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  • Niumee open day

    Niumee open day

    Niumee in Mrieħel, the first aesthetics hub in Malta to bring together health, med-aesthetic, cosmetic, fitness and beauty experts under one roof to offer a complete service, recently held an open day for clients and guests. Seen here are Maria...

  • Brain cancer: why killing the fastest growing cells may not be the only treatment

    Brain cancer: why killing the fastest growing cells may not be the only treatment

    MRI scan of left frontal glioblastoma – an aggressive brain cancer. Richmanphoto/Shutterstock   Brain cancers are fortunately rare tumours in adults. Nevertheless, the most common type of brain cancer, glioblastoma, is incurable and almost always...

  • Plant-based diets for better health and planet?

    Plant-based diets for better health and planet?

    Forget all those loud calls to eat less meat and more plants for better health and a stronger planet - new research shows the world is not producing nearly enough fruit and vegetables to feed everyone. Canadian researchers compared global...

  • There may be a way to reduce 'old leathery' look

    There may be a way to reduce 'old leathery' look

    Getting a tan may not depend on how much sun people get, but rather when they get it. This is the finding from a new international research project. The study, published in Molecular Cell, found that sun exposure every other day was more effective...

  • Liverwort could have medicinal benefits of cannabis THC – without the high

    Liverwort could have medicinal benefits of cannabis THC – without the high

    Most of us know that the cannabis plant produces compounds that react with the human body. That’s because we have our own system that makes similar compounds, cannabinoids, that have a wide range of actions from appetite control to immune function.

  • 5,600 Britons could die each year as fruit and veg prices shoot up post-Brexit

    5,600 Britons could die each year as fruit and veg prices shoot up post-Brexit

    Britain is highly dependent on imported food. By value, imports make up more than 90 per cent of the fruit and vegetables consumed in the UK and half of the meat. Brexit is expected to increase trade costs and make food imports more expensive,...

  • West Africa's Ebola outbreak cost $53 billion

    West Africa's Ebola outbreak cost $53 billion

    An Ebola outbreak that ravaged Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia in 2014 cost economies an estimated $53 billion, according to a study in this month's Journal of Infectious Diseases. The study aimed to combine the direct economic burden and the...

  • Vaccine confidence low in Europe, raising disease outbreak risk

    Vaccine confidence low in Europe, raising disease outbreak risk

    Low levels of public confidence in vaccines in the European Union are pushing immunisation rates down and the number of disease outbreaks up, according to an expert report on Tuesday. Recent outbreaks of measles – the highest number in the EU for...

  • Growing evidence that noise is bad for your health

    Growing evidence that noise is bad for your health

    The World Health Organisation recently published its latest noise pollution guidelines for Europe. The guidelines recommend outdoor noise levels that should not be exceeded for aircraft, road and rail noise and two new sources: wind turbine and...

  • Mounting evidence that herpes virus is a cause of Alzheimer's

    Mounting evidence that herpes virus is a cause of Alzheimer's

    More than 30 million people worldwide suffer from Alzheimer’s disease – the most common form of dementia. Unfortunately, there is no cure, only drugs to ease the symptoms. However, my latest review, suggests a way to treat the disease. I found the...

  • 'Polio-like' illness spreads to 22 US states

    'Polio-like' illness spreads to 22 US states

    A sharp spike in cases of pediatric acute flaccid myelitis, or AFM, is raising red flags with health officials, who despite concerted efforts, haven't identified a cause. Reporting for Reuters, Gavino Garay says AFM, is now affecting young...

  • Beat the flu through vaccination

    Beat the flu through vaccination

    This year marks the 100th anniversary of one of the largest public health crises in modern history – the 1918 influenza pandemic known as the ‘Spanish flu’. This pandemic reminded the globe that infectious diseases can be devastating, having...

  • French foie gras makers say they are ready if bird flu returns

    French foie gras makers say they are ready if bird flu returns

    French foie gras makers, still recovering from two severe bird flu crises that ravaged flocks, said on Thursday they would be able to face any new outbreak thanks to strict security measures but prices will remain high to make up for increased...

  • The bacteria that live in and on us

    The bacteria that live in and on us

    Hand washing is an effective way to help prevent the spread of bacteria. rawpixel/unsplash   Bacteria are everywhere, including in and on our bodies. There are estimated to be as many bacteria in a human body as there are human cells. Much like...

  • We're doing drug trials wrong – here's how to fix it

    We're doing drug trials wrong – here's how to fix it

    By the age of 65, at least half of us will suffer from two or more long-term diseases. And the chance of having multi-morbidity, as it is known, increases with age. Only 9 per cent of people with coronary heart disease have no other condition. The...

  • Drop in Australia HIV sparks call for greater drug roll-out

    Drop in Australia HIV sparks call for greater drug roll-out

    HIV transmission rates among gay and bisexual men fell by almost a third in the Australian state of New South Wales following the wide-scale introduction of a daily anti-HIV drug, sparking calls for other health authorities to follow...

  • Red cabbages have almost three times as many types of protein as humans

    Red cabbages have almost three times as many types of protein as humans

    We humans are top of the evolutionary tree, the most complex organisms that have ever lived on Earth in five billion years. Right? One way we might actually prove our biological complexity is to look at the number of different proteins that our...

  • Could cheese help prevent type 2 diabetes?

    Could cheese help prevent type 2 diabetes?

    Many people believe that low-fat dairy products are healthier than high-fat dairy products. Indeed, many public health guidelines recommend low-fat dairy over high-fat dairy. However, our latest research, published in PLOS Medicine, found that...

  • Benevolence and healing art

    Benevolence and healing art

    Enthusiasm for Chinese culture and traditional medicine is gaining ground in Malta. This was confirmed by the generous public attendance to several events which were organised last week by the Jiangsu Provincial Commission of Health and Family...

  • Low rate of successful bystander CPR in Malta

    Low rate of successful bystander CPR in Malta

    The World Restart a Heart Day will be marked in Malta on Tuesday with an event taking place at Freedom Square Valletta between 10am and 2pm. The day was chosen by the International Committee on Resuscitation to promote bystander CPR...