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Double burden of obesity, undernourishment stalks world – report

Dec 16, 2019 - 8:39 AM

The report, compiled in collaboration with the World Health Organization, says being overweight can no longer be considered a rich country problem, nor undernourishment a preserve of the poor

Early cholesterol treatment lowers heart disease risk – study

Dec 04, 2019 - 10:40 AM

The study in the medical journal 'The Lancet' says, the link between cholesterol levels and ill health 'may be particularly important in people under 45 years'

Get moving! 4 in 5 adolescents don't exercise enough – WHO

Nov 22, 2019 - 11:14 AM

In its first ever report on global trends for adolescent physical activity, the UN health agency stresses that urgent action is needed to get teens off their screens and moving more

Paralyzed man walks again with brain-controlled exoskeleton

Oct 04, 2019 - 8:06 AM

The patient trains for months, harnessing his brain signals to control a computer-simulated avatar to perform basic movements before using the robot device to walk

EXOSKELETON. File photo of a man using robotic exoskeleton. Photo by

7.2 million HIV-positive in South Africa, says study

Oct 03, 2019 - 7:26 AM

South Africa has the largest number of HIV-positive people in the world, says The Lancet HIV Journal

WIDESPREAD. HIV/AIDS continues to persist despite measures taken to suppress the virus. Photo from Shutterstock

Menstrual cups safe, practical and cheap – study

Jul 17, 2019 - 9:16 AM

Researchers report in The Lancet Public Health, a peer-reviewed medical journal, some 70% of women who have tried menstrual cups said they would like to continue using them

Photo by Dindin Reyes/Rappler

Rising alcohol drinking in China, India boosts global booze binge – study

May 09, 2019 - 10:55 AM

A study by The Lancet reports that the world consumed 10% more alcohol per adult in 2017 than in 1990, due in large part to heavier and more widespread drinking in China and India

Tuberculosis can be eradicated by 2045 – experts

Mar 21, 2019 - 10:22 AM

Tuberculosis is the top infectious killer of our time, causing over 1.6 million deaths each year, says Eric Goosby, the United Nations' special envoy for the disease

'Radical rethink' needed to tackle obesity, hunger, climate – report

Jan 28, 2019 - 10:57 PM

'Both undernutrition and obesity are expected to be made significantly worse by climate change,' says Boyd Swinburn. co-chair of The Lancet Commission on Obesity

Human diet causing 'catastrophic' damage to planet – study

Jan 17, 2019 - 5:12 PM

The key is a dramatic shift in the global diet – roughly half as much sugar and red meat, and twice as many vegetables, fruits and nuts

Study hard and you might lower your chances of dementia

Nov 03, 2018 - 11:00 AM

Learning about ourselves and the world might be the key to happiness and health into our golden years

MENTAL ACTIVITY. A new study funded by the Centre for Aging and Brain Health Innovation will investigate the use of learning technologies such as streaming media for people with dementia and those at risk. Image from Shutterstock

1.4 billion risk disease from lack of exercise – WHO

Sep 05, 2018 - 8:41 AM

The study also finds that women still lag behind men in nearly every region of the world, with the gender exercise gap highest in Bangladesh, Eritrea, India, Iraq, and the Philippines

Sex bias kills 240,000 infant girls in India yearly – study

May 15, 2018 - 6:10 PM

'Around 22 percent of the overall mortality burden of females under 5 (in India) is therefore due to gender bias,' says international research group

MOTHER AND CHILD. File photo show an Indian mother holding the hand of her new born infant at maternity ward of a government hospital during Mother's Day in Agartala, the capital of northeastern state of Tripura on May 13, 2018. Photo by  Arindam Dey / AFP

Alcohol guidelines in many countries may not be safe – study

Apr 13, 2018 - 12:01 PM

Research says regularly drinking more than 100 grammes of alcohol per week – about 5 or 6 medium glasses of wine or pints of beer – is linked to a shorter life expectancy for men and women

A 'paradigm shift' in the diagnosis of diabetes – study

Mar 02, 2018 - 10:52 AM

In the same way that a patient requiring a transfusion must receive the right blood type, diabetes sub-types need different treatments, the study suggests

Breast cancer gene does not boost risk of death – study

Jan 12, 2018 - 2:58 PM

In fact, they may have a 'survival advantage' over non-carriers if diagnosed with triple-negative breast cancer, a form that is particularly hard to treat, a team writes in the journal The Lancet Oncology

Breast cancer mutation

With no morphine, 25M die in pain each year – report

Oct 13, 2017 - 10:33 AM

According to the study, not only was morphine harder to find in poor countries, it was also more expensive – at about 16 US cents for 10 milligrams compared to 3 cents in rich nations

NO MORPHINE? Some 25 million people die in serious pain that could have been alleviated with morphine at just a few cents per dose. Photo from WikiCommons

Ebola's long-term effects revealed

Jan 14, 2017 - 9:42 AM

The study also confirms previous observations that Ebola virus can remain in the semen of infected men for 18 months or longer raising the specter of sexual transmission

EBOLA. Members of a medical team monitor simulated patients infected with Ebola inside a Containerized Bio-Containment System (CBCS) during a shake-down exercise at Dulles International Airport in Virginia, outside Washington, DC on November 18, 2016. File photo by Paul J. Richards/AFP

New lung transplant technique could save lives – study

Nov 18, 2016 - 10:41 AM

The new method could help keep lungs outside the human body for over 12 hours without significantly harming their eventual recipient s chances of survival

NEW TECHNIQUE. Getting the organs to recipients is the difference between life and death for people on wait lists. File photo from Wikipedia

Tiny investment needed for universal access to basic drugs – study

Nov 08, 2016 - 8:15 AM

The overview highlights massive inequities and inefficiencies in financing and governance between regions hampering access to drugs for many people

Being overweight, obese cuts lifespan by one to 10 years – study

Jul 14, 2016 - 9:45 PM

The risk of coronary heart disease stroke respiratory disease and cancer are all increased in persons who are overweight or obese

(FILES) This combination of file photos made on April 1, 2016 in Paris shows (From L) obese people in Los Angeles in July 30, 2003, Mexico City on May 20, 2013 and Manchester on October 10, 2006. Over one in eight adults are now obese -- a ratio that has more than doubled since 1975 and will swell to one in five by 2025, a major survey reported April 1, 2016. Of about five billion adults alive in 2014, 641 million were obese, the data showed -- and projected the number will balloon past 1.1 billion in just nine years.  / AFP PHOTO

Worsening depression may be dementia cue – study

Apr 30, 2016 - 8:30 AM

According to the World Health Organization between 5 and 8 of people aged 60 and over are estimated to suffer from dementia at any given time

1 in 5 adults may be obese by 2025 – survey warns

Apr 01, 2016 - 11:15 AM

If the rate of obesity continues at this pace by 2025 roughly a fifth of men and women will be obese says medical journal The Lancet

File photo by Lindsey Parnaby/EPA

In US gun control, not all laws are equal – study

Mar 11, 2016 - 9:15 AM

According to a paper in The Lancet medical journal conducting a background check on every single gun buyer could more than halve the national gun death rate in the US from 10 35 to 4 46 per 100 000 people

US GUN CONTROL. A file photograph showing guns on display at a press conference announcing the bust of a gun trafficking ring at Police Headquarters in New York, New York, USA, October 27, 2015. File photo by Andrew Gombert/EPA

Breast is best for babies, mothers and economy – study

Jan 29, 2016 - 9:55 AM

Researchers say breastfeeding could prevent more than 800 000 child deaths and about 20 000 breast cancer deaths every year

$100 billion could ensure radiotherapy for all – study

Sep 26, 2015 - 9:14 PM

Achieving full access to radiotherapy in low and middle income countries would save an estimated 27 million life years and yield billions in economic benefits says a major study

RADIOTHERAPY. In this file photo, Indian senior Radiation Technologist Yogesh Ninave (R) and coordinator Khyati Panchal (2R) observes a cancer patient lying in India's first True Beam Radiotherapy Technology Linear Accilator at the Health Care Global (HCG) hospital in Ahmedabad on December 13, 2011. Sam Panthaky/AFP

Salt, unsafe sex and booze: lifestyle killers on the rise

Sep 11, 2015 - 11:53 AM

A recent study shows that high blood pressure – which is easily diagnosed and readily treated – was the top health risk in 2013 contributing to 10 4 million deaths

Hormone drugs boost ovarian cancer risk by 40% – study

Feb 13, 2015 - 9:49 AM

Researchers publishing in The Lancet make an overview of 52 published studies covering nearly 21 500 women in North America Europe and Australia who had been diagnosed with ovarian cancer

Woman has baby after womb transplant in world first

Oct 04, 2014 - 10:31 AM

UPDATED The recipient who underwent in vitro fertilization gives birth to a healthy baby via Caesarean section at 31 weeks

Curbing bad habits can stop 37M premature deaths – study

May 03, 2014 - 7:47 AM

The study defines premature mortality as the probability of dying between the ages of 30 and 70

QUIT. The United Nations is targeting a 25-percent reduction in premature death from non-communicable diseases from 2010 to 2025

Smoking ban reduces pre-term births, childhood asthma

Mar 29, 2014 - 11:00 AM

The new investigation covers more than 2 5 million births and 250 000 hospital admissions of children who suffered an asthma attack

NO TO SMOKING. A study shows rates of pre-term births and hospital treatment for childhood asthma both fell after smoking bans were put in place

Cholesterol drug may help multiple sclerosis sufferers –report

Mar 19, 2014 - 4:04 PM

The drug simvastatin may slow the progression of multiple sclerosis according to a new study

Aiming for zero undernourished children

Mar 19, 2014 - 10:38 AM

About 3 million children worldwide die of undernutrition each year before they reach their 5th birthday Can we end this pattern?

Chemicals may be eroding child IQs – disputed study

Feb 15, 2014 - 10:53 AM

Is your toothpaste eroding your child s brain development?

BE WARNED. A study shows a wide array of industrial chemicals, including toothpaste ingredient fluoride, may be affecting child brain development

Study merges worldwide data on sex assaults on women

Feb 12, 2014 - 10:22 AM

Its authors said that despite important gaps in data the overall picture was clear: sex attacks on women are a big and widely overlooked problem

SAVE OUR GIRLS. In this photograph taken on December 29, 2012, Indian protestors march behind a banner as they take part in a candlelight procession in Guwahati, after the death of a gang-rape victim from the Indian capital New Delhi. AFP/Stringer

2,000 extra steps a day cuts cardiovascular risk by 8 percent

Dec 20, 2013 - 9:44 AM

A new study beneficially links physical activity to one s health for those with impaired glucose tolerance

20 MINUTES A DAY. 2,000 extra steps a day can lessen cardiovascular health risks among those with glucose tolerance issues by 8%.

Air pollution in Europe kills even at guideline levels

Dec 09, 2013 - 1:43 PM

A study points the finger at fine particles of soot and dust emissions of which are also stirring a health scare in parts of Asia especially China

SMOG IN SKOPJE. A general view over buildings and industrial facilities during fog and smog in Skopje, the capital of The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, FYROM, on 23 January 2013. EPA/Georgi Licovski

Stroke affecting ever younger people – research

Oct 24, 2013 - 7:17 PM

Younger people are now also getting strokes due to unhealthy lifestyles

YOUNGER VICTIMS. Death, disability, and illness from strokes could double by 2030

Radiation experts confirm polonium on Arafat clothing

Oct 14, 2013 - 7:58 PM

In a report a team of scientists provide scientific details to media statements made in 2012 that they had found polonium on Arafat s belongings

LOOMING FIGURE. Female Palestinian students walk in front of a mural showing late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat in a street of Gaza City, Gaza Strip, 27 November 2012. EPA/Mohammed Saber

Asia-Pacific study points to a seething crisis of rape

Sep 10, 2013 - 12:45 PM

The broadest study of its kind has exposed an entrenched culture of coercive sex among men in six countries of the Asia Pacific researchers said on Tuesday

Indian members of a social organization Our City Our Right hold posters during a silent protest following the recent gang rape and murder of a 20-year-old college student in Barasat, in Kolkata on June 15, 2013. AFP/ Dibyangshu Sarkar

Widest study highlights risks from MERS virus

Jul 26, 2013 - 9:52 AM

Study: Older patients men and people with underlying medical conditions are those particularly at risk

DEADLY NEW VIRUS. This undated handout picture courtesy of the British Health Protection Agency shows the Coronavirus seen under an electron microscope. AFP PHOTO / British Health Protection Agency

Air pollution boosts lung, heart risks

Jul 10, 2013 - 8:28 AM

Epidemiologists said they had found an unmistakable link between lung cancer and localized air pollution by particulate matter

CANCER-CAUSING. When it comes to particulate matter, 'the more the worse, the less the better'

H7N9 kills about third of hospitalized patients - study

Jun 24, 2013 - 6:13 PM

Researchers warned watchdogs not to take comfort from a lull in new infections as the virus may reappear in the autumn

FLU TESTING. This picture taken on April 3, 2013 shows Chinese health workers preparing an H7N9 virus detection kit at the Center for Disease Control (CDC) in Beijing. AFP PHOTO

Experts warn of untreatable tuberculosis risk

Mar 24, 2013 - 9:25 AM

Disease experts called for decisive leadership and more research funding to fend off the very real risk of an untreatable strain of tuberculosis TB emerging

Blood samples are seen in the South African Tuberculosis Vaccine Initiative (SATVI) at Brewelskloof Hospital, on January 27, 2011, in Worcester, South Africa. AFP PHOTO/RODGER BOSCH

Drug-resistant TB in PH, 7 other countries

Aug 30, 2012 - 8:21 AM

Drug resistant tuberculosis is getting more difficult to treat according to a study that included the Philippines

Researchers unveil promising TB drug cocktail

Jul 24, 2012 - 10:59 AM

Researchers reported progress with an experimental drug cocktail that killed a record 99 percent of TB bacteria in two weeks and costs a fraction of existing treatments

Couch potato lifestyle kills

Jul 18, 2012 - 8:07 AM

A third of the world s adults are physically inactive and this lifestyle kills about 5 million people every year says a report

New study nets eight new genes for osteoarthritis

Jul 03, 2012 - 10:36 AM

Study shows that some people are pre disposed to the condition

The rich is richer

Jun 02, 2012 - 7:45 PM

Problems of the rich world s young are spreading to poorer countries

TEACH THEM RIGHT. Kids need to be taught the value of money, and how they may use it for good causes. Photo from

World cancer cases to rise 75% by 2030

Jun 01, 2012 - 7:08 AM

The Lancet Oncology says cancer cases will rise dramatically due to demographic and lifestyle factors