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  • DRC must unite in Ebola fight amid 'high' risk of spread: WHO chief

    DRC must unite in Ebola fight amid 'high' risk of spread: WHO chief

    The World Health Organisation chief on Monday urged different political factions in the Democratic Republic of Congo to unite in the battle against Ebola, warning that the risk of spread "remains very high". "Ebola does not take sides. It is the...

  • Change in lifestyle could save you from a catastrophe

    Change in lifestyle could save you from a catastrophe

    One in five people aged over 40 are at risk of developing heart failure, which most often could be prevented with a change in lifestyle. There are some 15 million Europeans suffering from heart failure, a very serious disease that is becoming more...

  • Silent rivalry for life in the womb

    Silent rivalry for life in the womb

    While attending the obstetric unit as a young medical student at my London teaching hospital 60 years ago, I regularly observed the tranquillity and happy, eager anticipation of the many young expectant mothers. My professor had impressed upon me...

  • How to make health news interesting — without overselling the claims

    How to make health news interesting — without overselling the claims

    Health stories are prolific in the news. Each year, thousands of articles are published claiming to have the latest compelling evidence on how we should eat, drink, exercise, sleep, and which medications we should or shouldn’t be taking – among a...

  • Should vaccination be mandatory for entry to school?

    Should vaccination be mandatory for entry to school?

    Making vaccination a condition for entering school could keep the anti-vaccines effect at bay, according to the director of the Italian national health observatory. Walter Ricciardi was recently in Malta to meet public health officials and provide...

  • Firm evidence that ultra-processed food causes weight gain

    Firm evidence that ultra-processed food causes weight gain

    We know we should eat less junk food, such as crisps, industrially made pizzas and sugar-sweetened drinks, because of their high calorie content. These “ultra-processed” foods, as they are now called by nutritionists, are high in sugar and fat,...

  • Scientists alone can't solve antibiotic resistance crisis – we need economists too

    Scientists alone can't solve antibiotic resistance crisis – we need economists too

    Driven by widespread antibiotic use, bacterial infections are becoming increasingly resistant to treatment, and the pipeline for new antibiotics is running dry. Recent reports estimate that, without action, by 2050 resistance to antimicrobial...

  • GPs and patients need to talk more openly about death

    GPs and patients need to talk more openly about death

    Dealing with death is part of the job description for all doctors. For those working in general practice, this often means planning ahead, with GPs encouraged to keep a register of patients thought to be in the last year of their life. One reason...

  • Rape myths like 'stranger danger' challenged by global drug survey

    Rape myths like 'stranger danger' challenged by global drug survey

    Many of the beliefs people hold about rape are downright wrong. For example, women are often told they can avoid sexual assault by monitoring how much alcohol they drink on a night out. “Don’t leave your drink unattended” and “drink from bottles...

  • Soda taxes work in cutting consumption, US study finds

    Soda taxes work in cutting consumption, US study finds

    New research backs the argument that "sin taxes" lead to a reduction in consumption, justifying the use of the duties in combating obesity and other health issues, its authors say. The 2017 decision by city officials in Philadelphia to impose a...

  • Blockbuster buy to lawsuit flood: controversies surrounding Bayer, Monsanto

    Blockbuster buy to lawsuit flood: controversies surrounding Bayer, Monsanto

    German chemicals giant Bayer, which last year bought Monsanto for $63 billion, faces a growing bill after the US group was hit with a new legal blow over its weed killer Roundup. From the toxic legacy of weedkiller Roundup to fears about...

  • Breastfed kids ‘less likely to get fat’

    Breastfed kids ‘less likely to get fat’

    Breastfed babies are less prone to develop childhood obesity, new research by the World Health Organisation (WHO) has found. The study looked at the data of almost 30,000 children from 22 countries partici­pating in the World Health Organi­sation...

  • Curtain falls on Vienna AIDS ball after 26 years

    Curtain falls on Vienna AIDS ball after 26 years

    One of the world's biggest AIDS charity events, Vienna's Life Ball, will be held for the last time in June, the organiser said Friday. Gery Keszler said the progress achieved in fighting AIDS over the 26 years since the ball's inception meant it...

  • Anger linked to illness in old age

    Anger linked to illness in old age

    Not all negative emotions are necessarily bad. In fact, they can direct your behaviour in useful ways. If you’re stuck in traffic and running late, anger with the situation might motivate you to find an alternative route, which will then relieve...

  • Hospital ship plies turbulent waters of Colombia's Pacific coast

    Hospital ship plies turbulent waters of Colombia's Pacific coast

    As a white ship chugs through the muddy waters of the San Juan River, pirogues from the jungle glide toward it almost reverently, bringing their sick to healers they liken to angels. For hundreds of miles along Colombia's Pacific coast, with its...

  • Denver first US city to decriminalise 'magic mushrooms'

    Denver first US city to decriminalise 'magic mushrooms'

    Denver on Wednesday became the first US city to decriminalise psychedelic mushrooms, as voters approved a ballot initiative by a razor thin margin. The new ordinance loosens restrictions on the personal use and possession of psilocybin mushrooms,...

  • Corporations are funding health and nutrition research - should you be worried?

    Corporations are funding health and nutrition research - should you be worried?

    For the health-conscious consumer, it’s hard to keep up with the dizzying array of products on offer. Consumers want unbiased information to help them make the right choices, and industry says it is listening and working with health researchers to...

  • Worldwide, obesity rising faster in rural areas

    Worldwide, obesity rising faster in rural areas

    Obesity worldwide is increasing more quickly in rural areas than in cities, a study reported Wednesday, challenging a long-held assumption that the global epidemic of excess weight is mainly an urban problem. Data covering 200 countries and...

  • Empathy in healthcare is finally making a comeback

    Empathy in healthcare is finally making a comeback

    A doctor friend – let’s call her Anne – was teaching three smart medical students who were told to diagnose a woman complaining of nonspecific pain and anxiety. After 20 minutes of questions, the students wrote seven pages of notes and recommended...

  • Teenage pregnancy doesn't have to mean catastrophe

    Teenage pregnancy doesn't have to mean catastrophe

    The idea of having a baby as a teenager often is viewed as both a personal catastrophe and a social problem. This is probably why the continuing decline in teenage births in Britain – which is now at the lowest level since records began – is...