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  • Alcohol: take steps to stay safe

    Alcohol: take steps to stay safe

    Alcohol consumption in many societies is a common feature of social gatherings or events. However, it can become a habit, and drinking too much alcohol can harm people’s health. The impact on people and society is determined by the volume...

  • Alliance worried over mental health sector

    Alliance worried over mental health sector

    Mental health organisations are questioning the government’s decision not to fulfil its electoral pledge of building a new psychiatric centre and, instead, rehabilitate Mount Carmel Hospital. Times of Malta was told late last year several patients...

  • Athletes need coaches in the kitchen too

    Athletes need coaches in the kitchen too

    Athletes’ training regimes extend far beyond the pitch, track or ski run. They have a unique relationship with food, too. This is not just a matter of loading up on pasta and protein shakes. For those at the top of their game, every morsel is...

  • Perfume, cleaning products as harmful as vehicle emissions - study

    Perfume, cleaning products as harmful as vehicle emissions - study

    Chemicals in household cleaning products, paints and perfumes could now rival motor vehicles as the top contributor to urban air pollution, a study has revealed. Scientists in Los Angeles found that the amount of chemical vapours emitted into the...

  • Pot Pharm - Booming Canada weed sector plots next-wave medicines

    Pot Pharm - Booming Canada weed sector plots next-wave medicines

    Canopy Growth Corp, one of the world's biggest medical marijuana producers, now wants to take on the world's pharmaceutical giants. The Canadian firm launched Canopy Health Innovation in late 2016 to build a portfolio of patented and federally...

  • Why isn't more being done to find cure for incontinence?

    Why isn't more being done to find cure for incontinence?

    For a chronic health condition that causes shame and misery for countless people and costs billions, urinary incontinence keeps a low profile. Media reports about chronic health conditions appear with alarming regularity, but it is rare to read...

  • Ultra-processed foods could increase cancer risk

    Ultra-processed foods could increase cancer risk

    Ultra-processed foods such as fizzy drinks, packaged bread and cake, cereal and processed meats could increase the risk of cancer, according to a new study. Processed foods make up to 50 percent of the average person's diet in some developed...

  • Study finds communities shape men's attitude towards women and sex

    Study finds communities shape men's attitude towards women and sex

    The communities in which men live play a fundamental role in shaping their attitudes towards women and sex, researchers have found. A two-year study conducted in poorer areas across Scotland looked at the influence of a person's surroundings on...

  • Hand washing can actually lower mortality in nursing homes

    Hand washing can actually lower mortality in nursing homes

    Infection prevention practices centred on hand hygiene protocols can save lives across all healthcare facilities, not just hospital settings. This includes nursing homes, according to a new study published in the February issue of the American...

  • Enzyme study offers new hope for Alzheimer's

    Enzyme study offers new hope for Alzheimer's

    Clinical signs of Alzheimer's have been completely reversed by scientists targeting a specific brain protein, raising hopes of an effective treatment for the disease. The US team bred Alzheimer's-prone laboratory mice whose levels of the protein,...

  • Scientists develop new material for controversial vaginal mesh implants

    Scientists develop new material for controversial vaginal mesh implants

    Scientists believe they have come up with an alternative to the material used in vaginal mesh implants which prompted a huge number of women to complain they had been left in severe pain. Mesh treatment has been offered in cases of pelvic organ...

  • Measles cases in the EU treble in 2017

    Measles cases in the EU treble in 2017

    The number of measles cases in the EU has trebled in just one year, according to the European Centre for Disease Control. In 2017, 14,451 measles cases were reported, three times the number of cases reported in 2016 (4 643). The highest number of...

  • Medieval skeletons reveal some truths about childhood puberty

    Medieval skeletons reveal some truths about childhood puberty

    Children are entering puberty younger than before, according to recent studies, raising concerns that childhood obesity and hormone-contaminated water supplies may be to blame. However, our archaeological research suggests that there’s nothing to...

  • Woman infected with eye worm known only in cattle

    Woman infected with eye worm known only in cattle

    An Oregon woman has become the first person worldwide known to have had an eye infestation by a tiny worm species previously seen only in cattle, an indication that humans may be more vulnerable than previously thought to such infections. Lisa...

  • Slow eating may stem weight gain, study finds

    Slow eating may stem weight gain, study finds

    Slow eating could be the key to losing weight, a new study suggests. Cutting out after-dinner snacks and avoiding late meals are also linked to people shedding the pounds, researchers found. The new study, published in the journal BMJ Open, saw...

  • More than just seizures

    More than just seizures

    Over 4,000 people in Malta suffer from epilepsy. On International Epilepsy Day, Caritas Malta Epilepsy Association says that the chronic neurological condition affects all aspects of a person’s life but that the prevailing stigma is sometimes more...

  • Three reasons why scientific advice on drugs is ignored

    Three reasons why scientific advice on drugs is ignored

    Syda Productions/Shutterstock   David Nutt, along with many other leading scientists, published a study a few years ago that showed how the overall harms associated with some legal drugs, such as alcohol and tobacco, dramatically exceed the harms...

  • The evolution of love

    The evolution of love

    Falling in love is undeniably one of the best feelings in the world. The majority of people who seek psychotherapy are either looking for love, too afraid of it or recovering from its loss. Psychologist Cher Laurenti Engerer explains what happens...

  • Pink in love

    Pink in love

    The February issue of Pink, out with tomorrow’s The Sunday Times of Malta just before Valentine’s Day, features weddings that have broken the rules and been anything but traditional; websites designed to make their preparation a piece of cake; and...

  • Lab safety breaches exposes scientists to diseases

    Lab safety breaches exposes scientists to diseases

    Safety breaches at UK laboratories have spread infections to scientists and exposed others to potentially deadly diseases, it has been reported. The Health and Safety Executive launched investigations into more than 40 incidents at specialist labs...