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  • Kids should eat peanuts early and often to cut allergy risk, new guidelines say

    Kids should eat peanuts early and often to cut allergy risk, new guidelines say

    Parents should feed babies creamy peanut butter or puréed food with nut powder when infants are 4 to 6 months old to help lower the risk of life-threatening allergies, new US guidelines urge. For most babies - kids without severe eczema or egg...

  • Bad to the bone?

    Bad to the bone?

    The festive season isn’t over yet – it is a time when we get together with family and friends and often have more social gatherings than during other times of the year. Invariably, getting together involves eating and sometimes consuming excessive...

  • Partners drag down each other’s efforts to reduce alcohol intake

    Partners sabotage each other’s attempts to cut down on drinking, with men worse than women, new research suggests. Drinkers struggle to reduce their alcohol intake due to their partner suggesting one more drink or encouraging them on nights out, a...

  • Heavy drinking is linked to cardiovascular disease

    Heavy drinking is linked to cardiovascular disease

    Alcohol abuse may increase the risk of myocardial infarction (MI) and other cardiac problems even in people who don’t have a family history of heart disease or other known risk factors, a study suggests. After accounting for established risk...

  • Higher dementia risk for people living near heavy traffic, researchers say

    Higher dementia risk for people living near heavy traffic, researchers say

    People who live near busy roads laden with heavy traffic face a higher risk of developing dementia than those living further away, according to researchers in Canada. A study published in The Lancet medical journal found that people who lived...

  • Omega-3 fatty acids help in lowering therisk of heart failure

    Omega-3 fatty acids in fish and dietary supplements are associated with lower odds of heart disease even in higher-risk populations with elevated triglyceride or LDL cholesterol levels, a new research review suggests. The American Heart...

  • Cured meats linked to worsening asthma symptoms

    Cured meats linked to worsening asthma symptoms

    Eating large amounts of cured meats was linked to worse symptoms among asthma sufferers, a French study found. That was true even after taking obesity into account, the authors say. Cured meats have been preserved and flavored by the addition of...

  • Exercise helps in ways drugs cannot

    Exercise helps in ways drugs cannot

    There are various ways exercise can help us, if it is incorporated into our lifestyle on a regular basis. Even if you don’t like the idea of a gym, or have never been a sporty person, there are types of exercise you can take up to help you stay...

  • Dr Jogger, Happy New Year

    Dr Jogger, Happy New Year

    Stricken by guilt, and weighed down by a fully-laden stomach, I awoke Christmas morning with an unshakable urge to get out there and run. Thankfully, my subsequent efforts made short work of my shame and bloated stomach. The most interesting...

  • Grandparents who help care for grandchildren live longer than other seniors

    Grandparents who help care for grandchildren live longer than other seniors

    Grandparents who help out occasionally with childcare or provide support to others in their community tend to live longer than seniors who do not care for other people, according to a study from Berlin, Germany. Having full-time custody of...

  • Binge-drinkers turning NHS into 'National Hangover Service'

    Binge-drinkers turning NHS into 'National Hangover Service'

    The NHS is being transformed into the "national hangover service" as binge-drinking diverts vital resources, the head of the health service in England has said. Simon Stevens condemned "selfish" party-goers in a stark warning as the nation geared...

  • Maternal smoking linked to high risk of kidney damage

    Maternal smoking linked to high risk of kidney damage

    Women who smoke during pregnancy may be more likely to have children with kidney damage than mothers who steer clear of cigarettes, a study suggests. Smoking during pregnancy has long been linked to preterm and underweight babies and a wide range...

  • Works by artists leave clues to brain disease

    Works by artists leave clues to brain disease

    Brushstrokes of the likes of Salvador Dalí, Pablo Picasso shine light on how degenerative illness can be spotted years before life-changing symptoms Some of the most famous artists in history may have left subtle clues to brain disease in their...

  • Smoking during pregnancy linked to children with kidney damage - study

    Smoking during pregnancy linked to children with kidney damage - study

    Women who smoke during pregnancy may be more likely to have children with kidney damage than mothers who steer clear of cigarettes, a study suggests. Smoking during pregnancy has long been linked to preterm and underweight babies and a wide range...

  • After US states legalised medical marijuana, traffic deaths fell

    After US states legalised medical marijuana, traffic deaths fell

    Legalisation of medical marijuana is not linked with increased traffic fatalities, a new study finds. In some states, in fact, the number of people killed in traffic accidents dropped after medical marijuana laws were enacted. "Instead of seeing...

  • Being a single dad can be hazardous to your health

    Being a single dad can be hazardous to your health

    Single dads are twice as likely to report poor physical and mental health as fathers with partners, according to a new Canadian study. In addition, solo fathers experience the same stress and strain as single mothers, which is likely related to...

  • Lifestyle changes for the New Year

    Lifestyle changes for the New Year

    As the New Year’s resolutions are usually forgotten by the end of January, here are some lifestyle changes, which, if incorporated into your 2017 lifestyle, will help you feel healthier by the end of the year. I stress, they are not a resolution,...

  • WHO joins team for 2017 eHealth Week in Malta

    WHO joins team for 2017 eHealth Week in Malta

    The World Health Organisation (WHO) Regional Office for Europe will be contributing to the programme of eHealth Week in May 2017. The event, organised by the Maltese Ministry for Health – as part of the Maltese presidency of the Council of the...

  • Over the counter painkillers linked to hearing loss

    Over the counter painkillers linked to hearing loss

    Regular use of pain relievers over many years may increase the risk of hearing loss, a recent study suggests. Researchers analyzed long-term data on almost 56,000 US women and found using non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDS) like naproxen...

  • A gathering to remember

    A gathering to remember

    People who are hosting somebody with dementia for Christmas lunch or dinner are being urged to think about how they set the table to reduce stress levels. New tips suggest allowing people with dementia to graze on items such as sausage rolls and...

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