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  • Being born working class is bad for your health

    Being born working class is bad for your health

    Social mobility is seen as an essential societal goal – one that occupies most democratic governments. But moving up and down the social ladder can be very stressful, and it is well documented that long-lasting or repeated stress is bad for your...

  • ‘Government has role in shaping health habits’

    ‘Government has role in shaping health habits’

    In his latest book Health and Society – Personal and Social Determinant of Health, published by the Malta University Press in 2018, Maurice Cauchi embarks upon the important endeavour of communicating and analysing trends shaping health and...

  • We have weaker bones than our hunter-gatherer ancestors

    We have weaker bones than our hunter-gatherer ancestors

    Modern life is weakening your bones. shutterstock   Technology is continuously advancing to make our lives “easier”, more efficient and often more sedentary. All of this has an impact on our body and, specifically, our bones. Loss of bone...

  • US abortion rate plunged in decade ending 2015

    US abortion rate plunged in decade ending 2015

    A US government agency said on Wednesday that abortion rates among American women of all ages fell to a decade low in 2015, which both opponents and supporters of abortion rights attributed in part to individual states' efforts to restrict women's...

  • Stress makes bisexual women most likely to abuse deadly opioids

    Stress makes bisexual women most likely to abuse deadly opioids

    Bisexual women in the United States are most likely to abuse opioids due to stress and stigma, scientists said, with 14% reporting misuse of drug prescriptions in the last year. The New York University School of Medicine found past-year misuse of...

  • Millions left behind as diabetes drives surge in insulin demand

    Millions left behind as diabetes drives surge in insulin demand

    A global diabetes epidemic is fuelling record demand for insulin but tens of millions will not get the injections they need unless there is a dramatic improvement in access and affordability, a new study concluded on Wednesday. Diabetes - which...

  • Deadly air pollution shortens lives by nearly 2 years - researchers

    Deadly air pollution shortens lives by nearly 2 years - researchers

    Air pollution, caused largely by burning fossil fuels, is cutting global life expectancy by an average of 1.8 years per person, making it the world's top killer, researchers said on Monday. The tiny particles ingested from polluted air shorten...

  • Fruit and vegetables: five-a-day

    Fruit and vegetables: five-a-day

    Increasing the intake of fruits and vegetables will provide many nutritional and health benefits. It is important to eat a varie­ty of fruits and vegetables because they contain different combinations of fibre, vitamins, minerals and other...

  • Vegans: why they inspire fear and loathing among meat eaters

    Vegans: why they inspire fear and loathing among meat eaters

    Food critic William Sitwell has resigned as editor of Waitrose’s in-house magazine following a row over his astonishingly hostile response to a freelance journalist who proposed a series of articles on veganism. A statement from the food retailer...

  • Lack of school toilets puts 620 million children in danger

    Lack of school toilets puts 620 million children in danger

    A lack of proper school toilets threatens the health, education and safety of at least 620 million children around the world, the charity WaterAid said in a new study published on Friday. Children at one in three schools lack access to proper...

  • In rural France, Macron seeks remedy for 'healthcare deserts'

    In rural France, Macron seeks remedy for 'healthcare deserts'

    When Joelle Dupas falls ill, she goes to a medical centre in her home town in rural western France where all 12 doctors have come out of retirement. The 66-year-old tried for months to find a doctor after retiring to Laval, a quiet town of 50,000...

  • World's top aid agency to promote resilience with new body

    World's top aid agency to promote resilience with new body

    The US Agency for International Development (USAID) is to set up a new body to promote resilience, a senior official said, amid growing pressure on the world's top foreign aid donor to do more with less. Creating resilience - the ability to...

  • Men should get into the habit of examining themselves

    Men should get into the habit of examining themselves

    ‘Movember’ is the time when men grow their moustaches to raise awareness on men’s health issues. Jennifer Grech writes about a recent study published in the British Journal of General Practice. Contrary to traditional teaching, painful testicular...

  • Being born working class is bad for your health

    Being born working class is bad for your health

    Social mobility is seen as an essential societal goal – one that occupies most democratic governments. But moving up and down the social ladder can be very stressful, and it is well documented that long-lasting or repeated stress is bad for your...

  • Two of every three smokers would like to stop

    Two of every three smokers would like to stop

    It is thought about two in three smokers want to kick their deadly habit, and with good reason – the same proportion of them are believed to die prematurely because of smoking. Around the world, the habit kills more than 6 million people a...

  • Physical inactivity kills more people every year than smoking

    Physical inactivity kills more people every year than smoking

    The longest living humans on Earth report engaging in daily physical activity as the secret of their longevity. For those who don’t live such long lives, we know that spending too much time being inactive is a major cause of early death.

  • US to restrict e-cigarette flavors to fight teenage vaping 'epidemic'

    US to restrict e-cigarette flavors to fight teenage vaping 'epidemic'

    The US Food and Drug Administration next week will issue a ban on the sale of fruit and candy flavored electronic cigarettes in convenience stores and gas stations, an agency official said, in a move to counter a surge in teenage use of...

  • Salt: how to cut back without losing flavour

    Salt: how to cut back without losing flavour

    One of the targets of the UK government’s new health strategy is salt. Your body needs salt to function normally, but an excess leads to raised blood pressure and an increase in the risk of stroke and heart disease. Since prevention is better than...

  • 'Wake-up call' as UK medics push one in five trans people to conversion therapy

    'Wake-up call' as UK medics push one in five trans people to conversion therapy

    One in 20 British LGBT+ people have been pressured to undergo conversion therapy while getting healthcare, rising to one in five among transgender people, a charity said on Thursday. LGBT+ patients experience "shockingly high level of hostility...

  • Over half of care home residents prescribed unnecessary medicines

    Over half of care home residents prescribed unnecessary medicines

    More than 50 per cent of care home residents are being prescribed medicines that they do not need, or which do not properly address their health problems. Antipsychotics, for example, are often overused to treat the behavioural and psychological...