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  • Babies with healthier diets are more active and sleep better

    Babies with healthier diets are more active and sleep better

    Physical activity is important at all stages of life. It prevents obesity, improves well-being and reduces the risk of many chronic conditions, such as heart disease, arthritis and diabetes. Evidence shows that being active at a young age tracks...

  • Alcohol: putting a value on the hidden costs of drinking

    Alcohol: putting a value on the hidden costs of drinking

    Is it better to spend £3 on a bacon sandwich or a pint of beer? Or to spend £2,000 on a holiday in the Seychelles rather than fix a leaky roof? As consumers we are usually very able to decide which option offers the better return on our investment...

  • Cancer: new technique analyses tumours cell by cell to fight disease

    Cancer: new technique analyses tumours cell by cell to fight disease

    A new DNA sequencing technique lets scientists track genetic errors in individual cancer cells. For the first time, they can reconstruct a tumour’s life history and understand how an error in a cell’s DNA led to the uncontrollable growth of a tumour.

  • A pill for loneliness? If only it were that simple

    A pill for loneliness? If only it were that simple

    Loneliness affects people of all ages, young as much as old. It’s now seen as so serious it’s classified as a public health problem. It’s presented as an “epidemic” causing a wide range of health problems that threaten to cripple health...

  • In eastern Syria, the infants of a dying IS 'caliphate'

    In eastern Syria, the infants of a dying IS 'caliphate'

    They were born in a "state" that no longer exists, most to fathers who are dead and mothers whose countries don't want them back. These are the children pouring out of Baghouz. Their grimy faces are the only ones visible in the sea of black veils...

  • Artificial cornea breakthrough could lead to self-assembling organs

    Artificial cornea breakthrough could lead to self-assembling organs

    For every person in the world who receives a cornea transplant, there are 69 others who still need one. That leaves about 12.5m people with limited sight because there aren’t enough eye donors. But what if we could grow new corneas in the...

  • Turn down the volume: WHO takes aim at harmful smartphone use

    Turn down the volume: WHO takes aim at harmful smartphone use

    More than one billion young people risk damaging their hearing through excessive use of smartphones and other audio devices, the UN warned Tuesday, proposing new safety standards for safe volume levels. In a bid to safeguard hearing, the World...

  • Ecstasy users are more empathetic: could the drug have a therapeutic use?

    Ecstasy users are more empathetic: could the drug have a therapeutic use?

    If you’ve ever seen someone in a club on MDMA, it may not surprise you to hear it’s linked to a heightened ability to share other people’s feelings and emotions. Yet in our new study, we found that even when the effects have faded, mild MDMA users...

  • AI system spots childhood disease like a doctor

    AI system spots childhood disease like a doctor

    An artificial intelligence (AI) programme developed in China that combs through test results, health records and even handwritten notes diagnosed childhood diseases as accurately as doctors, researchers said Monday. From the flu and asthma to...

  • Richmond Foundation rebrands, with its eye on younger generations

    Richmond Foundation rebrands, with its eye on younger generations

    Organisations offering services related to mental health need to be more approachable for younger people, according to the Richmond Foundation. The NGO, which provides community mental health services, said most mental health related issues tend...

  • Why we should ask our doctors about lifestyle medicine

    Why we should ask our doctors about lifestyle medicine

    Lara Sierra looks into a new way of treating patients that could save lives and cut millions off healthcare deficits worldwide. So why don’t we know more about it? Physicians who specialise in lifestyle medicine tend to abhor the title. It sounds...

  • Beer before wine and you'll feel fine? No you won't...

    Beer before wine and you'll feel fine? No you won't...

    Plenty of us have been there: waking up after a night out with a thumping headache, feeling sick and swearing never to touch alcohol again. If only there were a way to prevent these terrible hangovers. It isn’t uncommon for us to mix our drinks,...

  • Specialised movement classes for Parkinson’s sufferers, caregivers

    Specialised movement classes for Parkinson’s sufferers, caregivers

    Step Up for Parkinson’s is a voluntary organisation that provides free, specialised movement classes for people with Parkinson’s disease and their caregivers. “While the benefits can be seen directly from participants’s smiling faces and positive...

  • Common cancer myths

    Common cancer myths

    Each year on February 4, World Cancer Day empowers people across the world to show support, raise a collective voice and take personal action on cancer. This year marks the launch of the three-year ‘I Am and I Will’ campaign. ‘I Am and I Will’ is...

  • How to fight obesity

    How to fight obesity

    One way to wean a population off unhealthy foods would be to tax them, according to a recent global report. Victor Paul Borg gets his teeth into the issue. A major global report on diet recently called for taxes to be imposed on unhealthy...

  • Eating more fruit and vegetables linked to better mental well-being

    Eating more fruit and vegetables linked to better mental well-being

    It is well known that eating lots of fruit and vegetables is good for your physical health, but our latest research suggests that it might be good for your mental health too. A study from Australia in 2016 found improvements in psychological...

  • Vegan or Mediterranean diet – which is better for heart health?

    Vegan or Mediterranean diet – which is better for heart health?

    Cardiovascular disease is responsible for more than 30% of the total number of deaths worldwide, and every year more people are being diagnosed with the condition. In 2015, more than 85 million people in Europe were living with cardiovascular...

  • Miracle treatment or dangerous drug?

    Miracle treatment or dangerous drug?

    The sweltering backwaters of Indonesian Borneo have become the unlikely ground zero for the global production and export of Kratom, a tree leaf hailed by some as a miracle cure for everything from opioid addiction to anxiety. Part of the coffee...

  • Saudi team ready to treat conjoined Yemeni twins

    Saudi team ready to treat conjoined Yemeni twins

    A Saudi medical team has offered to treat Yemeni conjoined twins following a plea from doctors in Yemen's blockaded rebel-held capital for the newborns to receive specialist care abroad. Abdelkhaleq and Abdelrahim were born outside Sanaa around 10...

  • Deadly drug-resistant TB a 'blinking red' global threat

    Deadly drug-resistant TB a 'blinking red' global threat

    Deadly, drug-resistant tuberculosis - as lethal as Ebola and tough to treat in even the best hospitals - is a "blinking red" worldwide threat, the head of a global health fund warned in an interview with AFP. The Global Fund to Fight AIDS,...