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  • Ecstasy users are more empathetic: could the drug have a therapeutic use?

    Ecstasy users are more empathetic: could the drug have a therapeutic use?

    If you’ve ever seen someone in a club on MDMA, it may not surprise you to hear it’s linked to a heightened ability to share other people’s feelings and emotions. Yet in our new study, we found that even when the effects have faded, mild MDMA users...

  • AI system spots childhood disease like a doctor

    AI system spots childhood disease like a doctor

    An artificial intelligence (AI) programme developed in China that combs through test results, health records and even handwritten notes diagnosed childhood diseases as accurately as doctors, researchers said Monday. From the flu and asthma to...

  • Richmond Foundation rebrands, with its eye on younger generations

    Richmond Foundation rebrands, with its eye on younger generations

    Organisations offering services related to mental health need to be more approachable for younger people, according to the Richmond Foundation. The NGO, which provides community mental health services, said most mental health related issues tend...

  • Why we should ask our doctors about lifestyle medicine

    Why we should ask our doctors about lifestyle medicine

    Lara Sierra looks into a new way of treating patients that could save lives and cut millions off healthcare deficits worldwide. So why don’t we know more about it? Physicians who specialise in lifestyle medicine tend to abhor the title. It sounds...

  • Beer before wine and you'll feel fine? No you won't...

    Beer before wine and you'll feel fine? No you won't...

    Plenty of us have been there: waking up after a night out with a thumping headache, feeling sick and swearing never to touch alcohol again. If only there were a way to prevent these terrible hangovers. It isn’t uncommon for us to mix our drinks,...

  • Specialised movement classes for Parkinson’s sufferers, caregivers

    Specialised movement classes for Parkinson’s sufferers, caregivers

    Step Up for Parkinson’s is a voluntary organisation that provides free, specialised movement classes for people with Parkinson’s disease and their caregivers. “While the benefits can be seen directly from participants’s smiling faces and positive...

  • Common cancer myths

    Common cancer myths

    Each year on February 4, World Cancer Day empowers people across the world to show support, raise a collective voice and take personal action on cancer. This year marks the launch of the three-year ‘I Am and I Will’ campaign. ‘I Am and I Will’ is...

  • How to fight obesity

    How to fight obesity

    One way to wean a population off unhealthy foods would be to tax them, according to a recent global report. Victor Paul Borg gets his teeth into the issue. A major global report on diet recently called for taxes to be imposed on unhealthy...

  • Eating more fruit and vegetables linked to better mental well-being

    Eating more fruit and vegetables linked to better mental well-being

    It is well known that eating lots of fruit and vegetables is good for your physical health, but our latest research suggests that it might be good for your mental health too. A study from Australia in 2016 found improvements in psychological...

  • Vegan or Mediterranean diet – which is better for heart health?

    Vegan or Mediterranean diet – which is better for heart health?

    Cardiovascular disease is responsible for more than 30% of the total number of deaths worldwide, and every year more people are being diagnosed with the condition. In 2015, more than 85 million people in Europe were living with cardiovascular...

  • Miracle treatment or dangerous drug?

    Miracle treatment or dangerous drug?

    The sweltering backwaters of Indonesian Borneo have become the unlikely ground zero for the global production and export of Kratom, a tree leaf hailed by some as a miracle cure for everything from opioid addiction to anxiety. Part of the coffee...

  • Saudi team ready to treat conjoined Yemeni twins

    Saudi team ready to treat conjoined Yemeni twins

    A Saudi medical team has offered to treat Yemeni conjoined twins following a plea from doctors in Yemen's blockaded rebel-held capital for the newborns to receive specialist care abroad. Abdelkhaleq and Abdelrahim were born outside Sanaa around 10...

  • Deadly drug-resistant TB a 'blinking red' global threat

    Deadly drug-resistant TB a 'blinking red' global threat

    Deadly, drug-resistant tuberculosis - as lethal as Ebola and tough to treat in even the best hospitals - is a "blinking red" worldwide threat, the head of a global health fund warned in an interview with AFP. The Global Fund to Fight AIDS,...

  • Victorian food trend that could help you lose weight

    Victorian food trend that could help you lose weight

    In recent years, mindfulness – defined as “a mental state or attitude in which one focuses one’s awareness on the present moment” – has become embedded into our everyday language. Mindfulness has helped many people to develop the skills necessary...

  • Whose hearts, livers and lungs are transplanted in China?

    Whose hearts, livers and lungs are transplanted in China?

    Scientist He Jiankui’s claimed use of the genetic tool CRISPR to edit the genomes of twin girls led to international condemnation. His actions have focused a spotlight on research ethics – and what the consequences should be when scientists “go...

  • Kidneys grown in rats could pave way for human transplant options

    Kidneys grown in rats could pave way for human transplant options

    Scientists said Wednesday they have successfully used mice stem cells to grow kidneys in rat embryos, using a technique that could one day help grow human kidneys for transplant. But the researchers cautioned that their success was only a first...

  • How to lose weight and keep it off – according to science

    How to lose weight and keep it off – according to science

    Losing weight is often at the forefront of many people’s minds at the start of the year. But if weight loss was your goal for 2019, chances are that by now, you’ve probably already experienced some challenges. That’s because sticking to a strict...

  • Cancer growth in the body could originate from a single cell

    Cancer growth in the body could originate from a single cell

    Cancer remains a frightening and largely incurable disease. The toxic side effects of chemotherapy and radiation make the cure often seem as bad as the ailment, and there is also the threat of recurrence and tumour spread. Cancer treatment still...

  • So you went vegan in January – now what?

    So you went vegan in January – now what?

    Many people will have had their fill of cheese, chocolate and meat over Christmas and have felt much more energised after going vegan in January (an event known as Veganuary). This invigorating feeling is largely due to the increase in fruit,...

  • Obesity-linked cancers on the rise in young adults

    Obesity-linked cancers on the rise in young adults

    A sharp increase in obesity-linked cancers among young adults in the United States could foreshadow a reversal in the overall decline in cancer mortality, researchers warned Monday. In a sweeping study covering two-thirds of the US population,...