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  • True happiness isn’t about being happy all the time

    True happiness isn’t about being happy all the time

    Over the past two decades, the positive psychology movement has brightened up psychological research with its science of happiness, human potential and flourishing. It argues that psychologists should not only investigate mental illness but also...

  • Sleeping longer ‘may help one consume a healthier diet’

    Sleeping longer ‘may help one consume a healthier diet’

    Sleeping for longer every night could lead to a healthier diet, research has found. Adults who increased the amount of sleep had reported consuming less sugary foods and making better nutritional choices, according to the King’s College London...

  • Singing speeds up recovery from post-natal depression

    Singing speeds up recovery from post-natal depression

    Singing in a group may help the symptoms of post-natal depression, a study suggests. Researchers found that mothers who participate in group singing sessions with their baby were able to overcome symptoms more quickly than those who did not. The...

  • Why is losing weight so often the top resolution?

    Why is losing weight so often the top resolution?

    After the feasting of Christmas, January is a time of detox and self-denial. It’s when people start new diets, begin new exercise regimes and make new year’s resolutions. We promise ourselves that we will do better – that we will better ourselves.

  • Women more likely to get depressive symptoms in winter months than men

    Women more likely to get depressive symptoms in winter months than men

    Women experience seasonal changes in their mood throughout the year, with more depressive symptoms in winter, researchers have found. The changes, which are more pronounced in women than men, appear to be independent of social and lifestyle...

  • The link between childhood trauma, a faulty stress response and suicide risk

    The link between childhood trauma, a faulty stress response and suicide risk

    Photographee.eu/Shutterstock.com When people experience stress, the adrenal glands that sit on top of the kidneys release a steroid hormone called cortisol. However, our latest study shows that people who have experienced high levels of trauma in...

  • Live longer: don't worry about whether you exercise enough

    Live longer: don't worry about whether you exercise enough

    It’s January, so it’s likely that you have set yourself goals to be more physically active and less stressed in 2018. Paradoxically, better goals would be to stop worrying about how much exercise you’re getting and to stop worrying about being too...

  • Stop looking for a pill to cure dementia

    Stop looking for a pill to cure dementia

    Every week there is a report in the newspapers that a cure for dementia is just around the corner. As a gerontologist for more than 38 years, I have been waiting behind far too many corners. I have realised that there will never be one solution to...

  • World diabetes expert to address national seminar

    World diabetes expert to address national seminar

    Andrew Boulton, International Diabetes Federation President Elect and world leading diabetes expert, will address a national diabetes awareness seminar on Saturday at 9am at San Anton Palace, Attard. This initiative has been organised by MEP...

  • Influenza season at a peak in Europe, Malta

    Influenza season at a peak in Europe, Malta

    The influenza season is currently at a peak. Across Europe, the season started at the end of November, with many European countries reporting cases of confirmed influenza. This epidemic threshold would lead to doctor’s practices and hospitals...

  • Photo of the week

    Photo of the week

    Menisci, ear-shaped hunks of cartilage nestled between the thigh and shin bones, cushion every step we take. But a lifetime of wear and tear – or a single wrong step during a game of football or tennis – can permanently damage these key supports,...

  • Can living close to a gym make you slimmer?

    Can living close to a gym make you slimmer?

    People who live close to gyms, pools and playing fields weigh less and have smaller waistlines than their counterparts residing farther away from exercise facilities, a UK study suggests. Living far away from fast food outlets also appeared to...

  • Flu vaccines still available for free from health centres

    Flu vaccines still available for free from health centres

    People still have time to get vaccinated against the flu, which has hit the island hard this year, seeing a surge in people admitted to hospital. The flu vaccines are still available for free from all health centres for anyone aged six months and...

  • Your own blood could provide treatment for knee arthritis

    Your own blood could provide treatment for knee arthritis

    Surgeons are using a new "longer-lasting" treatment for knee arthritis which involves injecting patients with a strengthened form of their own blood. It is hoped the technique being trialled at Southampton General Hospital will provide a more...

  • The first effective drugs for preventing migraine may be available soon

    The first effective drugs for preventing migraine may be available soon

    kurhan/Shutterstock I suffer from migraines. At least once a month, I have excruciating head pain, sensory problems and intermittent bouts of vomiting. The attacks can last for two weeks or more. Migraines have a huge impact on every aspect of my...

  • Australia to permit medicinal cannabis exports in bid to capture lucrative market

    Australia to permit medicinal cannabis exports in bid to capture lucrative market

    Australia said on Thursday it planned to become the fourth country in the world to legalise medicinal marijuana exports in a bid to score a piece of the estimated $55 billion global market. Cannabis cultivation in Australia is still relatively...

  • Heart benefit of moderate drinking greater in wealthy people

    Heart benefit of moderate drinking greater in wealthy people

    People who enjoy a few cocktails each week may be less likely to die from heart disease than people who rarely or never drink, especially if they’re rich, a Norwegian study suggests. For the study, researchers examined survey data on drinking...

  • Is a cold water swim good for you, or more likely to send you to the bottom?

    Is a cold water swim good for you, or more likely to send you to the bottom?

    There are people who will tell you that a dip in cold water is not just exhilarating and enlivening, but good for you. They have not, they will tell you, had a cold for years. In many nations there is a cultural tradition of cold water dips –...

  • Your dog may be your perfect training partner

    Your dog may be your perfect training partner

    January is the month of ambitious resolutions – and getting fit and losing weight tend to top the list. But how many people manage to maintain their exercise goals? Gyms are filled with enthusiastic people at the start of the month, but the...

  • New drug approvals hit 21-year high in 2017

    New drug approvals hit 21-year high in 2017

    US drug approvals hit a 21-year high in 2017, with 46 novel medicines winning a green light - more than double the previous year - while the figure also rose in the European Union. The EU recommended 92 new drugs including generics, up from 81,...