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  • Postnatal depression twice as high in developing countries

    Postnatal depression twice as high in developing countries

    Motherhood can be a source of joy, but it can also pose difficulties and challenges – particularly, in the postnatal period. It is a time when some mothers’ emotional and physical endurance is pushed to the limit. About 10% of pregnant women and...

  • Spontaneity is not that spontaneous after all

    Spontaneity is not that spontaneous after all

    “Why can’t you just relax into it?” is a question many of us have asked in frustration with ourselves or others – be it on the dance floor, the sporting field or in rather more private circumstances. The task typically requires us to respond...

  • Death: are we in control?

    Death: are we in control?

    Can we determine when we die? In reality we do, but only inadvertently and by mistake. Winter is a seasonal killer. In most countries the time of Christmas and the New Year is the peak period for death. It is not just the cold climate, since...

  • ‘Crippling periods are not normal’

    ‘Crippling periods are not normal’

    March is Endometriosis Awareness Month. It is being marked in Malta today. Few people have heard of the disease, even though an estimated 176 million women worldwide – one in 10 – suffer from endometriosis. Jennifer Grech finds out more. Scars,...

  • New technique may overcome infertility in childhood cancer survivors

    New technique may overcome infertility in childhood cancer survivors

    Men diagnosed with cancer have the option of freezing their sperm ahead of chemotherapy, which can render them infertile. But sperm freezing is not an option for prepubescent boys, some 30% of whom will become sterile as a result of toxic cancer...

  • How the tail of the human sperm could change IVF

    How the tail of the human sperm could change IVF

    Every time a man ejaculates about 55 million sperm are released. This is equivalent to more than six times the entire population of London or New York, and more than twice the population of Shanghai city. But of course, not all of these sperm will...

  • A tale of two Delhis: Deadly air exposes rich poor divide

    A tale of two Delhis: Deadly air exposes rich poor divide

    Walls draped in lush vertical gardens and air filtered through purifiers insulate diners at a swanky New Delhi food court from the choking haze outside in one of the most polluted places on earth. But these eco-eateries, offering cleaner air as...

  • Short walk once-a-week can lower risk of death

    Short walk once-a-week can lower risk of death

    A brisk stroll once or twice a week is enough to reduce the risk of dying from heart attack, stroke or cancer, according to a statistical study of nearly 90,000 people released Tuesday. People who walked or gardened 10 minutes to an hour each week...

  • High potency pot 'strongly linked' to psychosis

    High potency pot 'strongly linked' to psychosis

    High potency cannabis, especially when used daily, is "strongly linked" to the risk of developing psychotic disorders such as schizophrenia and paranoia, scientists said Wednesday. In Amsterdam and London - where high-THC marijuana has long been...

  • Eggs and health: unscrambling the message

    Eggs and health: unscrambling the message

    It’s hard to keep up with the message on eggs. Are they good for you or not? In the 1960s, people were told: “Go to work on an egg”. But in the 1970s the public was advised to avoid eggs because they were linked to high blood cholesterol. The...

  • Cancer deaths falling for half decade in EU

    Cancer deaths falling for half decade in EU

    The death rate from cancer has been falling for half a decade in the EU, researchers said Tuesday, although the overall number is expected to rise to 1.4 million this year due to an expanding population. The chances of dying from cancer for men...

  • How can I help a friend with depression?

    How can I help a friend with depression?

    How do I help a depressed friend? She’s 13 and she says it’s due to trauma, and even though we’re bffs she’s never told me what the trauma is. – Anonymous. This article is part of I Need To Know, a Q&A service for teenagers by The Conversation.

  • Nearly 4 in 10 HIV spreaders in US unaware of infection

    Nearly 4 in 10 HIV spreaders in US unaware of infection

    Almost 40 per cent of new HIV cases in the US occur because people do not know they are infected, while a similar proportion know but are not in treatment, according to a study released Monday. The report by the Centers for Disease Control and...

  • Ukraine measles outbreak kills 11, infects 30,000

    Ukraine measles outbreak kills 11, infects 30,000

    Eleven people have died and more than 30,000 have been infected this year in a major outbreak of measles in Ukraine, the European country worst hit by the disease, Kiev said Monday.  The latest victim was a nine-year-old girl who died from...

  • Your skin plays a role in your food allergies

    Your skin plays a role in your food allergies

    Food allergies are on the increase worldwide, ranging from minor inconvenience to possible sudden death, and leading to warnings of an “allergy epidemic”. The most severe form of allergic reaction – anaphylaxis – can occur repeatedly or without...

  • Be fit to have healthy kids

    Be fit to have healthy kids

    If you are planning to have a baby soon, there is a lot to do as, surely, you want to have the healthiest baby possible. Although no one can promise you an easy pregnancy and a healthy baby, this article covers some important things you can do to...

  • New data in eternal debate over eggs, heart health

    New data in eternal debate over eggs, heart health

    The debate over whether eggs are good for you is age-old: while a good source of protein, they also contain potentially harmful cholesterol. Now, a new study - published Friday by the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) - has...

  • Baby boomers are increasingly more likely to risk drink-driving than millennials

    Baby boomers are increasingly more likely to risk drink-driving than millennials

    “Baby boomers”, all now over the age of 50, have shown the fastest rise in rates of alcohol and drug misuse over the past 15 years – and this is playing out on Britain’s roads. At first glance, the latest data on reported accidents and casualties...

  • Suffer the children: how air pollution hurts the youngest

    Suffer the children: how air pollution hurts the youngest

    Air pollution can have devastating health effects for people of all ages, but children are more vulnerable and face specific risks that can last a lifetime, experts say. Why are children more vulnerable? Children breathe faster than adults and are...

  • Hospital disinfectants should be regulated like antibiotics - study

    Hospital disinfectants should be regulated like antibiotics - study

    Bacterial resistance to two disinfectants used in large amounts to control the spread of hospital infections is strongly associated with resistance to several antibiotics used to treat common infections, our latest study shows. Our analysis,...