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  • S.Africa medics use 3-D printer for middle ear transplant

    S.Africa medics use 3-D printer for middle ear transplant

    South African surgeons have successfully performed the world's first transplant of middle-ear bones that uses 3-D printed components, a research university said. The technique "may be the answer to conductive hearing loss - a middle ear problem...

  • New alcohol abuse study could unlock secrets to beating genetic diseases

    New alcohol abuse study could unlock secrets to beating genetic diseases

    Human Genome Project has not lived up to the hype on beating disease, but new alcohol abuse study could change that It is almost 20 years since Bill Clinton joined Tony Blair to announce the first rough sequencing of the human genome to tremendous...

  • Why does breast cancer recur?

    Why does breast cancer recur?

    For breast cancer survivors, the risk of tumours returning casts a long shadow, with recurrence possible up to two decades after a diagnosis. But new research could help identify and treat those most in danger. Doctors have traditionally relied on...

  • Tooth whitening – don’t gamble with your teeth

    Tooth whitening – don’t gamble with your teeth

    People seem to be hypnotised by the lure of having teeth that are whiter than an Oscars ceremony. Studies show that over half of us are dissatisfied with the colour of our teeth. The seemingly insatiable desire for whiter teeth is welcome news for...

  • What makes joints pop and crack and is it a sign of disease?

    What makes joints pop and crack and is it a sign of disease?

    Joints emit a variety of noises, including popping, snapping, catching, clicking, grinding, grating and clunking. The technical term for these noises is “crepitus”, from the Latin “to rattle”. People of all ages can experience crepitus, although...

  • Breastfeeding isn't just about the baby – women's bodies matter too

    Breastfeeding isn't just about the baby – women's bodies matter too

    Women are increasingly opening up about their breastfeeding struggles. However, as individual as each story is, many have a core theme – it wasn’t working and no one could tell them why. Given the breadth and depth of medical knowledge, why do...

  • Gently treating pain with osteopathy

    Gently treating pain with osteopathy

    Osteopathy is increasingly gaining popularity but one must make sure that practitioners are licensed, Robert Grech says. When medications do not give the desired results, many people turn to alternative treatments, while others opt to tread the...

  • How to avoid kidney failure

    How to avoid kidney failure

    Controlling your diabetes and blood pressure could help you avoid kidney failure, which in Malta impacts the lives of 300 people. In marking World Kidney Day, the renal unit was this year raising awareness on prevention, with diabetes and...

  • Hospital infection killed 12 newborns in Tunisia

    Hospital infection killed 12 newborns in Tunisia

    A dozen newborn babies whose deaths at a Tunisian state hospital sparked public outrage are believed to have been killed by an infection acquired in the clinic, the acting health minister said Monday. Sonia Ben Cheikh told a news conference that a...

  • WHO launches strategy to fight 'inevitable' flu pandemics

    WHO launches strategy to fight 'inevitable' flu pandemics

    The World Health Organisation on Monday launched a strategy to protect people worldwide over the next decade against the threat of influenza, warning that new pandemics are "inevitable". Influenza epidemics, largely seasonal, affect around one...

  • Madagascar battles killer measles outbreak

    Madagascar battles killer measles outbreak

    Frangeline is aged two but weighs no more than a four-month-old - the terrible result of her battle with measles, which is cutting a deadly swathe through Madagascar. Widespread malnutrition and low rates of immunisation on the Indian Ocean island...

  • Opium, rat hair, beaver anal secretions – and other surprising things you might find in food

    Opium, rat hair, beaver anal secretions – and other surprising things you might find in food

    Diners in France recently got more than they bargained for when poppy seed baguettes were found to contain a dose of opium that could take postprandial napping to a new extreme. Other than narcotics, there are a host of surprises lurking in...

  • Thailand to start testing medical marijuana on patients

    Thailand to start testing medical marijuana on patients

    Thailand is poised to start its first tests of cannabis oil on patients, a health official said Friday, as excitement swirls around a new industry that could create money-making avenues for entrepreneurs while offering relief for suffering...

  • Time to act on cancer-linked chemical in biscuits and crisps - consumers association

    Time to act on cancer-linked chemical in biscuits and crisps - consumers association

    Many biscuits, crisps and wafers being sold in EU countries contain higher doses of a cancer-causing chemical, the Consumers Association has warned in a statement calling on Brussels to introduce mandatory standards for arylamide. Acrylamide is...

  • E-cigarette use linked to heart trouble

    E-cigarette use linked to heart trouble

    People who use e-cigarettes are more likely to have heart problems than those who don't, says a study released on Thursday in the US. The rate of heart attacks among those who vape was 34% higher than among those who don't, once corrections were...

  • Large study again confirms MMR vaccine doesn't cause autism

    Large study again confirms MMR vaccine doesn't cause autism

    A study following more than 650,000 Danish children for over a decade has led researchers to the same conclusion as previous efforts: the measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) vaccine does not increase a child's risk of autism. The study, which followed...

  • London patient becomes second ever believed cured of HIV

    London patient becomes second ever believed cured of HIV

    Updated at 11.30am A second person is in sustained remission from HIV-1, the virus that causes AIDS, after ceasing treatment and is likely cured, researchers said Tuesday in what was hailed as proof that the condition could one day be cured. Ten...

  • Japan okays research using human cells in animals

    Japan okays research using human cells in animals

    Japan has given the green light to a controversial research process involving implanting animals with human stem cells that could eventually help grow human organs for transplant inside animal hosts. The decision by the education and science...

  • Does cannabis cure cancer?

    Does cannabis cure cancer?

    For thousands of years people have used cannabis for recreational, ritualistic and medicinal purposes. In the modern era, the latter property excites a lot of people, and there is no shortage of wild claims about the supposed medical benefits of...

  • Chocolate and happiness: Keys to a long life?

    Chocolate and happiness: Keys to a long life?

    One day, something which you have done forever becomes difficult or impossible to do. Perhaps we forget something and cannot remember what it was. Or we get hurt and it takes us longer to recuperate, or worse still, we never recuperate completely.