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  • What should maximum heart rate be during exercise?

    What should maximum heart rate be during exercise?

    You have your runners on, your FitBit is charged, but now what? When you exercise, your heart and breathing rates increase, delivering greater quantities of oxygen from the lungs to the blood, then to exercising muscles. Determining an optimal...

  • Should veganism have same legal protection as a religion?

    Should veganism have same legal protection as a religion?

    Veganism is on the rise globally – but it can be contentious. Only recently, the editor of a food magazine joked that vegans should be force-fed meat while a bank employee told a vegan customer that they should be punched after he objected to some...

  • Not that much difference between baby-led weaning and spoon feeding

    Not that much difference between baby-led weaning and spoon feeding

    When it comes to avoiding picky eating and meal time tantrums, parents are usually ready to try any method that promises their child will become a better and less fussy eater. This is in part why methods of giving solid food to infants have...

  • Why do some active people put on more weight than couch potatoes?

    Why do some active people put on more weight than couch potatoes?

    Governments are always telling us to eat less and exercise more to be healthier, but this presents an obvious problem. Being active is liable to make you hungrier, so there’s a risk you end up eating extra to compensate, and putting on more weight...

  • Measles: should vaccinations be compulsory?

    Measles: should vaccinations be compulsory?

    Following a measles outbreak in Rockland County in New York State, authorities there have declared a state of emergency, with unvaccinated children barred from public spaces, raising important questions about the responsibilities of the state and...

  • Fibre in your diet

    Fibre in your diet

    The Mediterranean diet has been identified by many studies as a healthy one for all ages. The diet is high in fibre, and many of its health benefits have been linked to the fibre-rich foods. What adds value is that fibre is found in many naturally...

  • Home help: Paul Vella on the usefulness of medical devices

    Monitoring blood pressure at home is very crucial in giving both the patient and the caregiver adequate data needed for effective management of diseases such as hypertension. According to Shimbo et al. (2015), home blood pressure measuring is of...

  • US performs first kidney transplant from living donor with HIV

    US performs first kidney transplant from living donor with HIV

    The kidney of a 35-year-old HIV-positive woman has been transplanted into another patient with the virus that causes AIDS, US surgeons announced Thursday, in a major medical breakthrough. The surgeons at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore...

  • Scientists discover how mosquitoes detect human sweat

    Scientists discover how mosquitoes detect human sweat

    Scientists have known for decades that mosquitoes are attracted to the lactic acid contained in human sweat, but in the era before advanced genetics, the precise mechanism had remained a mystery. Now, a team of researchers at Florida International...

  • Legal, but... abortion access under threat in Catholic Croatia

    Legal, but... abortion access under threat in Catholic Croatia

    On paper, abortion has been legal in Croatia for decades. But in practice, it is becoming less available in the largely Catholic country where religious pressure is pushing doctors increasingly to refuse abortions on moral grounds. "Why are...

  • It’s time for action! It’s time to end TB

    It’s time for action!  It’s time to end TB

    Tubercublosis, a preventable and curable disease, is still one of the top infectious killers worldwide, causing the death of approximately 4,500 people daily.  Throughout the years, several global efforts have tried to reduce the number of deaths...

  • Colorado study underlines dangers of edible marijuana

    Colorado study underlines dangers of edible marijuana

    The number of emergency-room visits linked to cannabis in one hospital in the first US state to completely legalise its use tripled within a few years, according to a study that points to the dangers of ingesting the drug. Colorado legalised...

  • Postnatal depression twice as high in developing countries

    Postnatal depression twice as high in developing countries

    Motherhood can be a source of joy, but it can also pose difficulties and challenges – particularly, in the postnatal period. It is a time when some mothers’ emotional and physical endurance is pushed to the limit. About 10% of pregnant women and...

  • Spontaneity is not that spontaneous after all

    Spontaneity is not that spontaneous after all

    “Why can’t you just relax into it?” is a question many of us have asked in frustration with ourselves or others – be it on the dance floor, the sporting field or in rather more private circumstances. The task typically requires us to respond...

  • Death: are we in control?

    Death: are we in control?

    Can we determine when we die? In reality we do, but only inadvertently and by mistake. Winter is a seasonal killer. In most countries the time of Christmas and the New Year is the peak period for death. It is not just the cold climate, since...

  • ‘Crippling periods are not normal’

    ‘Crippling periods are not normal’

    March is Endometriosis Awareness Month. It is being marked in Malta today. Few people have heard of the disease, even though an estimated 176 million women worldwide – one in 10 – suffer from endometriosis. Jennifer Grech finds out more. Scars,...

  • New technique may overcome infertility in childhood cancer survivors

    New technique may overcome infertility in childhood cancer survivors

    Men diagnosed with cancer have the option of freezing their sperm ahead of chemotherapy, which can render them infertile. But sperm freezing is not an option for prepubescent boys, some 30% of whom will become sterile as a result of toxic cancer...

  • How the tail of the human sperm could change IVF

    How the tail of the human sperm could change IVF

    Every time a man ejaculates about 55 million sperm are released. This is equivalent to more than six times the entire population of London or New York, and more than twice the population of Shanghai city. But of course, not all of these sperm will...

  • A tale of two Delhis: Deadly air exposes rich poor divide

    A tale of two Delhis: Deadly air exposes rich poor divide

    Walls draped in lush vertical gardens and air filtered through purifiers insulate diners at a swanky New Delhi food court from the choking haze outside in one of the most polluted places on earth. But these eco-eateries, offering cleaner air as...

  • Short walk once-a-week can lower risk of death

    Short walk once-a-week can lower risk of death

    A brisk stroll once or twice a week is enough to reduce the risk of dying from heart attack, stroke or cancer, according to a statistical study of nearly 90,000 people released Tuesday. People who walked or gardened 10 minutes to an hour each week...