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  • 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...

  • Apps perform poorly to find best time for baby-making

    Apps perform poorly to find best time for baby-making

    Women who go online or to mobile apps to calculate the best time of the month to try getting pregnant may receive bad advice, a study suggests. Researchers tested 20 websites and 33 apps designed to help predict the days when having sex is most...

  • Single mothers could have a higher risk of heart disease

    Single mothers could have a higher risk of heart disease

    Working single mothers may have a higher risk of heart disease and stroke than married women. A new study suggests that single women with children and jobs were 40 per cent more likely to have heart disease and more than 70 per cent more likely to...

  • Apps perform poorly to find best time for baby-making

    Apps perform poorly to find best time for baby-making

    Women who go online or to mobile apps to calculate the best time of the month to try getting pregnant may receive bad advice, a study suggests. Researchers tested 20 websites and 33 apps designed to help predict the days when having sex is most...

  • Depression, family conflict linked to teen girls' risky dieting

    Depression, family conflict linked to teen girls' risky dieting

    Young teenage girls experiencing family conflict or with symptoms of depression are more likely to engage in activities associated with eating disorders, such as counting calories and skipping meals, according to a new study. Those who had more...

  • Weight loss, even if regained, reduces heart risks on diabetics

    Weight loss, even if regained, reduces heart risks on diabetics

    A large weight loss, even if regained, may help people with type 2 diabetes to improve blood sugar control, hypertension and cholesterol, a new study shows. The participants that regained the weight back after a large weight loss had greater...

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