Living near major roads linked to risk of dementia, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and MS

by Thandi Fletcher, University of British Columbia Living near major roads or highways is linked to higher incidence of dementia, Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease and multiple sclerosis (MS), suggests new research published this week in the...

No doubt e-cigarettes harmful: WHO

By Jose Luis Magana - Japan Today GENEVA Electronic cigarettes are harmful both to users and bystanders exposed to the fumes, the World Health Organization says in a report warning they can damage growing fetuses and...

Solving a biological puzzle: How stress causes gray hair

by Harvard University When Marie Antoinette was captured during the French Revolution, her hair reportedly turned white overnight. In more recent history, John McCain experienced severe injuries as a prisoner of war during the Vietnam War—and...

Researchers trace coronavirus outbreak in China to snakes

by Wiley Emerging viral infections—from bird flu to Ebola to Zika infections—pose major threats to global public health, and understanding their origins can help investigators design defensive strategies against future outbreaks. A new study provides important...

Dementia: how to overcome common challenges

Read our tips on tackling the most common obstacles faced by people living with dementia. Medically reviewed by Dr Juliet McGrattan (MBChB) and Davina Ludlow If you or someone close to you is living with dementia, you will know...

Is the juice diet the ultimate health fix or total bananas?

Tempted by a quick-fix diet that promises rapid weight loss? We speak to a nutrition specialist to get the facts straight about juicing. Medically reviewed by Dr Juliet McGrattan (MBChB) and words by Claire Chamberlain If you're hoping to lose...

Wuhan pneumonia a wake-up call for basic Chinese research

By Ai Jun Source:Global Times Science magazine published an article entitled "China's Missed Chance" in July 2003, arguing China lost an opportunity to show "growing scientific prowess" due to the lack of swift medical measures...

Real-time update on coronavirus outbreak

Source:Globaltimes.cn Medical staffs swear in as members of "assault team" in the fight against the novel coronavirus-related pneumonia in a hospital in Wuhan, central China's Hubei Province, Jan. 22, 2020. (Xinhua/Cheng Min) 9:10 am Jan 23 Seven...

Sprained ankle: diagnosis, treatment and dangers signs

How to diagnose an ankle sprain and carry out first aid treatment following the PRICE principle. Medically reviewed by Dr Juliet McGrattan (MBChB) and Based on a text by Dr Hans Gad Johansen and Dr Ejnar Kuur Suspect you...

Sleep and depression: can insomnia impact your mental health?

We explore the link between lack of sleep and depression, and explain how can you ensure good-quality shut eye. By Claire Chamberlain Struggling to sleep at night can be stressful. And whatever the cause of your disturbed...

Is the combined contraceptive pill right for you?

How to use the combined contraceptive pill correctly plus potential side-effects. Medically reviewed by Dr Juliet McGrattan (MBChB) and words by Rhalou Allerhand There are two main types of contraceptive pill: the combined pill and the mini pill. If...

Sunscreen chemicals absorbed into body, study finds

by Amy Norton, Healthday Reporter The chemicals in sunscreens help shield people from the sun's rays, but they are also absorbed into the body at levels that raise some safety questions, a new study confirms. The...

Eyeing a cure: Scientists examine strategies to end of the global HIV/AIDS pandemic

by Delthia Ricks , Medical Xpress As infectious diseases that are new to science continue emerging around the world, researchers have not forgotten older foes, and are doubling down on efforts to conquer them. For...

440 infected; coronavirus might mutate and spread: health commission

Source:Global Times-Photo:Xinhua The new coronavirus stemming from Wuhan, Central China’s Hubei Province, might mutate and there is a further risk of the epidemic spreading to other regions, National Health Commission officials said Wednesday. Confirmed cases of...

New research confirms lingering mood benefit of psychedelics

by Yale University People who had recently used psychedelics such as psilocybin report a sustained improvement in mood and feeling closer to others after the high has worn off, shows a new Yale study published the...

Medicinal cannabis may not ease sleep problems in the long run

by British Medical Journal Medicinal cannabis might not ease sleep problems in people with chronic pain over the long term, because frequent users might build up tolerance to its sleep-inducing effects, suggests preliminary research published online...

Immune discovery ‘may treat all cancer’

By James Gallagher Health and science correspondent  -  BBC.COM A newly-discovered part of our immune system could be harnessed to treat all cancers, say scientists. The Cardiff University team discovered a method of killing prostate, breast,...

As coronavirus spreads to more Chinese cities, WHO calls emergency meeting

By Se Young Lee and Colin Qian -  Japan Today BEIJING An outbreak of a new coronavirus has spread to more Chinese cities, including the capital Beijing and Shanghai, authorities said on Monday, and a fourth...

Millions go hungry in wealthy Canada – and some die young as a result

By Thin Lei Win - Japan Today ROME Canadians who cannot afford regular meals are more likely to die early, according to a study released on Monday, showing that people are dying from hunger even in...

China outbreak: Over 130 new cases of deadly virus

Chinese public health officials have announced a sharp rise in diagnoses of an emergent strain of coronavirus. The WHO has said the virus' likely origin is "an animal source." Public health authorities in the central...