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  • Smoke from e-cigarettes 'may cause DNA damage and cancer'

    Smoke from e-cigarettes 'may cause DNA damage and cancer'

    Smoke from e-cigarettes damages DNA and can increase the risk of cancer and heart disease, scientists have warned. The battery-driven devices, which deliver an instant nicotine "hit" without burning tobacco, have been widely promoted as a safer...

  • Mediterranean diet linked to IVF success, study finds

    Mediterranean diet linked to IVF success, study finds

    A Mediterranean diet could help women receiving IVF to achieve successful pregnancies, a study has suggested. Researchers asked women about their eating habits before they underwent the treatment and found those who ate more fresh vegetables,...

  • Catching flu ‘increases risk of heart attacks sixfold’

    Catching flu ‘increases risk of heart attacks sixfold’

    Flu can increase the risk of having a heart attack six times within the space of a week, research has shown. The study, involving thousands of flu cases, provides strong evidence of a link between influenza and heart attacks. Scientists said the...

  • Diabetes linked to long-term cognitive decline

    Diabetes linked to long-term cognitive decline

    People with diabetes experience higher rates of long-term cognitive decline, new research suggests. The study also found that worse control of blood sugar levels, whether someone is diabetic or not, could also lead to a decline in brain function...

  • Why aren't UK doctors using statin test

    Why aren't UK doctors using statin test

    Heart disease stubbornly remains one of the biggest killers in the UK, where there are 7 million people living with the condition. During the past 60 years, the management of cholesterol has become an important weapon in the fight against this –...

  • Today is World Leprosy Day: Improving lives of leprosy sufferers

    Today is World Leprosy Day: Improving lives of leprosy sufferers

    For thousands of years, people with leprosy have been stigmatised and, till this very day, in some countries they are even banished from their respective communities. While leprosy has been eradicated from Malta, and the subject is just mentioned...

  • Politicians ‘must act’ on diabetes

    “Diabetes shouldn’t be a political issue, so as politicians and legislators, we are duty bound to do all that is necessary to reduce the impact of this epidemic, which is on the rise.” This was the gist of an address by MEP Francis Zammit Dimech,...

  • Does stress cause dementia?

    Does stress cause dementia?

    Stress not only kills brain cells, stress kills people. We learned that stress is a killer from an important study on civil servants carried out in the UK more than half a century ago. In this study, Michael Gideon Marmot, then with the University...

  • Use sales tax to deter sweet consumption - campaigners

    Use sales tax to deter sweet consumption - campaigners

    Campaigners have called for a 20% sales tax on confectionery as well as a complete ban on price promotions in response to retailers making larger 'sharing packs' better value than smaller sizes. Action on Sugar (AoS) said some chocolate...

  • Diabetes leads to decline in brain function

    Diabetes leads to decline in brain function

    People with diabetes experience higher rates of long-term cognitive decline, new research suggests. The study also found that worse control of blood sugar levels, whether someone is diabetic or not, could also lead to a decline in brain function...

  • Antibiotics don't help most sore throats

    Antibiotics don't help most sore throats

    GPs and other health professionals should tell their patients to use paracetamol to relieve a sore throat rather than antibiotics, according to new guidance. More than a quarter (27%) of GP appointments made in the UK for respiratory tract...

  • Alcohol should carry 'cigarette type' health warnings

    Alcohol should carry 'cigarette type' health warnings

    Explicit cigarette-style warnings of the link between drinking and health conditions such as bowel and breast cancer should appear on the labels of alcoholic drinks, a charity has suggested. The Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) said fewer...

  • Calls for McDonald's to remove antibiotics from beef, pork

    Calls for McDonald's to remove antibiotics from beef, pork

    A consumer and public health group is pressing McDonald's Corp to set a timeline for phasing out the routine use of medically important antibiotics in the beef and pork it serves, amid warnings that the practice fuels dangerous drug-resistant...

  • Flu study ratcheting up recruits

    Flu study ratcheting up recruits

    The world's largest study into the use of a controversial flu drug in the community has just reached 2,000 participants, researchers have said. Scientists at the University of Oxford and other European institutions have been on a drive to recruit...

  • Bacteria may provide clue to premature birth

    Bacteria may provide clue to premature birth

    Women at risk of giving birth prematurely could be identified by looking at bugs living in their reproductive tract, a study suggests. Subtle changes to vaginal bacteria were found to be strongly linked to pre-term birth after less than 37 weeks...

  • Are free school meals actually beneficial?

    Are free school meals actually beneficial?

    Universal free school meals save parents both time and money but it is too early to say whether it is beneficial for health or education, new research has found. The free school meals policy was introduced for all children from reception through...

  • 'Superbugs' could cause 10m deaths a year by 2050

    'Superbugs' could cause 10m deaths a year by 2050

    Drugmakers' response to the threat posed by "superbugs" remains patchy even after years of warnings, according to the first analysis of individual companies' efforts to tackle the antibiotic resistance crisis. The rise of drug-resistant bacteria...

  • Alcohol consumption in late teens can lead to liver problems in adulthood

    Alcohol consumption in late teens can lead to liver problems in adulthood

    Results of a large long-term study in Sweden have confirmed that drinking during late adolescence could be the first step towards liver problems in adulthood and that guidelines for safe alcohol intake in men might have to be revised downwards,...

  • One third of alcohol drunk by 4% of Britons

    One third of alcohol drunk by 4% of Britons

    Just 4% of the population consume almost one-third of all the alcohol sold in England, according to healthcare data. The figures emerged during a debate on a 50p minimum unit price on alcohol by a parliamentary committee on Monday. Rosanna...

  • Super-nutritious crops could help solve global hunger

    Super-nutritious crops could help solve global hunger

    An incredible 155 million children around the world are chronically undernourished, despite dramatic improvements in recent decades. In view of this, the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals include Zero Hunger. But what do we understand by the word...