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  • Facebook not protecting content moderators from mental trauma - lawsuit

    Facebook not protecting content moderators from mental trauma - lawsuit

    A former Facebook Inc contract employee filed a lawsuit in California, alleging that content moderators who face mental trauma after reviewing distressing images on the platform are not being properly protected by the social networking...

  • Five popular hangover cures, reviewed by experts

    Five popular hangover cures, reviewed by experts

    It’s a common misconception that hangovers are mainly the result of dehydration. An evening of heavy drinking can lead to inflammation of the stomach and intestines, poor-quality sleep and the production of toxic substances that lead to vomiting,...

  • Mediterranean diet reduces stroke risk in women – but not men

    Mediterranean diet reduces stroke risk in women – but not men

    Ancel and Margaret Keys, an American husband-and-wife team, first reported on the Mediterranean diet’s health benefits in 1975. Since then, the diet has become particularly well known for its effect on cardiovascular health. What is less well...

  • Back to school week… What to put in your kids’ lunch box

    Back to school week… What to put in your kids’ lunch box

    The prevalence of overweight and obesity among Maltese schoolchildren and adolescents has been increasing over recent years, as it has in other southern European countries. A nationwide study conducted during 2016 measuring all schoolchildren...

  • UK doctors win battle with drug giants over cheaper eye medicine

    UK doctors win battle with drug giants over cheaper eye medicine

    Drug giants Novartis, Bayer and Roche on Friday lost a bid to stop British doctors from recommending a cheaper drug option for people with an eye disease that causes blindness, the High Court in London ruled. A drug industry group said the...

  • Low levels of carbon monoxide poisoning can be very difficult to spot

    Low levels of carbon monoxide poisoning can be very difficult to spot

    Carbon monoxide (CO), like many gases, cannot be detected by our human senses. We cannot see it, smell it or taste it. But unlike many gases, small amounts are extremely harmful to us. In 2015 (the most recent year for which statistics are...

  • Saint James Eye Clinic providing training for ophthalmic surgeons worldwide

    Saint James Eye Clinic providing training for ophthalmic surgeons worldwide

    The Saint James Eye Clinic has been appointed as an approved Carl Zeiss Meditec training facility enabling it to provide training for ophthalmic surgeons worldwide in the field of refractive surgery. Carl Zeiss Meditec is one of the leading...

  • Children who are picky eaters still grow up healthy

    Children who are picky eaters still grow up healthy

    If a standoff over vegetables at dinner is a daily hurdle with your child then good news parents – a picky toddler is still likely to grow up to be a normal weight and height. That’s according to new research from the University of Bristol’s...

  • Why we're looking for cancer clues in urine

    Why we're looking for cancer clues in urine

    Africa Studio/Shutterstock   The human immune system is actually quite good at killing cancer cells. In fact, we believe it does so quite frequently. People who have AIDS or have had an organ transplant have suppressed immune systems and go on to...

  • Mindfulness meditation: ten minutes a day improves cognitive function

    Mindfulness meditation: ten minutes a day improves cognitive function

    Practising mindfulness meditation for 10 minutes a day improves concentration and the ability to keep information active in one’s mind, a function known as “working memory”. The brain achieves this by becoming more efficient, literally requiring...

  • Delay eating breakfast and eat dinner early to lose body fat – new study

    Delay eating breakfast and eat dinner early to lose body fat – new study

    junpinzon/Shutterstock.com   Time-restricted eating (also called time-restricted feeding) is a new dietary concept that involves reducing the time between the first and last calorie consumed each day. There is strong evidence to support the...

  • Why pandemic influenza is so much more deadly than seasonal flu

    Why pandemic influenza is so much more deadly than seasonal flu

    The Spanish flu virus infected a third of the world’s population 100 years ago and claimed the lives of up to 100 million people. The virus continued to evolve and its descendants went on to cause all subsequent flu pandemics, leading to the 1918...

  • Why we're looking for cancer clues in urine

    Why we're looking for cancer clues in urine

    The human immune system is actually quite good at killing cancer cells. In fact, we believe it does so quite frequently. People who have AIDS or have had an organ transplant have suppressed immune systems and go on to develop cancer more often...

  • Robotic trousers could help disabled people walk again

    Robotic trousers could help disabled people walk again

    Could the answer to mobility problems one day be as easy as pulling on a pair of trousers? A research team led by Bristol University’s Professor Jonathan Rossiter has recently unveiled a prototype pair of robotic trousers that they hope could help...

  • Fibromyalgia: researchers trying to fathom the causes of this painful condition

    Fibromyalgia: researchers trying to fathom the causes of this painful condition

    Fibromyalgia is something of a mystery. It can’t be detected with scans or blood tests, yet it causes lifelong pain for millions of people. The disease mainly affects women (about 75-90% of cases), causing pain all over the body. Because not all...

  • Learning to live with arthritis

    Learning to live with arthritis

    We do not know what causes some diseases. These are known as idiopathic diseases, from the Greek idios – ‘one’s own’ – and pathos – ‘suffering’. Very often the words ‘primary’, ‘agnogenic’ or ‘cryptogenic’ are used in clinical notes to describe a...

  • Dine for diabetes

    Dine for diabetes

    This year’s Dine 4 Diabetes, the Maltese Diabetes Association’s annual fundraising event, was recently held at the Reef Club, Westin Dragonara Resort, St Julian’s.  The event was attended by around 350 guests from all walks of life. Entertainment...

  • Low-carb versus high-carb – is the evidence really contradictory?

    Low-carb versus high-carb – is the evidence really contradictory?

      It isn’t surprising that people are confused about nutrition when the media presents different findings as gladiatorial battles: vegetarian versus carnivore, high-fat versus low-fat diets and, more recently, low-carb diets versus high-carb. But,...

  • Anti-ageing drugs are coming – an expert explains

    Anti-ageing drugs are coming – an expert explains

    There will be almost 10 billion people living on Earth by 2050 and two billion of them will be over the age of 60. Growing old is the primary risk factor for multiple chronic and life threatening conditions such as diabetes or cardiovascular disease.

  • Cosmetic facial procedures are not risk free

    Cosmetic facial procedures are not risk free

    Our faces are one of the most exposed areas of our bodies. Eventually, exposure to hot and cold, chemicals and the sun’s UV radiation take their toll and the face shows signs of ageing, including sunspots, puffy eyes, crow’s feet, fine lines and...