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Health & Fitness

  • Children of distracted parents may have shorter attention spans

    Children of distracted parents may have shorter attention spans

    Parents who look at their phones or getdistracted when playing with their children may raise youngsters with short attention spans, research suggests. Psychologists said they have found the first direct connection between how long a parent pays...

  • Newborns in Scotland being tested for alcohol

    Newborns in Scotland being tested for alcohol

    Newborn babies in Scotland are being tested for alcohol after researchers raised concerns that some pregnant mothers are drinking regularly. Samples from hundreds of babies born at the Princess Royal Maternity Hospital in Glasgow are being studied...

  • Social circle ‘is greatestpain killer’

    Social circle ‘is greatestpain killer’

    Having lots of friends can be “better than morphine”, new research suggests. People with large groups of friends have a higher pain tolerance, according to researchers from Oxford University. Experts looked into endorphins – the body’s natural...

  • Misunderstood heart disease risks

    Misunderstood heart disease risks

    The favourite cause of heart disease is a high-fat diet. While that certainly does not help, it is becoming increasingly clear that the real issue is due to our modern diet, more specifically, anything that comes in a box with a long shelf...

  • Healthy lungs for life

    Healthy lungs for life

    The European Respiratory Society and the European Lung Foundation are partners of global health initiative Healthy Lungs for Life. The campaign, which is being supported by GSK Malta, seeks to reduce the number of people living with respiratory...

  • Training tips for overweight participants

    Training tips for overweight participants

    If you live in Malta and are news savvy, it is unlikely that you have not heard about the problem of big waistlines on our little islands. We often cite international and European obesity and inactivity statistics presenting our poor state of...

  • Maltese team studies how aspirin can prevent cancer

    Maltese team studies how aspirin can prevent cancer

    A team at the University of Malta is looking into the effect of aspirin on genes, to understand how this painkiller destroys cancer cells. A daily dose of aspirin is prescribed to patients at risk of cardiovascular diseases but recent research has...

  • Eating too much red meat could increase ‘biological age’ of body

    Eating too much red meat could increase ‘biological age’ of body

    Eating too much red meat and not enough fruit and vegetables could possibly increase the body’s “biological age” and contribute to health problems. Scientists found that a moderate increase in levels of serum phosphate in the body caused by red...

  • Music for babies

    Music for babies

    Music can help improve the way a baby responds to speech, researchers have found. Experts said that experiencing music has the potential to boost broader cognitive skills. The rhythmic pattern in music can improve a baby’s ability to detect and...

  • ‘Childbearing hips’ reach peak level between 25 and 40

    ‘Childbearing hips’ reach peak level between 25 and 40

    The expression “childbearing hips” should be reserved for women between 25 and 40, a study suggests. Researchers have tracked the development of pelvis growth and found that a woman’s pelvis adjusts for childbearing years. After the onset of...

  • A lifelong commitment

    A lifelong commitment

    Personal trainer and lifestyle coach John Xuereb is adamant that one should put health a number one priority in life. He tells Stephanie Fsadni that, unfortunately, this is most often not the case and that is why Malta has a high rate of...

  • How anxiety affects sports performance

    How anxiety affects sports performance

    Psychological factors may hinder an athlete from performing at his best. Health and sport psychologist Annemarie Schumacher Dimech highlights two common such factors – arousal and anxiety – and how athletes may be trained to overcome them. A...

  • Efficient tools for fat loss

    Efficient tools for fat loss

    Stephanie Fsadni gets to grips with some seemingly heavy weights – kettlebells – only to learn they’re not too hard to handle after all and they target the whole body. Originally developed in the 1700s in Russia to weigh crops, kettlebells were...

  • Fitness trends

    Fitness trends

    Piloxing Piloxing is a non-stop cardio mix that incorporates different fitness techniques to burn the maximum amount of calories, build lean muscles and increase stamina. The workout combines Pilates and boxing and in this manner burns fat while...

  • Diabetes awareness talk on World Health Day

    Diabetes awareness talk on World Health Day

    Narrative Structures, in collaboration with the Parliamentary Secretariat for Health and the Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Department, organised two talks to mark World Health Day. The topic, diabetes, was remarkably supported by the...

  • Life after having a hysterectomy

    Life after having a hysterectomy

    Chronic back pain has many causes, including sprains, injury and trauma, age, weight gain, disc degeneration or rupture, spinal compression, infection, pregnancy, kidney stones, poor posture, poor core strength, arthritis, osteoporosis,...

  • Put on your running shoes

    Put on your running shoes

    It has been a very exciting week for sport and physical activity across the Maltese islands. Whenever the upper echelons of national sport and exercise management and administration get together in the same room and start discussing stuff like...

  • Mriehel to get a new fitness centre

    Mriehel to get a new fitness centre

    Healthy living is still something of an afterthought in Maltese workplaces, five-time National Bodybuilding champion Ralph Decelis has said.  "Studies clearly show that employees perform better when they are living a healthy life," the onetime...

  • Testosterone may explain why men have more heart attacks

    Testosterone may explain why men have more heart attacks

    Testosterone may be one of the reasons why men are more prone to heart attacks than women, research suggests.Scientists at the University of Edinburgh examined the effects of testosterone on blood vessel tissue and found it triggered the...

  • Latest battle to wipe out polio begins with vast vaccine switch

    Latest battle to wipe out polio begins with vast vaccine switch

    In a huge immunisation effort in 150 countries, health teams on Sunday launched what they hope will be the final push against polio. Malta suffered two epidemics of the viral disease, one in 1918 and the other one between 1942 and 1943. The...

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