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  • High potency pot 'strongly linked' to psychosis

    High potency pot 'strongly linked' to psychosis

    High potency cannabis, especially when used daily, is "strongly linked" to the risk of developing psychotic disorders such as schizophrenia and paranoia, scientists said Wednesday. In Amsterdam and London - where high-THC marijuana has long been...

  • Eggs and health: unscrambling the message

    Eggs and health: unscrambling the message

    It’s hard to keep up with the message on eggs. Are they good for you or not? In the 1960s, people were told: “Go to work on an egg”. But in the 1970s the public was advised to avoid eggs because they were linked to high blood cholesterol. The...

  • Cancer deaths falling for half decade in EU

    Cancer deaths falling for half decade in EU

    The death rate from cancer has been falling for half a decade in the EU, researchers said Tuesday, although the overall number is expected to rise to 1.4 million this year due to an expanding population. The chances of dying from cancer for men...

  • How can I help a friend with depression?

    How can I help a friend with depression?

    How do I help a depressed friend? She’s 13 and she says it’s due to trauma, and even though we’re bffs she’s never told me what the trauma is. – Anonymous. This article is part of I Need To Know, a Q&A service for teenagers by The Conversation.

  • Nearly 4 in 10 HIV spreaders in US unaware of infection

    Nearly 4 in 10 HIV spreaders in US unaware of infection

    Almost 40 per cent of new HIV cases in the US occur because people do not know they are infected, while a similar proportion know but are not in treatment, according to a study released Monday. The report by the Centers for Disease Control and...

  • Ukraine measles outbreak kills 11, infects 30,000

    Ukraine measles outbreak kills 11, infects 30,000

    Eleven people have died and more than 30,000 have been infected this year in a major outbreak of measles in Ukraine, the European country worst hit by the disease, Kiev said Monday.  The latest victim was a nine-year-old girl who died from...

  • Your skin plays a role in your food allergies

    Your skin plays a role in your food allergies

    Food allergies are on the increase worldwide, ranging from minor inconvenience to possible sudden death, and leading to warnings of an “allergy epidemic”. The most severe form of allergic reaction – anaphylaxis – can occur repeatedly or without...

  • Be fit to have healthy kids

    Be fit to have healthy kids

    If you are planning to have a baby soon, there is a lot to do as, surely, you want to have the healthiest baby possible. Although no one can promise you an easy pregnancy and a healthy baby, this article covers some important things you can do to...

  • New data in eternal debate over eggs, heart health

    New data in eternal debate over eggs, heart health

    The debate over whether eggs are good for you is age-old: while a good source of protein, they also contain potentially harmful cholesterol. Now, a new study - published Friday by the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) - has...

  • Baby boomers are increasingly more likely to risk drink-driving than millennials

    Baby boomers are increasingly more likely to risk drink-driving than millennials

    “Baby boomers”, all now over the age of 50, have shown the fastest rise in rates of alcohol and drug misuse over the past 15 years – and this is playing out on Britain’s roads. At first glance, the latest data on reported accidents and casualties...

  • Suffer the children: how air pollution hurts the youngest

    Suffer the children: how air pollution hurts the youngest

    Air pollution can have devastating health effects for people of all ages, but children are more vulnerable and face specific risks that can last a lifetime, experts say. Why are children more vulnerable? Children breathe faster than adults and are...

  • Hospital disinfectants should be regulated like antibiotics - study

    Hospital disinfectants should be regulated like antibiotics - study

    Bacterial resistance to two disinfectants used in large amounts to control the spread of hospital infections is strongly associated with resistance to several antibiotics used to treat common infections, our latest study shows. Our analysis,...

  • S.Africa medics use 3-D printer for middle ear transplant

    S.Africa medics use 3-D printer for middle ear transplant

    South African surgeons have successfully performed the world's first transplant of middle-ear bones that uses 3-D printed components, a research university said. The technique "may be the answer to conductive hearing loss - a middle ear problem...

  • New alcohol abuse study could unlock secrets to beating genetic diseases

    New alcohol abuse study could unlock secrets to beating genetic diseases

    Human Genome Project has not lived up to the hype on beating disease, but new alcohol abuse study could change that It is almost 20 years since Bill Clinton joined Tony Blair to announce the first rough sequencing of the human genome to tremendous...

  • Why does breast cancer recur?

    Why does breast cancer recur?

    For breast cancer survivors, the risk of tumours returning casts a long shadow, with recurrence possible up to two decades after a diagnosis. But new research could help identify and treat those most in danger. Doctors have traditionally relied on...

  • Tooth whitening – don’t gamble with your teeth

    Tooth whitening – don’t gamble with your teeth

    People seem to be hypnotised by the lure of having teeth that are whiter than an Oscars ceremony. Studies show that over half of us are dissatisfied with the colour of our teeth. The seemingly insatiable desire for whiter teeth is welcome news for...

  • What makes joints pop and crack and is it a sign of disease?

    What makes joints pop and crack and is it a sign of disease?

    Joints emit a variety of noises, including popping, snapping, catching, clicking, grinding, grating and clunking. The technical term for these noises is “crepitus”, from the Latin “to rattle”. People of all ages can experience crepitus, although...

  • Breastfeeding isn't just about the baby – women's bodies matter too

    Breastfeeding isn't just about the baby – women's bodies matter too

    Women are increasingly opening up about their breastfeeding struggles. However, as individual as each story is, many have a core theme – it wasn’t working and no one could tell them why. Given the breadth and depth of medical knowledge, why do...

  • Gently treating pain with osteopathy

    Gently treating pain with osteopathy

    Osteopathy is increasingly gaining popularity but one must make sure that practitioners are licensed, Robert Grech says. When medications do not give the desired results, many people turn to alternative treatments, while others opt to tread the...

  • How to avoid kidney failure

    How to avoid kidney failure

    Controlling your diabetes and blood pressure could help you avoid kidney failure, which in Malta impacts the lives of 300 people. In marking World Kidney Day, the renal unit was this year raising awareness on prevention, with diabetes and...