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  • We're doing drug trials wrong – here's how to fix it

    We're doing drug trials wrong – here's how to fix it

    By the age of 65, at least half of us will suffer from two or more long-term diseases. And the chance of having multi-morbidity, as it is known, increases with age. Only 9 per cent of people with coronary heart disease have no other condition. The...

  • Drop in Australia HIV sparks call for greater drug roll-out

    Drop in Australia HIV sparks call for greater drug roll-out

    HIV transmission rates among gay and bisexual men fell by almost a third in the Australian state of New South Wales following the wide-scale introduction of a daily anti-HIV drug, sparking calls for other health authorities to follow...

  • Red cabbages have almost three times as many types of protein as humans

    Red cabbages have almost three times as many types of protein as humans

    We humans are top of the evolutionary tree, the most complex organisms that have ever lived on Earth in five billion years. Right? One way we might actually prove our biological complexity is to look at the number of different proteins that our...

  • Could cheese help prevent type 2 diabetes?

    Could cheese help prevent type 2 diabetes?

    Many people believe that low-fat dairy products are healthier than high-fat dairy products. Indeed, many public health guidelines recommend low-fat dairy over high-fat dairy. However, our latest research, published in PLOS Medicine, found that...

  • Benevolence and healing art

    Benevolence and healing art

    Enthusiasm for Chinese culture and traditional medicine is gaining ground in Malta. This was confirmed by the generous public attendance to several events which were organised last week by the Jiangsu Provincial Commission of Health and Family...

  • Low rate of successful bystander CPR in Malta

    Low rate of successful bystander CPR in Malta

    The World Restart a Heart Day will be marked in Malta on Tuesday with an event taking place at Freedom Square Valletta between 10am and 2pm. The day was chosen by the International Committee on Resuscitation to promote bystander CPR...

  • Heart disease: know your risks

    Heart disease: know your risks

    Most of us have a family member or friend who has suffered a heart attack or a stroke. For some, this was fortunately a one-time event, but if one is not careful the proba­bility is that it can happen again. Many would say: “That could have been...

  • Stop measuring obesity with a ruler: we've found a much better way

    Stop measuring obesity with a ruler: we've found a much better way

    For over a century, we have relied on a simplistic measure to determine if someone is a “healthy” weight or not. This is the body mass index (BMI) – the ratio of a person’s weight to the square of their height. The limits of this ratio are clearly...

  • The phone call that could literally change your life

    The phone call that could literally change your life

    When 66-year-old Mary Vella received a call for the National Breast Screening, she accepted the appointment and gave it little thought. Having no reason to believe there was anything amiss, she viewed it more as a routine test, optional, almost.

  • Keeping abreast of latest techniques

    Keeping abreast of latest techniques

    It is important to raise awareness on breast cancer and learn more about what detection methods are available. Because there is good scientific evidence that regular breast imaging detects breast cancer at an early stage (when there are no lumps...

  • In crackdown, US seeks details on new electronic cigarettes

    In crackdown, US seeks details on new electronic cigarettes

    Faced with a proliferation of new electronic cigarettes and a sharp rise in teen vaping, the US Food and Drug Administration on Friday sent letters to 21 electronic cigarette manufacturers seeking information to assess whether the products are...

  • Caesarean births almost double worldwide

    Caesarean births almost double worldwide

    Rates of caesarean section births almost doubled between 2000 and 2015 – from 12 to 21 percent worldwide - new research has found, with the life-saving surgery unavailable to many women in poor countries while often over-used in richer ones. The...

  • Why some women feel sad when they breastfeed

    Why some women feel sad when they breastfeed

    As a health visitor, you get used to friends with babies asking questions about sleep, feeding and dirty nappies. Usually, these are straightforward, or you can at least direct people to the right help. But every once in a while, you get asked...

  • World Mental Health Day: Focus on young people

    World Mental Health Day: Focus on young people

    Saturday, 4pm, two weeks ago. The police call the 24/7 crisis line. A young man called them saying he left a goodbye note on his bed and is going to end his life. The reason? His parents received revealing pictures of him interacting with a woman...

  • Mental health crisis could cost the world $16 trillion by 2030

    Mental health crisis could cost the world $16 trillion by 2030

    Mental health disorders are on the rise in every country in the world and could cost the global economy up to $16 trillion between 2010 and 2030 if a collective failure to respond is not addressed, according to an expert report on Tuesday. The...

  • Mindfulness meditation: 10 minutes a day improves cognitive function

    Mindfulness meditation: 10 minutes a day improves cognitive function

    fizkes/Shutterstock.com   Practising mindfulness meditation for 10 minutes a day improves concentration and the ability to keep information active in one’s mind, a function known as “working memory”. The brain achieves this by becoming more...

  • Obesity: hamsters may hold the clue to beating it

    Obesity: hamsters may hold the clue to beating it

    The global obesity crisis shows no signs of abating, and we urgently need new ways to tackle it. Consuming fewer calories and burning more energy through physical activity is a proven way to lose weight, but it’s clearly easier said than done. The...

  • The best foods to eat for a good night's sleep

    The best foods to eat for a good night's sleep

    Sleep has become widely recognised as playing a really important role in our overall health and wellness – alongside diet, stress management and exercise. Recently, researchers have been learning more about how poor sleep influences our dietary...

  • Back to school: how to deal with colds and influenza

    Back to school: how to deal with colds and influenza

    As children go back to school, so do the bugs. Is it the fact that children mingle more with each other or is it the season when more bugs are prevalent? It is a combination of both. Around this time of year, various viruses circulate until they...

  • Malta ‘leads in the field of eye refractive surgery’

    Malta ‘leads in the field of eye refractive surgery’

    The Saint James Eye Clinic is now an approved Carl Zeiss Meditec training facility, enabling it to provide training for ophthalmic surgeons worldwide in the field of eye refractive surgery. Carl Zeiss Meditec, one of the leading world suppliers of...