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  • Forest bathing: taking a bath without water

    Forest bathing: taking a bath without water

    The scent of pines mingles with that of moist grass and earth. Sunlight filters through the trees. And the only sound is a slight rustle of leaves, and my footsteps. In traditional Japanese culture, what I’m doing is known as Shinrin-yoku, or...

  • Can we stay alive longer?

    Can we stay alive longer?

    In healthcare, there is no more noble act than that of saving lives. Ask anyone working in the clinical field why they do this type of work and they will consistently answer: to save lives, help others, ease pain and improve lives. But on...

  • Cutting through the hype about medical cannabis

    Cutting through the hype about medical cannabis

    There’s plenty of anecdotal evidence that Cannabidiol (CBD) oil – a concentrated oily extract made from cannabis – can help treat a variety of ailments. It’s said to help with everything from epileptic seizures to opioid addiction, PTSD to...

  • A healthy dose of happiness: with health benefits as well

    A healthy dose of happiness: with health benefits as well

    Laughter is indeed the best medicine and is used by practitioners to allow the elderly, as well as dementia patients, the necessary space to let go, gain confidence and create a more comfortable space. In the July issue of Senior Times, Malta’s...

  • Men with same-sex partners 28 times more likely to get HIV - UN

    Men with same-sex partners 28 times more likely to get HIV - UN

    Men with same-sex sexual partners are 28 times more likely to contract HIV than their heterosexual counterparts despite a radical reduction in new infections among gay men in Western countries, a UN report said on Wednesday. The overall annual...

  • Omega 3 supplements don't protect against heart disease, new review finds

    Omega 3 supplements don't protect against heart disease, new review finds

    Many people take a daily omega 3 supplement in the belief that it is good for their heart. But our latest research, a systematic review of 79 clinical trials, found no evidence for this belief. We examined the effects of omega 3 on heart disease...

  • Breakthrough 'world first' melanoma blood test developed

    Breakthrough 'world first' melanoma blood test developed

    Australian researchers said Wednesday they have developed a blood test for melanoma in its early stages, calling it a "world first" breakthrough that could save many lives. The scientists, from Edith Cowan University, said the new test could help...

  • Humans are to blame for the rise in dangerous viral infections

    Humans are to blame for the rise in dangerous viral infections

    Today, we hear about dangerous viral infections around the world on a regular basis. Social media and internet access may be an obvious explanation for their seeming increase. But it doesn’t just seem this way. The number of viruses and the...

  • UK ethics body says gene-edited babies may be 'morally permissible'

    UK ethics body says gene-edited babies may be 'morally permissible'

    The use of gene editing technologies to alter the DNA of human embryos could be morally permissible as long as the science and its impact on society is carefully considered, a British ethics panel said on Tuesday. Experts from the UK's Nuffield...

  • Protecting yourself during a heatwave

    Protecting yourself during a heatwave

    As summer sets in, the temperatures increase, leading to health effects. Heat-related illness can affect anyone, but some people are at a greater risk than others. These include the extremes of age groups, including babies and children aged up to...

  • Distress can cause chronic diseases, even at low levels

    Distress can cause chronic diseases, even at low levels

    Low levels of psychological distress can increase the risk of developing some chronic diseases including arthritis, and types of heart and lung disease, according to new research. The study, led by Catharine Gale, a professor of cognitive...

  • Mental health services require ‘transformation’

    Mental health services require ‘transformation’

    Local mental health services require a transformation which could only be achieved through a national strategy, the Alliance for Mental health said. The alliance insisted that the national strategy should encompass “all levels of care”, including...

  • Understanding the various cannabis oils - and what they could treat

    Understanding the various cannabis oils - and what they could treat

    Epilepsy drugs don’t work well, or at all, for about one-third of people with the condition. Unfortunately, these hard-to-treat epilepsies are associated with an increased risk of premature death. Anecdotal evidence suggests that cannabis oil may...

  • How hygienic are public toilet seats?

    How hygienic are public toilet seats?

    We’ve all been there, you’re desperate for the loo, and frantically hunting for a toilet, only to find when you get there, that the seat is covered with “droplets” from the previous user. So what should you do – carry on regardless, or try and...

  • World Yoga Day

    From the Himalayan region of Ladakh to the deck of an aircraft carrier, tens of thousands joined Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday to celebrate the fourth International Day of Yoga, with a few wearing masks to highlight poor air...

  • A little something for the pain

    A little something for the pain

    Dental cavities might be miniscule in size – yet in terms of pain, they punch well above their weight as a tiny cavity can trigger, excuse the pun, tooth-grinding agony. That pain might soon be subsiding as researchers at Queen Mary University of...

  • Glossing over the problems of breastfeeding can be counterproductive

    Glossing over the problems of breastfeeding can be counterproductive

    It’s difficult to talk about breastfeeding in a productive way right now. On the one hand, the UK’s breastfeeding rates are so low, that campaigns such as National Breastfeeding week have become really important in encouraging more people to...

  • Snot funny: it could take another decade to finally cure the common cold

    Snot funny: it could take another decade to finally cure the common cold

    Some people get barely any symptoms and recover rapidly. Others end up confined to bed, surrounded by used tissues. For those with compromised immune systems or respiratory conditions, it can even be life-threatening. We’d all dearly like to see a...

  • Why alcohol withdrawal can be deadly

    Why alcohol withdrawal can be deadly

    Alcohol damages the brain, heart, liver and pancreas, and it increases the risk of some cancers, such as mouth and bowel cancer. It also weakens the immune system, making people more vulnerable to infectious diseases, such as pneumonia and...

  • Let’s get physical

    Let’s get physical

    Research carried out on Maltese schoolchildren to assess if increasing moderate-to-vigorous physical activity can reduce obesity has shown encouraging results, says Stephanie Fsadni Increasing moderate-to-vigorous physical activity (MVPA) reduces...