Facial paralysis

    Facial paralysis

    Bell’s palsy is a type of facial paralysis which causes temporary weakness or paralysis of the muscles on one side of the face. Very often, it gives rise to a great deal of concern to patients affected with it. Reassurance, advice and support help...

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