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  • 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...

  • Food safety warnings actually make eating more dangerous

    Food safety warnings actually make eating more dangerous

    California judges recently ruled that coffee must henceforth come with health warnings. This is definitely a landmark – but not quite in the way its proponents imagine. Rather, it underlines how food safety issues are at heart political. Yes,...

  • Health and wellness centre opened at university

    Health and wellness centre opened at university

    The Health and Wellness Centre has been opened at the University of Malta, available for both students and staff. The centre will host counselling services, mental health services, nutritional advice, tobacco cessation support, sexual health...

  • Tobacco breaks hearts

    Tobacco breaks hearts

    The World Health Organisation today marks World No Tobacco Day with the theme ‘Tobacco breaks hearts, choose health, not tobacco’. Smoking is associated with around seven million global deaths per year and is an independent, major risk factor for...

  • Tobacco company pushes drive to cigarette alternatives

    Tobacco company pushes drive to cigarette alternatives

    Philip Morris International (PMI) will mark World No Tobacco Day with a call to recognize this day as “World No Smoking Day.” PMI is publishing informational advertisements highlighting that people who smoke deserve the opportunity to learn about...

  • Multiple Sclerosis: Three patients share their stories

    Multiple Sclerosis: Three patients share their stories

    When you live with a degenerative illness, no symptoms are mild. On World Multiple Sclerosis Day, marked today, Jennifer Grech shares the journey with three patients. “I have been fighting a brutal battle for the past 23 years,” says Kenneth*,...

  • Obese people don't actually enjoy eating as much as lean ones do

    Obese people don't actually enjoy eating as much as lean ones do

    Global obesity rates have risen sharply over the past three decades, leading to spikes in diabetes, arthritis and heart disease. The more we understand the causes of obesity and how to prevent it, the better. We are interested in understanding...

  • What a 'good' death looks like for those ready to let go

    What a 'good' death looks like for those ready to let go

    Hawaii recently joined the growing number of states and countries where doctor-assisted dying is legal. In these jurisdictions, help to die is rarely extended to those who don’t have a terminal illness. Yet, increasingly, very old people, without...

  • Millions could avoid deadly fever if world limits warming

    Millions could avoid deadly fever if world limits warming

    More than three million cases of dengue fever, the world's fastest-spreading tropical disease, could be avoided annually if global warming is capped at 1.5°C, said a study that purports to be the first to show the health benefits of a cooler...