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  • 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...

  • 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...