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  • Urgent appeal for blood supplies

    Urgent appeal for blood supplies

    Blood supplies are not coping with the number of ill people, the National Blood Transfusion Centre said on Thursday. The centre said there was an "urgent" need for blood of all types amid insufficient donors to keep up with the demand. "Whoever...

  • Low alcohol drinks might boost alcohol consumption

    Low alcohol drinks might boost alcohol consumption

    Lower strength wine and beer could lead to increased alcohol consumption because supermarkets and producers are advertising them as an alternative to soft drinks, according to a study. The increasing availability of lower strength products, which...

  • Maltese actress shares her battle with depression

    Maltese actress shares her battle with depression

    Actress Steffi Thake talks about her battle with depression.  What made you decide to leave Malta and move to the UK? I had been wanting to move away to pursue an acting career abroad for a while. In reality though, the decision to move was a...

  • Men stocking up on Viagra for Valentine's Day

    Men stocking up on Viagra for Valentine's Day

    International Andrology, a London-based men's health clinic, has experienced a surge in men enquiring about erectile dysfunction (ED) treatments and drugs in the lead up to Valentine's Day. Over the past two weeks the clinic has seen a 300%...

  • Immune system an important cancer predictor

    Immune system an important cancer predictor

    It has long been known that cancer arises when genes mutate and start producing abnormal proteins, or no protein at all. However, our latest research, published in PNAS, suggests that there is another, equally important mechanism by which cancer...

  • E-cigarettes could result in 20,000 new quits each year

    E-cigarettes could result in 20,000 new quits each year

    Hospitals should sell e-cigarettes to patients and switch smoking shelters to vaping lounges, health officials have said. Patients should be allowed to vape in private rooms and purchase e-cigarette devices in hospital shops, Public Health England...

  • Language can give clues to depression

    Language can give clues to depression

    From the way you move and sleep, to how you interact with people around you, depression changes just about everything. It is even noticeable in the way you speak and express yourself in writing. Sometimes this “language of depression” can have a...

  • Is it a good idea to ban piercings for under 18s?

    It is now an offence for under-18s in Wales to get any intimate piercings – meaning tongue, genitals and nipples. One of the main arguments for this ban is that young people under 18 are still physically developing and that these kinds of...

  • Fighting together

    Fighting together

    Cancer is a disease that knows no boundaries. Each one of us could be directly or indirectly affected at some point in our life. It could be us, a relative or a friend. Just as cancer affects everyone in different ways, we can all take various...

  • Today is World Cancer Day: Fresh findings set new hope to predict and fight cancer

    Today is World Cancer Day: Fresh findings set new hope to predict and fight cancer

    Cancer research is a challenging endeavour, mainly due to the various causal factors and origin of the malignancy. Cells within our body are constantly impacted by external and internal environmental conditions. These conditions can vary depending...

  • More than 23,000 MRI interventions at Mater Dei in 2017

    More than 23,000 MRI interventions at Mater Dei in 2017

    More than 23,000 MRI interventions were carried out at Mater Dei Hospital in 2017, the Health Minister said on Saturday. Chris Fearne was speaking during the Joint Surgical and Radiological Symposium aimed at raising awareness about radiology. Mr...

  • Radiofrequency radiation exposure tied to tumours in rats - US report

    Radiofrequency radiation exposure tied to tumours in rats - US report

    High exposure to radiofrequency radiation of the type emitted by cell phones has been linked to tumours in tissues surrounding nerves in the hearts of male rats, but not female rats or any mice, according to a draft of US government studies...

  • Trying to give up a bad habit? Stop trying not to think about it

    Trying to give up a bad habit? Stop trying not to think about it

    Let me set you a task. For the next minute, I want you to not think about Donald Trump. You must block all thoughts of Trump from your mind. How did you get on? If trying not to think about Trump increased your thoughts about him, then you...

  • Migraines linked to heart problems

    Migraines linked to heart problems

    Suffering from migraines could indicate underlying heart problems, a 19-year investigation involving more than half a million people has suggested. Research involving both those who were diagnosed with the headache disorder and those who did not...

  • Liver fear over fish oil

    Consuming too much fish oil can increase the risk of serious liver disease, a study suggests. Both fish oil and sunflower oil were linked to harmful long-term changes and ageing effects in the liver. The end result was non-alcoholic...

  • Virtual reallty could help mental health patients

    Virtual reallty could help mental health patients

    NHS patients with mental health problems are to be treated by virtual reality therapists in a new project. Experts are embarking on a multimillion-pound trial to see whether people with severe mental health conditions, such as schizophrenia, who...

  • Stand up and lose weight - but you need to stand six hours a day

    Stand up and lose weight - but you need to stand six hours a day

    Standing instead of sitting can help people burn calories and possibly help them to lose weight, new research has found. Substituting time spent sitting for standing for six hours a day could help people lose 2.5kg over the course of a year,...

  • E-cigarette industry needs global regulations

    E-cigarette industry needs global regulations

    The e-cigarette industry has been increasingly viewed as one of the most disruptive changes in the tobacco market, with vapes now commonly perceived as an alternative to traditional tobacco products. In my own survey of 781 adult vapers, 83 per...

  • Compulsive shopping: the addiction no one is talking about

    Compulsive shopping: the addiction no one is talking about

    Many people will have hit the shops or gone online to bag a bargain in the January sales over the last few weeks and may now be feeling the pinch until their next payday. It is an annual tradition for some – with tales of shoppers getting up in...

  • India has 21 million 'unwanted' girls due to preference for sons

    India has 21 million 'unwanted' girls due to preference for sons

    Some 21 million girls in India are "unwanted" and receive fewer resources because their parents wanted a son, the government said, as analysts called for action to boost women's earnings. The government's annual economic survey, presented to...