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  • Is beer actually good for you?

    Is beer actually good for you?

    A recent Daily Mail article announced that: “Beer is officially good for you”. The article claimed that beer “reduces heart risk” and “improves brain health”. Even if “heart risk” sounds a bit vague, the news sounds good. But let’s take a closer...

  • Consuming milk at breakfast lowers blood glucose throughout the day

    Consuming milk at breakfast lowers blood glucose throughout the day

    A change in breakfast routine may provide benefits for the management of type 2 diabetes, according to a new study published in the Journal of Dairy Science. Douglas Goff and the team of scientists from the Human Nutraceutical Research Unit at the...

  • Wearing an ill-fitting bra is bad for our health

    Wearing an ill-fitting bra is bad for our health

    Wearing the wrong size bra is not only uncomfortable, it can cause a range of health problems. Research has shown that a lack of breast support often leads to breast pain, which is reported by 50% of women. An ill-fitting bra that doesn’t give the...

  • People with dementia are vulnerable to financial abuse

    People with dementia are vulnerable to financial abuse

    When most of us go online to our internet banking account and set up a direct debit to pay a bill, we probably do it swiftly without much thought. But in reality it’s not that easy. In fact, there are a lot of complex processes involved in how we...

  • Ageing in human cells successfully reversed in the lab

    Ageing in human cells successfully reversed in the lab

    The ability to reverse ageing is something many people would hope to see in their lifetime. This is still a long way from reality, but in our latest experiment, we have reversed the ageing of human cells, which could provide the basis for future...

  • Stay safe, healthy this summer

    Stay safe, healthy this summer

    Many people look forward to summer for holidays, longer days, travelling and spending time outside. For children summer means time off, no homework, new crafts and hobbies and lots of friends to play with. For adults, it means more relaxation from...

  • Other people are having way, way less sex than you think they are

    Other people are having way, way less sex than you think they are

    Shutterstock   Research shows we think young people have a lot more sex than they do in reality – and men have a particularly skewed view of the sex lives of young women. As part of Ipsos’ long-running studies on misperceptions, to be released in...

  • Vaping: how safe is it?

    Vaping: how safe is it?

    A survey of adolescents carried out by researchers at Coventry University has shown that than less than half of e-cigarette users knew that vape products contain nicotine or that they are addictive, raising the possibility that they could be a...

  • Bad news for celery lovers: there is no such thing as 'negative' calories

    Bad news for celery lovers: there is no such thing as 'negative' calories

    Diets are everywhere, but could eating “negative calorie” foods, such as celery and grapefruit, help to boost weight loss? The theory behind negative calorie foods is that some foods have lower calorie (energy) content than the amount of energy it...

  • China's happy piglet stamps trigger family planning policy posts

    China's happy piglet stamps trigger family planning policy posts

    A new "pig family" postal stamp has stoked debate about whether China may further loosen its family planning policy next year as couples delay parenthood and the world's most populous nation greys. China Post, on its official website on Monday,...

  • London laces up to become world's most 'walkable' city

    London laces up to become world's most 'walkable' city

    Londoners have been urged to reach for their walking shoes as the government launched its first action plan to get more people moving around the city on foot. Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has said he wants to make the British capital the world's...

  • Libyan cancer clinic relies on donors to treat patients

    Libyan cancer clinic relies on donors to treat patients

    One of Libya's few cancer clinics is relying on donors to keep its doors open for patients who often travel hundreds of kilometres for life-saving treatment. Conflict and economic crisis since Libya's 2011 uprising have gutted the health system...

  • We truly have social bodies

    We truly have social bodies

    Every day there are reports of more construction in Malta. Apart from the noise and the dust, traffic jams and increasing density of population, there are various other hidden negative effects on our bodies. Our body responds to these stresses in...

  • Mental health first aid for youth leaders, coaches and workers

    Mental health first aid for youth leaders, coaches and workers

    The Richmond Foundation is offering a course on ‘Mental Health First Aid’ for youth leaders, coaches and workers. The course, being offered free of charge, is for a limited time since it is being offered as part of an EU-funded project. The Mental...

  • Research check: does drinking coffee help you live longer?

    Research check: does drinking coffee help you live longer?

    The study contains some good news for people who drink a lot of coffee. StudioByTheSea/Shutterstock   There’s only one thing better than a hot cup of coffee in the morning: a new research paper telling you your daily habit is good for your health.

  • Cashing in on DNA: race on to unlock value in genetic data

    Cashing in on DNA: race on to unlock value in genetic data

    How much is your DNA worth? As millions of people pay for home tests to check on ancestry or health risks, genetic data is becoming an increasingly valuable resource for drugmakers, triggering a race to create a DNA marketplace. GlaxoSmithKline's...

  • WHO warns there may be no vaccine option for new Ebola outbreak

    WHO warns there may be no vaccine option for new Ebola outbreak

    It may be impossible to use a vaccine to tackle Democratic Republic of Congo's new Ebola outbreak, which has spread over dozens of kilometres and may have begun in May, a senior World Health Organisation official said on Thursday. Officials have...

  • Everyday plastics emit greenhouse gases, scientists say

    Everyday plastics emit greenhouse gases, scientists say

    Plastic used in everyday objects from bottles to packaging emit greenhouse gases when exposed to sunlight, according to a study released on Wednesday, as global concern about its impact on the world's oceans grows. Plastic pollution has come under...

  • 'Superbugs' are becoming resistant to alcohol disinfectants

    'Superbugs' are becoming resistant to alcohol disinfectants

    Multidrug-resistant "superbugs" that can cause dangerous infections in hospitals are becoming increasingly resistant to alcohol-based hand sanitizers and disinfectants designed to hold them at bay, scientists said. In a study of what the...

  • The lifesaving power of gratitude

    The lifesaving power of gratitude

    An attitude of gratitude may relieve stress, which in turn may lead to better health. michaelhelm/Shutterstock.com Gratitude may be more beneficial than we commonly suppose. One recent study asked subjects to write a note of thanks to someone and...