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  • How innovation can help end the AIDS epidemic by 2030

    How innovation can help end the AIDS epidemic by 2030

    The WHO recommends HIV viral load testing to monitor people on ARVs. Shutterstock   A United Nations initiative backed by global experts has set its sights on an ambitious programme to bring an end to the AIDS epidemic by 2030. The 90-90-90...

  • Most children who have their tonsils removed don't benefit

    Most children who have their tonsils removed don't benefit

    Bloodletting was mainstream medicine for 3,000 years. As late as 1915, it was recommended for soldiers who were gassed during World War I. Today it seems extraordinary that over the centuries so many patients were subjected to such harm. But could...

  • Five ways to encourage people to reduce their meat intake

    Five ways to encourage people to reduce their meat intake

    Meat makes a meal, so goes the saying. But with more people than ever before ditching meat for plant-based alternatives, it seems meaty dishes are starting to go out of fashion. An estimated 29 per cent of evening meals contained no meat or fish...

  • Raising funds for cancer research

    A fund-raising party in aid of Cancer Research takes place at Villa Arrigo in Naxxar on Friday at 8pm. Tickets, against a donation of €35 per person, will include a welcome drink, finger food and a selection of pasta. They are obtainable from the...

  • In UK, children account for almost half of all visits to A&E for sports injuries

    In UK, children account for almost half of all visits to A&E for sports injuries

    Encouraging children to play sport is a key part of the UK government’s childhood obesity strategy. The argument goes that children who play sport are physically active and therefore less likely to be obese. The problem with this argument is that...

  • From Pink October to ‘Moustache Movember’

    From Pink October to ‘Moustache Movember’

    With October closing its doors and opening them to November, it is a time to focus more on men. Movember is an annual event involving the growing of moustaches to raise awareness of men’s health issues, such as prostate can­cer, testicular cancer...

  • Scientists launch plan to map genes of all complex life on earth

    Scientists launch plan to map genes of all complex life on earth

    Scientists launched a vast project on Thursday to map the genetic code of all 1.5 million known species of complex life on earth, aiming to complete the work within a decade. They described the Earth BioGenome Project (EBP) as "the next moonshot...

  • Click-on bionic arm could help amputees do the simple things

    Click-on bionic arm could help amputees do the simple things

    Edmund Rath, a 53-year-old from Austria, wants to do simple things such as brush his teeth and slice bread. Most people take such activities for granted but not Rath, who lost his arm just below the shoulder in a truck accident last year that...

  • Artificial intelligence could save thousands of lab mice

    Artificial intelligence could save thousands of lab mice

    Experimenting on animals is a big part of biomedical research and also a big concern for those interested in animal welfare. Scientists are encouraged to use as few animals as possible in their research, but reducing animal numbers also reduces...

  • Siblings suffer similar levels of post-traumatic stress as the children with cancer

    Siblings suffer similar levels of post-traumatic stress as the children with cancer

    When a child is diagnosed with cancer, the whole family suffers. Most research has looked at the emotional responses of the child with cancer and their mothers, but more recent work has investigated the experiences of fathers and siblings,...

  • Rising income inequalities are linked to unhealthy diets and loneliness

    Rising income inequalities are linked to unhealthy diets and loneliness

    One in every five people in the UK today are living in poverty – that is, living with a household income below 60 per cent of the median national income when housing costs are considered. And according to recent research by the Joseph Rowntree...

  • Meat grown from cells could reach our plates this year

    Meat grown from cells could reach our plates this year

    Could this be the year that meat grown in vats rather than taken from animals reaches our plates? In the summer of 2017, San Francisco-based food company Just (formerly Hampton Creek), announced plans to put meat grown in vats on the market by the...

  • Can we eradicate death?

    Can we eradicate death?

    When Robert Ettinger, a Michigan college physics teacher, wrote The Prospect of Immortality in 1964, the preface included a quote by Benjamin Franklin when he was shipwrecked. After being rescued, while expressing his feelings of gratitude and...

  • Niumee open day

    Niumee open day

    Niumee in Mrieħel, the first aesthetics hub in Malta to bring together health, med-aesthetic, cosmetic, fitness and beauty experts under one roof to offer a complete service, recently held an open day for clients and guests. Seen here are Maria...

  • Brain cancer: why killing the fastest growing cells may not be the only treatment

    Brain cancer: why killing the fastest growing cells may not be the only treatment

    MRI scan of left frontal glioblastoma – an aggressive brain cancer. Richmanphoto/Shutterstock   Brain cancers are fortunately rare tumours in adults. Nevertheless, the most common type of brain cancer, glioblastoma, is incurable and almost always...

  • Plant-based diets for better health and planet?

    Plant-based diets for better health and planet?

    Forget all those loud calls to eat less meat and more plants for better health and a stronger planet - new research shows the world is not producing nearly enough fruit and vegetables to feed everyone. Canadian researchers compared global...

  • There may be a way to reduce 'old leathery' look

    There may be a way to reduce 'old leathery' look

    Getting a tan may not depend on how much sun people get, but rather when they get it. This is the finding from a new international research project. The study, published in Molecular Cell, found that sun exposure every other day was more effective...

  • Liverwort could have medicinal benefits of cannabis THC – without the high

    Liverwort could have medicinal benefits of cannabis THC – without the high

    Most of us know that the cannabis plant produces compounds that react with the human body. That’s because we have our own system that makes similar compounds, cannabinoids, that have a wide range of actions from appetite control to immune function.

  • 5,600 Britons could die each year as fruit and veg prices shoot up post-Brexit

    5,600 Britons could die each year as fruit and veg prices shoot up post-Brexit

    Britain is highly dependent on imported food. By value, imports make up more than 90 per cent of the fruit and vegetables consumed in the UK and half of the meat. Brexit is expected to increase trade costs and make food imports more expensive,...

  • West Africa's Ebola outbreak cost $53 billion

    West Africa's Ebola outbreak cost $53 billion

    An Ebola outbreak that ravaged Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia in 2014 cost economies an estimated $53 billion, according to a study in this month's Journal of Infectious Diseases. The study aimed to combine the direct economic burden and the...