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  • Regular take away meals linked to higher body and blood fats in kids

    Regular take away meals linked to higher body and blood fats in kids

    Children who eat restaurant carry-out, or takeaway meals once a week or more tend to have extra body fat and long-term risk factors for heart disease, suggests a UK study. In the study of 9- and 10-year-olds, the kids who ate carry-out most often...

  • Online service boosts uptake of STI testing

    Online service boosts uptake of STI testing

    People are more likely to be tested for sexually transmitted infection (STI) when the test is offered online compared to in a clinic, new findings show. “Providing the option of an online STI testing service nearly doubles uptake of STI testing...

  • Beijing may be starting to win its battle against smog

    Beijing may be starting to win its battle against smog

    Beijing may have turned a corner in its battle against the city’s notorious smog, according to Reuters calculations, and environmental consultants say the Chinese government deserves much of the credit for introducing tough anti-pollution...

  • Drinking milk before a big night out and other alcohol myths

    Drinking milk before a big night out and other alcohol myths

    Drinking alcohol is fun – the after-effects, less so. It is little wonder, then, that people the world over have sought remedies to mitigate the dreaded hangover. Here we put some of the better known myths to scientific scrutiny. ‘Lining’ your...

  • Many doctors don't understand fibromyalgia condition - study

    Many doctors don't understand fibromyalgia condition - study

    Generalist doctors, and even many specialists, have relatively poor knowledge of the American College of Rheumatology 1990 and 2010 fibromyalgia diagnostic criteria, according to results of a survey conducted in Canada. "Physicians do not have...

  • Ear cotton buds: a dangerous weapon?

    Ear cotton buds: a dangerous weapon?

    A sampling of US emergency department records confirms that sticking anything smaller than your elbow in your ear is a good way to puncture an eardrum. About 66% of patients treated for traumatic tympanic membrane perforations had hurt themselves...

  • Even brief exposure to low-level air pollution tied to deaths

    Even brief exposure to low-level air pollution tied to deaths

    Older adults are more likely to die on days when air pollution rises, even when contaminant levels are below the limit considered safe by US regulators, a new study suggests. Researchers looked at 22 million deaths nationwide to see if there was...

  • Which superfood is best?

    Which superfood is best?

    With Christmas over and New Year resolutions looming, most people are looking to popular superfood ingredients, especially turmeric, matcha tea and cocoa, to help them recover from the festive excesses. London-based nutritionist Georgios...

  • Vitamin D, calcium supplements may not lower fracture risk

    Vitamin D, calcium supplements may not lower fracture risk

    Older adults who take vitamin D and calcium are no less likely to break their hips or other bones than peers who don’t use these supplements, a research review suggests. Researchers examined data from 33 previous trials with a total of more than...

  • Nature and nurture contribute equally to depression risk

    Nature and nurture contribute  equally to depression risk

    For the first time, researchers have found that the environment you are raised in is as important as your genes in determining risk for major depression. In a large retrospective study, researchers looked at depression diagnoses among more than...

  • Leaving the house linked to longevity in older adults

    Leaving the house linked to longevity in older adults

    For older people, getting out of the house regularly may contribute to a longer life - and the effect is independent of medical problems or mobility issues, according to new research from Israel. For study participants in their 70s, 80s and 90s,...

  • Peers may influence how well type 1 diabetes is managed

    How young people with type 1 diabetes relate to their peers may have important effects on how well they manage the disease and how distressing it is for them, a small study suggests. Peers can help teens and young adults accept their disease and...

  • Blood tests rules out celiac disease during gluten-free diet

    Blood tests rules out celiac disease during gluten-free diet

    An experimental blood test accurately identifies people who do, or don’t, have celiac disease, even if they are following gluten-free diets, researchers say. The two main blood tests used to screen for celiac disease rely on detecting an immune...

  • What’s in your tattoo?

    What’s in your tattoo?

    Just like ink spreading through the skin, tattoos have slowly permeated our culture. They are wearable art, fashion statements, memory preservers and symbols that tie individuals together. Twelve per cent of Europeans sport at least one tattoo and...

  • A Christmas to remember

    A Christmas to remember

    Christmas brings a multitude of opportunities to spend valuable time with our loved ones, friends and colleagues. It is a time when we can embrace our love and appreciation for one another and take the opportunity to thank all those who have been...

  • New hope for Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s sufferers

    New hope for Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s sufferers

    Research carried out by Angelique Camilleri as part of a research group at the University of Malta on how brain cells die in neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s dementia (AD) and Parkinson’s disease (PD) has yielded encouraging results...

  • Tactile massage alleviates pain, reduces opioid dependency

    Tactile massage alleviates pain, reduces opioid dependency

    Light massage can reduce pain, anxiety and the need for opioid medication in terminally ill patients, a Swedish study suggests. “All end-of-life patients experience existential pain or existential suffering,” coauthor Linda Bjorkhem-Bergman told...

  • A Christmas spice that may help reduce your blood cholesterol

    A Christmas spice that may help reduce your blood cholesterol

    amphaiwan/Shutterstock.com Cinnamon is a popular spice at Christmas time, used to flavour everything from mulled wine to pumpkin pie. And, unlike many Christmas foods, this one might actually be good for you. Cinnamon, the bark of a small...

  • Why a walk in the park beats a stroll on the street

    Why a walk in the park beats a stroll on the street

    Older adults who take a daily constitutional may want to avoid traffic-jammed city streets and head to a park instead because polluted air diminishes the benefits of exercise, a UK study suggests. Researchers in London randomly assigned 119 men...

  • Foot expert warns festive partygoers against 'high' or 'wobbly' heels

    Foot expert warns festive partygoers against 'high' or 'wobbly' heels

    Feet should not be forgotten in the festive season, especially when partying, an expert says. Consultant foot and ankle surgeon Kaser Nazir urged women to wear "sensible" heels and outlined sprain-avoiding steps for active holidaymakers. He said:...