• Humans can smell diseases in others, new study reveals
    While it is a common belief that animals are better sniffers than humans—scientists argue that the human sense of smell – far from being impoverished – can be life-saving.
  • Infographic: World No Tobacco Day
    World No Tobacco Day occurs on 31 May every year, highlighting the health and additional risks associated with tobacco use. The theme this year is "Tobacco - a threat to development". Here, ways to encourage tobacco users to quit and advocate for effective policies to reduce tobacco consumption are shown.
  • Did you know a banana diet was the first treatment for coeliac disease?
    Back then, coeliac disease was a mystery killer. It was not until 1924 when the first solid diet plan was invented – which consisted of a lot of bananas.
  • Lead exposure linked to harmful health effects for children
    Research has proven that the long-term effects of lead exposure to a child’s brain can be detrimental for their psychological and social well-being.
  • How would a mother’s choice affect the language and cognitive development in babies?
    Should or should not? A study that used data collected in the “Balochistan-Early Childhood Development Project” found that choices made on children from infancy to three years old can affect their language and cognitive development. This indirectly sheds light on how a mum’s decision whether to breastfeed would bring cognitive benefits for the baby.
  • Beach sand increases risk of harmful diseases
    According to the WHO guidelines, microorganisms are a significant component of beach sand. Additionally, a number of genera and species that may be found through contact with sand are potential pathogens.
  • Rapid caffeine consumption may lead to cardiac events
    In early May, an American teenager in South Carolina passed away after allegedly consuming many highly caffeinated drinks very quickly.
  • Temperature may greatly increase the risk of gestational diabetes
    The association between air temperature and the risk of developing gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) points to the concern of how climate change can impact pregnancy. Many possible diseases and complications relating to maternal and newborn health are also linked to fluctuations in temperature caused by climate change.
  • Regular exercise fights against insulin resistance
    Physical activity has been increasingly popular as a method to improve insulin sensitivity. The association between physical inactivity with insulin sensitivity is reflected in a study.
  • News Bites: Lymphatic vessels found to extend into the brain, Automated drill speeds up cranial surgery times
    This week, Japanese researchers manage to produce healthy baby mice using space-freeze-dried sperm—proving that space conditions could still allow life to be formed. Researchers from the University of Southern California have developed a stick-on patch that notifies users when sunblock should be reapplied. There is also an international consensus for clinical trials to be more transparent and unbiased, regardless of the results.
  • Non-O blood group at higher risk of health complications
    The association between blood type and disease dates back to the early 1900s. A recent study revealed that blood group antigens can be associated with disease risks.
  • Diet and exercise still the key to preventing osteoarthritis
    With concrete evidence from a recent study, clinicians have more reason to promote a healthy diet and regular exercise for all osteoarthritis patients, and those who are at a high risk of it.
  • Unstoppable tears – The pseudobulbar affect
    A rare condition caused by a stroke made a woman cry uncontrollably — regardless of her mood.