Category Archives: Health issues

Does a better education lead to better health?

It is well known that education is very important in ensuring a better job, a better salary and in general a more satisfying social life. Perhaps less well appreciated is the effect that education has on the health of the … Continue reading

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Holistic approach to obesity

A report was published last year (Eurostat, 2016) showing that one in four Maltese are obese, the highest rate in Europe. A blunt report by the Today Public Poli­cy Institute, also published last year, famously stated that “Malta is one … Continue reading

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The inheritance of addictions

We may not like to admit it, but some of us are hard-wired to become addicted to smoking, drinking, gambling or even drugs. Sociologists might insist that the factors causing addictions are largely environmental. But for most conditions it is … Continue reading

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Too clean for comfort? Allergies and the environment

Allergies seem to be increasing at a fast rate within our community and throughout the world. For instance, allergic rhinitis (including hay fever) affects 10-30 per cent of the population worldwide. One marker of allergic sensitisation, the presence of a … Continue reading

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Healthy, Wealthy and Wise

This trio of desiderata is no less valid today than when we were children, but the recipe for success, summarised as ‘ early to bed, early to rise’, appears to be too simplistic in a complex world we live in … Continue reading

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Myths and Mediterranean diets

Common to dodos and Mediterranean diets is the fact that they seem to exist in the imagination rather than in fact. There are, moreover, several misconceptions as to what the Mediterranean diet actually consisted of. Those of us who experienced … Continue reading

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