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  • Bugs in lungs may help with asthma

    Bugs invading the lungs shortly after birth may help prevent asthma in later life, research suggests. The discovery, made in mice, supports the idea that over-clean conditions early in life can set the stage for asthma and other allergy...

  • Antidepressant in Alzheimer’s link

    Antidepressant in Alzheimer’s link

    A widely-used antidepressant can reduce levels of a brain-clogging protein linked to Alzheimer’s disease, research has shown. Scientists say it is too early to recommend the drug to Alzheimer’s patients, but the build-up of “plaque” deposits in...

  • Immunity link to childhood asthma

    Immunity link to childhood asthma

    A vulnerability to viral infections may explain why babies treated with antibiotics are at an increased risk of developing asthma, research has shown. Scientists found that infants given the drugs before their first birthday were more than twice...

  • OCD hope as guilt link examined

    OCD hope as guilt link examined

    A part of the brain linked to guilt may explain the vicious circle of negative thinking suffered by people with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), a study has found. The findings could lead to new ways of treating the distressing disorder, which...

  • Alcohol killed 3.3m in 2012

    Alcohol killed 3.3m in 2012

    More than three million people died from using alcohol in 2012, for reasons ranging from cancer to violence, the World Health Organisation said, as it called on governments to do more to limit the damage. “More needs to be done to protect...

  • ‘No benefit’ from wine ingredient

    Claims about the healthy and life-extending properties of a much-hyped ingredient in red wine and chocolate are unfounded, research suggests. The antioxidant resveratrol, found in dark chocolate, red wine and berries, has no significant impact on...

  • Complications rare with circumcisions rise with age

    Complications rare with circumcisions rise with age

    There are few reported complications after boys are circumcised during their first year of life, but the risk rises considerably if the procedure is performed later in childhood, according to a new analysis published on Monday. Previous research...

  • Dead phone battery a ‘cause of stress’

    Dead phone battery a ‘cause of stress’

    A dead battery in a smartphone would cause stress for more than nine out of 10 Britons, a new survey has found. According to the research, carried out by smartphone case maker Mophie, 92 per cent of British people would feel stressed if the...

  • People with ME in Britain ‘lacking support’

    People with ME in Britain ‘lacking support’

    There is a “shocking” lack of support for people who have a disabling condition which causes severe exhaustion, a new report claims. Patients with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME) or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) are being “neglected”, charity...

  • Risk factors for eye disease

    Risk factors for eye disease

    In the past, we had never heard of age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Now it seems to be prevalent in many families. I have experienced it within my own family and it truly does creep up on you. My mother experienced early symptoms but didn’t...

  • Study on attentional bias in pregnancy and after childbirth

    A study has been conducted in Malta to explore the presence of attentional bias (AB) during pregnancy, and whether this was associated with post traumatic stress symptoms (PTSS) following childbirth. PTSS after childbirth have been extensively...

  • Training the pelvic floor muscles

    Training the pelvic floor muscles

    You don’t need to be an architect to know that a floor needs to be pretty robust to support the weight of people walking around on it. Think of a weak, old, wooden floor, the type you might see in a horror film, right before it collapses under the...

  • Surgeons use Google Glass

    Surgeons use Google Glass

    Surgeons have become the first in the UK to use Google Glass in the operating theatre, according to a hospital. The voice-activated glasses, which feature a tiny display above the wearer’s eyes, can record video and live-stream operations via the...

  • Women urged to do more exercise

    Women urged to do more exercise

    More must be done to encourage exercise in women over the age of 30, experts have said after research found that physical inactivity is potentially the greatest risk factor in developing heart disease for these women. Experts compared a lack of...

  • Regular arguments linked to early death

    Regular rows can double a person’s risk of dying when they are middle-aged, researchers have claimed. Men and those who are unemployed are most at risk of the fatal consequences of frequent arguments, the authors said. The study, published in the...

  • British pupils reveal internet ‘addiction’

    British pupils reveal internet ‘addiction’

    Many young people believe they could be addicted to using the internet, according to research. A new study held in the UK reveals that high numbers of youngsters take gadgets such as laptops, tablets and smartphones, to bed with them, using them...

  • Most ‘unaware of heart symptoms’

    The vast majority of people cannot identify the common symptoms of heart failure, a poll suggests. And many may be dismissing the symptoms as a “normal sign of ageing”, the survey found. The symptoms of heart failure can vary from person to person...

  • Women urged to take more exercise

    Women urged to take more exercise

    More must be done to encourage exercise in women over the age of 30, experts have said after new research found that physical inactivity is potentially the greatest risk factor in developing heart disease for these women. Experts compared a lack...

  • When acne persists beyond the teen years

    When acne persists beyond the teen years

    Many teenagers who develop acne grow out of it in their 20s, but some have to live with it in adulthood. Department of Dermatology and Venereology chairman Lawrence Scerri tells Stephanie Fsadni how a modern-day factor – stress – has led to a...

  • Handle with care

    Handle with care

    Babies are not immune to skin problems. Paediatrician Victor Grech gives Stephanie Fsadni some advice on how to treat common rashes and conditions. Babies may develop a myriad skin conditions during the first few months of life but most are no...

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