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  • 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...

  • Mysterious itch

    Mysterious itch

    There are many causes of itch-ing: allergies, eczema, psoriasis, chicken pox, measles. However, in all of these you can usually see a rash, red skin, lumps or something causing the itch. In the case of an insect bite, you will see the mark. In the...

  • Carrying out a healthy heart self-test

    Carrying out a healthy heart self-test

    At the proverbial heart of the not-so-small matter of good general health lies perhaps the most important muscle in the body; the heart itself. This tireless little workhorse contracts rhythmically and consistently without fail, from inside the...

  • Biking for work or play may stave off heart disease

    Biking for work or play may stave off heart disease

    Adults who bike regularly, whether for fun or for transportation, may have a lower risk of cardiovascular disease than people who don’t spend much time cycling, two new studies suggest. While plenty of previous research has documented the health...

  • 8 benefits of trying out a yoga class

    8 benefits of trying out a yoga class

    In recent years, the yoga trend in Malta has really caught on. Yet, while there are many who swear by yoga and its beneficial effects, others can’t help but wonder what all the fuss is about! Perhaps these 8 reasons will motivate you to roll out...

  • Myths and Mediterranean diets

    Myths and Mediterranean diets

    Common to dodos and Mediterranean diets is the fact that they seem to exist in the imagination rather than in fact. There are, moreover, several misconceptions as to what the Mediterranean diet actually consisted of. Those of us who experienced...

  • Adding music to pain meds may reduce pain

    Adding music to pain meds may reduce pain

    As a complement to traditional pain relief tools like medication, listening to music may lessen acute or chronic pain related to cancer and other conditions, according to a new review. "We have seen and observed this effect in multiple clinical...

  • Dinner with TV may be a recipe for less healthy meals

    Dinner with TV may be a recipe for less healthy meals

    Families that eat dinner with the TV on tend to eat less healthy food and to enjoy the meals less than families who leave the TV off, according to a recent US study. This was true even for families that were not paying attention to the TV and only...

  • Stop shaving patients before surgery, WHO says

    Stop shaving patients before surgery, WHO says

    Patients going for surgery should bathe or shower beforehand but their surgical site should not be shaved, and antibiotics should be used to prevent infections before and during surgery, but not afterwards, the World Health Organisation said...

  • Some e-cig sweeteners may make toxic fumes at cigarette levels

    Some e-cig sweeteners may make toxic fumes at cigarette levels

    Sweeteners added to the liquid nicotine vaporized in e-cigarettes may release levels of certain toxins that are as high as in smoke from traditional cigarettes, a new study suggests. Many sweetened e-cigarettes list ingredients such as sugar,...

  • Cycling for work or play may stave off heart disease

    Cycling for work or play may stave off heart disease

    Adults who bike regularly, whether for fun or for transportation, may have a lower risk of cardiovascular disease than people who don't spend much time cycling, two new studies suggest. While plenty of previous research has documented the health...

  • Sweet drinks not linked to obesity, diabetes, according to industry-funded studies

    Sweet drinks not linked to obesity, diabetes, according to industry-funded studies

    Do sugar-sweetened beverages like soda and fruit drinks cause obesity and diabetes? The answer may depend on who funds the research asking the question. An analysis of 60 studies found 26 out of 26 papers that failed to find a link between...

  • Abortion by prescription now rivals surgery for US women

    Abortion by prescription now rivals surgery for US women

    American women are ending pregnancies with medication almost as often as with surgery, marking a turning point for abortion in the United States, data reviewed by Reuters shows. The watershed comes amid an overall decline in abortion, a choice...

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