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  • 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...

  • Weight tied to breast cancer risk in older women

    Weight tied to breast cancer risk in older women

    Overweight and obese women are at increased risk of developing breast cancer after menopause, compared to normal-weight women, a large new analysis finds. The cancer risk rises with greater weight, researchers found, and women with the most severe...

  • Computer games ‘boost maths skills’

    Computer games ‘boost maths skills’

    Playing computer games in maths lessons can help to boost pupils’ numeracy skills, research suggests. Giving youngsters a series of games designed to engage them in the subject improves their abilities by three months, according to a...

  • Prostate freezing treatment hailed

    Prostate freezing treatment hailed

    A new technique is being used by hospitals in the UK to treat prostate cancer which involves freezing it with an “ice ball” on the end of a needle. Tim Dudderidge, a consultant urological surgeon at Southampton General Hospital, will join a small...

  • Nut health benefits 'remarkable'

    Nut health benefits 'remarkable'

    Eating half a handful of peanuts or nuts a day could protect against death from cancer and heart disease, research suggests. A study found men and women who eat at least 10g of nuts or peanuts per day have a lower risk of dying from several major...

  • Screen-addict boys ‘risking bones’

    Screen-addict boys ‘risking bones’

    Teenage boys who spend lots of time in front of the TV or computer screen are at risk of poorer bone health, research has found. A study carried out in Norway found the same did not apply to girls, which it suggested could be explained by their...

  • Conception diet ‘impacts child DNA’

    Conception diet ‘impacts child DNA’

    A mother’s diet around the time of conception could permanently change the function of a gene that influences immunity and cancer risk in her child, scientists have discovered. Previous studies by the same researchers showed that a child’s DNA can...

  • Woman gives birth using ovary tissue frozen when still young

    Woman gives birth using ovary tissue frozen when still young

    A woman who had her ovarian tissue removed and frozen following a childhood illness has made history by giving birth after having her fertility restored by doctors. The medical landmark is expected to give hope to seriously ill young women and...

  • Bursts of exercise ‘best for teens’

    Bursts of exercise ‘best for teens’

    Teenagers should run around like young children and do short bursts of high-intensity exercise, a study claims. If adolescents do as little as two minutes of strenuous exercise four times a day, it can be beneficial in improving long-term...

  • ‘One dose’ in cervical cancer fight

    ‘One dose’ in cervical cancer fight

    A single dose of the HPV vaccine could be enough to protect against infections which cause 70 per cent of cervical cancers, research suggests. Doctors found just one lot of the bivalent human papillomavirus vaccine may offer a similar level of...

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