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  • Over 3,000 litres of water required to produce daily diet

    Over 3,000 litres of water required to produce daily diet

    Three thousand litres of water – that is the amount needed to produce the food each British person eats every day. This is according to a new study into the “water footprint” of diets in Western Europe, conducted by the European Commission and...

  • Flu plane: are we really ready for a global pandemic?

    Flu plane: are we really ready for a global pandemic?

    An Emirates airliner was quarantined at John F Kennedy International Airport on September 5 after several passengers reported flu-like symptoms. Oxiris Barbot, New York City’s acting health commissioner, said the cause of the illness was “probably...

  • Shisha addiction may be stronger than cigarette addiction

    Shisha addiction may be stronger than cigarette addiction

    Smoking shisha is very popular, particularly among young people. And despite what many people believe, it is highly addictive. In fact, a drug commonly prescribed to help people quit smoking cigarettes doesn’t seem to work for shisha smokers, our...

  • ‘Health is wealth’

    ‘Health is wealth’

    The popular saying of the headline clearly reflects the fact that as individuals we tend to value health as one of the most important assets. This is because the effects of ill-health are pervasive in all areas of an individual’s life, reducing...

  • Despite resistance, the future looks good for antibiotics

    Despite resistance, the future looks good for antibiotics

    Penicillin is 90 this year. Discovered in September 1928 by Alexander Fleming, it was first used as a cure when George Paine treated eye infections with it in 1930. A method for mass production was devised by Howard Florey and Ernst Chain in 1940,...

  • Probiotics: a first look at what's going on in the gut

    Probiotics: a first look at what's going on in the gut

    For the first time researchers have taken samples from inside people’s guts to find out how much probiotics change the composition of microbes and the chemical compounds they produce. And they found that the effect of probiotics depends on the...

  • Why historians ignored the Spanish flu

    Why historians ignored the Spanish flu

    To judge by the popularity of films like World War Z, pandemics are in vogue and none more so than the Spanish influenza of 1918-19. To mark the centenary of the pandemic this autumn, the BBC has commissioned Spanish Flu: In their own words, a...

  • Fats of the matter: why coconut oil should be treated with caution

    Fats of the matter: why coconut oil should be treated with caution

    Coconut oil is under attack. Once hailed as a miraculous superfood, its reputation has been more than a little bruised after a Harvard professor described the substance as “pure poison”. To remove any doubt about her feelings, Karin Michels, an...

  • Sport and exercise science: studying out of the norm

    Sport and exercise science: studying out of the norm

    I have just finished my degree after three years of study at the University of Exeter, UK, and most of my friends and family still don’t quite understand exactly what the subject is. Seeing that my degree title has the word ‘sport’ in it, my...

  • Delay eating breakfast and eat dinner early if you want to lose body fat

    Delay eating breakfast and eat dinner early if you want to lose body fat

    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 health benefits of time-restricted...

  • UK considers banning 'energy drink' sales to children in England

    UK considers banning 'energy drink' sales to children in England

    The sale of high-caffeine soft drinks to children could be banned in England, the British government said on Thursday, citing public health concerns. The so-called 'energy drinks' contain high levels of sugar and caffeine and have been linked to...

  • Warning issued on vegan protein product

    Warning issued on vegan protein product

    The health authorities have urged the public to take note of a vegan protein product they might have bought in recent days. The product - Vegan Protein – vanilla macaroon flavour; Brand: QNT; Weight: 500gLot number: L703972/2; Durability date:...

  • Vitamin D: a pseudo-vitamin for a pseudo-disease

    Vitamin D: a pseudo-vitamin for a pseudo-disease

    We are still in love with vitamins a century after they were discovered, with half the US and UK population taking a supplement. Vitamin D – the sunshine vitamin – is the favourite and is believed to have the most proven benefits. Governments,...

  • Hidden costs of a hangover: more than just a headache

    Hidden costs of a hangover: more than just a headache

      If you drink alcohol, it’s likely you’re familiar with some of the effects of a hangover. Headaches, nausea and fatigue are just some of the unpleasant but common experiences of the morning after the night before. But have you ever wondered how...

  • Ten strategies to lose weight – backed by new research

    Ten strategies to lose weight – backed by new research

    Everybody knows that to lose weight you should eat less and move more. But, of course, it’s not that simple; the combination of today’s environment and human biology can make it really, really hard to shed kilos. To reduce diseases caused by being...

  • Is your butt worth dying for?

    Is your butt worth dying for?

    The desire for a larger bottom is becoming more popular, with the number of so-called Brazilian butt lifts more than doubling in the last five years. However, a recent high-profile case involving a doctor in Miami who was banned from operating...

  • Breastfeeding is a big plus for both mother and baby

    Breastfeeding is a big plus for both mother and baby

    Over time, cultures change and people adapt to situations that prevail in society. The influence of our modern and busy life­styles has also had an impact on breastfeeding along the years. Breastfeeding used to be a very healthy tradition; we now...

  • 150 people benefit from Hospice’s on-call service since its launch

    150 people benefit from Hospice’s on-call service since its launch

    Supported by the 2017 Malta Social Impact Awards, Hospice’s after-hours, on-call service is now in full swing. The service, which forms part of Hospice’s comprehensive palliative care, provides over-the-phone support, guidance and advice to any...

  • 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...