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  • How renting could affect your health - and not for the better

    How renting could affect your health - and not for the better

    Our homes play a number of vital roles in our lives. They are where we rest, spend time with friends and family, and can be most ourselves. Given this central role it is not surprising that researchers have found a number of important...

  • Physiotherapy works better when you believe it will help you

    Physiotherapy works better when you believe it will help you

    People with shoulder pain who expect physiotherapy to help them are likely to have a better recovery than those who expect only minimal or no improvement, according to our latest study. We also found that people are likely to have a better...

  • Gym break won't mean you 'lose it' when it comes to muscles

    Gym break won't mean you 'lose it' when it comes to muscles

    Our muscles grow as a result of regular exercise and can waste away when not frequently or strenuously used, leading to the popular maxim: “Use it or lose it.” But a new review of what we know about muscles during periods of regular exercise or...

  • Meningitis – everything you need to know

    Meningitis – everything you need to know

    Winter brings with it a rise in many infectious diseases. During the peak of the influenza season, we also had two reported cases of meningitis. Every year around 11 local cases of bacterial meningitis are reported. Meningitis is an inflammation...

  • Cholesterol, fat and sugar

    Cholesterol, fat and sugar

    The medical anecdote below is a suitable introduction and eye-opener to understanding how difficult it can be, and how long it can take, to alter the conventional wisdom in medicine. Don’t discard it as irrelevant to the title of this two-part...

  • Bupa Malta’s first awards to recognise outstanding contribution to health

    Bupa Malta’s first awards to recognise outstanding contribution to health

    GlobalCapital Health Insurance is organising its first Bupa Malta awards to recognise the outstanding contribution of Maltese in the health sector. The three awards, which will celebrate the work of those who have contributed to health research,...

  • Any 'planetary diet' must also work for the poorest and most vulnerable

    Any 'planetary diet' must also work for the poorest and most vulnerable

    Over the past two years, 37 experts from around the world have battled to develop a diet that is both sustainable and healthy. They integrated existing knowledge on the impact of diet on diseases, including cardiovascular disease, diabetes and...

  • Cementing fractured vertebrae? Evidence lacking, review finds

    Cementing fractured vertebrae? Evidence lacking, review finds

    There is little to no evidence that two kinds of medical procedures that involve injecting cement to fuse fractured vertebrae - called vertebral augmentation - to relieve back pain actually work, researchers said. Hundreds of thousands of patients...

  • The way you take the pill has more to do with the pope than your health

    The way you take the pill has more to do with the pope than your health

    The way women have been advised to take the combined contraceptive pill for the last 60 years unnecessarily increases the likelihood of taking it incorrectly, leaving them at risk from unplanned pregnancy. And this far from ideal situation is the...

  • Instadrugs: hidden dangers when young people use apps to buy illicit substances

    Instadrugs: hidden dangers when young people use apps to buy illicit substances

    Markets for illicit drugs are constantly evolving to increase profits and reduce risks to suppliers in response to law enforcement tactics. New technologies have been taken up with enthusiasm: from the use of pagers and mobile phones in the 1990s,...

  • What you can do to prevent meningitis

    What you can do to prevent meningitis

    The death of a four-year-old boy and the hospitalisation of a three-week-old baby from meningitis sparked concern among many. Is there any cause for alarm, asks Joanne Cocks. The answer, quite simply is no. Doctors and the health authorities have...

  • French watchdog sounds alert over chemicals in diapers

    French watchdog sounds alert over chemicals in diapers

    A French public health watchdog issued a warning Wednesday about the risks of several chemicals found in disposable nappies, particularly artificial perfumes, leading the government to demand that manufacturers withdraw them from their...

  • Half of employers say they are less inclined to recruit obese candidates – it's not OK

    Half of employers say they are less inclined to recruit obese candidates – it's not OK

    Obesity is one of the most pressing and controversial public health challenges. It has the distinction of being a crisis about which most people have an opinion – often based on a simple diagnosis – but for which nobody has found a correspondingly...

  • Swine flu kills 40 in western India

    Swine flu kills 40 in western India

    At least 40 people have died and more than 1,000 have tested positive for swine flu since the beginning of this year in a western Indian state popular with foreigners, authorities said Friday. Last year around 1,100 people died and 15,000 were...

  • Exercise can fast-track your workplace well-being

    Exercise can fast-track your workplace well-being

    Exercise has been found to reduce stress, increase positive mood, decrease anxiety and alleviate depression. But you may not know that the emotional well-being associated with exercise is also linked to key attributes that can help us while we...

  • Swine flu outbreak: what happens now?

    Swine flu outbreak: what happens now?

    The diagnosis of 33 patients with the deadly and highly-contagious swine flu has reignited concerns of an epidemic among both healthcare professionals and the public. But what is the swine flu? According to the World Health Organisation, the swine...

  • Why you shouldn't follow the health regimes of these 'peak zen' people

    Why you shouldn't follow the health regimes of these 'peak zen' people

    January is a popular month for newspapers to publish health and fitness articles. One that caught my eye was in The Times and featured health fanatics who have reached “peak zen” (whatever that is). There’s Alex Beer (38), a model, Tim Gray (39),...

  • Why we shouldn't all be vegan

    Why we shouldn't all be vegan

    After decades in which the number of people choosing to cut out meat from their diet has steadily increased, 2019 is set to be the year the world changes the way that it eats. Or at least, that’s the ambitious aim of a major campaign under the...

  • Recalling happy memories can reduce depression risk in vulnerable teenagers

    Recalling happy memories can reduce depression risk in vulnerable teenagers

    Recalling positive memories may help lower the risk of depression in young people who have had a difficult childhood, our latest study has found. Depression often emerges during the teenage years. Many mental health problems in later life are...

  • Menopause discrimination is a real thing – this is how employers can help

    Menopause discrimination is a real thing – this is how employers can help

    For many women, going through the menopause can be a difficult time. It typically occurs for women between 45-55 years-old and lasts four to eight years. Most women experience some symptoms – the severity and duration of which can vary from woman...