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  • Implants, signing let deaf kids be bilingual

    Implants, signing let deaf kids be bilingual

    Parents of deaf children face a critical responsibility to learn and use sign language, according to a majority of hearing experts quoted in the journal Paediatrics, although the question of whether or not to sign has grown increasingly...

  • Online breast milk ‘disease risk’

    Online breast milk ‘disease risk’

    Human breast milk sold online to adult buyers “poses many risks” including diseases such as HIV, hepatitis B and C and syphilis, experts have warned. Often bought by mothers who are unable to breastfeed, breast milk sold online can be cheaper than...

  • 15 years after smokers quit, heart failure risk may return to normal

    15 years after smokers quit, heart failure risk may return to normal

    For most former smokers who quit at least 15 years ago, the risks of heart failure and death are the same as those of someone who never smoked, according to a US study. “These results support the majority of literature, including that of the US...

  • Doubts on long-term knee op benefit

    The long-term benefits of knee surgery for middle aged or older patients are outweighed by the negative consequences, a study has found. Although rare, patients can suffer from infections, deep vein thrombosis, cardiovascular problems, pulmonary...

  • Freeze your eggs by 35, women told

    Freeze your eggs by 35, women told

    Women should be encouraged to start families earlier as their chances of giving birth “decrease significantly” after they turn 38, according to a study. Would-be mothers were 18 times less likely to have a baby through in-vitro fertilisation (IVF)...

  • UK issues warning on asthma inhalers

    Tens of thousands of people are at risk of potentially life-threatening asthma attacks because they are not being correctly prescribed inhalers, a charity has warned. Asthma UK said more than 22,000 people with asthma in the UK – including 2,000...

  • Green spaces can boost young children’s minds

    Green spaces can boost young children’s minds

    Green spaces within and around city schools improve the mental development of young children, a study has found. The findings may partly be explained by reduced exposure to traffic pollution, experts believe. Other influences could include the...

  • 'Talking therapy' for back patients

    'Talking therapy' for back patients

    A form of talking therapy that aims to help people with chronic lower back pain accept their condition has been described as a “credible and promising treatment” by Arthritis Research UK. A study found that patients got the best results from a...

  • Asthma inhaler prescription warning in the UK

    Asthma inhaler prescription warning in the UK

    Tens of thousands of people in the UK are at risk of potentially life-threatening asthma attacks because they are not being correctly prescribed inhalers, a charity has warned. Asthma UK said more than 22,000 people with asthma in the UK –...

  • Drugs combined to treat depression

    Drugs combined to treat depression

    Scientists have created a potential new treatment for depression by combining a medication for pain relief with one for combating addiction. Current antidepressants, called SSRIs, increase the level of serotonin in the brain although the exact...

  • New dental teaching clinic at St Vincent de Paul Residence

    New dental teaching clinic at St Vincent de Paul Residence

    A new dental teaching clinic at St Vincent de Paul Residence was inaugurated by the Faculty of Dental Surgery in collaboration with the Office of the Parliamentary Secretary for Rights of Persons with Disability and Active Ageing. The clinic is...

  • Home help

    Home help

    Sometimes there are minor injuries or illnesses which could be dealt with at home. Many people already do, so let’s have a look at the minor irritations which could be treated in your home. Sprains and pulled muscles are commonplace and generally...

  • Short and sweet

    Short and sweet

    A presentation, a chore, a lesson, or a working day. I suppose there are a number of things in life we would prefer in the shorter and sweeter variety. Anything that drags on more than it absolutely must isn’t just boring but could even become...

  • Safeguarding the future

    New fathers, step-fathers, fun fathers, artistic fathers, sporty fathers… There are many different types of fathers out there and for each father, thousands of reasons to celebrate them on Father’s Day. No matter how different fathers may be to...

  • Best foot forward

    Best foot forward

    For spring summer 2015, the Clarks men’s collection takes style with substance to the next level. Shoemakers since 1825, spring summer 2015 arrives with the Clarks brand extending their reputation for delivering effortless British style. Their...

  • Nightmares prompted invention of e-cigarette

    Nightmares prompted invention of e-cigarette

    He had hoped to kick his heavy smoking habit, that also killed his father. But Hon Lik, the Chinese inventor of vaping, did not manage to quit completely... Before Hon Lik invented the e-cigarette, a device now shaking up the Big Tobacco industry,...

  • Pregnant women may be unaware of possible e-cigarette risks

    Pregnant women may be unaware of possible e-cigarette risks

    In a small US study, nearly half of all pregnant women surveyed did not think electronic cigarettes contain nicotine or know that the devices can be addictive. Almost half of the group of 316 pregnant women also believed e-cigarettes were less...

  • Boom sparks race among makers to design new versions

    Boom sparks race among makers to design new versions

    Ten years after their invention, electronic cigarette makers are racing to design and buy variations of a technology that has lit a billion-dollar boom, created a new vocabulary, and prompted a backlash from health officials worried about the...

  • Patients often misplace blame for lower back pain

    Patients often misplace blame for lower back pain

    People suffering from lower back pain often think a specific moment of extreme exertion triggered their sudden discomfort, even though simple daily tasks can just as easily contribute, an Australian study suggests. When researchers asked 999...

  • World’s first penis transplant patient to father a child

    World’s first penis transplant patient to father a child

    A young South African man who had the world’s first successful penis transplant last December has impregnated his girlfriend, the doctor who led the surgery said today. The 22-year-old man, who has not been named, is among around 250 South...

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