Archive for the ‘Health news’ Category

They lurk in the dark corners of our forgotten memories, but they are by no means gone. Global attention is still focused on malaria, Ebola, E. Coli and HIV and yet there are other diseases, long forgotten, that continue to claim lives in the darkness, when no one is looking. Thanks to scientific research, technological advances and […]

We all know that being bilingual makes things easier – communicating abroad or watching a movie without subtitles – but there are other advantages to being able to speak more than one language especially when it comes to your health. While recent research found that bilingualism could delay the onset of Alzheimer’s disease, a new study […]

With Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Eve around the corner, we’re in the midst of the holiday season. The holiday season equals family dinners and holiday parties and if you’re really lucky, a few champagne toasts to your good health. If the upcoming festivities hasn’t made you giddy enough, let me draw your attention to a […]

The evolution of human beings is still somewhat of a mystery. For hundreds of years, genetic evolution and mutations have taken place helping us adapt to our surroundings. These mutations are a constant point of interest for scientists around the world, as well as acting as inspiration for comics and movies. Did you know that blue eyes are […]

A US based pharmaceutical company has increased the price of one of its specialty drugs by 5,000%. In August, Turing Pharmaceuticals acquired Diaprim and raised the price from $13.50 per pill to $750 overnight. The cost to produce each pill is around $1. This massive increase has caused widespread consternation amongst the pharmaceutical community along […]

According to a new study, the use of the e-cigarettes among teens tripled between 2013 and 2014. The increase is such that e-cigarette use, or ‘vaping’, has surpassed that of cigarettes and all other tobacco products. This is also due to the decrease in use of traditional cigarettes, which fell to a reported 9.2% usage […]

Earlier this week doctors in the UK called for a new tax on sugary drinks, such as Coca-Cola, in a bid to reduce obesity. It comes after Mexico implemented a similar tax in which such drinks were subjected to a 10% tax increase resulting in a 6% drop in sales. Despite their being no definite […]

It’s a little over halfway through the month, and Madrid has already reached the highest temperature ever recorded in July, at 39.9 degrees Celsius. While a spokesman from Spain’s national weather office has said that the heat is of an “exceptional intensity and with a very high risk to the population”, the European heatwave is […]

According to the WHO, loud music is the number one cause of preventable hearing loss. Research shows that the consequences of overexposure to loud music may be even worse than we think, especially for children. Earlier this year, WHO highlighted that about 1.1 million young people ‘are at risk of hearing loss due to the unsafe […]

Johnnie Lawson posted his video of a waterfall on the River Bonet, in County Leitrim Ireland, on YouTube on July 2nd 2013. The video has been viewed 7.7 million times meaning that the world’s population has spent almost 60 million hours listening to the tranquil sounds of water to try and fall asleep. Judging by […]

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