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Health & Fitness

  • You probably have herpes

    You probably have herpes

    Two-thirds of the world’s popul-ation under 50 have the highly-infectious herpes virus that causes cold sores around the mouth, the World Health Organisation said on Wednesday, in its first estimate of global prevalence of the disease. More than...

  • Tuberculosis now rivals Aids as leading cause of death

    Tuberculosis now rivals Aids as leading cause of death

    For the first time, tuberculosis infections rivalled HIV/Aids as a leading cause of death from infectious diseases, the World Health Organisation said in a report released on Wednesday. It found that 1.1 million people died of TB in 2014. During...

  • Eating healthily when young protects against heart disease

    Eating healthily when young protects against heart disease

    A 20-year-long study has confirmed that eating healthy when young protects against heart disease decades later. Young adults who ate the most fruit and vegetables were 26 per cent less likely to have hard deposits building up on their artery walls...

  • Reducing sugar ‘improves health’

    Reducing sugar ‘improves health’

    Reducing sugar in diets even without cutting calories or losing weight has the power to drama-tically improve health, experts have said. A new study involving obese children found impressive results in lowering blood pressure and cholesterol in as...

  • Keeping Alzheimer's patients out of nursing homes

    A cheap off-patent drug that relieves some symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease may also help keep people at an advanced stage of the illness out of nursing homes, at least for a while. Research showed that withdrawing the commonly-used drug donepezil...

  • Hands off that bacon sandwich

    Hands off that bacon sandwich

    Global health experts are to warn that bacon, ham and sausages are as big a cancer threat as cigarettes, it has been reported. The World Health Organisation (WHO) is publishing a report today on the dangers of eating processed meats. It is...

  • Doctors and nurses don’t always have healthy habits

    Doctors and nurses don’t always have healthy habits

    Even doctors and nurses don’t always follow the healthy lifestyle choices they recommend for patients to reduce the risk of medical problems like obesity, heart disease and diabetes, a US study suggests. Although rates of these conditions appeared...

  • Health specials

    Health specials

    After the saga of dementia and brain health over the past few weeks, here are a range of health specials, at least one of which will be of interest to you or someone you know. I have often mentioned good mood food. Well a new study has, once...

  • Introducing children to fitness training

    Introducing children to fitness training

    Throughout the weeks it is with great pleasure that I accept the honour of being able to discuss any aspect of health, exercise and fitness with you and get tapping away on my trusty keyboard to that effect. In terms of audience, we generally tend...

  • More than 11 moles on your arm?

    More than 11 moles on your arm?

    People who have more than 11 moles on their right arm could have a higher risk of skin cancer, research suggests. Experts say they have found a new way for GPs to quickly assess whether somebody may be at risk of developing melanoma. Counting...

  • Mothers’ milk may affect children’s social behaviour long after weaning

    Mothers’ milk may affect children’s social behaviour long after weaning

    A hormone in mothers’ milk may affect the social behaviour of children long after weaning, new research suggests. Scientists tested the effects of the stress hormone cortisol in a study of 26 female rhesus monkeys and their infants. Babies who...

  • Brain fitness

    Brain fitness

    Studies convincingly show that even moderate regular exercise is good for brain health. An eight-year study tracking 2,509 seniors in California found that those who exercised moderately to vigorously at least once a week had a 30 per cent lower...

  • Researchers discover new genetic cause of osteoporosis, fractures

    Researchers discover new genetic cause of osteoporosis, fractures

    An international study led by a group of researchers from Montreal’s McGill University and Rotterdam’s Erasmus University Medical Centre, which included Maltese researchers Angela Xuereb and Melissa Formosa from the Department of Applied...

  • Can a pill really keep you fit?

    Can a pill really keep you fit?

    Pills, powders and potions. It would seem we have believed in them since the dawn of time. Whether it was our ancient forefathers cooking up herbs, leaves and berries into exotic medicinal remedies or modern day lab rats manipulating complex...

  • Return of Ebola concerning

    Return of Ebola concerning

    The Ebola virus can linger in bodily tissues even after the person appears to have made a full recovery, according to experts. Parts of the body such as the eye, central nervous system and testes can harbour the virus, which can also behave in an...

  • The eyes have it

    The eyes have it

    The link between statin use and cataracts has been the subject of a number of studies but results have been somewhat conflicting. Cardiologist Robert Xuereb and ophthalmologist Franco Mercieca share their opinion on the subject with Jennifer...

  • No more blurry vision

    No more blurry vision

    Medical student Peter Cassar explains how the eyes work and why they may not do so properly. He gives solutions and discusses the pros and cons of cosmetic eye surgery. The eye is an organ which converts light into a neural signal which the brain...

  • New technology helps drivers

    Following studies to identify the most common visual challenges experienced by drivers, Carl Zeiss Vision has created DriveSafe lenses. Newly-developed Luminance Design Technology (LDT) gives wearers improved vision in low light conditions such as...

  • A guide to your child’s eyes

    A guide to your child’s eyes

    Vision difficulties may affect children’s personal and social development. Optometrist Jerome Gabaretta gives tips to parents on how to recognise signs of problems. Vision problems may affect children’s personal and social development in a...

  • Ebola beds prevented 40,000 deaths

    Ebola beds prevented 40,000 deaths

    Supplying beds for Ebola patients to health facilities in Sierra Leone saved tens of thousands of lives by isolating patients, but providing them just one month earlier could have halved the number of reported cases, researchers said. The delivery...

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