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  • Legg Calvé-Perthes: a hip joint disease

    This week, Gretel was diagnosed with a disease that is common to dogs and even humans. Gretel is an eight-month-old teacup Yorkshire terrier with a lovely temperament. Her owners brought her to the clinic because they had become increasingly...

  • Digging deep or staying superficial?

    There are a few distinct ways you could interpret the antonyms ‘superficial’ and ‘deep’. It could be generally regarded as something positive and desirable to be described as someone deep, and perhaps much less so to be described as someone who is...

  • The best gift I have ever given my son

    The best gift I have ever given my son

    I invited my son Tristan to a father-son power weekend to discover and celebrate his gifts, strengths and talents. This weekend not just redefined him, it affirmed our mission together and inspired us to hold a workshop for other fathers and sons...

  • Myth debunked: How do I find my (romantic) soulmate?

    Myth debunked: How do I find my (romantic) soulmate?

    In a nutshell, you don’t. This idea that there is a single perfect soulmate for each one of us in the whole universe has been floated quite often, not only in romantic comedies. And being close to St Valentine’s we thought we would investigate...

  • ALS: unfinished business

    ALS: unfinished business

    Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, better known by its acronym ALS, is a household name. It all began with the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, which became the world’s largest global social media phenomenon. During the summer of 2014, more than 17 million...

  • Photo of the week

    Photo of the week

    Literally, a blast from the past.  Nuclear bomb testing, 1957.

  • Buying after a breakup

    Buying after a breakup

    Rebecca has just broken up with her boyfriend. All of a sudden she finds that her Saturday afternoons are well and truly free and that she owes her time to no one. She no longer has to spend her Saturdays watching action movies that she would...

  • Jeremy Scott and Calvin Klein bring politics to NY Fashion Week

    Jeremy Scott and Calvin Klein bring politics to NY Fashion Week

    Politics has worked its way into New York Fashion Week, with a Calvin Klein show that had a clear message and Jeremy Scott saying the US has "an entertainer for president" after his event. Raf Simons message could not have been clearer or more...

  • Drowsy drivers often behind fatal crashes

    Drowsy drivers often behind fatal crashes

    In the US alone, more than 6,000 people die in drowsy driving-related motor vehicle crashes each year, a study suggests. Millions of US drivers fall asleep at the wheel each month, and roughly 15 per cent of all fatal crashes involve a drowsy...

  • Higher costs put brakes on Nissan earnings despite strong car sales

    Higher costs put brakes on Nissan earnings despite strong car sales

    Car maker Nissan saw earnings slip into reverse in the third quarter despite notching up strong sales in the US, China and Europe. The Japanese group - which recently warned that it would review its Sunderland car plant after a Brexit deal -...

  • Mothers of premature babies face increased heart disease risk

    Mothers of premature babies face increased heart disease risk

    Women who have premature babies are more likely than other mothers to develop heart disease later in life, even if they did not have any risk factors for cardiovascular problems before pregnancy, a recent study suggests. Compared to women who...

  • ‘One-way bridge’ to smoking?

    ‘One-way bridge’ to smoking?

    Vaping is a “one-way bridge” to cigarette smoking among teenagers, a US study suggests. A team of researchers wanted to examine whether vaping was a predictor of future cigarette smoking among 17 and 18-year-olds. The study, published in the...

  • The Pauline cult on our islands

    The Pauline cult  on our islands

    Fr Hermann Duncan, O.Carm, looks at how the devotion to St Paul spread in the Maltese islands and lists the churches and chapels dedicated to the saint The Acts of the Apostles relates the account of St Paul and his shipwreck on Malta, which took...

  • GPs urged to look for signs of depression in women who have given birth

    GPs urged to look for signs of depression in women who have given birth

    GPs should ask women who have given birth about their eating and sleeping habits in case they are suffering from depression, new guidance issued in the UK. Women go to their family doctor around six weeks after giving birth for a check-up to see...

  • Training can help surgeons tell patients best and worse scenarios

    Training can help surgeons tell patients best and worse scenarios

    Surgeons who get extra training to sharpen their communication skills may have an easier time explaining best and worst case scenarios to frail elderly patients as part of shared decision making, a small study suggests. For the study, researchers...

  • Ireland to open 'fix room' for heroin users

    Ireland to open 'fix room' for heroin users

    Ireland is to open its first pilot project "fix room" for heroin-users to inject under medical supervision. The location of the unit in Dublin city centre has yet to be decided but the Government decision signals a radical shift in drug policy and...

  • To encourage breastfeeding, pay in cash

    To encourage breastfeeding, pay in cash

    Cash incentives may encourage new mothers to breastfeed until their infants are at least six months old, a small experiment suggests. Pediatricians recommend that mothers exclusively breastfeed infants until at least six months of age because it...

  • Kids with asthma may have higher obesity risk

    Kids with asthma may have higher obesity risk

    Young children with asthma may be more likely to become obese by adolescence than their peers who don't have asthma, a new study suggests. Researchers examined data on 2,171 non-obese children in kindergarten and first grade and found they were 51...

  • Impromptu ice bath helpful for exercise-induced heat stroke

    Impromptu ice bath helpful for exercise-induced heat stroke

    A tarp, volunteers and a lot of ice water can be used to rescue athletes and other people from heat stroke caused by exertion if a traditional ice bath is not available, according to a new study. Researchers call the approach the "TACO method"...

  • Mothers more likely to control the family budget, UK survey shows

    Mothers more likely to control the family budget, UK survey shows

    Mothers are more likely to have control over their family's purse strings than fathers, a survey in the UK has found. More than a third of women (38 per cent) say they manage the budget, compared with around a quarter (27 per cent) of men,...

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