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  • Benefits of drugs vs supplements

    Benefits of drugs vs supplements

    A way of diagnosing disease used in Russian clinics could be up to 23 per cent more accurate than western screening technologies, such as X-rays and mammograms, a new study has claimed. Strannik Virtual Scanning (SVS), which uses light and colours...

  • Exercise good for medical conditions

    Exercise good for medical conditions

    It is with alarmingly high frequency that complaints are made by so many these days about nagging aches and pains, chronic tiredness and other niggling physical abnormalities that just don’t seem to go away. Low back pain, muscle tension, aching...

  • Scientists predict thousands of heat deaths as New York City heats up

    Scientists predict thousands of heat deaths as New York City heats up

    More than 3,000 New Yorkers could die each year from intense heat due to climate change beginning about 60 years from now, researchers said. The number of hot days is expected to triple by the year 2080 and beyond, causing death by heat...

  • Human skin cells used in animal-free cosmetics tests

    Human skin cells used in animal-free cosmetics tests

    A UK-based laboratory is working to eradictate animal testing by developing alternative methods to test cosmetics that are not only cruelty-free but also more scientifically advanced than current animal-based tests. The laboratory, XCellR8, uses...

  • When parents use egg donors, telling kids early may be best

    When parents use egg donors, telling kids early may be best

    When children learn at an early age that their parents used an egg donor, the disclosure process is easier than when the kids don't hear the facts until they're older, a recent study suggests. Researchers surveyed 72 parents of 66 children who had...

  • New cancer cell insight could aid treatment for metastasis

    New cancer cell insight could aid treatment for metastasis

    An answer to a long-standing cancer riddle could lead to new ways of blocking metastasis, a potentially lethal tumour spreading around the body. Scientists found that "free floating" cancer cells are able to survive because of surface proteins...

  • 'Brainwashing' may prevent dementia

    'Brainwashing' may prevent dementia

    Scientists may have found a way to prevent and treat dementia by washing the brain. Dementia, which leads to severe decline in mental ability, is the result of a brain infection. The infection can be caused by a disruption in the brain’s natural...

  • Diabetes drugs for Alzheimer’s?

    Drugs used to treat diabetes may also be effective against Alzheimer’s disease, research suggests. Scientists have found that the two conditions are strongly linked, raising the possibility of shared drug responses. Medicines currently used to...

  • It takes smokers 30 attempts to quit for good, study shows

    It takes smokers 30 attempts to quit for good, study shows

    Though conventional wisdom says it takes five to seven attempts for most smokers to quit, those estimates may be very low, a recent study suggests. Based on data for more than 1,200 adult smokers in Canada, the real average number of quit attempts...

  • Does heart disease mean a less active sex life?

    Does heart disease mean a less active sex life?

    Middle-aged adults with recently diagnosed heart disease may be less sexually active than their healthier peers, a UK study suggests. Researchers analysed survey data from about 3,000 men and 3,700 women aged 50 and older, including 376 men and...

  • Why you should reward teens instead of punishing them

    Why you should reward teens instead of punishing them

    Adolescents focus most on rewards and are less able to consider the consequences of alternative actions or learn to avoid punishments, a new study has shown. The study, conducted by University College London, showed that adolescents learned best...

  • Experimental cat allergy treatment flops

    Experimental cat allergy treatment flops

    Circassia Pharmaceuticals lost nearly two-thirds of its value today as its experimental cat allergy treatment failed in a late-stage trial, dealing a major blow to the high-profile British biotech company. Circassia listed on the London stock...

  • Canada legalises euthanasia

    Canada legalises euthanasia

    Canada’s parliament has enacted a law allowing medically-assisted death for the terminally ill. Critics wanted the new law to only cover people with degenerative diseases but the request was denied. The upper Senate voted in favour of the law,...

  • Heart failure hospitalisations spike after major holidays

    The number of people admitted to hospitals for heart failure drops on major holidays but then climbs in the days that follow, a new study suggests. People may avoid going to the hospital on holidays because they don't want to ruin holiday plans or...

  • Scans show differences in brains of problematic teens

    Scans show differences in brains of problematic teens

    Brains of seriously antisocial teenage boys are built differently from those whose behaviour is normal, scientists have discovered. The brain scan study suggests that conduct disorder, a problem recognised by psychiatrists, is more than just a...

  • Sad music provokes tears of joy and sorrow

    Sad music provokes tears of joy and sorrow

    Melancholy music can be enjoyable, provide comfort or cause pain depending on the listener, a study has found. Researchers at Durham University and the University of Jyvaskyla, Finland, believed the findings could be beneficial for music therapy...

  • Are antibiotics linked to obesity?

    Are antibiotics linked to obesity?

    Last week we looked at the possibility that the antibiotic prescribing and consuming culture may have got us into an overweight, worldwide problem. We looked at gut issues and how the microbes living there could be responsible for whether or not...

  • A rare forage into nutrition

    A rare forage into nutrition

    A healthy portion of enquiries I receive by e-mail on an ongoing basis have been based on nutrition and healthy eating. Since our focus on this page is exercise and fitness, I tend to steer clear of nutritional concerns altogether. Nutrition...

  • Free session to celebrate International Day of Yoga

    Free session to celebrate International Day of Yoga

    Yoga enthusiasts and those intrigued by the ancient Indian practice might want to keep Tuesday morning free.  A 75-minute free yoga session will be held at the Radisson Blu Resort, St Julians on Tuesday June 21 to mark the second-ever...

  • Transgender people lacking adequate healthcare – study

    Transgender people lacking adequate healthcare – study

    Millions of transgender people around the world face major challenges in getting adequate medical care despite multiple health issues, from depression to high rates of HIV, researchers say. The community remains marginalised, and laws and policies...

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