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  • Chronic fatigue syndrome: new evidence of biological causes

    Chronic fatigue syndrome: new evidence of biological causes

    Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) affects up to 24 million people, globally, but little is known about its causes. Our latest study unravels some of this mystery. The results suggest that an overactive immune system may trigger this long-term...

  • Sitting for too long could increase your risk of dying – even if you exercise

    Sitting for too long could increase your risk of dying – even if you exercise

    Are you sitting down? Then you may want to stand up to read this, as research from the US has found that sitting for too long could increase your risk of dying – even if you exercise. The study found that both total sedentary time and sedentary...

  • Treating body and mind

    Treating body and  mind

    It’s not every day that your idle lunch break features fresh and authentic Chinese dumplings and a therapeutic massage between lectures. But for two days – on December 10 and 11 – the Mediterranean Regional Centre for Traditional Chinese Medicine...

  • E-cigarette usage nearly doubles in US high-schools - survey

    E-cigarette usage nearly doubles in US high-schools - survey

    The percentage of high school seniors who used e-cigarettes in the last 30 days nearly doubled to 20.9 per cent from last year, results of a survey released by the National Institute on Drug Abuse showed on Monday. The increase in vaping by 10th...

  • Aspirin could help reduce HIV infections in women

    Aspirin could help reduce HIV infections in women

    In this 2012 photo, grandmother Janet Kitheka, 63, collects her adopted “granddaughter” Lucy, 13, at the end of the school day in the yard of the Hot Courses Primary School, in the village of Nyumbani which caters to children who lost their...

  • Worth the sting: Cuba's scorpion pain remedy

    Worth the sting: Cuba's scorpion pain remedy

    Once a month for the last decade, Pepe Casanas, a 78-year-old Cuban farmer, has hunted down a scorpion to sting himself with, vowing that the venom wards off his rheumatism pains. His natural remedy is no longer seen as very unusual...

  • Nature is a rich source of medicine – if we can protect it

    Nature is a rich source of medicine – if we can protect it

    The Pacific yew tree is a fairly small and slow growing conifer native to the Pacific Northwest. The Gila monster is a lizard with striking orange and black markings from the drylands of the Southwestern US and Mexico. Two very different...

  • Vegan diets are adding to malnutrition in wealthy countries

    Vegan diets are adding to malnutrition in wealthy countries

    Hidden hunger affects over two billion people, globally. The cause is a chronic lack of essential micronutrients in the diet, such as vitamins and minerals. The effects of these nutritional deficiencies may not be seen immediately, but the...

  • Government has ‘contingency plan’ for flu season peak

    Government has ‘contingency plan’ for flu season peak

    With the flu season around the corner, Mater Dei Hospital had a “contingency plan” in place, a government spokeswoman told the Times of Malta. Flu cases doubled last year and, as a result, the hospital struggled to cope with the outbreak. At one...

  • Life in 'slavery' or as a refugee? Cuban doctors' stark choice in Brazil

    Life in 'slavery' or as a refugee? Cuban doctors' stark choice in Brazil

    I sabela, one of more than 8,000 Cuban health workers in Brazil, saw two options when her country abruptly ended the agreement that brought her there: life as a 'slave' or a refugee. She chose to defect because of what she says is a "lack of...

  • The problem of drinking in pregnancy – and what to do about it

    The problem of drinking in pregnancy – and what to do about it

    Last year, it was reported that the UK has one of the worst rates of drinking while pregnant in Europe. These figures come from a study which shows 41% of women in the UK drank alcohol during their pregnancy. (The figures for malta showed that...

  • Exercise could solve erectile dysfunction

    Exercise could solve erectile dysfunction

    Men with erectile dysfunction can improve their sexual function with 40 minutes of aerobic exercise, four times a week, according to our latest review of the evidence. We reviewed all international studies carried out over the past 10 years where...

  • Start exercising your mind early to enjoy a better old age

    Start exercising your mind early to enjoy a better old age

      “Use it or lose it” is the received wisdom when it comes to cognitive ability. But is there any truth in this old saw? Our latest study suggests that it depends how much “it” you have to start with. Previous observational studies that looked at...

  • Could AI take control of human birth?

    Could AI take control of human birth?

    Instead of looking up at the sky to see whether you need an umbrella, people increasingly ask virtual assistants such as Alexa. And they may be wise to do so. AI methods are powerful – capable of anything from analysing astrophysical data to...

  • Two out of every five who take antibiotics do not need them

    Two out of every five who take antibiotics do not need them

    The Maltese still consume far too much antibiotics, which could cause resistance to them when they are needed later on. Sarah Carabott gets an update on the situation. At least two out of five people taking antibiotics in Malta don’t need to,...

  • ‘No thanks, I’m driving’

    ‘No thanks, I’m driving’

    “What’s the problem? I got home safely and no one was hurt!” This is a common phrase we hear. However, just because you made it home safely does not mean that you’re making a right decision in drinking and driving. When starting the car and...

  • ‘No one with Parkinson’s disease should live alone’

    ‘No one with Parkinson’s disease should live alone’

    This year the Malta Parkinson’s Disease Association marks 10 years since it began supporting people with Parkinson’s and their families. Association president Veronica Clark traces the long journey from its humble beginnings. Anne Downing founded...

  • More people are experiencing severe food allergies than ever before

    More people are experiencing severe food allergies than ever before

    The recent inquest into the death of Natasha Ednan-Laperouse from anaphylaxis after eating a Pret A Manger baguette she was unaware contained sesame, could lead to a change in labelling legislation. Indeed, a recent investigation found that...

  • Why snacking could be damaging your health

    Why snacking could be damaging your health

    Only until relatively recently in human evolution have we eaten three meals plus snacks every day. Breakfast simply didn’t exist for large parts of history. The Romans, for example, didn’t eat it – usually consuming only one meal around midday –...

  • Philippine taxes on sugary drinks could avert thousands of deaths, WHO study

    Philippine taxes on sugary drinks could avert thousands of deaths, WHO study

    The Philippines could avert 24,000 premature deaths linked to diseases such as diabetes, stroke and heart failure in the next two decades after it adopted taxes on sugar-sweetened beverages, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on...