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  • India threatens Philip Morris with 'punitive action' over alleged violations

    India threatens Philip Morris with 'punitive action' over alleged violations

    The Indian government has threatened Philip Morris International Inc with "punitive action" over the tobacco giant's alleged violation of the country's anti-smoking laws, according to a letter sent to the company by the federal health...

  • Study of e-cigarettes in UK teenagers gives mixed signals

    Study of e-cigarettes in UK teenagers gives mixed signals

    A British study into smoking and e-cigarette use among UK teenagers has produced mixed results, prompting scientists to caution against altering policy decisions or public health advice until evidence becomes clearer. The research, published...

  • Certain jobs tied to higher risk of rheumatoid arthritis

    Certain jobs tied to higher risk of rheumatoid arthritis

    Workers exposed to airborne toxins may have an elevated risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis, an immune system disorder that causes debilitating swelling and pain in the joints, a Swedish study suggests. Among men, bricklayers, concrete workers...

  • New vaccine could consign polio to the history books

    New vaccine could consign polio to the history books

    A new vaccine that could spell the end of polio has been produced using a genetically modified “drug factory” plant. The leaves of the plant, a close relative of tobacco, contain virus-like particles (VLPs) that mimic the polio pathogen but are...

  • Air pollution ups stress hormones

    ­­Breathing dirty air causes stress hormones to spike, new research suggests, which could help explain why long-term exposure to pollution is associated with heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and a shorter life span. Haidong Kan of Fudan University...

  • ‘Fit but fat’ is a myth

    ‘Fit but fat’ is a myth

    The concept of being “fit but fat” is a myth, researchers have said. The comments come after a new study found that even if people have healthy blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol levels, being overweight or obese still carries a higher...

  • Cancer patients face higher risk of heart attack and stroke

    Cancer patients face higher risk of heart attack and stroke

    Patients with cancer have higher risks of heart attack and stroke from blood clots, especially in the first few months after diagnosis, compared with people who don't have cancer, researchers report. "A new diagnosis of cancer is associated with...

  • Philippines warns against killing of migratory birds amid avian flu outbreak

    Philippines warns against killing of migratory birds amid avian flu outbreak

    The Philippines warned citizens not to kill or poach migratory birds that usually fly in from China, the possible source of a virus that triggered the Southeast Asian nation's first outbreak of avian flu, to avoid worsening the situation. There...

  • Bacteria in the mouth can cause dementia

    Bacteria in the mouth can cause dementia

    In the Maltese language, the word for both ‘teeth’ and ‘years’ sounds the same – ‘snin/snien’. The words are connected. Although we can tell how old horses are by the rings on their teeth, human teeth are a little bit more difficult to understand...

  • Cancer survivors may seek unneeded tests for reassurance

    Cancer survivors may seek unneeded tests for reassurance

    Many people who survive cancer fear recurrence after their treatment ends, according to a study that suggests these concerns may lead to unnecessary tests. Data from 12 previously published studies involving 849 patients show that after completing...

  • Imagination a key weapon in battle against amnesia, say scientists

    Imagination a key weapon in battle against amnesia, say scientists

    Exercising the imagination could help to revive failing memories, research suggests. Visualising cause and effect relationships can be used as a memory strategy for older adults and people affected by amnesia, say scientists. The researchers cite...

  • Scientists create safer pig organs for transplants

    Scientists create safer pig organs for transplants

    Scientists at a Massachusetts company seeking to make pig organs safe enough to be transplanted into humans have used gene-editing technology to clone piglets that lack a potentially dangerous retrovirus, according to a study. The breakthrough,...

  • Playing ‘shooter’ video games can damage brain

    Playing ‘shooter’ video games can damage brain

    Playing violent “shooter” video games can damage the brain and may even increase the risk of Alzheimer’s disease, researchers claim. A study has shown that habitual players of action games have fewer neurons in their hippocampus, a key memory...

  • Influenza vaccine is less protective for frail elders

    Influenza vaccine is less protective for frail elders

    Influenza vaccine is effective in older adults who are not frail but is less protective in those who are frail, according to a new study. The smaller amount of protection the vaccine offers in frail individuals is nevertheless worthwhile, Melissa K.

  • Protein risk for millions

    Protein risk for millions

    About 150 million people risk a significant loss of protein if carbon dioxide emissions continue to rise, leaving children in the worst affected countries more vulnerable to death and disease, according to new research. Today, 76 per cent of the...

  • Less sleep linked to body mass

    Less sleep linked to body mass

    Getting one extra hour of sleep each night might shave a third of an inch off your waist and a couple of pounds off the number on the bathroom scale, a recent study suggests. Among some 1,600 people in the UK, researchers found that those who...

  • Too hot to handle: the harmful effects of the sun

    Too hot to handle: the harmful effects of the sun

    We are in the peak of the summer season. Children are on holidays and many of us take leave from work to relax. Our lovely beaches are tempting to help us cool off. However, we need to make sure that protecting our health is our first priority.

  • Low-nicotine cigarettes: misperceptions may not lessen benefits

    Low-nicotine cigarettes: misperceptions may not lessen benefits

    When cigarettes contain less nicotine, smokers see them as safer, because they equate the stimulant with smoking-related diseases. But that misperception doesn't cancel out the potential benefits of low-nicotine cigarettes, a new study...

  • Early, frequent cannabis use tied to depression, suicidal thoughts

    Early, frequent cannabis use tied to depression, suicidal thoughts

    Early and frequent use of cannabis might increase the risks of depression and suicidal ideation, researchers suggest “As cannabis use continues to be viewed with greater permissiveness, we need to carefully evaluate the relationship between...

  • Can a drink a day keep diabetes away?

    Can a drink a day keep diabetes away?

    People who enjoy one beer or glass of wine several days a week may be less likely to develop diabetes than drinkers who tend to have all their cocktails on a Saturday night, a Danish study suggests. When researchers looked at people who drank the...

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