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  • Open windows and doors can improve sleep quality

    Open windows and doors can improve sleep quality

    Leaving a bedroom door or window open may help people sleep better, a study from the Netherlands suggests. Open windows and doors helped reduce carbon dioxide levels and improve ventilation and air flow, which was related to better sleep quality...

  • No increased choking risk found in babies allowed to self-feed solid foods

    No increased choking risk found in babies allowed to self-feed solid foods

    Allowing babies to feed themselves solid foods rather than spoon-feeding them does not increase the risk of choking, research has found. A study by Swansea University found no difference in how often babies choked when they fed themselves from as...

  • Shaming people about their lifestyle habits doesn't work

    Shaming people about their lifestyle habits doesn't work

    Going to the doctor usually involves exposing the body with all its faults and flaws. In a culture that increasingly values self control and bodily perfection, being sick or even merely old can lead to feelings of shame and inadequacy. Any defects...

  • Eating almonds with chocolate may lower cholesterol

    Eating almonds with chocolate may lower cholesterol

    Overweight and obese people who eat almonds and chocolate every day may have lower cholesterol than their counterparts who don’t consume these foods, a recent experiment suggests. Consumed separately, almonds and chocolate have each been linked to...

  • Defibrillator installed at Gozo Citadel

    Defibrillator installed at Gozo Citadel

    A defibrillator has been installed at the entrance of the Gozo Citadel, giving the public access to this equipment used when people have a heart attack. Emergency Response and Rescue Corps head Etienne Micallef said it was important to have this...

  • Uterine transplant team celebrates historic procedure

    Uterine transplant team celebrates historic procedure

    A newborn boy gives hope to a team of doctors who helped a woman become the first mother in the US with a transplanted uterus. Nathan Frandino reports.

  • Calls for further trials on vitamin D effect in pregnancy

    Calls for further trials on vitamin D effect in pregnancy

    There is “insufficient” evidence to guide recommendations on the use of vitamin D supplements in pregnancy, a study has concluded. Researchers called for large new trials to determine whether levels of the vitamin have an effect on maternal issues...

  • Roche's Foundation Medicine wins FDA blessing for new cancer test

    Roche's Foundation Medicine wins FDA blessing for new cancer test

    Roche on Monday said its Foundation Medicine unit won US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for a test to help doctors understand the genetic profile of patients' tumours and guide them to effective therapies. Roche, which owns 58% of...

  • Is it unhealthy to eat food fried in olive oil?

    Is it unhealthy to eat food fried in olive oil?

    It recently has been suggested that using vegetable oils to fry food may be bad for your health due to the production of toxic chemicals called aldehydes during the heating process. Aldehydes are simple organic structures – compounds which contain...

  • Patients have different hospital outcomes when regular doctors see them

    Patients have different hospital outcomes when regular doctors see them

    Many outcomes for hospital patients – including how long they stay and their survival odds after they go home – may depend on whether or not they’re cared for by their primary care physician, a US study suggests. Researchers examined data on...

  • Some hospital services may be expendable on weekends

    Some hospital services may be expendable on weekends

    Removing allied healthcare services from hospitals on weekends may not affect patient outcomes, suggests a new Australian study. Resources spent on providing allied health services - such as physical therapists, social workers, and dietitians - on...

  • Progress in fight against HIV/AIDS but challenges remain

    Progress in fight against HIV/AIDS but challenges remain

    Tremendous strides have been made by the HIV community to improve the lives, as well as the treatment and care options, of people living with HIV (PLHIV) worldwide. Yet despite progress in the fight against the HIV/AIDS, a number of important...

  • Acne is more than an aesthetic issue

    Acne is more than an aesthetic issue

    Puberty is a time of many changes, physical and emotional. Unpleasantly for many, it is accompanied by the onset of acne which may seriously impact an adolescent’s life and not only leave facial scars but also psychological ones. “There are...

  • WHO fears complacency as progress against malaria stalls

    WHO fears complacency as progress against malaria stalls

    Progress in the global fight against malaria has stalled amid signs of flatlining funding and complacency that the mosquito-borne disease is less of a threat, the World Health Organisation said on Wednesday. Malaria infected around 216 million...

  • Are your child's shoes up to scratch?

    Are your child's shoes up to scratch?

    Footwear has been used by humans for over 10,000 years. But the role of footwear has changed over the centuries from one of protection to a status symbol during the Roman Empire to one of fashion during the Renaissance Era when heels were...

  • Feeding young children: what are the choices?

    Feeding young children: what are the choices?

    Young children between the ages of 12 months and three to four years grow and develop quickly. Parents need to make sure that children at this age are eating well and that they are getting all the energy and nutrients they need. This phase in a...

  • What is the best exercise for losing weight?

    What is the best exercise for losing weight?

    Pumping iron: Is it really all worth it? W_Minshull, CC BY It may come as little surprise that taking exercise is a way to lose weight. However, a debate about the best type of exercise for weight loss is likely to divide opinion. The most...

  • Facebook to expand artificial intelligence to help prevent suicide

    Facebook to expand artificial intelligence to help prevent suicide

    Facebook Inc will expand its pattern recognition software to other countries after successful tests in the US to detect users with suicidal intent, the world's largest social media network said on Monday. Facebook began testing the software in the...

  • Rising Chinese ozone levels cause higher mortality

    Rising Chinese ozone levels cause higher mortality

    Rising ozone pollution in China's cities has emerged as a major health risk, causing a rise in deaths from strokes and heart disease among vulnerable residents, according to a new study by a team of Chinese researchers. Data from 272 Chinese...

  • Our obsession with infant growth charts may be fuelling childhood obesity

    Our obsession with infant growth charts may be fuelling childhood obesity

      Numbers on the scale have become a defining measure of an infant’s progress. Unsplash/Kelly Sikkema   Ask any new parent how their baby is going and you will most likely get an update on recent weight gains. Regular baby weigh-ins are a rite...