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  • Ebola death toll in DRC passes 750: WHO

    Ebola death toll in DRC passes 750: WHO

    The Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo has killed more than 750 people, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said Friday, ahead of a key review on the severity of the epidemic.  WHO's latest toll for the outbreak declared in eastern...

  • Sense of taste changes as we age

    Sense of taste changes as we age

    Taste is a complex phenomenon. We do not experience the sensation through a single sense (as we would when we see something using our sense of sight, for example) but rather it is made up of the five senses working together to allow us to...

  • Crude oil touted as health cure in Azerbaijan

    Crude oil touted as health cure in Azerbaijan

    Immersed up to her neck in a dark viscous liquid, Sulfiya smiles in delight, confident that the fetid substance will cure her painful condition. Sulfiya, a Russian woman in her 60s, has travelled to Azerbaijan's north-western city of Naftalan in...

  • Push to cure hepatitis B, a neglected disease

    Push to cure hepatitis B, a neglected disease

    A coalition of researchers, health organisations and patient groups on Wednesday launched an ambitious campaign to cure hepatitis B, a disease that kills twice as many people as malaria but gets far less attention. "Inexplicably, despite the huge...

  • A shot of truth: the MMR vaccine and the conspiracies that dog it

    A shot of truth: the MMR vaccine and the conspiracies that dog it

    It was 1992 when the floodgates of immunisation conspiracy theories opened. Gastroentologist Andrew Wakefield had suggested that the MMR vaccine was linked to autism in children. The detriment caused by that since-discredited claim remains more...

  • Electric bikes can boost older people's mental performance and well-being

    Electric bikes can boost older people's mental performance and well-being

    Getting on your bicycle can give you an enormous sense of freedom and enjoyment. It can increase your independence and knowledge of the local area, and improve your access to the natural (or urban) environment. It can also be highly nostalgic –...

  • Online tool encourages healthy weight gain during pregnancy

    Online tool encourages healthy weight gain during pregnancy

    Excessive weight gain during pregnancy increases the risk of obesity in both mothers and babies. To avoid dangerous gestational weight gain, it is important to identify effective tools for behavior change. A new study appearing in the Journal of...

  • New York mandates vaccine to contain Brooklyn measles outbreak

    New York mandates vaccine to contain Brooklyn measles outbreak

    New York Mayor Bill de Blasio declared a public health emergency in parts of Brooklyn on Tuesday, ordering all residents to be vaccinated to contain a measles outbreak concentrated in the ultra-Orthodox Jewish community. The order concerns all...

  • Cutting-edge procedure mends Jagger's 'heart of stone'

    Cutting-edge procedure mends Jagger's 'heart of stone'

    When the Rolling Stone's Mick Jagger underwent heart valve replacement surgery in New York recently, according to media reports the doctor in France who invented the technique took a modest bow. "I am not especially a fan of the Rolling Stones but...

  • Will London's new charge on drivers help air pollution?

    Will London's new charge on drivers help air pollution?

    A new Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) is being introduced in London, to reduce harmful emissions from traffic and improve air quality. Those who drive polluting vehicles into the city centre will face a daily charge – £12.50 for cars, motorcycles...

  • Autism support systems

    Autism support systems

    Although many have heard of the term Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), people still struggle to understand the extent to which autism affects the lives of these individuals and their relatives, Laura Frendo notes. April is dedicated to autism...

  • Latest Ebola outbreak has all the makings of a humanitarian crisis

    Latest Ebola outbreak has all the makings of a humanitarian crisis

    It’s been eight months since the start of the current Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). By the beginning of April, almost 700 people have succumbed to the disease, making this the second worst Ebola outbreak ever recorded.

  • Joined at the knee

    Joined at the knee

    Knee pain is one of the most common ailments and can affect patients of any age particularly the older generation.  The knee joint is made up of three main bones called the femur (thigh bone), tibia (leg bone) and the patella or knee cap. There...

  • Universal Health Coverage: everyone, everywhere

    Universal Health Coverage: everyone, everywhere

    The Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Directorate and Primary Health Care are visiting different localities in Malta and Gozo to disseminate the message of this year’s World Health Day "Universal Health Coverage: everyone, everywhere". World...

  • Global life expectancy up 5.5 years since 2000: WHO

    Global life expectancy up 5.5 years since 2000: WHO

    Global life expectancy grew by 5.5 years between 2000 and 2016, the World Health Organisation said Thursday, warning though that unequal income and access to healthcare translates into far shorter lives for many. The UN health agency also stressed...

  • Intuitive eating: a 'diet' that actually makes sense

    Intuitive eating: a 'diet' that actually makes sense

    Diets for weight loss usually involve restriction. The 5:2 diet relies on restricting calories, and the ketogenic diet relies on restricting particular types of food. Research suggests, however, that restrictive dieting can lead to a higher body...

  • How to survive high pollen counts

    How to survive high pollen counts

    Blooming spring flowers signal the beginning of spring, but for millions of people, they also signal the onset of the misery: allergy and asthma season. Itchy, watery eyes; sneezing, runny nose; cough and wheezing are triggered by an overreaction...

  • Cervical pre-cancer rates down 88% in decade since HPV vaccinations began

    Cervical pre-cancer rates down 88% in decade since HPV vaccinations began

    Cervical cancer is the third most common cancer among women in the UK under the age of 35 after breast and skin cancer. In the majority of cases, the cancer only develops if the patient is infected with human papillomavirus (HPV) types 16 or 18.

  • Revealed: the diets cutting our lives short

    Revealed: the diets cutting our lives short

    One in five deaths globally are linked to poor diet, experts said Thursday, warning that overconsumption of sugar, salt and meat was killing millions of people every year. The United Nations estimates that nearly a billion people worldwide are...

  • Antibody curer for Ebola raises hopes for human treatment

    Antibody curer for Ebola raises hopes for human treatment

    The Ebola virus outbreak of 2014 in West Africa caused more than 11,000 deaths. At the time, scientists were working on several experimental vaccines and treatments but none were licensed for use in humans. Antibodies, which are special defence...