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Health & Fitness

  • ‘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...

  • Prostate cancer and diets

    Prostate cancer and diets

    Vegans are less likely to develop prostate cancer. The diet reduces the risk by around 35 per cent compared with a meat-based one. In addition, it is even better than a vegetarian diet, which includes milk and eggs. A new study has discovered that...

  • The magic behind ‘parkour’

    The magic behind ‘parkour’

    Regular readers might be familiar with my aversion to most things overly complex or high-tech. I tend to relish simplicity, and even more so, slight but ingenious modifications to the most basic of things. While I am, of course, talking about...

  • Scientists find Zika-linked brain disorder in adults

    Scientists find Zika-linked brain disorder in adults

    Scientists in Brazil have uncovered a new brain disorder associated with Zika infections in adults: an autoimmune syndrome called acute disseminated encephalomyelitis, or ADEM, that attacks the brain and spinal cord. Zika has already been linked...

  • New cancer imaging could show more quickly if treatment works

    The first cancer patient in Europe has been scanned with a new imaging technique in a move which could help doctors tell whether a drug is working on a cancer patient within a day or two of starting treatment. The patient had a rapid scan as part...

  • The ageing body

    The ageing body

    The driving force behind scientific innovation is a belief, a kind of religion that you have discovered the hand of God that formed you. Science is not as clinical as we think it is. The history of science is full of folklore seeping into science,...

  • The environment and its impact

    The environment and its impact

    Every year, autism organisations, disability advocates, parents and people with autism from all over the world celebrate the month of April with fundraising and awareness-raising events. The Inspire foundation believes everyone has a right to...

  • Natural remedies to help you breathe

    We take breathing for granted, unless we suffer from asthma or some form of lung disease. Then, just walking up a slight incline is a trauma. Unless you have suffered it, you cannot imagine how difficult it is to put one foot in front of the other...

  • Exercise no matter what the barrier

    Exercise no matter what the barrier

    I was engaged in some channel surfing recently during a somewhat uncharacteristic sofa-lounging session; just me, a smart TV and a nice cup of hot tea. I caught the tail end of an international rugby match between Ireland and Italy and became...

  • Halt the rise: beat diabetes

    Halt the rise: beat diabetes

    The number of adults with diabetes has quadrupled worldwide in four decades, a World Health Organisation study showed yesterday. The figure rose from 108 million in 1980 to a staggering 422 million in 2014. Exacerbated by ageing populations and...

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