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23,085 COVID vaccine doses have been given to children locally

23,085 COVID vaccine doses have been given to children locally
Feb 9 2022 Share

Health Minister Chris Fearne said in parliament on Tuesday that 23,085 COVID-19 vaccine doses have been given to children aged 5-11.

Replying to a parliamentary question by PN MP Graziella Galea, Fearne said that out of the mentioned number of doses, 9,776 were second doses.

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With a total of 32,493 children currently eligible for the vaccine, children had been given the go-ahead to be vaccinated on December 14th 2021 after the EMA approved the jabs for kids in November. 

As of the last COVID-19 update by governmental sources, 1,223,793 vaccine doses were administered in Malta. 335,128 of these were booster doses.  

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Sleeping one extra hour could help you lose weight study finds

Sleeping one extra hour could help you lose weight study finds
Feb 9 2022 Share

A new research has found that sleeping for an extra hour each night can help people shave off around 270 calories off their daily diet.This is the equivalent of three chocolate biscuits, which could lead to a weight loss of 26lb over three years simply by sleeping more. The study follows a team from the University of Chicago who wanted to look at how sleep interacts with obesity. 

Writing in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine, the researchers found that young, overweight adults who habitually slept fewer than 6.5 hours a night were able to add an extra 1.2 hours per night after undergoing counselling to improve their sleep habits. Speaking about the study, Dr Esra Tasali said that if healthy sleeping habits are maintained over a longer duration, it could lead to clinically important weight loss over time. 

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The study, she claimed, did not attempt to limit diets or lifestyle to replicate everyday life. The study only manipulated sleep, with participants being able to eat whatever they wanted to. Cutting usage of devices such as phones or laptops before bedtime was also found to help people sleep better and longer. 

Dr. Tasali said that after just one sleep counselling session, the participants’ bedtime habits changed to ensure they stayed asleep longer. The individuals were coached on good sleep hygiene and discussed their own personal sleep environments. The adults in the study were aged between 21 and 40, with a body mass index at the start of the study between 25 and 29.9. But why does this work? Researchers suggest that sleep restriction increases hunger and changes in brain regions related to reward-seeking behaviour. Thus, sleeping more reduced hunger and overeating. 

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Heart attacks: signs, symptoms and how to prevent them

Heart attacks: signs, symptoms and how to prevent them
Feb 9 2022 Share

Heart attack symptoms will vary between different individuals but it is of utmost importance to stay alert and watch out for the signs. The complications resulting from a heart attack may be very serious and even life-threatening, so if you feel any of the symptoms seek emergency help immediately.

On Valentine’s Day, which is also their 8th anniversary, The Marigold Foundation officially launched The Heart Disease Campaign, a 3-day campaign all about heart health. Whilst everyone is celebrating love and the symbol of the heart, The Marigold Foundation has applied that concept to bring awareness on heart diseases and their prevention. It also highlights the importance of being heart healthy, knowing the symptoms whilst realising how common heart attacks are.

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In light of the ongoing campaign which is aimed at decreasing deaths at a young age, improving quality of life and increasing innovation; the following are some signs, symptoms and lifestyle habits to prevent heart attacks.

Symptoms (lasting for more than 15 minutes)

Being aware of the symptoms of a heart attack and seeking immediate help is not only essential but crucial. The sooner you get yourself to an emergency room, the sooner you can be treated to reduce heart muscle damage. In certain cases, a heart attack may require cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) or defibrillation to get the heart pumping.

  • Burning or tightening pressure in the chest
  • An unexplained pain in the throat, neck, back, stomach or shoulders.
  • Unusual shortness of breath
  • A cold sweat

Lifestyle Habits for Heart Attack Prevention

A global lack of commitment to heart health has made heart disease one of the top causes of death around the world. Investing some time and effort into adopting a healthier lifestyle goes a long way and achieving a heart-healthy lifestyle isn’t too difficult. They say prevention is better than cure and the following are a few good habits you can adopt to prevent potential heart attacks.

  • Good Nutrition
  • Daily Physically Activity
  • Reduce Stress
  • Limit Alcohol
  • Lower High Blood Pressure

During The Foundation’s campaign launch in Valletta, cardiologist Dr. Robert Xuereb highlighted the fact that while COVID-19 took the lives of approximately 500 people in one year, heart attacks still claim the lives of over 1,000 people every year in Malta.

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5 must-try pizza places in Malta

5 must-try pizza places in Malta
Feb 9 2022 Share

Today is a day to celebrate one of the best gastronomical creations in history; the coming together of dough, sauce, cheese and other ingredients to form mouth-watering pizza perfection is the stuff of dreams.

That’s right, February 9th is pizza day and foodies and businesses in Malta and around the world are indeed celebrating. Therefore, in celebration of such a wonderful day, we decided to list some of our favourite local pizza spots. Take a look and let us know what you think.

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Pizziamoci

Residents of Birkirkara and its surrounding areas will definitely be familiar with this authentic Italian pizza spot and for good reason. Pizziamoci brings together fresh ingredients, traditional style, natural flavours and rustic charm to create a feel-good bite unlike any other.

Pulcinella

 

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A staple Hamrun food spot and definite local favourite. This family-style restaurant boasts an extensive menu offering everything from pasta to grill and their famous range of authentic Neapolitan pizzas. Whether you want to play it safe and go for one of the unbeatable Pizza Rossa selections or go bold with the street food classic ‘Pizza Fritta’, you will definitely keep coming back for more.

A Mano

 

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Opening just recently in Kalkara, A Mano describes itself as “a laid-back trattoria serving the most authentic Italian food, specialising in pizza and pasta”, and we can definitely vouch. Regardless of how fond you may be of pizza, you definitely cannot beat a slice of (or entire) sourdough pizza baked in a wood-fired oven. Top tip: try the Pizza Pistacchiosa, trust us.

SOTTO

This product that comes out of this Valletta pizzeria’s oven is a true testament to their love for the craft. SOTTO specialises in traditional Pinsa Romana topped with the freshest ingredients, a true slice of heaven. Whether you’re in Valletta and want to drop by for a quick bite or would like to schedule the perfect pizza date, Sotto is the place for you.

Salumeria Gardens

 

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Don’t get it twisted, Salumeria is one of the coolest pizza places in Malta. Built on the owners’ passion for food and desire for reinvention, the guys over at Salumeria spare no expense when it comes to making their pizza and you could definitely tell by the test. This spot’s pizza is described as ‘a Neapolitan style pizza with some Roman traits,’ but don’t take our word for it, go and try it yourself!

Which one is your favourite?

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