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  • Complacency and anti-vaxxers are hurting measles eradication efforts - UNICEF

    Complacency and anti-vaxxers are hurting measles eradication efforts - UNICEF

    Just 10 countries were responsible for three-quarters of a global surge in measles cases last year, the UN children's agency said Friday, including one of the world's richest nations, France. Ninety-eight countries reported more cases of measles...

  • Emergency caesareans may increase risk of postnatal depression

    Emergency caesareans may increase risk of postnatal depression

    Becoming a mother, especially for the first time, has its challenges – and it starts with giving birth. From woman to woman, the birth experience can vary tremendously – and one of the most important factors that determines the experiences new...

  • Unwanted unacceptable thoughts: they should not be ignored

    Unwanted unacceptable thoughts: they should not be ignored

    Imagine you’re lying in bed when a sack of cocaine falls from a plane, crashes through your roof and lands next to you. You call the police who come round and arrest you for possession. This would be ridiculous. You are not responsible for things...

  • Sore throat, cough and phlegm – all you need to know about your horrible cold

    Sore throat, cough and phlegm – all you need to know about your horrible cold

    The human body has a large surface area that is in contact with the outside world, much of this comes from the body’s largest organ – our skin – which protects us from a variety of potential threats. The other major sites of contact with the...

  • Doctor performs first 5G surgery in step towards robotics 'dream'

    Doctor performs first 5G surgery in step towards robotics 'dream'

    Next-generation wireless technology is taking the medical world a crucial step closer to robots performing remotely-controlled surgery, a doctor in Spain said Wednesday after carrying out the world's first 5G-powered telementored...

  • Antibiotic resistance: public awareness campaigns might not work

    Antibiotic resistance: public awareness campaigns might not work

    Pathogens, such as bacteria, viruses and protozoa, are becoming ever more resistant to drugs. People speed up this natural process by over-using antibiotics and other antimicrobial drugs in medicine and agriculture, and by leaking them into the...

  • Nearly half of children with cancer untreated: study

    Nearly half of children with cancer untreated: study

    Some 45 per cent of children with cancer are left undiagnosed and untreated, according to an innovative study of the disease's global footprint among under-15s, published Wednesday.  Worldwide, there are some 400,000 news cases of childhood cancer...

  • Nearly 50% of transport pollution deaths linked to diesel

    Nearly 50% of transport pollution deaths linked to diesel

    Some 385,000 people worldwide died prematurely in 2015 from air pollution caused by vehicle exhaust emissions, a US study found Wednesday, which singled out diesel engines as the main culprit. Diesel vehicles were responsible for 47% of the...

  • If assisted dying is legalised, who gets to decide whose life is worth living?

    If assisted dying is legalised, who gets to decide whose life is worth living?

    Since the British parliament rejected a bill that would have legalised assisted dying back in 2015, campaigners have continued to push for a change in the law. Now, the Royal College of Physicians is polling its members on whether the UK should...

  • Diabetics stock up on insulin over Brexit fears

    Diabetics stock up on insulin over Brexit fears

    Diabetics and insulin providers in Britain are stockpiling the precious medicine to avoid potential shortages in case Britain leaves the European Union without a deal in just over month's time. "I started about two months ago," David Burns, a...

  • How to be happy

    How to be happy

    Happiness is a state everyone strives to attain. Let’s face it, everyone wants to be happy and, indeed, we should be. Happiness is a mental or emotional state of well-being characterised by positive or pleasant emotions ranging from contentment to...

  • Raging bull: smashing away anger at Indonesia's 'Temper Clinic'

    Raging bull: smashing away anger at Indonesia's 'Temper Clinic'

    Armed with crowbars and wearing protective gear, three women assembled at a Jakarta stress clinic survey the cluster of bottles they're about to smash to pieces. "I feel relieved. It's like something I have been holding inside is finally released...

  • Miscarriage: why no one wants to talk about it in the workplace

    Miscarriage: why no one wants to talk about it in the workplace

    For many expectant parents, experiencing a miscarriage – whether it occurs early or late in pregnancy – can be devastating. Statistical evidence suggests that one in three or four pregnancies results in a miscarriage. The American College of...

  • Portugal nurses suspend strike but vow to fight on

    Portugal nurses suspend strike but vow to fight on

    A nurses' strike in Portugal which brought non-essential operations to a standstill for nearly three weeks over demands for higher pay ended on Wednesday after a union called it off, the government said. Operating theatres reopened fully in 10...

  • Vaccine could virtually eliminate cervical cancer

    Vaccine could virtually eliminate cervical cancer

    The rapid scale-up of the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine could virtually eliminate cervical cancer in a handful of rich countries within three decades, and in most other nations by century's end, researchers said Wednesday. Without screening...

  • Seven myths and truths about healthy skin

    Seven myths and truths about healthy skin

    Skin is our largest organ and something we may take for granted when it’s healthy. As an academic dermatologist I frequently hear misleading “facts” that seem to be stubbornly enduring. Here are some of the most commonly shared myths that can be...

  • Fountain of youth? Study finds new anti-ageing compound in plant

    Fountain of youth? Study finds new anti-ageing compound in plant

    In Japan, the slightly bitter leaves of the Ashitaba plant have long been considered healthy, and a new study has found the traditional belief may have good scientific grounds. A natural substance in the plant appears to induce a key process that...

  • 'Smiling depression': here's why that's particularly dangerous

    'Smiling depression': here's why that's particularly dangerous

    The term “smiling depression” – appearing happy to others while internally suffering depressive symptoms – has become increasingly popular. Articles on the topic have crept up in the popular literature, and the number of Google searches for the...

  • 'Killer' cells raise hope of universal flu vaccine

    'Killer' cells raise hope of universal flu vaccine

    Scientists said Monday they had discovered immune cells that can fight all known flu viruses in what was hailed as an "extraordinary breakthrough" that could lead to a universal, one-shot vaccine against the killer disease.  Influenza epidemics,...

  • Admitting that vaccinology is imperfect science may be better way to defeat sceptics

    Admitting that vaccinology is imperfect science may be better way to defeat sceptics

    Around the world, vaccines are in retreat, shunned by populations who, for the most part, have never been exposed to the diseases that blighted or shortened the lives of their grandparents’ generation. But with the possible exception of quinine –...