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Health & Fitness

  • Most ‘unaware of heart symptoms’

    The vast majority of people cannot identify the common symptoms of heart failure, a poll suggests. And many may be dismissing the symptoms as a “normal sign of ageing”, the survey found. The symptoms of heart failure can vary from person to person...

  • Women urged to take more exercise

    Women urged to take more exercise

    More must be done to encourage exercise in women over the age of 30, experts have said after new research found that physical inactivity is potentially the greatest risk factor in developing heart disease for these women. Experts compared a lack...

  • When acne persists beyond the teen years

    When acne persists beyond the teen years

    Many teenagers who develop acne grow out of it in their 20s, but some have to live with it in adulthood. Department of Dermatology and Venereology chairman Lawrence Scerri tells Stephanie Fsadni how a modern-day factor – stress – has led to a...

  • Handle with care

    Handle with care

    Babies are not immune to skin problems. Paediatrician Victor Grech gives Stephanie Fsadni some advice on how to treat common rashes and conditions. Babies may develop a myriad skin conditions during the first few months of life but most are no...

  • Ironing out the wrinkles

    Ironing out the wrinkles

    The skin has often been described as the largest organ in the body. Indeed, with its multitude of functions and its role as the main barrier between you and the world, it is no wonder that with ageing, signs of use start to creep up and show. Skin...

  • Taking the natural approach

    Taking the natural approach

    In a homeopath’s view, if a disease manifests itself on the skin, it actually indicates that the body is externalising symptoms, which in a way is better than having internal symptoms that would suggest far more serious issues. Yet, skin...

  • Unlocking the combination

    Unlocking the combination

    Combination skin may be a tricky affair, with dry or ‘normal’ areas and oily skin in other parts of the face, such as the T-zone. One might think the best thing is to use suitable products for the different areas, but Graziella Fava of Chemimart...

  • A great balancing act

    A great balancing act

    Controlling your weight, being careful what you eat and an exercise routine may help alleviate symptoms of arthritis, says Dr Charmaine Gauci. Since the 1930s, various researchers across the globe have been exploring the link between diet and...

  • Living on with hope

    Living on with hope

    Being diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis was a shock for Mary Vella. However, her condition did not keep her from moving on in life and has given her courage to help others. Mary Vella was 49 years old when she was diagnosed with rheumatoid...

  • A position of relief

    A position of relief

    Many people are now acknowledging that arthritis is a condition that doesn’t only affect people the age of our parents and grandparents. Although age is a contributing factor, children, teenagers as well as young and middle-aged adults can suffer...

  • Lifestyle activity at Sky Parks

    With summer round the corner, Sky Spirit Fitness Lounge, situated at Skyparks Business Centre, is organising a shape up for summer event on Saturday. All visitors will be given free vouchers and freebies. On the day, Max Factor will be doing free...

  • World faces polio threat

    World faces polio threat

    Pakistan’s failure to stem the spread of polio triggered global emergency health measures, with the World Health Organisation recommending all residents must show proof of vaccination before they can leave the country. The emergency measures also...

  • Mers cases reach more than 400

    Eighteen more people in Saudi Arabia have contracted the potentially deadly Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (Mers), bringing the number of cases in the kingdom to 414, its health ministry said, more than a quarter of whom have died. The new cases...

  • Eczema may reduce skin cancer risk

    Eczema may reduce skin cancer risk

    Eczema sufferers may have less chance of developing skin cancer, new research suggests. Experts at King’s College London found the immune response triggered by the skin condition could stop tumours forming by shedding potentially cancerous...

  • Young blood 'reverses ageing signs'

    Young blood 'reverses ageing signs'

    It sounds like the stuff of vampire movies, but scientists have shown that an infusion of young blood can reverse signs of ageing. Although the ghoulish experiment was conducted on laboratory mice, the next step could involve a study of elderly...

  • The dignity of our elderly

    The dignity of our elderly

    The Foundation for Active Ageing Malta envisages a society that empowers older people to remain actively engaged in their community, maintain the highest level of independence possible and continue to contribute to society. Unfortunately, we are...

  • Interesting tips for all

    Interesting tips for all

    A few months ago I wrote about e-cigarettes, which seemed like the safer option when compared to real cigarettes. However, I was sceptical about the toxins within an e-cigarette. The device contains propylene glycol, which produces the smoke and...

  • Heading for heaven

    Heading for heaven

    I enjoyed a wonderful evening at the cinema recently with a friend. Since it was still quite close to Easter time, I was feeling distinctly biblical, and with Noah on show on the main screen we thought, why not? After having just freshly completed...

  • Treat yourself right

    Treat yourself right

    Scientifically known to increase the blood flow to lower limbs, the Circulation Booster gives immediate relief from joint and muscle pain, swollen feet and ankles. It’s diabetic-friendly and easy to use. Just place both bare feet on foot pads, set...

  • Pancreatic cancer ‘can be stopped’

    Pancreatic cancer ‘can be stopped’

    Pancreatic cancer, one of the most deadly forms of the disease, can be stopped in its tracks by target­ing an ‘Achilles heel’ protein, say scientists. Blocking the molecule, called Yes-associated protein (Yap), did not prevent the disease from...

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