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  • Toxic chemicals affect human reproduction

    Toxic chemicals affect human reproduction

    Exposure to toxic chemicals in food, water and air is linked to millions of deaths, and costs billions of dollars every year, according to a report by an international organisation of medical professionals. Among the poor health outcomes linked to...

  • Now hear this...

    Now hear this...

    Older adults with hearing impairment may have a higher risk of dying than people with normal hearing, a study suggests. The reasons for the connection are not clear, researchers say, but the results point to hearing impairment at least as a sign...

  • Retirement village to offer residential care

    Retirement village to offer residential care

    Hilltop Gardens Retirement Village will be offering a range of services and living options, from apartments and penthouses to residential care. Residents can choose to live independently while still receive help when needed, ensuring a smooth...

  • EU symposium on aesthetic treatment systems in Malta

    EU symposium on aesthetic treatment systems in Malta

    Cynosure, a developer and manufacturer of light-based aesthetic treatment systems from the US, chose Malta as the destination for its annual EU symposium. Over 180 delegates from more than 25 countries, including the US, Europe, Russia and the...

  • A view of age-related mental decline

    Age-related mental decline, also known as dementia or Alzheimer’s, is still a mystery to practitioners. Is it lifestyle related, environment related, inherited or mediation related? Over the next couple of weeks we will be looking at dementia in...

  • Choosing exercise: is it fit for purpose?

    Choosing exercise: is it fit for purpose?

    “Swimming hits the muscles in the wrong way,” said the athletics coach. “Lifting weights will make you slow and bulky,” said the boxing coach. “Cardio training will burn the muscle away,” said the bodybuilding coach. “Squats are bad for your...

  • When there’s no lump

    When there’s no lump

    While breast cancer is commonly associated with the presence of a lump, it is not always the case. Sharon Cassar Laudi tells Stephanie Fsadni how she discovered she had inflammatory breast cancer, a rare type of cancer where no lump is formed, and...

  • An aggressive form of cancer

    Inflammatory breast cancer, a rare type of cancer of the breast where the breast looks swollen and red, as if it is inflamed or infected, accounts for one to five per cent of all breast cancers. And it tends to occur in younger patients. “This...

  • Breast cancer and surgical management

    Breast cancer and surgical management

    Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women and the second most common cancer worldwide, the first being lung cancer. About five to 10 per cent of all breast cancers are thought to be hereditary, caused by defective genes being transferred...

  • Sleep in a bra?

    Sleep in a bra?

    It’s a normal evening routine (albeit a boring one)… you have some dinner, watch TV, take a shower, put on some moisturiser, brush your teeth and start changing into your pyjamas. Sounds simple enough, but therein lies a dilemma that has plagued...

  • Calcium supplements 'have little effect on bone health'

    Calcium supplements 'have little effect on bone health'

    Taking calcium supplements or eating more dairy to improve bone health has little or no effect, according to new research. There is scant evidence that taking calcium supplements prevents fractures and no evidence that increasing calcium through...

  • Revolutionary eye surgery

    Revolutionary eye surgery

    A doctor in the UK has performed the world’s first embryonic stem cell operation using a ‘patch’ technique in the hope of finding a cure for blindness in some patients. Lyndon Da Cruz from Moorfields Eye Hospital in London carried out the...

  • European Atherosclerosis Society urges public to think again about cholesterol on World Heart Day and every day

    European Atherosclerosis Society urges public to think again about cholesterol on World Heart Day and every day

    New multinational survey results show major discrepancy between understanding significance of high cholesterol and taking action against this major risk factor for cardiovascular disease. The European Atherosclerosis Society (EAS) announced...

  • Aspirin boost for gastrointestinal cancer patients

    Aspirin boost for gastrointestinal cancer patients

    Aspirin can double the life expectancy of patients with cancers affecting the gastrointestinal tract, a major study has found. Men and women with a range of cancers who took the anti-inflammatory painkiller experienced a “significant” survival...

  • Breast cancer drug licensed for women in early stage of disease

    A breast cancer drug that almost doubles the eradication of tumours and extends survival has been licensed for early stages of the disease. Perjeta, which is used in women with HER2-positive breast cancer prior to surgery, is already licensed for...

  • High blood pressure linked to ‘significantly’ greater chance of diabetes

    High blood pressure linked to ‘significantly’ greater chance of diabetes

    People with high blood pressure are almost 60 per cent more likely to develop diabetes, according to research on 4.1 million people. The Oxford University study provides the strongest evidence yet of a link between the two conditions. Experts...

  • Heart attack v heart failure

    Heart attack v heart failure

    Heart disease remains the number-one killer among men and women across the world. Medical student Rachel Xuereb highlights the difference between heart failure and heart attack and how to recognise the warning signs. There is a vast spectrum of...

  • ‘Biggest threat to healthcare system’

    ‘Biggest threat to healthcare system’

    On World Heart Day, the Heart Failure Policy Network (HFPN), a unique network bringing together parliamentarians, patients and professionals from across Europe, is kick-starting an initiative in the European Parliament to tackle this serious...

  • Healthy heart choices for everyone and everywhere

    Healthy heart choices for everyone and everywhere

    Ischaemic heart disease caused 21.1 per cent of all deaths in Malta in 2014. Charmaine Gauci, director at the health promotion directorate, is adamant that simple lifestyle changes can help prevent such illness. Ischaemic heart disease occurs when...

  • Putting a strain on our hearts

    Putting a strain on our hearts

    While studies emphasise the importance of exercise for our well-being, there is the possibility that one might put unnecessary strain on the heart. Sports physician David Attard tells Lorella Fava about the downside to exercise and advice on the...

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