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  • World's top aid agency to promote resilience with new body

    World's top aid agency to promote resilience with new body

    The US Agency for International Development (USAID) is to set up a new body to promote resilience, a senior official said, amid growing pressure on the world's top foreign aid donor to do more with less. Creating resilience - the ability to...

  • Men should get into the habit of examining themselves

    Men should get into the habit of examining themselves

    ‘Movember’ is the time when men grow their moustaches to raise awareness on men’s health issues. Jennifer Grech writes about a recent study published in the British Journal of General Practice. Contrary to traditional teaching, painful testicular...

  • Being born working class is bad for your health

    Being born working class is bad for your health

    Social mobility is seen as an essential societal goal – one that occupies most democratic governments. But moving up and down the social ladder can be very stressful, and it is well documented that long-lasting or repeated stress is bad for your...

  • Two of every three smokers would like to stop

    Two of every three smokers would like to stop

    It is thought about two in three smokers want to kick their deadly habit, and with good reason – the same proportion of them are believed to die prematurely because of smoking. Around the world, the habit kills more than 6 million people a...

  • Physical inactivity kills more people every year than smoking

    Physical inactivity kills more people every year than smoking

    The longest living humans on Earth report engaging in daily physical activity as the secret of their longevity. For those who don’t live such long lives, we know that spending too much time being inactive is a major cause of early death.

  • US to restrict e-cigarette flavors to fight teenage vaping 'epidemic'

    US to restrict e-cigarette flavors to fight teenage vaping 'epidemic'

    The US Food and Drug Administration next week will issue a ban on the sale of fruit and candy flavored electronic cigarettes in convenience stores and gas stations, an agency official said, in a move to counter a surge in teenage use of...

  • Salt: how to cut back without losing flavour

    Salt: how to cut back without losing flavour

    One of the targets of the UK government’s new health strategy is salt. Your body needs salt to function normally, but an excess leads to raised blood pressure and an increase in the risk of stroke and heart disease. Since prevention is better than...

  • 'Wake-up call' as UK medics push one in five trans people to conversion therapy

    'Wake-up call' as UK medics push one in five trans people to conversion therapy

    One in 20 British LGBT+ people have been pressured to undergo conversion therapy while getting healthcare, rising to one in five among transgender people, a charity said on Thursday. LGBT+ patients experience "shockingly high level of hostility...

  • Over half of care home residents prescribed unnecessary medicines

    Over half of care home residents prescribed unnecessary medicines

    More than 50 per cent of care home residents are being prescribed medicines that they do not need, or which do not properly address their health problems. Antipsychotics, for example, are often overused to treat the behavioural and psychological...

  • Taxing sausages and bacon could save hundreds of thousands of lives every year

    Taxing sausages and bacon could save hundreds of thousands of lives every year

    By now you’ve probably heard that eating too much red and processed meat is bad for you. Not only is it associated with increased rates of coronary heart disease, stroke, and type 2 diabetes, but there is also convincing evidence that red and...

  • How innovation can help end the AIDS epidemic by 2030

    How innovation can help end the AIDS epidemic by 2030

    The WHO recommends HIV viral load testing to monitor people on ARVs. Shutterstock   A United Nations initiative backed by global experts has set its sights on an ambitious programme to bring an end to the AIDS epidemic by 2030. The 90-90-90...

  • Most children who have their tonsils removed don't benefit

    Most children who have their tonsils removed don't benefit

    Bloodletting was mainstream medicine for 3,000 years. As late as 1915, it was recommended for soldiers who were gassed during World War I. Today it seems extraordinary that over the centuries so many patients were subjected to such harm. But could...

  • Five ways to encourage people to reduce their meat intake

    Five ways to encourage people to reduce their meat intake

    Meat makes a meal, so goes the saying. But with more people than ever before ditching meat for plant-based alternatives, it seems meaty dishes are starting to go out of fashion. An estimated 29 per cent of evening meals contained no meat or fish...

  • Raising funds for cancer research

    A fund-raising party in aid of Cancer Research takes place at Villa Arrigo in Naxxar on Friday at 8pm. Tickets, against a donation of €35 per person, will include a welcome drink, finger food and a selection of pasta. They are obtainable from the...

  • In UK, children account for almost half of all visits to A&E for sports injuries

    In UK, children account for almost half of all visits to A&E for sports injuries

    Encouraging children to play sport is a key part of the UK government’s childhood obesity strategy. The argument goes that children who play sport are physically active and therefore less likely to be obese. The problem with this argument is that...

  • From Pink October to ‘Moustache Movember’

    From Pink October to ‘Moustache Movember’

    With October closing its doors and opening them to November, it is a time to focus more on men. Movember is an annual event involving the growing of moustaches to raise awareness of men’s health issues, such as prostate can­cer, testicular cancer...

  • Scientists launch plan to map genes of all complex life on earth

    Scientists launch plan to map genes of all complex life on earth

    Scientists launched a vast project on Thursday to map the genetic code of all 1.5 million known species of complex life on earth, aiming to complete the work within a decade. They described the Earth BioGenome Project (EBP) as "the next moonshot...

  • Click-on bionic arm could help amputees do the simple things

    Click-on bionic arm could help amputees do the simple things

    Edmund Rath, a 53-year-old from Austria, wants to do simple things such as brush his teeth and slice bread. Most people take such activities for granted but not Rath, who lost his arm just below the shoulder in a truck accident last year that...

  • Artificial intelligence could save thousands of lab mice

    Artificial intelligence could save thousands of lab mice

    Experimenting on animals is a big part of biomedical research and also a big concern for those interested in animal welfare. Scientists are encouraged to use as few animals as possible in their research, but reducing animal numbers also reduces...

  • Siblings suffer similar levels of post-traumatic stress as the children with cancer

    Siblings suffer similar levels of post-traumatic stress as the children with cancer

    When a child is diagnosed with cancer, the whole family suffers. Most research has looked at the emotional responses of the child with cancer and their mothers, but more recent work has investigated the experiences of fathers and siblings,...