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  • Healthy BMI when you're young could safeguard your heart for later life

    Healthy BMI when you're young could safeguard your heart for later life

    Your body mass index (BMI) indicates whether you are within a healthy weight range based on your height. Having a higher BMI – meaning more weight relative to height – can increase your risk of developing heart disease, cancer and type 2 diabetes.

  • Japan scientists to use 'reprogrammed' stem cells to fight Parkinson's

    Japan scientists to use 'reprogrammed' stem cells to fight Parkinson's

    Japanese scientists said on Monday they will start clinical trials next month on a treatment for Parkinson's disease, transplanting "reprogrammed" stem cells into brains, seeking a breakthrough in treating the neurodegenerative...

  • Secondhand smoking causing thousands of stillbirths in developing countries

    Secondhand smoking causing thousands of stillbirths in developing countries

    Pregnancy is a vulnerable time for a woman’s health and tobacco smoke harms mothers and their unborn children. In developing countries it is uncommon for women to smoke while pregnant – but their exposure to secondhand smoke during pregnancy is a...

  • Salmonella one of 250 microbes that can cause foodborne illness

    Salmonella one of 250 microbes that can cause foodborne illness

    Alerts about food make people more conscious of the risks of contamination. Although there are strict regulations along the food chain, mishaps do happen. Therefore, systems are in place to monitor and alert, so any hazards are picked up and...

  • GSK's severe paediatric asthma drug wins European panel thumbs-up

    GSK's severe paediatric asthma drug wins European panel thumbs-up

    GlaxoSmithKline drug Nucala has won a key recommendation from a European Medicines Agency (EMA) panel for use in the treatment of children with severe asthma, the company said in a statement on Friday. The EMA's Committee for Medicinal Products...

  • Britain moves closer to legalising medicinal use of cannabis

    Britain moves closer to legalising medicinal use of cannabis

    Britain moved a step closer to legalising the medicinal use of cannabis after a report concluded there are benefits for patients as the government reviews the rules to allow drugs derived from the banned plant. Professor Sally Davies, chief...

  • Heat-related deaths in Britain set to treble by 2050

    Heat-related deaths in Britain set to treble by 2050

    Premature deaths from heatwaves in Britain could more than treble to around 7,000 a year by mid-century if the government does not take action, a committee of lawmakers said on Thursday. The warning is topical as Britain swelters in a heatwave,...

  • Diabetes: the good news and the bad news – and what next for the future

    Diabetes: the good news and the bad news – and what next for the future

    Alarming stories about the diabetes epidemic that threatens millions of lives – and the NHS itself – have become commonplace, and with good reason. Around 4.6m people in the UK are living with diabetes while a further 12.3m are at increased risk...

  • GSK's two-drug HIV treatment proves itself in key tests

    GSK's two-drug HIV treatment proves itself in key tests

    GlaxoSmithKline's simple two-drug treatment for HIV works as well as standard triple therapy, even in people with relatively high levels of the virus that causes AIDS, clinical study results presented on Tuesday showed. Doctors and investors alike...

  • Forest bathing: taking a bath without water

    Forest bathing: taking a bath without water

    The scent of pines mingles with that of moist grass and earth. Sunlight filters through the trees. And the only sound is a slight rustle of leaves, and my footsteps. In traditional Japanese culture, what I’m doing is known as Shinrin-yoku, or...

  • Can we stay alive longer?

    Can we stay alive longer?

    In healthcare, there is no more noble act than that of saving lives. Ask anyone working in the clinical field why they do this type of work and they will consistently answer: to save lives, help others, ease pain and improve lives. But on...

  • Cutting through the hype about medical cannabis

    Cutting through the hype about medical cannabis

    There’s plenty of anecdotal evidence that Cannabidiol (CBD) oil – a concentrated oily extract made from cannabis – can help treat a variety of ailments. It’s said to help with everything from epileptic seizures to opioid addiction, PTSD to...

  • A healthy dose of happiness: with health benefits as well

    A healthy dose of happiness: with health benefits as well

    Laughter is indeed the best medicine and is used by practitioners to allow the elderly, as well as dementia patients, the necessary space to let go, gain confidence and create a more comfortable space. In the July issue of Senior Times, Malta’s...

  • Men with same-sex partners 28 times more likely to get HIV - UN

    Men with same-sex partners 28 times more likely to get HIV - UN

    Men with same-sex sexual partners are 28 times more likely to contract HIV than their heterosexual counterparts despite a radical reduction in new infections among gay men in Western countries, a UN report said on Wednesday. The overall annual...

  • Omega 3 supplements don't protect against heart disease, new review finds

    Omega 3 supplements don't protect against heart disease, new review finds

    Many people take a daily omega 3 supplement in the belief that it is good for their heart. But our latest research, a systematic review of 79 clinical trials, found no evidence for this belief. We examined the effects of omega 3 on heart disease...

  • Breakthrough 'world first' melanoma blood test developed

    Breakthrough 'world first' melanoma blood test developed

    Australian researchers said Wednesday they have developed a blood test for melanoma in its early stages, calling it a "world first" breakthrough that could save many lives. The scientists, from Edith Cowan University, said the new test could help...

  • Humans are to blame for the rise in dangerous viral infections

    Humans are to blame for the rise in dangerous viral infections

    Today, we hear about dangerous viral infections around the world on a regular basis. Social media and internet access may be an obvious explanation for their seeming increase. But it doesn’t just seem this way. The number of viruses and the...

  • UK ethics body says gene-edited babies may be 'morally permissible'

    UK ethics body says gene-edited babies may be 'morally permissible'

    The use of gene editing technologies to alter the DNA of human embryos could be morally permissible as long as the science and its impact on society is carefully considered, a British ethics panel said on Tuesday. Experts from the UK's Nuffield...

  • Protecting yourself during a heatwave

    Protecting yourself during a heatwave

    As summer sets in, the temperatures increase, leading to health effects. Heat-related illness can affect anyone, but some people are at a greater risk than others. These include the extremes of age groups, including babies and children aged up to...

  • Distress can cause chronic diseases, even at low levels

    Distress can cause chronic diseases, even at low levels

    Low levels of psychological distress can increase the risk of developing some chronic diseases including arthritis, and types of heart and lung disease, according to new research. The study, led by Catharine Gale, a professor of cognitive...