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  • Antibiotics: beneficial side effects are starting to come to light

    Antibiotics: beneficial side effects are starting to come to light

    The discovery of antibiotics in the 1920s has contributed to longer and healthier lives, and they are now being used more widely than ever before. The main reason that antibiotics are prescribed is to kill bacterial infections. They are usually...

  • EasyJet bans peanuts on flights

    EasyJet bans peanuts on flights

    British airline easyJet has stopped selling peanuts and will remove all nuts from inflight foods, it said Thursday, to protect passengers with allergies. The no-frills carrier said passengers will also be asked not to eat nuts on board if fellow...

  • Feel like time is flying? Here's how to slow it down

    Feel like time is flying? Here's how to slow it down

    Sometimes it seems as if life is passing us by. When we are children, time ambles by, with endless car journeys and summer holidays which seem to last forever. But as adults, time seems to speed up at a frightening rate, with Christmas and...

  • Speak your mind: brain implant translates thought to speech

    Speak your mind: brain implant translates thought to speech

    People unable to communicate due to injury or brain damage may one day speak again, after scientists on Thursday unveiled a revolutionary implant that decodes words directly from a person's thoughts. Several neurological conditions can ruin a...

  • EU curbs trans fats from 2021 to boost heart health

    EU curbs trans fats from 2021 to boost heart health

    The EU adopted a regulation on Wednesday to curb trans fat amounts in products like snack food as part of efforts to fight heart disease and strokes in Europe. Industrially-produced trans-fatty acids, like margarine and some hardened vegetable...

  • Tummy timetables: WHO has lifestyle advice for kids

    Tummy timetables: WHO has lifestyle advice for kids

    The United Nations on Wednesday released its first-ever recommendations on physical activity for children under five, with disputed advice on subjects ranging from screen time to "tummy time".  The guidelines from the World Health Organisation may...

  • Self-powered 'pacemaker for life' in pigs unveiled

    Self-powered 'pacemaker for life' in pigs unveiled

    Scientists on Tuesday unveiled a battery-free pacemaker that generates its energy from the heartbeats of pigs in what could pave the way for an "implant for life" in humans suffering from heart defects. Millions of patients rely on pacemakers -...

  • ‘Even when you’re old, you can lift’

    ‘Even when you’re old, you can lift’

    When, a few years ago, Pauline Magri decided to take up a regular gym routine, she figured she’d be maintaining a basic level of fitness, at most. Today, she is 69 years old and the proud holder of several world and national records in...

  • UAE woman comes out of coma after 27 years

    UAE woman comes out of coma after 27 years

    A woman from the United Arab Emirates has spontaneously come out of a coma after 27 years, her family has revealed.   Munira Abdulla suffered a brain injury in a car crash in 1991 and remained in a coma until she regained consciousness last year...

  • When quitting cigarettes, consider using more nicotine, not less

    When quitting cigarettes, consider using more nicotine, not less

    When delivered through cigarettes, nicotine is considered to be one of the most addictive substances on Earth, so it may seem odd to suggest that people should use more, rather than less, to quit smoking. A recent review of the research, however,...

  • USAID launches latest clean-up for Vietnam War-era Agent Orange site

    USAID launches latest clean-up for Vietnam War-era Agent Orange site

    The US launched on Saturday a $183 million clean-up at a former Vietnam storage site for Agent Orange, a toxic defoliant used in their bitter war which years later is still blamed for severe birth defects, cancers and disabilities. Located outside...

  • Dementia, sex and the law

    Dementia,  sex and  the law

    There are events in life that do not fit our black and white moral principles. The monochromatic reality of our moral world is always outshone by the Technicolour nature of reality. People who are suffering from dementia expose some of these...

  • 'World's smallest baby boy' set to go home in Japan

    'World's smallest baby boy' set to go home in Japan

    The world's smallest baby boy, who was born in October in Japan weighing as much as an apple, is now ready for the outside world, his doctor said Friday. Ryusuke Sekiya was delivered via emergency Caesarean section, after 24 weeks and five days of...

  • Scientists revive brain function in dead pigs

    Scientists revive brain function in dead pigs

    Scientists have managed to restore cell function in the brains of pigs hours after they died, in a breakthrough Wednesday that experts said threw into question the very notion of what makes animals - or even humans - alive. Authors of the US-based...

  • Testosterone: why defining a 'normal' level is hard to do

    Testosterone: why defining a 'normal' level is hard to do

    Testosterone is the main sex hormone in men. It’s best known for its role in the development of male sexual characteristics and physical features, but there are also many surprising and lesser known functions of testosterone that make it an...

  • Half of statins patients don't hit 'healthy' cholesterol levels

    Half of statins patients don't hit 'healthy' cholesterol levels

    Millions of patients around the world taking statins to lower the risk of heart disease fail to achieve the recommended levels of cholesterol reduction after two years of treatment, new research said Monday. Statins - a class of medicines designed...

  • Type of grass pollen, not count, could be important for allergy sufferers

    Type of grass pollen, not count, could be important for allergy sufferers

    As the winter cold is replaced by warmer temperatures, longer days and an explosion of botanical life, up to 400 million people worldwide will develop allergic reactions to airborne pollen from trees, grasses and weeds. Symptoms will range from...

  • Scientists unveil 'first' 3D print of heart with human tissue, vessels

    Scientists unveil 'first' 3D print of heart with human tissue, vessels

    Scientists in Israel unveiled a 3D print of a heart with human tissue and vessels on Monday, calling it a first and a "major medical breakthrough" that advances possibilities for transplants. The heart, about the size of a rabbit's, marked "the...

  • Sugar added to 77% of items

    Sugar added to 77% of items

    Processed foods have taken over most of the food we eat at the expense of those included in healthy nutritional advice. Many of us seem to be removing most of the fresh produce, fruits and vegetables, proteins and fibre from our diets. Along this...

  • Mother of 3-DNA baby praises new fertility treatment

    Mother of 3-DNA baby praises new fertility treatment

    The Greek mother of the first baby born using DNA from three people on Friday praised the revolutionary technique that helped her conceive - and thanked the mystery woman who donated her egg. Under the terms of the treatment, she was not allowed...