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  • Inconvenient conveniences: public loos do not cater for everyone

    Inconvenient conveniences: public loos do not cater for everyone

    We can probably all think of a time we’ve desperately searched for the closest loos – a situation made all the more challenging by the ongoing closures of public toilets. But on top of the lack of funding for toilets, a one-size-fits-all model of...

  • Breakthough in diagnosing illness using artificial intelligence

    Breakthough in diagnosing illness using artificial intelligence

    Artificial intelligence (AI) is best known for its ability to see (as in driverless cars) and listen (as in Alexa and other home assistants). From now on, it may also smell. My colleagues and I are developing an AI system that can smell human...

  • Microplastics are working their way into the food chain

    Microplastics are working their way into the food chain

    We’re increasingly aware of how plastic is polluting our environment. Much recent attention has focused on how microplastics – tiny pieces ranging from 5 millimetres down to 100 nanometres in diameter – are filling the seas and working their way...

  • Revival of 1990s hit La Macarena could keep hearts beating

    Revival of 1990s hit La Macarena could keep hearts beating

    The proportion of people with cardiac arrest who receive bystander cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) before an ambulance arrives remains suboptimal, sources close to Mater Dei Hospital told Times of Malta. This is disappointing considering the...

  • Steer away from these two products, health authorities say

    Steer away from these two products, health authorities say

    The public is informed to steer away from consuming a turmeric supplement product or buy a toy dish set for children following an international alert.  The Environmental Health Directorate within the Superintendence of Public Health said it had...

  • WHO cautiously optimistic about controlling Ebola outbreak in Congo

    WHO cautiously optimistic about controlling Ebola outbreak in Congo

    "Strong progress" has been made in calming Congo's deadly Ebola outbreak in a city of 1.2 million and in the rural outpost where the epidemic was declared one month ago, the World Health Organisation has said. The focus now turns to "some of the...

  • Quarter of British millennials 'believe depression is normal in older age'

    Quarter of British millennials 'believe depression is normal in older age'

    A quarter of British millennials believe depression is normal in older age, while two in five 18 to 24-year-olds see dementia as inevitable, a study has found. Half of women and a quarter of men say they feel pressure to stay looking young, while...

  • Villages in Ukraine still suffering Chernobyl fallout after 30 years - study

    Villages in Ukraine still suffering Chernobyl fallout after 30 years - study

    Ukrainian villages are still suffering the legacy of Chernobyl more than 30 years on, new research suggests. Milk in parts of the country has radioactivity levels up to five times over its official safe limit, it found. Scientists sampled cows'...

  • Insulin new suspect in Alzheimer's disease

    Insulin new suspect in Alzheimer's disease

    Johnson and Johnson recently announced that it was halting a clinical trial for a new Alzheimer’s drug after safety issues emerged. This latest failure adds to the dozens of large, costly clinical trials that have shown no effect in treating this...

  • Deadly bugs give up DNA secrets to UK scientists

    Deadly bugs give up DNA secrets to UK scientists

    More than 3,000 harmful bacteria, including some of the deadliest known, have had their complete genetic codes mapped by British scientists. The bugs are housed at Public Health England's National Collection of Type Cultures (NCTC), the oldest...

  • Many women with early-stage breast cancer can skip chemotherapy

    Many women with early-stage breast cancer can skip chemotherapy

    Some 70 per cent of women with early-stage breast cancer and an intermediate risk of cancer recurrence can safely skip chemotherapy after their tumours have been removed, US researchers said on Sunday. "This is a major finding," said Dr Larry...

  • EU food policy should focus on environment and health - research

    EU food policy should focus on environment and health - research

    The European Union’s common agricultural policy is a sprawling programme of farming subsidies that covers everything from income support for farmers to supporting the promotion of products such as wine. No wonder then that the European Commission,...

  • How long you walk for more important than number of steps

    How long you walk for more important than number of steps

    Adults should walk briskly for 10 minutes a day to stay healthy rather than focusing on distance or the quantity of steps, health officials have said. New guidance from Public Health England (PHE) and the Royal College of GPs suggests just 10...

  • Risk of heart attacks rises with each child a woman has

    Risk of heart attacks rises with each child a woman has

    The more children a woman has, the greater her risk of heart attack, stroke and heart failure, research has shown. Researchers at the University of Cambridge found having five or more children is associated with a 40% increased risk of a serious...

  • 4th national coeliac awareness conference

    Knut Lundin, a professor of medicine at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Oslo, Norway and a leading consultant gastroenterologist at the Endoscopy Unit at Oslo University Hospital Rikshospitalet, was keynote speaker at the fourth national...

  • Smoking ‘breaks hearts’

    Smoking ‘breaks hearts’

    The tobacco epidemic is one of the biggest public health threats globally, being responsible for more than seven million deaths a year. More than six million of these deaths are the result of direct tobacco use, while around 890,000 are the result...

  • ‘There is help when need arises’

    ‘There is help when need arises’

    Simblija Care Home, which forms part of Hilltop Gardens in Naxxar, recently held a Dementia Action Week, with the aim of raising awareness on the debilitating disease. “We believe that awareness on this condition is lacking,” said Charmaine...

  • Scientists find a way of regenerating tooth enamel

    Scientists find a way of regenerating tooth enamel

    Scientists say they have developed a material which could help regenerate tooth enamel - and prevent tooth decay or sensitivity in the future. Coating the outer part of the teeth, enamel is the hardest tissue in the body and can resist extreme...

  • Don't push too hard against consumption of animal products - report

    Don't push too hard against consumption of animal products - report

    Efforts to reduce human consumption of animal-sourced foods because of global warming should not prevent women and children in developing countries from eating it, a report suggests. New research has found "demonstrable nutritional benefits" of...

  • DNA test hailed as 'breakthrough' for early cancer detection

    DNA test hailed as 'breakthrough' for early cancer detection

    A new blood test which scientists say is able to detect certain types of cancer several years before a person falls ill has been hailed as a breakthrough. A trial of around 1,600 people found the non-invasive procedure to identify DNA markers...