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  • Impatient patients turn to online 'buyers club' for new drugs

    Impatient patients turn to online 'buyers club' for new drugs

    Frustrated by delays in new medicines reaching their own country, a small but growing number of patients are turning to an online broker that bills itself as a legal version of the Dallas Buyers Club. While regulators warn of the risk of buying...

  • How weaponising the body's immune system can deliver a cure for cancer

    How weaponising the body's immune system can deliver a cure for cancer

    We’re beginning to treat cancer in a whole new way. Rather than killing cancer cells directly with chemo or radiotherapy, the latest treatments are designed to promote the body’s natural immune control over the disease. So-called immunotherapy...

  • Fat people do not need your concerns about their health

    Fat people do not need your concerns about their health

    Gravely misinformed ideas about health, beauty and body image still dominate, as derogatory reactions to plus size model Tess Holliday’s October Cosmopolitan UK magazine cover prove. TV presenter Piers Morgan, for example, posted a photo of the...

  • Just because you're thin, doesn't mean you're healthy

    Just because you're thin, doesn't mean you're healthy

    Being thin doesn’t mean you can eat unhealthy foods and get away with it. from www.shutterstock.com   According to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, 63% of Australian adults are overweight or obese. But it’s much harder to estimate...

  • Hospital privacy curtains may harbour dangerous germs

    Hospital privacy curtains may harbour dangerous germs

    Without timely intervention, privacy curtains in hospitals can become breeding grounds for resistant bacteria, posing a threat to patient safety, according to new research published in the American Journal of Infection Control, the journal of the...

  • Ageing Japan: Manga comics turn grey, but spirited, along with readers

    Ageing Japan: Manga comics turn grey, but spirited, along with readers

    Japan's greying population is changing the character of its beloved manga comics, spawning a new genre in which the elderly aren't pitiable oldsters but protagonists making discoveries, finding friends and sometimes even having hot sex. Demand for...

  • Cricket-farming hops ahead as Kenyans catch superfood bug

    Cricket-farming hops ahead as Kenyans catch superfood bug

    It used to be that two sorts of people in this part of western Kenya ate crickets: the hungry, and singers who believed consuming the chirping insects would improve their voice. Times have changed. In recent years the business of rearing insects...

  • Jail birds: Thailand considers prison for feeding pigeons

    Jail birds: Thailand considers prison for feeding pigeons

    The Thai capital is considering jailing people who feed pigeons in public to try to eliminate the risk of bird flu and other diseases, officials said on Wednesday. The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration is spearheading a campaign to catch pigeons...

  • Malaria mosquitoes wiped out in lab trials

    Malaria mosquitoes wiped out in lab trials

    Scientists have succeeded in wiping out a population of caged mosquitoes in laboratory experiments using a type of genetic engineering known as a gene drive, which spread a modification blocking female reproduction. The researchers, whose work was...

  • Facebook not protecting content moderators from mental trauma - lawsuit

    Facebook not protecting content moderators from mental trauma - lawsuit

    A former Facebook Inc contract employee filed a lawsuit in California, alleging that content moderators who face mental trauma after reviewing distressing images on the platform are not being properly protected by the social networking...

  • Five popular hangover cures, reviewed by experts

    Five popular hangover cures, reviewed by experts

    It’s a common misconception that hangovers are mainly the result of dehydration. An evening of heavy drinking can lead to inflammation of the stomach and intestines, poor-quality sleep and the production of toxic substances that lead to vomiting,...

  • Mediterranean diet reduces stroke risk in women – but not men

    Mediterranean diet reduces stroke risk in women – but not men

    Ancel and Margaret Keys, an American husband-and-wife team, first reported on the Mediterranean diet’s health benefits in 1975. Since then, the diet has become particularly well known for its effect on cardiovascular health. What is less well...

  • Back to school week… What to put in your kids’ lunch box

    Back to school week… What to put in your kids’ lunch box

    The prevalence of overweight and obesity among Maltese schoolchildren and adolescents has been increasing over recent years, as it has in other southern European countries. A nationwide study conducted during 2016 measuring all schoolchildren...

  • UK doctors win battle with drug giants over cheaper eye medicine

    UK doctors win battle with drug giants over cheaper eye medicine

    Drug giants Novartis, Bayer and Roche on Friday lost a bid to stop British doctors from recommending a cheaper drug option for people with an eye disease that causes blindness, the High Court in London ruled. A drug industry group said the...

  • Low levels of carbon monoxide poisoning can be very difficult to spot

    Low levels of carbon monoxide poisoning can be very difficult to spot

    Carbon monoxide (CO), like many gases, cannot be detected by our human senses. We cannot see it, smell it or taste it. But unlike many gases, small amounts are extremely harmful to us. In 2015 (the most recent year for which statistics are...

  • Saint James Eye Clinic providing training for ophthalmic surgeons worldwide

    Saint James Eye Clinic providing training for ophthalmic surgeons worldwide

    The Saint James Eye Clinic has been appointed as an approved Carl Zeiss Meditec training facility enabling it to provide training for ophthalmic surgeons worldwide in the field of refractive surgery. Carl Zeiss Meditec is one of the leading...

  • Children who are picky eaters still grow up healthy

    Children who are picky eaters still grow up healthy

    If a standoff over vegetables at dinner is a daily hurdle with your child then good news parents – a picky toddler is still likely to grow up to be a normal weight and height. That’s according to new research from the University of Bristol’s...

  • Why we're looking for cancer clues in urine

    Why we're looking for cancer clues in urine

    Africa Studio/Shutterstock   The human immune system is actually quite good at killing cancer cells. In fact, we believe it does so quite frequently. People who have AIDS or have had an organ transplant have suppressed immune systems and go on to...

  • Mindfulness meditation: ten minutes a day improves cognitive function

    Mindfulness meditation: ten minutes a day improves cognitive function

    Practising mindfulness meditation for 10 minutes a day improves concentration and the ability to keep information active in one’s mind, a function known as “working memory”. The brain achieves this by becoming more efficient, literally requiring...

  • Delay eating breakfast and eat dinner early to lose body fat – new study

    Delay eating breakfast and eat dinner early to lose body fat – new study

    junpinzon/Shutterstock.com   Time-restricted eating (also called time-restricted feeding) is a new dietary concept that involves reducing the time between the first and last calorie consumed each day. There is strong evidence to support the...