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  • Three children hospitalised after trying to mimic body piercings

    Three children hospitalised after trying to mimic body piercings

    A craze sweeping schools for using magnetic ball-bearings to mimic body piercings has left three children in hospital and is putting large numbers in danger, a surgeon has warned. Sanja Besarovic said three children have been treated at Hull Royal...

  • An end to antidepressant debate: the drugs do work

    An end to antidepressant debate: the drugs do work

    A vast research study that sought to settle a long-standing debate about whether or not anti-depressant drugs really work has found they are indeed effective in relieving acute depression in adults. The international study - a meta-analysis...

  • Scientists in Germany improve malaria drug production

    Scientists in Germany improve malaria drug production

    Scientists in Germany who developed a new way to make a key malaria drug several years ago said they have come up with a technique to make the process even more efficient, which should increase global access and reduce the cost. The new procedure...

  • Fake medicines pose growing risk to public health

    Fake medicines pose growing risk to public health

    According to The Alliance for Safe Online Pharmacy in the EU (ASOP EU), the illegal manufacturing and distribution of fake medicines is an enormous and growing public health risk with an untold cost to lives. "Vast profits are made by organised...

  • Kicking your way to better attention span

    Kicking your way to better attention span

    Martial arts require a good level of physical strength, but those who take up training need to develop an incredible amount of mental acuity, too. Mental strength is so important to martial arts that researchers have found karate experts’ stronger...

  • Grey’s Anatomy could be distorting public expectations of trauma care

    Grey’s Anatomy could be distorting public expectations of trauma care

    Medical television drama Grey’s Anatomy may be creating “unrealistic” patient expectations after injury, a study suggests. The popular series, based around a team of surgeons working in Seattle, in the US, may give viewers a “false expectation”...

  • Have something to look forward to: it's good for you!

    Have something to look forward to: it's good for you!

    Moving from a city to the beautiful Welsh countryside a few years ago made me acutely aware of the seasons and how they change. Most recently signs of spring have appeared in my garden over here on the Ceredigion coast. This mindfulness and...

  • Sexual orientation discordance has potential for suicide - study

    Sexual orientation discordance has potential for suicide - study

    Discordant students are 70 percent more likely to have had suicidal ideas or to have made suicide attempts, according to a new study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. Suicide is a major national concern in the US. In 2016, it was the...

  • Whole new meaning to joint problems: older people turn to cannabis

    Whole new meaning to joint problems: older people turn to cannabis

    When most people think of cannabis users, they probably think mainly of the younger generations. But it’s actually the 45 to 64 age group who show the highest proportion of household spending on cannabis. Recent figures on cannabis use in Canada...

  • Hand osteoarthritis drug found to be no better than placebo

    Hand osteoarthritis drug found to be no better than placebo

    An off-label drug thought to be commonly prescribed by doctors to treat osteoarthritis of the hand when conventional medication has failed is ineffective, researchers have said. Hand osteoarthritis is estimated to affect nearly a third of people...

  • As many as 22% women fear pregnancy

    As many as 22% women fear pregnancy

    It’s very common for women to feel anxious about labour and birth. Worries about the pain of contractions, interventions and the uncertainty of the process are not unusual. But for some women, the fear of labour and birth can be so overwhelming...

  • Ultra-processed foods could raise cancer risk

    Ultra-processed foods could raise cancer risk

    Ultra-processed foods such as fizzy drinks, packaged bread and cake, cereal and processed meats could increase the risk of cancer, according to a study. Processed foods make up to 50 per cent of the average person’s diet in some developed...

  • Cleaning products and perfumes ‘are a big source of air pollution’

    Cleaning products and perfumes  ‘are a big source of air pollution’

    Chemicals in household cleaning products, paints and perfumes could now rival motor vehicles as the top contributor to urban air pollution, a study has said. Scientists in Los Angeles found that the amount of chemical vapours emitted into the...

  • Female hormones may be linked to asthma

    Fluctuations in female sex hormones could play a role in the development of allergies and asthma, a report suggests. Analysis of studies involving more than 500,000 women noted a link between asthma symptoms and key life changes such as puberty...

  • Alcohol: take steps to stay safe

    Alcohol: take steps to stay safe

    Alcohol consumption in many societies is a common feature of social gatherings or events. However, it can become a habit, and drinking too much alcohol can harm people’s health. The impact on people and society is determined by the volume...

  • Alliance worried over mental health sector

    Alliance worried over mental health sector

    Mental health organisations are questioning the government’s decision not to fulfil its electoral pledge of building a new psychiatric centre and, instead, rehabilitate Mount Carmel Hospital. Times of Malta was told late last year several patients...

  • Athletes need coaches in the kitchen too

    Athletes need coaches in the kitchen too

    Athletes’ training regimes extend far beyond the pitch, track or ski run. They have a unique relationship with food, too. This is not just a matter of loading up on pasta and protein shakes. For those at the top of their game, every morsel is...

  • Perfume, cleaning products as harmful as vehicle emissions - study

    Perfume, cleaning products as harmful as vehicle emissions - study

    Chemicals in household cleaning products, paints and perfumes could now rival motor vehicles as the top contributor to urban air pollution, a study has revealed. Scientists in Los Angeles found that the amount of chemical vapours emitted into the...

  • Pot Pharm - Booming Canada weed sector plots next-wave medicines

    Pot Pharm - Booming Canada weed sector plots next-wave medicines

    Canopy Growth Corp, one of the world's biggest medical marijuana producers, now wants to take on the world's pharmaceutical giants. The Canadian firm launched Canopy Health Innovation in late 2016 to build a portfolio of patented and federally...

  • Why isn't more being done to find cure for incontinence?

    Why isn't more being done to find cure for incontinence?

    For a chronic health condition that causes shame and misery for countless people and costs billions, urinary incontinence keeps a low profile. Media reports about chronic health conditions appear with alarming regularity, but it is rare to read...

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