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  • Warning over drying wet washing indoors

    Warning over drying wet washing indoors

    Wet washing dried indoors can pose a serious health threat for people with weakened immune systems or severe asthma, doctors have warned. Research shows clothes draped on drying frames or warm radiators can raise moisture levels in the home by up...

  • Winter ailments

    Winter ailments

    The cold, damp and cloudy weather brings with it ailments typical of this time of year. In many cases there are natural treatments that are able to help, starting with Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), a condition only recently discovered. There...

  • Good posture and back management

    Good posture and back management

    From strategic management to change management, it would seem we can’t get enough of the methods designed to help us live and work more productively and efficiently. The corporate world is riddled with gurus touting all sorts of weird and...

  • Europe and Central Asiafailing to curb spread of HIV

    Europe and Central Asiafailing to curb spread of HIV

    Global pandemic led to some 136,000 people becoming infected with the incurable virus last year, thereby hampering the fight against the disease Despite major advances in treating and preventing HIV, Europe and Central Asia have failed to tackle...

  • First gene therapy drug sets million-euro price record

    First gene therapy drug sets million-euro price record

    The Western world’s first gene therapy drug is set to go on sale in Germany with a €1.1 million price tag, a new record for a medicine to treat a rare disease. The sky-high cost of Glybera, from Dutch biotech firm UniQure and its unlisted Italian...

  • Device could detect diabetes smell

    Device could detect diabetes smell

    A breathalyser device that can detect the ‘sweet smell’ of diabetes in children is under development by scientists. The breath test is designed to spot early signs of an organic chemical with a distinctive aroma that is associated with the...

  • DNA variants in Alzheimer’s link

    Genetic variants have been identified that are associated with lacking a good memory in middle and later life and Alzheimer’s disease. Scientists analysed international data from 30,000 people aged 45 and over who took memory tests including...

  • Fat to blame for half a million cancers a year

    Fat to blame for half a million cancers a year

    Some half a million cases of cancer a year are due to people being overweight or obese, and the problem is particularly acute in North America, the World Health Organisation’s cancer research agency said yesterday. In a study published in the...

  • Early screening helps deaf children

    Deaf teenagers have better reading skills if they are identified as deaf by the time they are nine months old, according to research. The team from the University of Southampton has been studying the development of a group of children who were...

  • Older runners ‘remain vigorous’

    Older runners ‘remain vigorous’

    Older people who go running several times a week walk with the same vigour as a typical 20-year-old, a study has shown. But those who only exercise by walking are likely to tire more easily, researchers found. US scientist Rodger Kram, from the...

  • Olive oil may protect the heart from disease

    Olive oil may protect the heart from disease

    Regularly consuming olive oil can help protect against heart disease, a new study has shown. Researchers at Glasgow University said volunteers who took 20ml of olive oil every day for six weeks were found to have a reduced risk of coronary artery...

  • UK churches open HIV testing clinics

    UK churches open HIV testing clinics

    HIV testing clinics have opened in four London churches in a bid to combat the high rate of infection among African communities. The new clinics, in Southwark, New Cross, Wood Green and Dagenham, have been opened by the ActionPlus Foundation ahead...

  • Improving the flu jab

    Improving the flu jab

    Scientists find that when flu reinfects, the immune system responds not just to the infecting strain, but also to all the strains it encountered in past A new strategy for keeping one jump ahead of seasonal flu could improve vaccine...

  • Aids drugs to treat eye disease

    A class of drugs used for three decades by people infected with the virus that causes Aids may be effective in treating a leading cause of blindness among the elderly. HIV drugs called nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors (NRTIs), including...

  • Our eyes and their nourishment

    Our eyes and their nourishment

    Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) is a popular topic. However, cataracts is the leading cause of blindness worldwide. In the UK, for example, the most common eye diseases are split into AMD (40 per cent), glaucoma (13 per cent) and diabetic...

  • Your baby deserves the best

    Your baby deserves the best

    A group of young mothers came together 30 years ago because they had one thing in common – they had breastfed or were still breastfeeding their babies and wanted to share this wonderful and unique experience with other mothers. They believed that...

  • Spotlight on COPD

    Spotlight on COPD

    November 19 is World Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Day, a milestone marked every year to raise awareness on the disease, which affects over 10,000 Maltese patients and nearly 210 million people worldwide. The annual cost of COPD in...

  • Fast-track plan can end global AIDS threat by 2030 – UN

    A five-year, fast-track battle against HIV could end the global threat of the AIDS epidemic by 2030, the UN said, but failing to move quickly might allow the deadly virus to spring back. UNAIDS said reaching its new fast-track targets would avert...

  • New home for the elderly in Santa Venera

    New home for the elderly in Santa Venera

    Casa Francesco, operated by L’Agora Malta, is a new residential home for the elderly that has opened its doors in Santa Venera. The nursing home has an accommodation capacity of 75 beds, with all rooms enjoying en suite facilities,...

  • Trek through the traffic

    Trek through the traffic

    I got caught again last week, and more than once. If I meet that sweet spot in the morning, that special time window before the crippling traffic takes hold of the nation by the scruff of the neck and brings it to a soul-destroying and agonising...

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