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  • US surgeons separate Nigerian conjoined twins

    US surgeons separate Nigerian conjoined twins

    12-month-old twin girls Miracle and Testimony Ayeni, who were born fused together at the lower half of their bodies, are separated after an 18-hour operation in Memphis. See video above.

  • One billion people suffer from high blood pressure

    One billion people suffer  from high blood pressure

    The number of people with high blood pressure has almost doubled in 40 years to over 1.1 billion worldwide, scientists said yesterday, with the burden of the condition shifting from the rich to the poor. In the largest study of its kind analysing...

  • ‘Heredity is not destiny’ when it comes to heart attacks – study

    If heredity puts you at higher risk for a heart attack, maintaining a healthy lifestyle can bring that risk down, below the risk faced by some people whose genes would normally protect them from heart disease, according to an analysis of more than...

  • Are you among the 1 billion people suffering from hypertension?

    Are you among the 1 billion people suffering from hypertension?

    The number of people with hypertension has almost doubled in 40 years to over 1.1 billion worldwide, scientists have said, with the burden of the condition shifting from the rich to the poor. In the largest study of its kind analysing blood...

  • Dementia, Alzheimer's are leading cause of death in UK for first time

    Dementia, Alzheimer's are leading cause of death in UK for first time

    Dementia and Alzheimer's disease has become the leading cause of death in England and Wales for the first time, new figures show. An ageing population and better diagnosis of the condition has led to dementia and Alzheimer's knocking ischaemic...

  • Weekend shake-up

    Weekend shake-up

    The daily grind getting just a little bit too much to handle? Had it up to here with traffic jams and work quandaries? Need to get away from it all? Some of these questions are just the sort that prompt us to consider taking holidays in the hope...

  • Let food be your medicine

    Let food be your medicine

    Once again I am looking at the effect of food on the body. Never forget what Hippocrates said: “Let food be your medicine.” Eating nuts is good for us. Forget the issue that they could increase your weight. I never met anyone who found themselves...

  • Experimental study by Maltese physiotherapist sheds light on ice bag application to ankle injury

    Experimental study by Maltese physiotherapist sheds light on ice bag application to ankle injury

    A dissertation entitled ‘An investigation into the skin surface temperature changes using ice bag application and local immersion technique at the ankle’ – by Marco Vella – was chosen to be presented at this year’s fourth edition of the European...

  • Brain plasticity: are we too old to recover from stroke?

    Brain plasticity: are we too old to recover from stroke?

    Although we think that the adult brain remains formed and static, we are finding that the brain changes and heals itself. Even early psychologists like William James (1890) argued that our brain is flexible and changing when he wrote The...

  • Bird flu hits Europe

    Bird flu hits Europe

    Several European countries have reported outbreaks of a severe strain of bird flu, the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) said, while France raised safety checks to counter the virus which can have a major impact on farmers. OIE said...

  • Measles ‘kills 400 children a day’

    The number of deaths from measles has fallen by 79 per cent worldwide since 2000, thanks mainly to mass vaccination campaigns, but nearly 400 children still die from the disease every day, global health experts said. In a report on global efforts...

  • Most child deaths concentrated in 10 Asian, African nations: study

    Most child deaths concentrated in 10 Asian, African nations: study

    Sixty percent of the world's 5.9 million children who died before their fifth birthday last year were in 10 countries in Asia and Africa, said a study, prompting calls for action to reduce the mortality. The study published in The Lancet medical...

  • Despite progress, measles kills 400 children a day

    Despite progress, measles kills 400 children a day

    The number of deaths from measles has fallen by 79 percent worldwide since 2000, thanks mainly to mass vaccination campaigns, but nearly 400 children still die from the disease every day, global health experts said.  In a report on global efforts...

  • Online information on neck lifts often unreliable

    Online information on neck lifts often unreliable

    People scouring the internet for good information on neck lifts may want to talk to a doctor instead, a study suggests. That's because much of the information online paints an inaccurate or incomplete picture of these cosmetic procedures that may...

  • New guidelines for pregnancy

    New guidelines for pregnancy

    The World Health Organisation revised guidelines on antenatal, saying pregnant women should have twice as many contacts with health providers – eight – as it recommended previously. More antenatal contacts help to reduce the chance of stillbirths,...

  • Delivery season, weight gain affect pregnancy vitamin D response

    Pregnant women who gain more weight and those who deliver in winter may need a higher dose of vitamin D to achieve repletion, new findings published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism suggest. “Vitamin D definitely needs...

  • Canadian lab worker possibly exposed to Ebola from pigs

    Canadian lab worker possibly exposed to Ebola from pigs

    An employee in a high-level Canadian laboratory may have been accidentally exposed to Ebola on Monday while working with pigs who were infected with the virus as part of an experiment, government officials said. The man noticed a split in the...

  • Mothers’ nutrition pivotal for a child’s healthy growth

    Mothers’ nutrition pivotal for a child’s healthy growth

    Improving mothers’ nutrition before and during pregnancy is pivotal to reducing child stunting in developing countries, researchers said, as a study showed poor child growth often starts in the womb. Defined as low height-for-age, stunting affects...

  • Undernourished pregnant women may affect offsprings’ heart

    Children whose mothers were undernourished during pregnancy may have prematurelyageing hearts, an animal study suggests. Scientists made the discovery after studying pregnant baboons and their young. The animals were chosen for the research...

  • New treatment protects mice from Zika during pregnancy, US study shows

    New treatment protects mice from Zika during pregnancy, US study shows

    A new study of the Zika virus in mice raises hope for a way to protect pregnant women and their babies from the possible repercussions of being infected, US researchers said today. The experimental treatment is derived from antibodies taken from...

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