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Health & Fitness

  • Your fitness tracker may be inaccurately counting calories

    Your fitness tracker may be inaccurately counting calories

    People who wear activity trackers to count the calories they are burning are probably not getting accurate estimates, suggests a new study. Researchers who tested seven popular activity trackers found that while heart rate measurements were...

  • Red meat tied to higher risk of dying from many diseases

    Red meat tied to higher risk of dying from many diseases

    Eating more red meat is associated with an increased risk of dying from eight common diseases including cancer, diabetes and heart disease, as well as “all other causes” of death, according to a US study. Researchers examined data on almost...

  • Cannabis drug 'reduces seizure risk' in children with severe epilepsy

    Cannabis drug 'reduces seizure risk' in children with severe epilepsy

    A cannabis drug offers new hope to thousands with untreatable forms of epilepsy, a groundbreaking study has shown. The cannabidiol (CBD) compound reduced convulsive seizures by nearly 40 percent in teenagers and children with Dravet syndrome, a...

  • Drinking coffee may have protective effect against liver cancer

    Drinking coffee may have protective effect against liver cancer

    Increasing coffee consumption may help to stave off liver cancer, a new study suggests. Researchers have found that people who drink more coffee are less likely to develop hepatocellular cancer (HCC), the most common form of primary liver...

  • Chocolate eaters ‘may have lower risk of irregular heartbeat’

    Chocolate eaters ‘may have lower risk of irregular heartbeat’

    Study finds higher levels of chocolate intake to be associated with a lower rate of clinically apparent atrial fibrillation among men and women Eating a small amount of chocolate every week or so may decrease the risk of atrial fibrillation,...

  • Cigarette filters may increase lung cancer risk

    Cigarette filters may increase lung cancer risk

    Cigarette filters, introduced decades ago to reduce the amount of tar smokers inhale, also alter other properties of smoke and smoking in a way that raises the risk of lung cancer, researchers say. In a review of research on changes in lung cancer...

  • Personalised music playlists could give dementia patients relief, study finds

    Personalised music playlists could give dementia patients relief, study finds

    Nursing home residents with dementia who listen to a personalised music playlist may need less psychotropic medication and have improved behaviour, a recent study suggests. The individualised music program designed for nursing homes, called Music...

  • Supporting healthy eating

    Supporting healthy eating

    Schools are a key environment where to teach large groups of children of all social classes about healthy eating and thus instil positive dietary behaviours. Charmaine Gauci, superintendent of public health, discusses the food procurement...

  • Deciphering the role of exercise in fighting obesity

    Deciphering the role of exercise in fighting obesity

    Research is being carried out among Maltese schoolchildren to assess whether increased amounts of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity can reduce the obesity problem. Stephanie Fsadni speaks to a foreign professor involved in the...

  • Protect your child from asthma

    Protect your child from asthma

    World Asthma Day is an annual event organised by the Global Initiative for Asthma which aims to increase asthma awareness, care and support around the world.  World Asthma Day falls on the first Tuesday of May. Asthma is a chronic disease of the...

  • European Heart Failure Awareness Day in Malta

    European Heart Failure Awareness Day in Malta

    To coincide with European Heart Failure Awareness Day, the Maltese Cardiac Society and Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Directorate, in collaboration with Novartis, organised activities to increase awareness on heart failure in Malta. Heart...

  • Is cannabis the best medicine for chronic pain?

    Is cannabis the best medicine for chronic pain?

    Over 100 million people across Europe suffer from chronic pain. However, research has shown that conventional painkillers are often ineffective or capable of causing worse side effects. Prof. Giuseppe Di Giovanni and Dr Andrew Agius suggest one...

  • Personal music playlists may reduce medication use with dementia

    Personal music playlists may reduce medication use with dementia

    Nursing home residents with dementia who listen to a personalized music playlist may need less psychotropic medication and have improved behavior, a recent study suggests. The individualized music program designed for nursing homes, called Music...

  • Study links birth weight to intelligence

    Study links birth weight to intelligence

    Being born at below-normal weight is associated with a lower intelligence quotient (IQ) not only in childhood and young adulthood, but even at age 50, according to a Danish study. Researchers found IQ differences between underweight and...

  • Drinking milk could prevent early menopause, study says

    Drinking milk could prevent early menopause, study says

    Women in their early 40s with hight intake of vitamin D and calcium from food sources may have a lower than average risk of starting menopause before age 45, according to new data from the Nurses' Health Study II. Taking vitamin D or calcium in...

  • Instagram ranked worst for young people's mental health

    Instagram ranked worst for young people's mental health

    Instagram is the worst social media site in terms of its impact on the mental health of young people, a report has suggested. The #StatusofMind survey found the photo-sharing app negatively impacted on people's body image, sleep and fear of...

  • Swallowable balloon 'could benefit millions' in tackling obesity

    Swallowable balloon 'could benefit millions' in tackling obesity

    A swallowable balloon which makes people feel full can lead to dramatic weight loss in just four months, research suggests. Obese people lost an average of 2st 6lb over 16 weeks, a study found, with experts suggesting the technique could be used...

  • Beauty sleep is a real thing, research finds

    Beauty sleep is a real thing, research finds

    A recent study has found that beauty sleep is no myth, according to The Independent. The study published by Royal Society Open Science Journal suggests that those who do not get a proper night's sleep appear less attractive to those around...

  • Ditch the beer and opt for water

    Ditch the beer and opt for water

    Swapping a daily beer for a glass of water cuts the risk of obesity by a fifth and aids weight loss, research suggests. Replacing a glass of sugary soft drink with water can also cut the chance of obesity by 15 percent, a study found. The new...

  • 'Healthy' obesity is a myth, scientists say

    'Healthy' obesity is a myth, scientists say

    The idea of "healthy obesity" is a myth, a study of 3.5 million Britons suggests. Having excess fat increases the risk of suffering heart disease by half even when blood pressure and cholesterol levels are normal, according to the research. People...

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