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  • Obesity-linked cancers on the rise in young adults

    Obesity-linked cancers on the rise in young adults

    A sharp increase in obesity-linked cancers among young adults in the United States could foreshadow a reversal in the overall decline in cancer mortality, researchers warned Monday. In a sweeping study covering two-thirds of the US population,...

  • Global experts call for earlier cancer detection

    Global experts call for earlier cancer detection

    Today’s World Cancer Day, led by the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC), aims to inspire and encourage action from individuals, the health community and governments to improve public awareness and access to early detection, screening...

  • Cholesterol, fat and sugar

    Cholesterol, fat and sugar

    In the second of his two-part article examining what may be the biggest controversy in modern medical history, Albert Cilia-Vincenti shows how recommendations for a balanced healthy diet are based on outdated science. Doctors and nutritionists...

  • Air pollution may be affecting how happy you are

    Air pollution may be affecting how happy you are

    For decades now, GDP has been the standard measure of a nation’s well-being. But it is becoming clear that an economic boost may not be accompanied by a rise in individual happiness. While there are many reasons for this, one important factor is...

  • Alzheimer's is linked to gum disease – but bad oral health is not the only culprit

    Alzheimer's is linked to gum disease – but bad oral health is not the only culprit

    For most people, teeth cleaning may just be a normal part of your daily routine. But what if the way you clean your teeth today, might affect your chances of getting Alzheimer’s disease in years to come? There is an increasing body of evidence to...

  • Vaping 2x better for quitting smoking than patches, gum - study

    Vaping 2x better for quitting smoking than patches, gum - study

    E-cigarettes are twice as effective as nicotine patches or gum at helping people quit smoking traditional cigarettes, according to major British study Wednesday, involving nearly 900 people. The report in the New England Journal of Medicine found...

  • Morning or night person? It depends on many more genes than we thought

    Morning or night person? It depends on many more genes than we thought

    Do you prefer to rise early with the lark or stay up late with the owl? Your preference turns out to be partly decided by your genes. Our genetic study of nearly 700,000 people has revealed new insights about the genetics of chronotype – our...

  • Eight myths about meal-replacement diets debunked

    Eight myths about meal-replacement diets debunked

    Meal-replacement diets, where some meals are replaced with soups, shakes or bars, have been making a comeback. They first took off during the early days of space travel when the public became obsessed with the idea of a nutritionally complete meal...

  • How renting could affect your health - and not for the better

    How renting could affect your health - and not for the better

    Our homes play a number of vital roles in our lives. They are where we rest, spend time with friends and family, and can be most ourselves. Given this central role it is not surprising that researchers have found a number of important...

  • Physiotherapy works better when you believe it will help you

    Physiotherapy works better when you believe it will help you

    People with shoulder pain who expect physiotherapy to help them are likely to have a better recovery than those who expect only minimal or no improvement, according to our latest study. We also found that people are likely to have a better...

  • Gym break won't mean you 'lose it' when it comes to muscles

    Gym break won't mean you 'lose it' when it comes to muscles

    Our muscles grow as a result of regular exercise and can waste away when not frequently or strenuously used, leading to the popular maxim: “Use it or lose it.” But a new review of what we know about muscles during periods of regular exercise or...

  • Meningitis – everything you need to know

    Meningitis – everything you need to know

    Winter brings with it a rise in many infectious diseases. During the peak of the influenza season, we also had two reported cases of meningitis. Every year around 11 local cases of bacterial meningitis are reported. Meningitis is an inflammation...

  • Cholesterol, fat and sugar

    Cholesterol, fat and sugar

    The medical anecdote below is a suitable introduction and eye-opener to understanding how difficult it can be, and how long it can take, to alter the conventional wisdom in medicine. Don’t discard it as irrelevant to the title of this two-part...

  • Bupa Malta’s first awards to recognise outstanding contribution to health

    Bupa Malta’s first awards to recognise outstanding contribution to health

    GlobalCapital Health Insurance is organising its first Bupa Malta awards to recognise the outstanding contribution of Maltese in the health sector. The three awards, which will celebrate the work of those who have contributed to health research,...

  • Any 'planetary diet' must also work for the poorest and most vulnerable

    Any 'planetary diet' must also work for the poorest and most vulnerable

    Over the past two years, 37 experts from around the world have battled to develop a diet that is both sustainable and healthy. They integrated existing knowledge on the impact of diet on diseases, including cardiovascular disease, diabetes and...

  • Cementing fractured vertebrae? Evidence lacking, review finds

    Cementing fractured vertebrae? Evidence lacking, review finds

    There is little to no evidence that two kinds of medical procedures that involve injecting cement to fuse fractured vertebrae - called vertebral augmentation - to relieve back pain actually work, researchers said. Hundreds of thousands of patients...

  • The way you take the pill has more to do with the pope than your health

    The way you take the pill has more to do with the pope than your health

    The way women have been advised to take the combined contraceptive pill for the last 60 years unnecessarily increases the likelihood of taking it incorrectly, leaving them at risk from unplanned pregnancy. And this far from ideal situation is the...

  • Instadrugs: hidden dangers when young people use apps to buy illicit substances

    Instadrugs: hidden dangers when young people use apps to buy illicit substances

    Markets for illicit drugs are constantly evolving to increase profits and reduce risks to suppliers in response to law enforcement tactics. New technologies have been taken up with enthusiasm: from the use of pagers and mobile phones in the 1990s,...

  • What you can do to prevent meningitis

    What you can do to prevent meningitis

    The death of a four-year-old boy and the hospitalisation of a three-week-old baby from meningitis sparked concern among many. Is there any cause for alarm, asks Joanne Cocks. The answer, quite simply is no. Doctors and the health authorities have...

  • French watchdog sounds alert over chemicals in diapers

    French watchdog sounds alert over chemicals in diapers

    A French public health watchdog issued a warning Wednesday about the risks of several chemicals found in disposable nappies, particularly artificial perfumes, leading the government to demand that manufacturers withdraw them from their...