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  • Should pregnant mothers hang up their mobile phones?

    Should pregnant mothers hang up their mobile phones?

    Children whose mothers were frequent mobile phone users during pregnancy were more likely than those of less frequent users to be hyperactive, a new study finds. However, lead author Laura Birks is not explicitly advising expectant mothers to hang...

  • Scientists find new way to fight breast cancer

    Scientists find new way to fight breast cancer

    A new method of combating breast cancer has been discovered by scientists after they pinpointed a key driver for its growth and spread. Researchers found a protein called lysyl oxidase (Lox) allowed breast cancer cells to latch on to growth...

  • Women may be less apt to get surgery in war-torn countries

    Women may be less apt to get surgery in war-torn countries

    Working as a surgeon in sub-Saharan Africa, Dr Sherry Wren could not help but wonder why so many more men than women sought her care. Her curiosity led her to ask Doctors Without Borders for data on surgeries conducted in its humanitarian projects...

  • Unexplained chest pain may signal higher heart risk

    Unexplained chest pain may signal higher heart risk

    Most people who complain to their general practitioner about first-time chest pain do not get additional diagnostic testing to determine the cause, according to a study from the UK. However, doctors should take it as a possible warning sign. Even...

  • Black US babies still more likely to die than white infants

    Black US babies still more likely to die than white infants

    Even as infant mortality rates are declining nationwide, there are some US states where black babies are much more likely to die than white infants, a study suggests. Overall, infant mortality rates decreased 13 percent in the US from 2000 to...

  • Leaning forward while using your phone can cause 'text neck'

    Leaning forward while using your phone can cause 'text neck'

    Spine surgeons are noticing an increase in patients with neck and upper back pain, likely related to poor posture during prolonged smartphone use, according to a recent report. Some patients, particularly young patients who shouldn’t yet have back...

  • More gay, bisexual men with HIV receiving care, disparities remain

    More gay, bisexual men with HIV receiving care, disparities remain

    Gay and bisexual men in the United States who are diagnosed with HIV are promptly receiving the necessary treatments more often than in the past, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Still, black gay...

  • Major marathons may pose life-and-death hazard

    Major marathons may pose life-and-death hazard

    A new study of cities hosting the largest US marathons has found that the odds of dying from acute myocardial infarction (MI) or cardiac arrest jump 13 percent the day the race is run. The authors think that it is because blocked streets and...

  • Robotic leg brace helps partially paralysed put their best foot forward

    Robotic leg brace helps partially paralysed put their best foot forward

    Toyota has introduced a wearable robotic leg brace designed to help partially paralysed people walk. The Welwalk WW-1000 system is made up of a motorised mechanical frame that fits on a person's leg from the knee down. Patients can practise...

  • 'Clean eating' fads can be dangerous to your health

    'Clean eating' fads can be dangerous to your health

    Young dieters following "clean eating" regimes that cut out dairy produce face developing osteoporosis in later life, a charity has warned. A National Osteoporosis Society (NOS) survey found four in 10 young adults have tried the fashionable diets...

  • Depression could be linked to a single gene

    Depression could be linked to a single gene

    A gene has been linked to the mental illness which impacts over 300 million people across the globe, according to The Independent.  In a recent study, the genetic makeup of almost 2,000 people in an isolated village in the south west Netherlands...

  • Should I trust my diagnosis?

    Should I trust my diagnosis?

    New research has shown that over 20 percent of patients discover their initial diagnosis to be inaccurate when sent for a second opinion, according to The Guardian. This worrying study in the Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice bares...

  • Longer night sleep tied to worse breast cancer survival odds

    Longer night sleep tied to worse breast cancer survival odds

    Women with breast cancer who sleep at least nine hours a night may be more likely to die from their disease than patients who get just eight hours of rest, a study suggests. Compared to women sleeping eight hours a night, women who slept at least...

  • Gym training for kids and youths

    They’ve long been fascinating places, gyms. You see all sorts. The good, the bad and the ugly of human interactions from one-upsmanship to the intricacies of romantic pair bonding. Most gyms were distinctly adult domains for many years, but the...

  • Gozitan athlete to run London Marathon for cystic fibrosis

    Gozitan athlete to run London Marathon for cystic fibrosis

    Gozitan athlete Agnes Mizzi, together with fellow Maltese runners Josette Portelli, Bernard Farrugia and Claudine Zerafa, will be running the London Marathon on April 23 to help raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust. The four athletes will be...

  • Malta joins global Unite for Parkinson’s campaign

    Malta will be joining the rest of the world to mark World Parkinson’s Day on Tuesday. Two members of the Malta Parkinson’s Disease Association diagnosed with Parkinson’s share their story with Simonne Pace in a bid to spread more awareness about...

  • Grey hair means increased risk of heart disease, scientists warn

    Grey hair means increased risk of heart disease, scientists warn

    As if going grey was not worrying enough, now comes the unwelcome news that it is linked to heart disease. Scientists have discovered that hair whitening can indicate an increased risk of damage to arteries supplying the heart with blood. Some of...

  • Parental smoking linked to genetic changes in children with leukemia

    Parental smoking linked to genetic changes in children with leukemia

    Parents who smoke may contribute to genetic changes in their children that are associated with the most common type of childhood cancer, a study suggests. Previous research has linked parental smoking to an increased risk of childhood leukemia,...

  • Fluctuations in weight risky in overweight heart disease patients

    Fluctuations in weight risky in overweight heart disease patients

    For overweight people with coronary artery disease, trying and failing to lose weight may be more dangerous than not losing weight at all. A new retrospective study has concluded that patients whose weight fluctuates the most die twice as quickly...

  • UK double hand transplant patient can now write again

    UK double hand transplant patient can now write again

    The first person in the UK to have a double hand transplant says writing a letter to thank his surgeon has been one the highlights of his first nine months since the pioneering operation, as well as being able to clap the achievements his...

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