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  • Universal Health Coverage: everyone, everywhere

    Universal Health Coverage: everyone, everywhere

    The Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Directorate and Primary Health Care are visiting different localities in Malta and Gozo to disseminate the message of this year’s World Health Day "Universal Health Coverage: everyone, everywhere". World...

  • Global life expectancy up 5.5 years since 2000: WHO

    Global life expectancy up 5.5 years since 2000: WHO

    Global life expectancy grew by 5.5 years between 2000 and 2016, the World Health Organisation said Thursday, warning though that unequal income and access to healthcare translates into far shorter lives for many. The UN health agency also stressed...

  • Intuitive eating: a 'diet' that actually makes sense

    Intuitive eating: a 'diet' that actually makes sense

    Diets for weight loss usually involve restriction. The 5:2 diet relies on restricting calories, and the ketogenic diet relies on restricting particular types of food. Research suggests, however, that restrictive dieting can lead to a higher body...

  • How to survive high pollen counts

    How to survive high pollen counts

    Blooming spring flowers signal the beginning of spring, but for millions of people, they also signal the onset of the misery: allergy and asthma season. Itchy, watery eyes; sneezing, runny nose; cough and wheezing are triggered by an overreaction...

  • Cervical pre-cancer rates down 88% in decade since HPV vaccinations began

    Cervical pre-cancer rates down 88% in decade since HPV vaccinations began

    Cervical cancer is the third most common cancer among women in the UK under the age of 35 after breast and skin cancer. In the majority of cases, the cancer only develops if the patient is infected with human papillomavirus (HPV) types 16 or 18.

  • Revealed: the diets cutting our lives short

    Revealed: the diets cutting our lives short

    One in five deaths globally are linked to poor diet, experts said Thursday, warning that overconsumption of sugar, salt and meat was killing millions of people every year. The United Nations estimates that nearly a billion people worldwide are...

  • Antibody curer for Ebola raises hopes for human treatment

    Antibody curer for Ebola raises hopes for human treatment

    The Ebola virus outbreak of 2014 in West Africa caused more than 11,000 deaths. At the time, scientists were working on several experimental vaccines and treatments but none were licensed for use in humans. Antibodies, which are special defence...

  • What should maximum heart rate be during exercise?

    What should maximum heart rate be during exercise?

    You have your runners on, your FitBit is charged, but now what? When you exercise, your heart and breathing rates increase, delivering greater quantities of oxygen from the lungs to the blood, then to exercising muscles. Determining an optimal...

  • Should veganism have same legal protection as a religion?

    Should veganism have same legal protection as a religion?

    Veganism is on the rise globally – but it can be contentious. Only recently, the editor of a food magazine joked that vegans should be force-fed meat while a bank employee told a vegan customer that they should be punched after he objected to some...

  • Not that much difference between baby-led weaning and spoon feeding

    Not that much difference between baby-led weaning and spoon feeding

    When it comes to avoiding picky eating and meal time tantrums, parents are usually ready to try any method that promises their child will become a better and less fussy eater. This is in part why methods of giving solid food to infants have...

  • Why do some active people put on more weight than couch potatoes?

    Why do some active people put on more weight than couch potatoes?

    Governments are always telling us to eat less and exercise more to be healthier, but this presents an obvious problem. Being active is liable to make you hungrier, so there’s a risk you end up eating extra to compensate, and putting on more weight...

  • Measles: should vaccinations be compulsory?

    Measles: should vaccinations be compulsory?

    Following a measles outbreak in Rockland County in New York State, authorities there have declared a state of emergency, with unvaccinated children barred from public spaces, raising important questions about the responsibilities of the state and...

  • Fibre in your diet

    Fibre in your diet

    The Mediterranean diet has been identified by many studies as a healthy one for all ages. The diet is high in fibre, and many of its health benefits have been linked to the fibre-rich foods. What adds value is that fibre is found in many naturally...

  • Home help: Paul Vella on the usefulness of medical devices

    Monitoring blood pressure at home is very crucial in giving both the patient and the caregiver adequate data needed for effective management of diseases such as hypertension. According to Shimbo et al. (2015), home blood pressure measuring is of...

  • US performs first kidney transplant from living donor with HIV

    US performs first kidney transplant from living donor with HIV

    The kidney of a 35-year-old HIV-positive woman has been transplanted into another patient with the virus that causes AIDS, US surgeons announced Thursday, in a major medical breakthrough. The surgeons at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore...

  • Scientists discover how mosquitoes detect human sweat

    Scientists discover how mosquitoes detect human sweat

    Scientists have known for decades that mosquitoes are attracted to the lactic acid contained in human sweat, but in the era before advanced genetics, the precise mechanism had remained a mystery. Now, a team of researchers at Florida International...

  • Legal, but... abortion access under threat in Catholic Croatia

    Legal, but... abortion access under threat in Catholic Croatia

    On paper, abortion has been legal in Croatia for decades. But in practice, it is becoming less available in the largely Catholic country where religious pressure is pushing doctors increasingly to refuse abortions on moral grounds. "Why are...

  • It’s time for action! It’s time to end TB

    It’s time for action!  It’s time to end TB

    Tubercublosis, a preventable and curable disease, is still one of the top infectious killers worldwide, causing the death of approximately 4,500 people daily.  Throughout the years, several global efforts have tried to reduce the number of deaths...

  • Colorado study underlines dangers of edible marijuana

    Colorado study underlines dangers of edible marijuana

    The number of emergency-room visits linked to cannabis in one hospital in the first US state to completely legalise its use tripled within a few years, according to a study that points to the dangers of ingesting the drug. Colorado legalised...

  • Postnatal depression twice as high in developing countries

    Postnatal depression twice as high in developing countries

    Motherhood can be a source of joy, but it can also pose difficulties and challenges – particularly, in the postnatal period. It is a time when some mothers’ emotional and physical endurance is pushed to the limit. About 10% of pregnant women and...