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  • US closer to using genetically modified mosquitoes that could fight Zika

    US closer to using genetically modified mosquitoes that could fight Zika

    The United States has taken another step toward clearing the way for a trial of genetically modified mosquitoes in Florida as a way of reducing populations of mosquitoes that carry Zika. The US Food and Drug Administration said today that a field...

  • Brains of overweight people look 10 years older

    Brains of overweight people look 10 years older

    The brains of middle-aged, overweight people look 10 years older when compared to those of their lean counterparts. Human brains naturally shrink with age, but a new study found that being overweight may affect the onset and progression of brain...

  • Scientists rehash evidence on sunscreen and skin cancer

    Scientists rehash evidence on sunscreen and skin cancer

    There isn't much evidence to conclusively prove that daily sunscreen use can prevent most skin cancers, a research review concludes. But that doesn't mean we shouldn't use sunscreen, doctors say. It just means it's unethical to do experiments...

  • Positive attitude about aging makes one more resilient to stress

    Positive attitude about aging makes one more resilient to stress

    Older adults with a positive attitude about aging may be more resilient to stress, according to a new study. "Previous research has generally found the same thing - that a more positive attitude is beneficial," coauthor Jennifer Bellingtier, of...

  • Free Zika virus tests being offered to pregnant women in Florida

    Free Zika virus tests being offered to pregnant women in Florida

    Pregnant women in Florida have been offered a free test to determine whether they have been infected with the mosquito-borne Zika virus. State governor Rick Scott directed officials on Wednesday to make the tests available at county health...

  • Women without appendix ortonsils more fertile, says study

    Women without appendix ortonsils more fertile, says study

    Findings challenge myth of effect of appendectomy on fertility but do not mean that removing appendix directly increases chances of pregnancy Women who have their appendix or tonsils removed when they are young are more likely to get pregnant, and...

  • UK mum celebrates surviving tumour op by buying lottery ticket - and wins millions

    UK mum celebrates surviving tumour op by buying lottery ticket - and wins millions

    A mother who felt lucky after surviving a tumour operation in the US has described how she rang her daughter back home to insist she bought a lottery ticket - and won £61.1 million. Sonia Davies, 53, who was in Florida with partner Keith Reynolds,...

  • Could an electronic tattoo spell the end of drink-driving?

    Could an electronic tattoo spell the end of drink-driving?

    The age-old excuse of not knowing how many drinks you've had might soon be a thing of the past, thanks to a temporary electronic tattoo that can measure alcohol levels in the body. An electronic sensor similar to a stick-on tattoo allows users to...

  • Breakfast on the go to 'Love Your Day'

    Breakfast on the go to 'Love Your Day'

    Commuters at Valletta bus terminus, Marsa park & ride and the Cirkewwa ferry terminal could enjoy breakfast on the go last week after a local fruit juice distributor handed out free breakfast kits.  GSD Marketing Ltd.'s 'Love Your Day' initiative...

  • Pregnant women advised to avoid travelling to Florida

    Pregnant women advised to avoid travelling to Florida

    US health officials warned pregnant women to avoid travelling to a neighbourhood in Miami after Florida said it had 10 more cases of Zika caused by the bite of local mosquitoes, bringing the total to 14. At the request of Governor Rick Scott, the...

  • Kids' competition to show off their skills on camera

    Kids' competition to show off their skills on camera

    A newly-launched children's competition is calling on local kids to show off their special talent on video. The Malta Baby & Kids Show Talent competition is open to all children aged between 3 and 14, with any form of visual art - from dancing to...

  • Fats can fool the brain into wanting more food

    Fats can fool the brain into wanting more food

    High consumption of saturated fats can trick the brain into wanting more food, according to a new study. The study, published in Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience, found that saturated fats can confuse the functioning of the hypothalamus, a part...

  • World's largest 'mosquito factory' battles diseases

    World's largest 'mosquito factory' battles diseases

    In southern China, researchers at the world's largest 'mosquito factory' release millions of mosquitoes every week in a bid to reduce the spread of diseases like Zika and Dengue. Natasha Howitt reports.

  • Omega-3 fatty acids may aid heart attack healing

    Omega-3 fatty acids may aid heart attack healing

    Omega-3 fatty acid supplements may help the heart heal itself after myocardial infarction, according to a new study High doses, derived from fish oil and taken daily for six months after MI, helped reduce scarring in the heart muscle and increase...

  • Swapping animal protein for plant’s may lead to longer life

    Swapping animal protein for plant’s may lead to longer life

    Swapping animal for plant protein in your diet can lead to a longer life, research has shown. A large study found that every three per cent increase in calories from plant protein reduced the risk of death from all causes by 10 per cent. It was...

  • UK registers better outcomes for cancer patients

    People are twice as likely to live at least 10 years after being diagnosed with cancer than they were at the start of the 1970s, research shows. More than 170,000 people in the UK who were diagnosed in the 1970s and 1980s are still alive – an...

  • Florida has identified 10 more Zika cases; calls in feds for help

    Florida has identified 10 more Zika cases; calls in feds for help

    The state of Florida has identified 10 more cases of Zika virus caused by local mosquitoes and has asked the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to send in experts to help with its investigation of the outbreak. The state now has 14...

  • Breastfeeding selfies get UN seal of approval

    Breastfeeding selfies get UN seal of approval

    A social media trend of mothers sharing "brelfies" - pictures of themselves breastfeeding - is a good way to break down any stigma about breastfeeding in public and spread the word about the importance of a mother's milk, the United Nations said...

  • Commercial, homemade infant meals ‘both flawed’

    Commercial, homemade infant meals ‘both flawed’

    Parents making home-cooked meals often provide babies with too much fat and overall calories, while store-bought meals may not have enough of the fat children need to grow, according to a UK study. Meals made at home also tend to be cheaper for...

  • Induced labour not linked to higher autism risk

    Inducing labour does not appear to increase the baby’s odds of autism, a study suggests. Researchers examined data on more than 1.3 million births in Sweden and found about 3.5 per cent of babies born after induction were diagnosed with autism by...

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