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Health & Fitness

  • Fist bump ‘cleaner than handshake’

    Bumping fists rather than shaking hands could reduce the spread of infectious diseases, researchers said. Academics at Aberystwth University in west Wales came to the conclusion following a series of tests on hand hygiene. Using rubber gloves and...

  • The real cost of a prescription

    The real cost of a prescription

    A couple of weeks ago, timesofmalta.com published an article on the fact that pharmacists were becoming stricter and reluctant to dispense prescription-only medicines (POM) without a prescription from a medical doctor. This stems from the fact...

  • Facial paralysis

    Facial paralysis

    Bell’s palsy is a type of facial paralysis which causes temporary weakness or paralysis of the muscles on one side of the face. Very often, it gives rise to a great deal of concern to patients affected with it. Reassurance, advice and support help...

  • Functional exercise is for everyone

    Functional exercise is for everyone

    A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about the three exercises to help longevity. I also mentioned functional exercise (FE), which is the current buzzword for exercise to support your lifestyle. FE attempts to adapt or develop exercises that allow...

  • Are one-month makeovers possible?

    I was watching tennis highlights in the company of some good friends. Some of the top competitors in elite women’s tennis darted around the court exhibiting first class athletic prowess and corresponding aesthetic proportions to match. One of my...

  • Darkness ‘vital’ to cancer therapy

    Darkness ‘vital’ to cancer therapy

    Total darkness at night-time is key to the success of breast cancer therapy, scientists have suggested. Being exposed to light at night makes breast cancer resistant to the widely used hormonal therapy tamoxifen, they said. Such exposure shuts off...

  • Doubt cast on role of paracetamol

    Doubt cast on role of paracetamol

    Paracetamol painkillers are no better than a placebo for speeding the recovery of people suffering lower back pain, a study has found. Doctors should now look at whether the over-the-counter drug should be the first choice treatment for people...

  • Scientists make autism gene finding

    Autism and intellectual disability could be caused by similar genetic triggers, research suggests. Scientists from Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, who studied four families consisting of 16 people, have linked mutations in a...

  • Skin cancer research breakthrough

    Scientists believe they have discovered a new clue about cell growth which could lead to new drugs to tackle the most deadly form of skin cancer. Cancer Research UK scientists at the University of Manchester found that some melanoma cells are...

  • Shift work linked to diabetes risk

    Medics, police officers and firefighters could be at increased risk of developing diabetes, experts have said after new research linked shift work to a heightened risk of being diagnosed with the condition. Compared to normal office hours, working...

  • Diagnosis trial over lung condition

    A €12 piece of medical equipment has gone on trial designed to accelerate the detection of a potentially fatal lung disease. It is hoped the lateral-flow device (LFD), could help offer early diagnosis for the thousands of people struck down with...

  • Walk this way

    Walk this way

    Something as apparently simple as buying a pair of shoes can turn out to be a frustrating exercise. That is because we are all different and what works for one person will not necessarily work for another. Thankfully, there is a variety of...

  • To sleep, perchance to dream

    To sleep, perchance to dream

    Experts have been telling us for so long that we need a good seven to eight hours of sleep every night that we’ve almost dozed off. And yet, even when we do manage to get our eight-hour shift, we still feel that we haven’t slept enough. There are...

  • Go gentle into that good night

    Too much or too little? First of all, assess how much sleep you need. See how you respond to different amounts of sleep and how these affect your energy levels, health and mood. When you have a good idea of your sleep needs, ask yourself how often...

  • A tension span

    A tension span

    What are the health benefits of relaxation? Relaxation techniques are a great way to help with stress management. Relaxation isn’t just about peace of mind or enjoying a hobby: it is also a process that decreases the effects of stress on your mind...

  • Vitamin D linked to schizophrenia

    Vitamin D linked to schizophrenia

    People who suffer from vitamin D deficiency are twice as likely to be diagnosed with schizophrenia as those who have sufficient levels of the vitamin, according to new research. Scientists who examined 19 studies involving more than 2,000 adults...

  • Probiotics 'can aid blood pressure'

    Eating probiotics regularly may help lower blood pressure, according to research findings. The live bacteria and yeasts usually eaten in yoghurts or taken as food supplements were shown to modestly lower blood pressure when taken for two months or...

  • Schizophrenia genes 'breakthrough'

    Schizophrenia genes 'breakthrough'

    Scientists have made a breakthrough in their research into schizophrenia that could “open a window” to finding new treatments for the disease. Eighty-three new genes associated with schizophrenia have been identified in a wide-ranging study. A...

  • Gut bacteria link to bowel cancer

    Gut bacteria link to bowel cancer

    Bacteria in the gut can trigger cancer by breaking down carbohydrate food, a study has found. In tests on mice predisposed to cancer, microbes metabolising carbohydrates caused gut wall cells to proliferate and generate tumours. By either treating...

  • Abuse raises artery disease risk

    Abuse raises artery disease risk

    Sexual abuse as a child increases a woman’s risk of developing early signs of artery disease, a study has found. Scientists linked a history of sexual abuse with inner lining thickening of the carotid artery carrying blood to the brain. The...

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