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Health & Fitness

  • Divorce linked to obese children

    Divorce linked to obese children

    Children whose parents have divorced are more likely to be obese, new research suggests. Boys are especially prone to having excess weight, the study found. Youngsters whose parents were divorced were 54 per cent more likely to be overweight or...

  • A second language may keep the brain young

    A second language may keep the brain young

    Being able to speak more than one language may help you think more clearly in later life, even if you’ve learned the second language as an adult, according to a new study. “In previous studies, if bilinguals got dementia they got it four to five...

  • New therapy wipes out cervical cancer in two women

    A new type of personalised cancer therapy in which immune cells are harvested from patients’ tumours, grown in the lab and infused back into patients showed dramatic results in a small, government-led trial in women with advanced cervical cancer,...

  • Killer cancer ‘cured’ by new drug

    Killer cancer ‘cured’ by new drug

    A pioneering new drug appears to have cured a British man with advanced skin cancer who had been given just months to live. Doctors cannot be certain it was the treatment that led to the “miraculous” outcome for 64-year-old Warwick Steele, but...

  • Scientists find hair colour switch

    Scientists find hair colour switch

    Whether you are born blonde or brunette depends on a single letter of the genetic code, scientists have learned. The DNA switch fine-tunes the activity of a gene known to be linked to hair colour. Changing just one of its chemical components – a...

  • Gene-based diet ‘aided weight loss’

    Gene-based diet ‘aided weight loss’

    An experimental gene-based diet helped a group of slimming volunteers increase their weight loss by a third, research has shown. Tailoring nutrition to individual genetic profiles could revolutionise dieting and improve people’s health, say the...

  • The truth about e-cigarettes

    The truth about e-cigarettes

    In recent months there have been a number of reports and articles relating to the use of electronic cigarettes or, better, electronic vapour products. Unfortunately, much of what is quoted by different authors is inconsistent with real findings.

  • Course on natural medicines

    A short course on pharmacognosy and natural medicines will be held in July by Malta University Consulting Ltd for qualified personnel in the pharmaceutical industry. The course will provide biological, biochemical and pharmacological background...

  • Targeting cancer stem cells

    Cancer stem cells are thought to be the small population of cells in a tumour which are responsible for the regeneration of a cancer after chemotherapy. They are the cells thought to be most resistant to these therapies. In an interview with...

  • Connect your feet to earth

    Connect your feet to earth

    Last week I looked at the origins of earthing. Today I will look at simple changes we can all make to our lives to help earth us. The simplest earthing method is to take off your socks and shoes and connect with the grass or ground. Clinton Ober...

  • Protecting local professionals

    Protecting local professionals

    Are you proud of your country? Are you proud to be Maltese? When we’re abroad or meet foreigners, we might cringe when we have to talk about our performance in international football, but our faces light up when people tell us they’ve heard about...

  • Run/walk in aid of multiple sclerosis

    Run/walk in aid of multiple sclerosis

    People of all ages walked or ran to raise funds for multiple sclerosis in an event organised by the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Malta this morning. A number of people walked from Sliema while those who opted to run started from San Anton Gardens.

  • Antidepressant may be new alternative for hot flashes

    A low dose of antidepressant may be almost as effective as oestrogen at reducing the number of hot flashes menopausal women have to endure, according to a new study. Oestrogen therapy is still the best way to avert the sudden feelings of...

  • Two drugs are better than one for asthma control

    Two drugs are better than one for asthma control

     People with asthma are likely to benefit from combining medications to manage their symptoms, a strategy that requires doctors and patients to work together to tweak prescriptions, Dutch researchers say. Based on a review of data from 64 asthma...

  • Light at night linked to obesity

    Light at night linked to obesity

    Sleeping with too much light in the room increases the risk of obesity in women, research has shown. Greater exposure to light at night raised both Body Mass Index (BMI) and waist size in more than 113,000 women taking part in the British study,...

  • Gene test may reveal heart disease

    Gene test may reveal heart disease

    A potentially lethal pattern of gene activity can identify people at high risk of dying from heart disease, say scientists. The discovery could lead to a simple blood test showing which patients should qualify for personalised treatment and...

  • Top scientists warn WHO not to stub out e-cigarettes

    Top scientists warn WHO not to stub out e-cigarettes

    Ahead of World No Tobacco Day tomorrow, group urges UN health agency to embrace device that could help slash disease and deaths caused by smoking A group of 53 leading scientists has warned the World Health Organisation not to classify...

  • Cancer warning over indoor tanning

    Indoor tanning can trigger deadly skin cancer even when it causes no burns, research has confirmed. Scientists stressed that tanning was a biological response indicating damage by ultraviolet (UV) radiation – with or without burns. The study...

  • Brain activity changes seen after chemo

    Brain activity changes seen after chemo

    For some women with breast cancer, changes in brain activity while multitasking could explain ‘chemo brain’ – reduced mental functioning that many experience after chemotherapy, Belgian researchers say. “Cognitive complaints of people increase...

  • Testosterone ‘can help men slim’

    Testosterone ‘can help men slim’

    Testosterone therapy acts as a powerful slimming aid for obese men who lack the hormone, research has shown. The treatment led men to lose around a fifth of their weight after six years. On average, their body weight fell from 127kg to 102kg and...

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