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  • Alcohol industry gets mosts revenue from heavy drinkers

    Alcohol industry gets mosts revenue from heavy drinkers

    Alcohol producers and retailers have long argued that their goal is a world where everyone drinks responsibly and heavy drinking is a thing of the past. As a result, the alcohol industry claims to be part of the solution to the UK’s drink problem...

  • Potatoes have roots in a healthy lifestyle

    Potatoes have roots in a healthy lifestyle

    Potatoes are apparently far from being flavour of the month. Rejected by young people and “clean eaters”, sales are plummeting. But what has the potato done to deserve being treated so distastefully? Reports claim that millennials prefer rice and...

  • Age shouldn't be a barrier to playing competitive sports

    Age shouldn't be a barrier to playing competitive sports

    To stay healthy and fit, older people have traditionally been advised to take up gentle activities, such as walking and tai chi. But it’s time we added competitive sports to the mix. Competitive sport is usually seen as a young person’s game. If...

  • Cereal portion size could mislead consumers

    Cereal portion size could mislead consumers

    Eating healthy cereals in moderation can contribute to a balanced diet. However, many breakfast cereals on offer in the UK contain very high levels of sugar. In fact, based on total product weight, some are made up of more than a third of the...

  • Why mosquitoes bite some people more than others

    Why mosquitoes bite some people more than others

    Surprisingly few of the more than 3,000 mosquito species actually specialise in biting humans. Instead, most are opportunistic feeders – feeding when they are able and from lots of different sources. But Aedes aegypti and Anopheles gambiae are...

  • Back pain – the bright side

    Back pain – the bright side

    In plain and simple terms, eight out of 10 of all people reading this will experience back pain at some point in their lives – if you haven’t, unfortunately the likelihood is that you will. A statement such as this would have probably sent shivers...

  • Mental health is a community matter

    Mental health is a community matter

    Mental health community services in Qormi offer continuous support to patients and their families, helping them integrate better. Gillian Bartolo, a trustee of the Richmond Foundation, says psychiatric services as part of community health services...

  • Vent farms for people who don’t wake up

    Vent farms for people who don’t wake up

    A coma, from Greek meaning ‘deep sleep,’ is a state of unconsciousness. Unlike sleep, however, the person cannot wake up, they do not react to painful light or sound and do not move voluntarily. Most comas are from drug poisoning, heart attacks...

  • Is beer actually good for you?

    Is beer actually good for you?

    A recent Daily Mail article announced that: “Beer is officially good for you”. The article claimed that beer “reduces heart risk” and “improves brain health”. Even if “heart risk” sounds a bit vague, the news sounds good. But let’s take a closer...

  • Consuming milk at breakfast lowers blood glucose throughout the day

    Consuming milk at breakfast lowers blood glucose throughout the day

    A change in breakfast routine may provide benefits for the management of type 2 diabetes, according to a new study published in the Journal of Dairy Science. Douglas Goff and the team of scientists from the Human Nutraceutical Research Unit at the...

  • Wearing an ill-fitting bra is bad for our health

    Wearing an ill-fitting bra is bad for our health

    Wearing the wrong size bra is not only uncomfortable, it can cause a range of health problems. Research has shown that a lack of breast support often leads to breast pain, which is reported by 50% of women. An ill-fitting bra that doesn’t give the...

  • People with dementia are vulnerable to financial abuse

    People with dementia are vulnerable to financial abuse

    When most of us go online to our internet banking account and set up a direct debit to pay a bill, we probably do it swiftly without much thought. But in reality it’s not that easy. In fact, there are a lot of complex processes involved in how we...

  • Ageing in human cells successfully reversed in the lab

    Ageing in human cells successfully reversed in the lab

    The ability to reverse ageing is something many people would hope to see in their lifetime. This is still a long way from reality, but in our latest experiment, we have reversed the ageing of human cells, which could provide the basis for future...

  • Stay safe, healthy this summer

    Stay safe, healthy this summer

    Many people look forward to summer for holidays, longer days, travelling and spending time outside. For children summer means time off, no homework, new crafts and hobbies and lots of friends to play with. For adults, it means more relaxation from...

  • Other people are having way, way less sex than you think they are

    Other people are having way, way less sex than you think they are

    Shutterstock   Research shows we think young people have a lot more sex than they do in reality – and men have a particularly skewed view of the sex lives of young women. As part of Ipsos’ long-running studies on misperceptions, to be released in...

  • Vaping: how safe is it?

    Vaping: how safe is it?

    A survey of adolescents carried out by researchers at Coventry University has shown that than less than half of e-cigarette users knew that vape products contain nicotine or that they are addictive, raising the possibility that they could be a...

  • Bad news for celery lovers: there is no such thing as 'negative' calories

    Bad news for celery lovers: there is no such thing as 'negative' calories

    Diets are everywhere, but could eating “negative calorie” foods, such as celery and grapefruit, help to boost weight loss? The theory behind negative calorie foods is that some foods have lower calorie (energy) content than the amount of energy it...

  • China's happy piglet stamps trigger family planning policy posts

    China's happy piglet stamps trigger family planning policy posts

    A new "pig family" postal stamp has stoked debate about whether China may further loosen its family planning policy next year as couples delay parenthood and the world's most populous nation greys. China Post, on its official website on Monday,...

  • London laces up to become world's most 'walkable' city

    London laces up to become world's most 'walkable' city

    Londoners have been urged to reach for their walking shoes as the government launched its first action plan to get more people moving around the city on foot. Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has said he wants to make the British capital the world's...

  • Libyan cancer clinic relies on donors to treat patients

    Libyan cancer clinic relies on donors to treat patients

    One of Libya's few cancer clinics is relying on donors to keep its doors open for patients who often travel hundreds of kilometres for life-saving treatment. Conflict and economic crisis since Libya's 2011 uprising have gutted the health system...