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  • 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,...

  • Global experts call for earlier cancer detection

    Global experts call for earlier cancer detection

    Today’s World Cancer Day, led by the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC), aims to inspire and encourage action from individuals, the health community and governments to improve public awareness and access to early detection, screening...

  • Cholesterol, fat and sugar

    Cholesterol, fat and sugar

    In the second of his two-part article examining what may be the biggest controversy in modern medical history, Albert Cilia-Vincenti shows how recommendations for a balanced healthy diet are based on outdated science. Doctors and nutritionists...

  • Air pollution may be affecting how happy you are

    Air pollution may be affecting how happy you are

    For decades now, GDP has been the standard measure of a nation’s well-being. But it is becoming clear that an economic boost may not be accompanied by a rise in individual happiness. While there are many reasons for this, one important factor is...

  • Alzheimer's is linked to gum disease – but bad oral health is not the only culprit

    Alzheimer's is linked to gum disease – but bad oral health is not the only culprit

    For most people, teeth cleaning may just be a normal part of your daily routine. But what if the way you clean your teeth today, might affect your chances of getting Alzheimer’s disease in years to come? There is an increasing body of evidence to...

  • Vaping 2x better for quitting smoking than patches, gum - study

    Vaping 2x better for quitting smoking than patches, gum - study

    E-cigarettes are twice as effective as nicotine patches or gum at helping people quit smoking traditional cigarettes, according to major British study Wednesday, involving nearly 900 people. The report in the New England Journal of Medicine found...