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Health & Fitness

  • DNA variants in Alzheimer’s link

    Genetic variants have been identified that are associated with lacking a good memory in middle and later life and Alzheimer’s disease. Scientists analysed international data from 30,000 people aged 45 and over who took memory tests including...

  • Fat to blame for half a million cancers a year

    Fat to blame for half a million cancers a year

    Some half a million cases of cancer a year are due to people being overweight or obese, and the problem is particularly acute in North America, the World Health Organisation’s cancer research agency said yesterday. In a study published in the...

  • Early screening helps deaf children

    Deaf teenagers have better reading skills if they are identified as deaf by the time they are nine months old, according to research. The team from the University of Southampton has been studying the development of a group of children who were...

  • Older runners ‘remain vigorous’

    Older runners ‘remain vigorous’

    Older people who go running several times a week walk with the same vigour as a typical 20-year-old, a study has shown. But those who only exercise by walking are likely to tire more easily, researchers found. US scientist Rodger Kram, from the...

  • Olive oil may protect the heart from disease

    Olive oil may protect the heart from disease

    Regularly consuming olive oil can help protect against heart disease, a new study has shown. Researchers at Glasgow University said volunteers who took 20ml of olive oil every day for six weeks were found to have a reduced risk of coronary artery...

  • UK churches open HIV testing clinics

    UK churches open HIV testing clinics

    HIV testing clinics have opened in four London churches in a bid to combat the high rate of infection among African communities. The new clinics, in Southwark, New Cross, Wood Green and Dagenham, have been opened by the ActionPlus Foundation ahead...

  • Improving the flu jab

    Improving the flu jab

    Scientists find that when flu reinfects, the immune system responds not just to the infecting strain, but also to all the strains it encountered in past A new strategy for keeping one jump ahead of seasonal flu could improve vaccine...

  • Aids drugs to treat eye disease

    A class of drugs used for three decades by people infected with the virus that causes Aids may be effective in treating a leading cause of blindness among the elderly. HIV drugs called nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors (NRTIs), including...

  • Our eyes and their nourishment

    Our eyes and their nourishment

    Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) is a popular topic. However, cataracts is the leading cause of blindness worldwide. In the UK, for example, the most common eye diseases are split into AMD (40 per cent), glaucoma (13 per cent) and diabetic...

  • Your baby deserves the best

    Your baby deserves the best

    A group of young mothers came together 30 years ago because they had one thing in common – they had breastfed or were still breastfeeding their babies and wanted to share this wonderful and unique experience with other mothers. They believed that...

  • Spotlight on COPD

    Spotlight on COPD

    November 19 is World Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Day, a milestone marked every year to raise awareness on the disease, which affects over 10,000 Maltese patients and nearly 210 million people worldwide. The annual cost of COPD in...

  • Fast-track plan can end global AIDS threat by 2030 – UN

    A five-year, fast-track battle against HIV could end the global threat of the AIDS epidemic by 2030, the UN said, but failing to move quickly might allow the deadly virus to spring back. UNAIDS said reaching its new fast-track targets would avert...

  • New home for the elderly in Santa Venera

    New home for the elderly in Santa Venera

    Casa Francesco, operated by L’Agora Malta, is a new residential home for the elderly that has opened its doors in Santa Venera. The nursing home has an accommodation capacity of 75 beds, with all rooms enjoying en suite facilities,...

  • Trek through the traffic

    Trek through the traffic

    I got caught again last week, and more than once. If I meet that sweet spot in the morning, that special time window before the crippling traffic takes hold of the nation by the scruff of the neck and brings it to a soul-destroying and agonising...

  • Playing video games ‘a therapy for Parkinson’s’

    Playing video games ‘a therapy for Parkinson’s’

    Computer consoles can help improve the lives of people with the neurological disease Parkinson’s, researchers have found. Scientists said games with sensors − used in consoles like the Nintendo Wii and accessories such as the Xbox Kinect − were...

  • Hand dryers ‘worse for germ spread’

    High-powered hand dryers may seem ultra-hygienic but spread more germs than paper towels, research has shown. Scientists at the University of Leeds found that airborne germ counts around jet air dryers were 27 times higher than they were in the...

  • Mice and men ‘very genetically different’

    Mice and men ‘very genetically different’

    Mice and men are genetically far further apart than was previously thought, calling into question the important role the rodents play in medical research. A study has found that while mice and humans share many protein-coding genes, the way their...

  • Complex jobs may protect brain

    Complex jobs that require a lot of difficult analysis or social interaction may protect the brain from mental decline, research suggests. Social workers, lawyers, architects and graphic designers are likely to have longer-lasting memory and...

  • Survivor blood tests to treat new disease victims

    Survivor blood tests to treat new disease victims

    A coalition of companies and aid groups will test experimental drugs and collect blood plasma from Ebola survivors to treat new victims of the disease in West Africa. Plasma from survivorscontains antibodies, substances the immune system makes to...

  • WHO seeks swifter test to help stamp out epidemic

    WHO seeks swifter test to help stamp out epidemic

    The World Health Organisation is seeking faster and cheaper tests to detect the Ebola virus to help stamp out the last few cases of the deadly fever once the main epidemic has been tackled, WHO officials said. The world’s worst ever outbreak of...

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