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  • Obese people don't actually enjoy eating as much as lean ones do

    Obese people don't actually enjoy eating as much as lean ones do

    Global obesity rates have risen sharply over the past three decades, leading to spikes in diabetes, arthritis and heart disease. The more we understand the causes of obesity and how to prevent it, the better. We are interested in understanding...

  • What a 'good' death looks like for those ready to let go

    What a 'good' death looks like for those ready to let go

    Hawaii recently joined the growing number of states and countries where doctor-assisted dying is legal. In these jurisdictions, help to die is rarely extended to those who don’t have a terminal illness. Yet, increasingly, very old people, without...

  • Millions could avoid deadly fever if world limits warming

    Millions could avoid deadly fever if world limits warming

    More than three million cases of dengue fever, the world's fastest-spreading tropical disease, could be avoided annually if global warming is capped at 1.5°C, said a study that purports to be the first to show the health benefits of a cooler...

  • Not a virtual problem: cryptocurrency addiction is real

    Not a virtual problem: cryptocurrency addiction is real

    People hooked on trading cryptocurrencies are to be offered therapy to deal with their addiction. Castle Craig Hospital in Peeblesshire, the Scottish Borders, has created a course of residential treatment for "crypto addicts" to deal with the...

  • The brew of good health

    The brew of good health

    Since 1994, several Chinese medical teams have been offering medical treatments to the Maltese public from the Mediterranean Regional Centre for Traditional Chinese Medicine in Kordin. This professional service extends also to Mater Dei and Gozo...

  • Stories that cannabis can cure cancer are misleading or downright false

    Stories that cannabis can cure cancer are misleading or downright false

    For thousands of years people have used cannabis for recreational, ritualistic and medicinal purposes. In the modern era, the latter property excites a lot of people, and there is no shortage of wild claims about the supposed medical benefits of...

  • Does too much sugar cause diabetes?

    Does too much sugar cause diabetes?

    There is a widespread belief that sugar is the sole cause of diabetes. After all, the disease is characterised by high levels of sugar in the blood. Diabetes was first identified through the sweet smell of urine, and it later became apparent that...

  • Drink water instead of soft drinks to help prevent cancer

    Drink water instead of soft drinks to help prevent cancer

    Drink water and avoid sugary drinks to help prevent cancer, leading scientists have urged. The call comes as part of a string of recommendations on health and lifestyle choices, dubbed a "blueprint to beat cancer", published by the World Cancer...

  • What your poo says about your health

    What your poo says about your health

    Opening your bowels is a basic function of life. But despite the fact we all do it, pooing is not often thought to be a topic suitable for polite conversation. However, recent popular interest in gut health and the composition of poo – as well as...

  • 'Don't drink' message too simplistic for pregnant women

    'Don't drink' message too simplistic for pregnant women

    How much do you know about the guidance on drinking in pregnancy? Most are aware of the “don’t drink” message. But if you’re an expectant mother, or someone who’s job involves giving advice, our new study shows that the abstinence message can feel...

  • One in three elderly do not take medication properly after hospital discharge

    One in three elderly do not take medication properly after hospital discharge

    More than one in three older patients suffer "medication-related harm" after being discharged from hospital, a new study suggests. Researchers found at least 10% of these cases are preventable. A new study, led by experts from Brighton and Sussex...

  • Pulse rate could help detect risk of strokes in elderly

    Pulse rate could help detect risk of strokes in elderly

    Thousands of strokes could be prevented if GPs check the pulse rate of elderly patients, a new study suggests. Encouraging GPs to check the pulse rate of patients over 85 could lead to increased detection of an irregular heart beat, also known as...

  • Ditching car may reduce risk of dying by a third

    Ditching car may reduce risk of dying by a third

    Swapping your car for more physically active forms of travel may reduce your risk of heart disease, stroke and premature death, our latest research shows. Walking, cycling and even using public transport are all more physically active than using...

  • An egg a day could keep the doctor away, research suggests

    An egg a day could keep the doctor away, research suggests

    An egg a day may reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, a new study suggests. Consumption of up to one egg daily was linked with lower rates of strokes and heart disease, according to the research published in journal Heart. Daily consumers...

  • UAE company turns camel milk into baby formula

    UAE company turns camel milk into baby formula

    A company based in the UAE, which recently unveiled a baby formula made with camel milk, says its unique products are due to hit local markets soon.  "Generally, camel milk is very healthy and has a lot of great benefits which are...

  • Can a Kim Kardashian lollipop help you lose weight?

    Can a Kim Kardashian lollipop help you lose weight?

    Kim Kardashian West has been heavily criticised for promoting “appetite suppresant” lollipops on her Instagram account. Despite the criticism, more than a million people have liked her post, showing the extent of her influence, especially over her...

  • Tackling the obesity problem

    Tackling the obesity problem

    Yesterday marked European Obesity Day. The aim of this day is for European countries to make efforts to bring together healthcare, patient and political communities who are keen to raise awareness of obesity and the many other diseases on which it...

  • Sure, cancer mutates, but it has other ways to resist treatment

    Sure, cancer mutates, but it has other ways to resist treatment

    Professor Fabian V. Filipp with his team working on precision targeting of malignant melanoma. Systems Biology and Cancer Metabolism Laboratory, CC BY-SA Because of advances in drug design and precision medicine, researchers have been able to...

  • New Ebola cases found in Congo

    New Ebola cases found in Congo

    Three new cases of Ebola have been confirmed in a city of more than one million people in the Democratic Republic of Congo, sparking fears the deadly virus is spreading in urban areas. The confirmed cases are in Mbandaka, where a single case was...

  • Heart attacks more common during cold weather, study suggests

    Heart attacks more common during cold weather, study suggests

    Heart attacks are more common during cold weather, with a study finding they increased "dramatically" when the temperature dropped below 15C. Researchers said people at high risk of a heart attack should be put on alert for symptoms such as chest...