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  • Mental health services require ‘transformation’

    Mental health services require ‘transformation’

    Local mental health services require a transformation which could only be achieved through a national strategy, the Alliance for Mental health said. The alliance insisted that the national strategy should encompass “all levels of care”, including...

  • Understanding the various cannabis oils - and what they could treat

    Understanding the various cannabis oils - and what they could treat

    Epilepsy drugs don’t work well, or at all, for about one-third of people with the condition. Unfortunately, these hard-to-treat epilepsies are associated with an increased risk of premature death. Anecdotal evidence suggests that cannabis oil may...

  • How hygienic are public toilet seats?

    How hygienic are public toilet seats?

    We’ve all been there, you’re desperate for the loo, and frantically hunting for a toilet, only to find when you get there, that the seat is covered with “droplets” from the previous user. So what should you do – carry on regardless, or try and...

  • World Yoga Day

    From the Himalayan region of Ladakh to the deck of an aircraft carrier, tens of thousands joined Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday to celebrate the fourth International Day of Yoga, with a few wearing masks to highlight poor air...

  • A little something for the pain

    A little something for the pain

    Dental cavities might be miniscule in size – yet in terms of pain, they punch well above their weight as a tiny cavity can trigger, excuse the pun, tooth-grinding agony. That pain might soon be subsiding as researchers at Queen Mary University of...

  • Glossing over the problems of breastfeeding can be counterproductive

    Glossing over the problems of breastfeeding can be counterproductive

    It’s difficult to talk about breastfeeding in a productive way right now. On the one hand, the UK’s breastfeeding rates are so low, that campaigns such as National Breastfeeding week have become really important in encouraging more people to...

  • Snot funny: it could take another decade to finally cure the common cold

    Snot funny: it could take another decade to finally cure the common cold

    Some people get barely any symptoms and recover rapidly. Others end up confined to bed, surrounded by used tissues. For those with compromised immune systems or respiratory conditions, it can even be life-threatening. We’d all dearly like to see a...

  • Why alcohol withdrawal can be deadly

    Why alcohol withdrawal can be deadly

    Alcohol damages the brain, heart, liver and pancreas, and it increases the risk of some cancers, such as mouth and bowel cancer. It also weakens the immune system, making people more vulnerable to infectious diseases, such as pneumonia and...

  • Let’s get physical

    Let’s get physical

    Research carried out on Maltese schoolchildren to assess if increasing moderate-to-vigorous physical activity can reduce obesity has shown encouraging results, says Stephanie Fsadni Increasing moderate-to-vigorous physical activity (MVPA) reduces...

  • Drug and alcohol use can be mapped through your hair

    Drug and alcohol use can be mapped through your hair

    Your hair can say a lot about you. It doesn’t just give people clues about your personality or your taste in music. It can also record evidence of how much you drink, whether you smoke or take drugs, and perhaps even how stressed you are. My...

  • Men’s health: making the right choices

    Men’s health: making  the right choices

    Today is Father’s Day, a day when we celebrate our dads. However, the best gift one can have is that of good health. The health of men and women differ in many ways. There are important biological and behavioural differences between the two genders.

  • New research points to universal drug for HIV

    New research points to universal drug for HIV

    A team of AIDS researchers in Hong Kong says its new research, tested on mice, indicates a functional cure for HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, eventually leading to a new antibody that could be used for both prevention and treatment. The...

  • A head injury could cost a footballer more than the World Cup

    A head injury could cost a footballer more than the World Cup

    Liverpool goalkeeper, Loris Karius, made crucial errors during the recent Champions League final, including throwing the ball to Real Madrid striker, Karim Benzema. Five days after the match, Karius was diagnosed with concussion. Head injuries can...

  • Four reasons to avoid activated charcoal

    Four reasons to avoid activated charcoal

    On her Goop website, Gwyneth Paltrow claimed that charcoal lemonade was one of the “best juice cleansers”. That was in 2014. Today, charcoal products – from croissants to capsules – are everywhere. Even high street coffee chains have taken to...

  • Shaking hands is disgusting: is there an alternative?

    Shaking hands is disgusting: is there an alternative?

    The traditional handshake plays a central role in our daily lives. We shake hands with people we know and those who are new to us. A handshake communicates our personality and mood to people and we use them as a mutually acceptable way of agreeing...

  • Inconvenient conveniences: public loos do not cater for everyone

    Inconvenient conveniences: public loos do not cater for everyone

    We can probably all think of a time we’ve desperately searched for the closest loos – a situation made all the more challenging by the ongoing closures of public toilets. But on top of the lack of funding for toilets, a one-size-fits-all model of...

  • Breakthough in diagnosing illness using artificial intelligence

    Breakthough in diagnosing illness using artificial intelligence

    Artificial intelligence (AI) is best known for its ability to see (as in driverless cars) and listen (as in Alexa and other home assistants). From now on, it may also smell. My colleagues and I are developing an AI system that can smell human...

  • Microplastics are working their way into the food chain

    Microplastics are working their way into the food chain

    We’re increasingly aware of how plastic is polluting our environment. Much recent attention has focused on how microplastics – tiny pieces ranging from 5 millimetres down to 100 nanometres in diameter – are filling the seas and working their way...

  • Revival of 1990s hit La Macarena could keep hearts beating

    Revival of 1990s hit La Macarena could keep hearts beating

    The proportion of people with cardiac arrest who receive bystander cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) before an ambulance arrives remains suboptimal, sources close to Mater Dei Hospital told Times of Malta. This is disappointing considering the...

  • Steer away from these two products, health authorities say

    Steer away from these two products, health authorities say

    The public is informed to steer away from consuming a turmeric supplement product or buy a toy dish set for children following an international alert.  The Environmental Health Directorate within the Superintendence of Public Health said it had...