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  • China's happy piglet stamps trigger family planning policy posts

    China's happy piglet stamps trigger family planning policy posts

    A new "pig family" postal stamp has stoked debate about whether China may further loosen its family planning policy next year as couples delay parenthood and the world's most populous nation greys. China Post, on its official website on Monday,...

  • London laces up to become world's most 'walkable' city

    London laces up to become world's most 'walkable' city

    Londoners have been urged to reach for their walking shoes as the government launched its first action plan to get more people moving around the city on foot. Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has said he wants to make the British capital the world's...

  • Libyan cancer clinic relies on donors to treat patients

    Libyan cancer clinic relies on donors to treat patients

    One of Libya's few cancer clinics is relying on donors to keep its doors open for patients who often travel hundreds of kilometres for life-saving treatment. Conflict and economic crisis since Libya's 2011 uprising have gutted the health system...

  • We truly have social bodies

    We truly have social bodies

    Every day there are reports of more construction in Malta. Apart from the noise and the dust, traffic jams and increasing density of population, there are various other hidden negative effects on our bodies. Our body responds to these stresses in...

  • Mental health first aid for youth leaders, coaches and workers

    Mental health first aid for youth leaders, coaches and workers

    The Richmond Foundation is offering a course on ‘Mental Health First Aid’ for youth leaders, coaches and workers. The course, being offered free of charge, is for a limited time since it is being offered as part of an EU-funded project. The Mental...

  • Research check: does drinking coffee help you live longer?

    Research check: does drinking coffee help you live longer?

    The study contains some good news for people who drink a lot of coffee. StudioByTheSea/Shutterstock   There’s only one thing better than a hot cup of coffee in the morning: a new research paper telling you your daily habit is good for your health.

  • Cashing in on DNA: race on to unlock value in genetic data

    Cashing in on DNA: race on to unlock value in genetic data

    How much is your DNA worth? As millions of people pay for home tests to check on ancestry or health risks, genetic data is becoming an increasingly valuable resource for drugmakers, triggering a race to create a DNA marketplace. GlaxoSmithKline's...

  • WHO warns there may be no vaccine option for new Ebola outbreak

    WHO warns there may be no vaccine option for new Ebola outbreak

    It may be impossible to use a vaccine to tackle Democratic Republic of Congo's new Ebola outbreak, which has spread over dozens of kilometres and may have begun in May, a senior World Health Organisation official said on Thursday. Officials have...

  • Everyday plastics emit greenhouse gases, scientists say

    Everyday plastics emit greenhouse gases, scientists say

    Plastic used in everyday objects from bottles to packaging emit greenhouse gases when exposed to sunlight, according to a study released on Wednesday, as global concern about its impact on the world's oceans grows. Plastic pollution has come under...

  • 'Superbugs' are becoming resistant to alcohol disinfectants

    'Superbugs' are becoming resistant to alcohol disinfectants

    Multidrug-resistant "superbugs" that can cause dangerous infections in hospitals are becoming increasingly resistant to alcohol-based hand sanitizers and disinfectants designed to hold them at bay, scientists said. In a study of what the...

  • The lifesaving power of gratitude

    The lifesaving power of gratitude

    An attitude of gratitude may relieve stress, which in turn may lead to better health. michaelhelm/Shutterstock.com Gratitude may be more beneficial than we commonly suppose. One recent study asked subjects to write a note of thanks to someone and...

  • Healthy BMI when you're young could safeguard your heart for later life

    Healthy BMI when you're young could safeguard your heart for later life

    Your body mass index (BMI) indicates whether you are within a healthy weight range based on your height. Having a higher BMI – meaning more weight relative to height – can increase your risk of developing heart disease, cancer and type 2 diabetes.

  • Japan scientists to use 'reprogrammed' stem cells to fight Parkinson's

    Japan scientists to use 'reprogrammed' stem cells to fight Parkinson's

    Japanese scientists said on Monday they will start clinical trials next month on a treatment for Parkinson's disease, transplanting "reprogrammed" stem cells into brains, seeking a breakthrough in treating the neurodegenerative...

  • Secondhand smoking causing thousands of stillbirths in developing countries

    Secondhand smoking causing thousands of stillbirths in developing countries

    Pregnancy is a vulnerable time for a woman’s health and tobacco smoke harms mothers and their unborn children. In developing countries it is uncommon for women to smoke while pregnant – but their exposure to secondhand smoke during pregnancy is a...

  • Salmonella one of 250 microbes that can cause foodborne illness

    Salmonella one of 250 microbes that can cause foodborne illness

    Alerts about food make people more conscious of the risks of contamination. Although there are strict regulations along the food chain, mishaps do happen. Therefore, systems are in place to monitor and alert, so any hazards are picked up and...

  • GSK's severe paediatric asthma drug wins European panel thumbs-up

    GSK's severe paediatric asthma drug wins European panel thumbs-up

    GlaxoSmithKline drug Nucala has won a key recommendation from a European Medicines Agency (EMA) panel for use in the treatment of children with severe asthma, the company said in a statement on Friday. The EMA's Committee for Medicinal Products...

  • Britain moves closer to legalising medicinal use of cannabis

    Britain moves closer to legalising medicinal use of cannabis

    Britain moved a step closer to legalising the medicinal use of cannabis after a report concluded there are benefits for patients as the government reviews the rules to allow drugs derived from the banned plant. Professor Sally Davies, chief...

  • Heat-related deaths in Britain set to treble by 2050

    Heat-related deaths in Britain set to treble by 2050

    Premature deaths from heatwaves in Britain could more than treble to around 7,000 a year by mid-century if the government does not take action, a committee of lawmakers said on Thursday. The warning is topical as Britain swelters in a heatwave,...

  • Diabetes: the good news and the bad news – and what next for the future

    Diabetes: the good news and the bad news – and what next for the future

    Alarming stories about the diabetes epidemic that threatens millions of lives – and the NHS itself – have become commonplace, and with good reason. Around 4.6m people in the UK are living with diabetes while a further 12.3m are at increased risk...

  • GSK's two-drug HIV treatment proves itself in key tests

    GSK's two-drug HIV treatment proves itself in key tests

    GlaxoSmithKline's simple two-drug treatment for HIV works as well as standard triple therapy, even in people with relatively high levels of the virus that causes AIDS, clinical study results presented on Tuesday showed. Doctors and investors alike...