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  • Cell-by-cell DNA science is 'Breakthrough of 2018'

    Cell-by-cell DNA science is 'Breakthrough of 2018'

    The US journal Science on Thursday coined as "Breakthrough of the Year" for 2018 new technologies that reveal how DNA cues individual cells to grow through time. Experts say these methods will transform science over the coming decades, allowing an...

  • Painful gynaecology stories unleash #MeToo tide in the Balkans

    Painful gynaecology stories unleash #MeToo tide in the Balkans

    A tide of #MeToo testimonies about painful gynaecological procedures and abusive medical staff is rippling across the Balkans, where women are breaking taboos in patriarchal societies to share their traumatic hospital experiences. The outcry was...

  • Watch: An electronic tattoo may cure what ails you

    Watch: An electronic tattoo may cure what ails you

    A team of medical researchers in the US and Portugal say they've created an electronic device that is applied to skin or organs similar to a temporary tattoo. They hope it may be used to operate prosthetic limbs and treat conditions including...

  • Mental health first aid course

    The Richmond Foundation is offering a Mental Health First Aid Course for Educators in secondary schools and in post-secondary institutions. The course is being offered free of charge. This is for a limited time since it is being offered as part of...

  • Combined approach to food wastage and healthy eating

    Combined approach to food wastage and healthy eating

    Waste management has become a priority along the years, with major milestones paving the way for household waste separation and collection. The latest is the separation of organic waste. Most of this is food. Food wastage accounts for 52.1 per...

  • Will wearing your coat indoors make you feel colder outside?

    Will wearing your coat indoors make you feel colder outside?

    If you’ve ever had to work in a draughty office, warehouse or classroom, you’ve probably been tempted to keep your coat on inside. And you were probably also advised against it because you wouldn’t “feel the benefit” when you went outside. This...

  • Five ways to reduce meat intake – without even realising

    Five ways to reduce meat intake – without even realising

    eat makes a meal, so goes the saying. But with more people than ever before ditching meat for plant-based alternatives, it seems meaty dishes are starting to go out of fashion. An estimated 29% of evening meals contained no meat or fish in 2017,...

  • Cell-by-cell DNA science is 'breakthrough of 2018'

    Cell-by-cell DNA science is 'breakthrough of 2018'

    The US journal Science on Thursday coined as "Breakthrough of the Year" for 2018 new technologies that reveal how DNA cues individual cells to grow through time. Experts say these methods will transform science over the coming decades, allowing an...

  • Stop blaming PrEP for the rise in STIs

    Stop blaming PrEP for the rise in STIs

    The UK recently celebrated two landmark achievements in the ongoing fight against HIV. It is now the seventh country to reach the United Nations target of 90-90-90: that 90% of people living with HIV know their status, of whom 90% are on...

  • Why windows with a view are so important to older people

    Why windows with a view are so important to older people

    Windows are something that many of us take for granted – they’re just part of the houses we live in or the buildings we work in. And yet for older people, windows can be vital as a way to access the world, especially for those who spend a lot of...

  • Singing against all odds

    Singing against all odds

    Pursuing one’s dreams is never easy and it might seem especially difficult if one suffers from a condition. Shawn Ciantar, 23, knows a thing or two about this. At the age of four, he was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome, a developmental disorder...

  • We can eat our fish and fight climate change too

    We can eat our fish and fight climate change too

    Kwan Phayao, a large, crescent moon of a lake in Northern Thailand, is home to about 50 fish species, several hundred small-scale farmers and fishers, and the city of Phayao, where 18,000 people live. The lake has always been important to local...

  • Are you going mental over Christmas?

    Are you going mental over Christmas?

    Your mental well-being is more important than finding the right gifts for your loved ones and excelling at seasonal hosting. Psychotherapist Danjela Falzon’s advice is on point. With Christmas just around the corner, I can’t help but embark on my...

  • Air pollution may be making us less intelligent

    Air pollution may be making us less intelligent

    Not only is air pollution bad for our lungs and heart, it turns out it could actually be making us less intelligent, too. A recent study found that in elderly people living in China, long-term exposure to air pollution may hinder cognitive...

  • Commercial surrogacy: lifting legal restrictions to help people trying to have babies

    Commercial surrogacy: lifting legal restrictions to help people trying to have babies

    When it comes to the controversial issue of surrogate motherhood – and, in particular, payment for such services – the law in the UK needs to be reviewed. So says Sir James Munby, the most senior judge in the Family Division in England and Wales...

  • 'Tis the season for conception

    'Tis the season for conception

    Does it ever seem like you’re invited to an awful lot of summer birthday gatherings? For good reason. In the United States, most births occur between June and early November. Count back nine months, and you’ll see that places most conceptions in...

  • Understanding whether you are a morning lark or night owl

    Understanding whether you are a morning lark or night owl

    Whether you’re a morning person or love burning the midnight oil, we’re all controlled by so-called “body clocks.” These body clocks (which regulate your circadian rhythms) are inside almost every cell in the body and control when we feel awake...

  • Baby treated in world's first commercial drone-delivered vaccine

    Baby treated in world's first commercial drone-delivered vaccine

    A one-month-old baby in Vanuatu has become the first person in the world to be immunised using vaccines delivered by a commercial drone, the United Nations said, raising hopes that the method could save lives in other far-flung areas. The drone...

  • Plain packaging for tobacco: learning from the UK's experience

    Plain packaging for tobacco: learning from the UK's experience

    Bans on tobacco advertising, promotion, sponsorship and open display in shops in the UK encouraged tobacco companies to make “the pack the hero”. So they opposed plain packaging and claimed there was no evidence it would reduce smoking. They also...

  • New Zealanders to vote on legalising recreational cannabis in 2020

    New Zealanders to vote on legalising recreational cannabis in 2020

    New Zealanders will decide whether to legalise cannabis for recreational use in a referendum held during the 2020 general election, the country's justice minister said on Tuesday. The referendum was among the promises made by Prime Minster Jacinda...