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  • Many older adults have persistent pain after car crashes

    Many older adults have persistent pain after car crashes

    One in four seniors who’ve been in car accidents will have lasting pain, and many will struggle to perform basic daily activities in the months afterward, a new study suggests. Car crashes are the second most common form of trauma among older...

  • Beware of animal diseases as biological weapons, health experts say

    The World Health Organisation, animal health and national defence officers called for wider international cooperation to avoid the spread of animal diseases that could be used as biological weapons. Sixty per cent of human diseases come from...

  • Plastic surgeons from different countries prefer different breast shapes

    Plastic surgeons from different countries prefer different breast shapes

    In an international study, plastic surgeons from different countries had varying preferences for the ideal size and shape of breasts and size of areolas. “Cosmetic surgery tourism,” or travelling to a different country to have a cosmetic...

  • Post-traumatic stress disorder tied to heart, stroke risk among women

    Post-traumatic stress disorder tied to heart, stroke risk among women

    Women with symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) may be at an increased risk for heart attacks and strokes, suggests a study. Women with the most symptoms were about 60 per cent more likely to develop cardiovascular disease, compared...

  • Cranberry juice may help protect against heart disease and diabetes risk factors

    Cranberry juice may help protect against heart disease and diabetes risk factors

    A study reveals that drinking low-calorie cranberry juice cocktail may help lower the risk of chronic diseases that rank among the leading causes of death worldwide, including heart disease, diabetes and stroke. The finding is welcome news...

  • Oldie worldly - wonderwomen of 115

    Oldie worldly - wonderwomen of 115

    When Susannah Mushatt Jones and Emma Morano were born in 1899, there was not yet a world war or penicillin and electricity was still considered a marvel. The women are believed to be the last two in the world with birthdates in the 1800s. They...

  • Mother’s diabetes control in pregnancy may affect kids’ brains

    Mother’s diabetes control in pregnancy may affect kids’ brains

    For pregnant women with type 1 diabetes, good control of blood sugar might make a difference in how well their child does in school years later, according to new research from Denmark. Overall, children born to mothers with type 1 diabetes...

  • Older stroke patients may not get needed anti-clotting drugs

    Older stroke patients may not get needed anti-clotting drugs

    Following a first stroke, older, poorer and less educated patients may have lower odds of getting clot-busting drugs to help prevent another blockage of blood to the brain, a Swedish study suggests. “Our findings confirm socioeconomic inequalities...

  • UK parents’ joy at daughter’s hearing operation

    A little girl who was born profoundly deaf will be able to hear her parents sing “Happy Birthday” today after becoming one of the youngest people in the UK to have pioneering hearing surgery. Leia Armitage, who is 4 today, was born with a rare...

  • Lack of important information

    Lack of important information

    For many years the tobacco industry hid information on how cigarette smoking affected our health. They knew back in the 1950s that to smoke would have a seriously detrimental effect on our health. Unfortunately, we are still suffering from...

  • Alarm bells ring for our children

    Alarm bells ring for our children

    I was in a popular discount cash and carry store the other day and was pleased to see among the various items piled up inside the seasonal offer containers, a rather nice-looking badminton set. The product, perched there in a smart and very...

  • Therapeutic food for disease control in pets

    A seminar by Borg Cardona & Co. Ltd and Royal Canin for local veterinarians and veterinarian nurses highlighted the importance of nutrition to prevent the risk of struvite and calcium oxalate bladder stones. Philip Baralon presented a lecture on...

  • Eating disorders ‘linked to images’

    Eating disorders ‘linked to images’

    Increased exposure to images of celebrity bodies is behind the large rise in the number of young girls admitted to British hospital with an eating disorder, a leading UK paediatrician has said. Michie Colin, chairman of the nutrition committee at...

  • Teenagers lack information on dangers of e-cigarettes and marijuana

    Teenagers lack information on dangers of e-cigarettes and marijuana

    Teens get the message that cigarettes are harmful, but they get mixed messaging or none at all about the risks of marijuana or e-cigarettes, according to a small new study in California. “Perhaps if we are so good about communicating risks of...

  • Call for better sunscreen labelling

    Call for better sunscreen labelling

    Clearer labelling is needed on sunscreens amid what has been described as a worrying lack of understanding about the protection they provide, Britain’s Royal Pharmaceutical Society said. A quarter of people did not know what the rating on their...

  • Fats from fish and plants may help older adults live longer

    Fats from fish and plants may help older adults live longer

    Older adults who eat plenty of fish and vegetables may live longer than people who don’t, a large Swedish study suggests. Among more than four thousand 60-year-old men and women, those with the highest blood levels of polyunsaturated fats (PUFAs),...

  • New drug tackles eye degeneration

    New drug tackles eye degeneration

    Eye experts are leading a landmark trial in the UK of a new drug that could slow the progression of an untreatable form of blindness. Patients who have suffered some visual loss due to geographic atrophy (GA) – an advanced form of dry age-related...

  • Speedy test created to tackle Ebola

    A new test that can diagnose Ebola in minutes is expected to play a major role in containing the deadly disease. The ReEBOV bedside test is as sensitive as the conventional laboratory-based method used during the recent Ebola outbreak in Sierra...

  • Computer game 'helps weight loss'

    Computer game 'helps weight loss'

    A simple computer game has been shown to help people lose weight by turning them off high-calorie snacks. Scientists believe the online training game, which could in future be played on smartphones, may help to change bad eating habits and combat...

  • High-profile Italian launch

    High-profile Italian launch

    Mente, an innovative system for children with autism developed by Maltese company AAT, was officially launched in Italy by the Italian Red Cross CRI – Rome and Consorzio Promosalute, Mente distributors for Italy. The launch took the form of a...