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Health & Fitness

  • Trying to keep your resolutions

    Trying to keep your resolutions

    You have probably already made your New Year’s resolutions. If you’re still thinking about them, you may want to read some statistics about successful resolutions. According to research performed at the University of Scranton and published in the...

  • Fat-fighters

    Fat-fighters

    Last week I attempted to reel you in with a catchy title intended to appeal to the deep-seated desire in all of us at this time of year to start losing some serious amounts of recently-gained weight. The trail continues this week with...

  • Most cancer cases more likely ‘due to bad luck’

    Most cancer cases more likely ‘due to bad luck’

    Most cases of cancer are the result of sheer bad luck rather than unhealthy lifestyles, diet or even inherited genes, new research suggests. Random mutations that occur in DNA when cells divide are responsible for two-thirds of adult cancers...

  • New coating could cut health infections

    New coating could cut health infections

    The risk of deadly hospital infections could be reduced by coating medical equipment with newly-discovered materials that repel bacteria, a study has suggested. A team of researchers at the University of Edinburgh used an advanced screening method...

  • Hangover cure is elusive but symptom relief fizzles and flows

    Hangover cure is elusive but symptom relief fizzles and flows

    Although there are drinks, tablets and home-made remedies, a cure for the throbbing headache, nausea, fatigue and thirst that can follow a night of drinking has remained elusive. “There are no hangover cures,” said George Koob, director of the...

  • ­­New Year’s resolutions more procrastination than motivation

    ­­New Year’s resolutions more procrastination than motivation

    People seeking to get or stay fit in 2015 might do better to start immediately, fitness experts say. Losing weight and getting fit and healthy are among the top five resolutions every year, even though most of winter’s great expectations wither by...

  • Useful tips for 2015 lifestyles

    Useful tips for 2015 lifestyles

    If we make just a few changes to our lifestyles in 2015, it could make all the difference to our future health. So here is a choice of health tips that will have a positive effect on 2015. Eating five a day is well known to improve our health.

  • Lose weight now and fast

    Lose weight now and fast

    Did the title grab your attention? Good, because if there was any month of the year it should, it would have to be this one. If you’re anything like most of people in the western world right now, you’re probably feeling very bloated and very...

  • Core stability and back pain

    Core stability and back pain

    Over the past 10 years, there has been a significant increase in awareness of the importance of core stability in dealing with back pain. While core stability is an important concept in the rehabilitation of back pain, correct core training at the...

  • Medical treatment or basic care for the terminally ill?

    Mark Vassallo, who recently obtained an MA in Bioethics from the University of Malta, examines in his dissertation ethical issues in end-of-life care in geriatrics. The dissertation, entitled ‘Artificial nutrition and hydration in end-of-life...

  • Look out for the dangers of mould

    Look out for the dangers of mould

    The weather conditions of winter bring with them the danger of mould in the home or workplace. Indoor mould can cause serious damage to the health of those living with it. In fact, there is growing evidence that living in damp and/or mouldy...

  • Biblical bodies

    Biblical bodies

    “The word became flesh.” And so the Gospel of St John begins in one of the most famous texts of all time. A beautiful piece of literature, a deep and most spiritual use of words, connected directly to the notion of flesh. Why then, did such a bad...

  • Glaucoma first for Malta

    An eye operation to control intra­ocular pressure in a glaucoma pa­tient was performed in Malta for the first time at St James Capua Hospital, Sliema. A glaucoma drainage device implant, also known as an Ahmed valve, was inserted in the patient’s...

  • Ibuprofen ‘could hold back ageing’

    Ibuprofen ‘could hold back ageing’

    An over-the-counter painkiller could hold back ageing, research suggests. In laboratory tests, ibuprofen was found to extend the lives of worms and flies by the equivalent of about 12 years in human terms. They not only lived longer, but seemed to...

  • Obesity ‘could be a disability’

    Obesity ‘could be a disability’

    Europe’s top court ruled on Thursday that obese people can be considered as disabled, but stopped short of saying that obesity was a condition that needed specific protection under European anti-discrimination laws. The landmark decision will be...

  • Anti-wrinkle drugs may boost lifespan

    Anti-wrinkle drugs may boost lifespan

    Drugs that smoothe away wrinkles and put a spring in your step could also increase lifespan, research suggests. Scientists have discovered that genes linked to youthful looks and supple limbs also appear to affect longevity. The study focused on...

  • We are all living six years longer

    We are all living six years longer

    Life expectancy has increased since 1990 despite rising death rates for drug use, liver cancer and diseases killing millions of children in poor countries Global life expectancy has risen by more than six years since 1990, thanks to falling death...

  • Autism risk linked to particulate air pollution

    Children whose mothers were exposed to high levels of fine particulate pollution in late pregnancy have up to twice the risk of developing autism as children of mothers breathing cleaner air, scientists at Harvard School of Public Health...

  • Scientists claim e-cigarettes can help people stop smoking

    Scientists claim e-cigarettes can help people stop smoking

    Evidence suggests e-cigarettes help smokers quit, but more research is needed to confirm this and find out if ‘vaping’ nicotine is better than using patches or gum, scientists said yesterday. In an international review of available evidence,...

  • Overweight? Continue to breathe out

    It will be a huge sigh of relief for anyone who sneaks in that naughty extra mince pie this Christmas – scientists have discovered you can shed the kilos simply by breathing. More than 80 per cent of body fat leaves the body through exhaling,...

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