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  • World must not miss early signals of any flu pandemic

    World must not miss early signals of any flu pandemic

    The World Health Organisation called on all countries to monitor closely outbreaks of deadly avian influenza in birds and poultry and to report promptly any human cases that could signal the start of a flu pandemic. Different strains of bird flu...

  • Tattoo artists can help with skin cancer detection

    Tattoo artists can help with skin cancer detection

    Many tattoo artists may ink skin with moles or blemishes even though this can make cancer harder to detect, a recent study suggests. Just 43 per cent of tattoo artists surveyed for the study said they had received training on how to handle skin...

  • Overdone chips, toast, are cancer risk, scientists warn

    Overdone chips, toast, are cancer risk, scientists warn

    Potatoes and bread cooked at high temperatures for a long time could increase the risk of cancer in people who eat them regularly, British government scientists said today. The UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) said a substance called acrylamide,...

  • Obese patients ‘less likely to die after heart operation’

    Obese patients ‘less likely to die after heart operation’

    Obese and overweight patients are less likely to die after a heart operation than those who are a healthy weight, research suggests. The new study throws the UK’s National Health Service (NHS) approach in some parts of the country – where obese...

  • Evening whisky key to long-running life

    Evening whisky key to long-running life

    A whisky every evening is the key to a long life, according to Britain’s oldest living Olympian who celebrated his 100th birthday last week. Despite his athletic feats, centenarian Bill Lucas said it was the daily tipple and a glass of wine or...

  • Life expectancy over the decades

    Life expectancy over the decades

    There is no doubt that health services in most western countries are currently under a huge strain trying to cope with increasing disease, illness, and an aging population. We are seeing an epidemic of chronic diseases, from heart illnesses to...

  • Identifying the next hopefuls

    Identifying the next hopefuls

    We were a reunited family this Christmas, thanks to my brother’s long trek from the opposite side of the globe to be with us again over the holiday season. We’ve since hit the grindstone again in our respective countries, but among the gifts he...

  • Preterm birth linked to health problems in adolescence

    Preterm birth linked to health problems in adolescence

    Adolescents who were born extremely premature are much more likely to have chronic health problems than their peers who were delivered at full term, a Swedish study suggests. "Children born extremely preterm at 23 to 25 weeks gestation face an...

  • Successful pregnancy possible even with complex heart defects

    Women who are born with high-risk heart defects can have successful pregnancies if they get the right medical support, according to new US guidelines. The guidelines are the first from the American Heart Association to offer a roadmap to women...

  • Migraines tied to increased stroke risk after surgery

    Migraines tied to increased stroke risk after surgery

    People with a history of migraine may be more likely to have a stroke after surgery than patients who don't get these severe headaches, a recent study suggests. While stroke was rare in the study, the odds of ischemic stroke within 30 days of...

  • Is your memory failing? Consider handing over the car keys

    Is your memory failing? Consider handing over the car keys

    Seniors with memory problems and related attention and decision-making issues may struggle with driving tasks, according to a Canadian study. Not all patients with mild cognitive impairment have issues with driving, the researchers note in their...

  • A leading cause of vision loss

    A leading cause of vision loss

    A couple of decades ago, age-related macular degeneration was an unknown disease in the public’s knowledge of health. I was introduced to it when my mother was diagnosed with wet and dry age-related macular degeneration (ARMD). This meant she had...

  • Dry eye delayed diagnosis could impact life negatively

    Dry eye delayed diagnosis could impact life negatively

    Dry eye disease can be difficult to diagnose, and delays in diagnosis may lead to more severe symptoms and a greater impact on patients’ daily lives, according to a European study. People with a delayed diagnosis were likely to have a more...

  • Behaviour issues in children with night terrors could be helped with cognitive therapy

    Behaviour issues in children with night terrors could be helped with cognitive therapy

    Young children who receive cognitive behavior therapy to help them cope with night terrors may have fewer behavior problems tied to poor sleep than kids who receive therapy that doesn't include advice on how to manage symptoms, a recent study...

  • Need a good night’s sleep?

    Need a good night’s sleep?

    People in middle to old age should stop drinking tea or coffee after lunch in order to get a good night’s sleep, experts have said. A new report also suggests that older people should limit daytime naps to no more than half an hour. It states that...

  • High intake of red meat ups risk of diverticulitis in men

    Men who eat lots of red meat are much more likely to have diverticulitis than their peers who stick mainly with chicken or fish, a new study suggests. Researchers examined more than two decades of data on more than 46,000 men and found frequent...

  • WHO: Smoking deaths to rise a third by 2030

    WHO: Smoking deaths to rise a third by 2030

    Smoking will kill a third more people per year by 2030, and it costs the global economy more than $1 trillion per annum, a World Health Organisation study said. Lucy Fielder reports.

  • Misuse of medicine worldwide

    Misuse of medicine worldwide

    Up to 70 per cent of hysterectomies in the US, a quarter of knee replacements in Spain and more than half the antibiotics prescribed in China are inappropriate, overused healthcare, researchers said yesterday. Experts who carried out a series of...

  • 'Weekend warrior' workouts linked to longer life

    'Weekend warrior' workouts linked to longer life

    When it comes to workouts, exercising only on the weekends is still better than doing nothing at all, a new study suggests. Compared with inactive adults, people who get any amount of exercise may live longer, according to the study of middle-aged...

  • Poorer quality second embryo can hamper IVF pregnancy chances

    Poorer quality second embryo can hamper IVF pregnancy chances

    Putting two embryos back during IVF can cut the chance of falling pregnant by more than a quarter if one is poor quality, new research suggests. A study of almost 1,500 embryos that were implanted in women of all ages found that putting back a...

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