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  • If assisted dying is legalised, who gets to decide whose life is worth living?

    If assisted dying is legalised, who gets to decide whose life is worth living?

    Since the British parliament rejected a bill that would have legalised assisted dying back in 2015, campaigners have continued to push for a change in the law. Now, the Royal College of Physicians is polling its members on whether the UK should...

  • Diabetics stock up on insulin over Brexit fears

    Diabetics stock up on insulin over Brexit fears

    Diabetics and insulin providers in Britain are stockpiling the precious medicine to avoid potential shortages in case Britain leaves the European Union without a deal in just over month's time. "I started about two months ago," David Burns, a...

  • How to be happy

    How to be happy

    Happiness is a state everyone strives to attain. Let’s face it, everyone wants to be happy and, indeed, we should be. Happiness is a mental or emotional state of well-being characterised by positive or pleasant emotions ranging from contentment to...

  • Raging bull: smashing away anger at Indonesia's 'Temper Clinic'

    Raging bull: smashing away anger at Indonesia's 'Temper Clinic'

    Armed with crowbars and wearing protective gear, three women assembled at a Jakarta stress clinic survey the cluster of bottles they're about to smash to pieces. "I feel relieved. It's like something I have been holding inside is finally released...

  • Miscarriage: why no one wants to talk about it in the workplace

    Miscarriage: why no one wants to talk about it in the workplace

    For many expectant parents, experiencing a miscarriage – whether it occurs early or late in pregnancy – can be devastating. Statistical evidence suggests that one in three or four pregnancies results in a miscarriage. The American College of...

  • Portugal nurses suspend strike but vow to fight on

    Portugal nurses suspend strike but vow to fight on

    A nurses' strike in Portugal which brought non-essential operations to a standstill for nearly three weeks over demands for higher pay ended on Wednesday after a union called it off, the government said. Operating theatres reopened fully in 10...

  • Vaccine could virtually eliminate cervical cancer

    Vaccine could virtually eliminate cervical cancer

    The rapid scale-up of the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine could virtually eliminate cervical cancer in a handful of rich countries within three decades, and in most other nations by century's end, researchers said Wednesday. Without screening...

  • Seven myths and truths about healthy skin

    Seven myths and truths about healthy skin

    Skin is our largest organ and something we may take for granted when it’s healthy. As an academic dermatologist I frequently hear misleading “facts” that seem to be stubbornly enduring. Here are some of the most commonly shared myths that can be...

  • Fountain of youth? Study finds new anti-ageing compound in plant

    Fountain of youth? Study finds new anti-ageing compound in plant

    In Japan, the slightly bitter leaves of the Ashitaba plant have long been considered healthy, and a new study has found the traditional belief may have good scientific grounds. A natural substance in the plant appears to induce a key process that...

  • 'Smiling depression': here's why that's particularly dangerous

    'Smiling depression': here's why that's particularly dangerous

    The term “smiling depression” – appearing happy to others while internally suffering depressive symptoms – has become increasingly popular. Articles on the topic have crept up in the popular literature, and the number of Google searches for the...

  • 'Killer' cells raise hope of universal flu vaccine

    'Killer' cells raise hope of universal flu vaccine

    Scientists said Monday they had discovered immune cells that can fight all known flu viruses in what was hailed as an "extraordinary breakthrough" that could lead to a universal, one-shot vaccine against the killer disease.  Influenza epidemics,...

  • Admitting that vaccinology is imperfect science may be better way to defeat sceptics

    Admitting that vaccinology is imperfect science may be better way to defeat sceptics

    Around the world, vaccines are in retreat, shunned by populations who, for the most part, have never been exposed to the diseases that blighted or shortened the lives of their grandparents’ generation. But with the possible exception of quinine –...

  • Japan trial to treat spinal cord injuries with stem cells

    Japan trial to treat spinal cord injuries with stem cells

    A team of Japanese researchers will carry out an unprecedented trial using a kind of stem cell to try to treat debilitating spinal cord injuries, the specialists said on Monday. The team at Tokyo's Keio University has received government approval...

  • Shoulder conditions: ‘Keyhole recovery much shorter than open surgery’

    Shoulder conditions: ‘Keyhole recovery much shorter than open surgery’

    The shoulder is a ball and socket joint and is very mobile. The ball is kept in its socket through the help of various ligaments, cartilages and tendons. In the 1930s a surgeon called Michael Burman introduced a procedure using a keyhole camera...

  • Investing in our children’s health

    Investing in our children’s health

    Some of the most important factors that influence children’s and adolescents’ health include cardio-respiratory fitness, muscular fitness, physical activity and exercise. Research indicates that children’s health and fitness levels have an impact...

  • 'I've been bedridden since January 2018'

    'I've been bedridden since January 2018'

    Trying to be a good parent is a tough job, and to be a good parent with chronic pain is even tougher. Antoinette Sinnas is one mother living like this, and she knows the emotional side of it can cut even deeper wounds. Here, she opens up about...

  • Drugs: researchers shouldn't just focus on the harms

    Drugs: researchers shouldn't just focus on the harms

    Most drug research focuses on the harms they cause, but studying the pleasure they provide will improve our understanding of why people use them. Among other things, this knowledge could be used to help people who develop drug problems, such as...

  • Move over testosterone: another hormone is also vital for making boys

    Move over testosterone: another hormone is also vital for making boys

    Often the first question parents are asked after the birth of their child is “congratulations, girl or boy?”. For parents of one in 2,000 to 4,000 births, however, there is not an easy answer. This is when the baby has “ambiguous” genitalia, where...

  • Swelling and painful feet: the most common problems when you're pregnant

    Swelling and painful feet: the most common problems when you're pregnant

    Along with the rest of the body, being pregnant can have a huge impact on feet. More than half of expectant mothers experience some form of foot problem during pregnancy. But foot issues are often neglected, with other medical aspects of pregnancy...

  • WHO warns of 'backsliding' in measles fight as cases soar

    WHO warns of 'backsliding' in measles fight as cases soar

    The World Health Organization warned Thursday that efforts to halt the spread of measles were "backsliding", with case numbers worldwide surging around 50% last year. The UN health agency pointed to preliminary data showing that the disturbing...