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  • Air pollution may be making us less intelligent

    Air pollution may be making us less intelligent

    Not only is air pollution bad for our lungs and heart, it turns out it could actually be making us less intelligent, too. A recent study found that in elderly people living in China, long-term exposure to air pollution may hinder cognitive...

  • Commercial surrogacy: lifting legal restrictions to help people trying to have babies

    Commercial surrogacy: lifting legal restrictions to help people trying to have babies

    When it comes to the controversial issue of surrogate motherhood – and, in particular, payment for such services – the law in the UK needs to be reviewed. So says Sir James Munby, the most senior judge in the Family Division in England and Wales...

  • 'Tis the season for conception

    'Tis the season for conception

    Does it ever seem like you’re invited to an awful lot of summer birthday gatherings? For good reason. In the United States, most births occur between June and early November. Count back nine months, and you’ll see that places most conceptions in...

  • Understanding whether you are a morning lark or night owl

    Understanding whether you are a morning lark or night owl

    Whether you’re a morning person or love burning the midnight oil, we’re all controlled by so-called “body clocks.” These body clocks (which regulate your circadian rhythms) are inside almost every cell in the body and control when we feel awake...

  • Baby treated in world's first commercial drone-delivered vaccine

    Baby treated in world's first commercial drone-delivered vaccine

    A one-month-old baby in Vanuatu has become the first person in the world to be immunised using vaccines delivered by a commercial drone, the United Nations said, raising hopes that the method could save lives in other far-flung areas. The drone...

  • Plain packaging for tobacco: learning from the UK's experience

    Plain packaging for tobacco: learning from the UK's experience

    Bans on tobacco advertising, promotion, sponsorship and open display in shops in the UK encouraged tobacco companies to make “the pack the hero”. So they opposed plain packaging and claimed there was no evidence it would reduce smoking. They also...

  • New Zealanders to vote on legalising recreational cannabis in 2020

    New Zealanders to vote on legalising recreational cannabis in 2020

    New Zealanders will decide whether to legalise cannabis for recreational use in a referendum held during the 2020 general election, the country's justice minister said on Tuesday. The referendum was among the promises made by Prime Minster Jacinda...

  • Chronic fatigue syndrome: new evidence of biological causes

    Chronic fatigue syndrome: new evidence of biological causes

    Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) affects up to 24 million people, globally, but little is known about its causes. Our latest study unravels some of this mystery. The results suggest that an overactive immune system may trigger this long-term...

  • Sitting for too long could increase your risk of dying – even if you exercise

    Sitting for too long could increase your risk of dying – even if you exercise

    Are you sitting down? Then you may want to stand up to read this, as research from the US has found that sitting for too long could increase your risk of dying – even if you exercise. The study found that both total sedentary time and sedentary...

  • Treating body and mind

    Treating body and  mind

    It’s not every day that your idle lunch break features fresh and authentic Chinese dumplings and a therapeutic massage between lectures. But for two days – on December 10 and 11 – the Mediterranean Regional Centre for Traditional Chinese Medicine...

  • E-cigarette usage nearly doubles in US high-schools - survey

    E-cigarette usage nearly doubles in US high-schools - survey

    The percentage of high school seniors who used e-cigarettes in the last 30 days nearly doubled to 20.9 per cent from last year, results of a survey released by the National Institute on Drug Abuse showed on Monday. The increase in vaping by 10th...

  • Aspirin could help reduce HIV infections in women

    Aspirin could help reduce HIV infections in women

    In this 2012 photo, grandmother Janet Kitheka, 63, collects her adopted “granddaughter” Lucy, 13, at the end of the school day in the yard of the Hot Courses Primary School, in the village of Nyumbani which caters to children who lost their...

  • Worth the sting: Cuba's scorpion pain remedy

    Worth the sting: Cuba's scorpion pain remedy

    Once a month for the last decade, Pepe Casanas, a 78-year-old Cuban farmer, has hunted down a scorpion to sting himself with, vowing that the venom wards off his rheumatism pains. His natural remedy is no longer seen as very unusual...

  • Nature is a rich source of medicine – if we can protect it

    Nature is a rich source of medicine – if we can protect it

    The Pacific yew tree is a fairly small and slow growing conifer native to the Pacific Northwest. The Gila monster is a lizard with striking orange and black markings from the drylands of the Southwestern US and Mexico. Two very different...

  • Vegan diets are adding to malnutrition in wealthy countries

    Vegan diets are adding to malnutrition in wealthy countries

    Hidden hunger affects over two billion people, globally. The cause is a chronic lack of essential micronutrients in the diet, such as vitamins and minerals. The effects of these nutritional deficiencies may not be seen immediately, but the...

  • Government has ‘contingency plan’ for flu season peak

    Government has ‘contingency plan’ for flu season peak

    With the flu season around the corner, Mater Dei Hospital had a “contingency plan” in place, a government spokeswoman told the Times of Malta. Flu cases doubled last year and, as a result, the hospital struggled to cope with the outbreak. At one...

  • Life in 'slavery' or as a refugee? Cuban doctors' stark choice in Brazil

    Life in 'slavery' or as a refugee? Cuban doctors' stark choice in Brazil

    I sabela, one of more than 8,000 Cuban health workers in Brazil, saw two options when her country abruptly ended the agreement that brought her there: life as a 'slave' or a refugee. She chose to defect because of what she says is a "lack of...

  • The problem of drinking in pregnancy – and what to do about it

    The problem of drinking in pregnancy – and what to do about it

    Last year, it was reported that the UK has one of the worst rates of drinking while pregnant in Europe. These figures come from a study which shows 41% of women in the UK drank alcohol during their pregnancy. (The figures for malta showed that...

  • Exercise could solve erectile dysfunction

    Exercise could solve erectile dysfunction

    Men with erectile dysfunction can improve their sexual function with 40 minutes of aerobic exercise, four times a week, according to our latest review of the evidence. We reviewed all international studies carried out over the past 10 years where...

  • Start exercising your mind early to enjoy a better old age

    Start exercising your mind early to enjoy a better old age

      “Use it or lose it” is the received wisdom when it comes to cognitive ability. But is there any truth in this old saw? Our latest study suggests that it depends how much “it” you have to start with. Previous observational studies that looked at...