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Avian flu back in Egypt and Asian countries

Avian flu back in Egypt and Asian countries

The World Health Organisation – the WHO – has reported the death of a young woman in Egypt due to the avian flu...
Canada cracks down on cadmium jewelry

Canada cracks down on cadmium jewelry

Cadmium, a metal that is toxic if ingested or inhaled, has come under fire from the Canadian Ministry of Health. The Ministry has asked...
US moves toward universal access to HIV/AIDS treatment

US moves toward universal access to HIV/AIDS treatment

The United States has just taken an important decision in the fight against HIV/AIDS. The American National Institute of Health has officially agreed to...
Green tea may not help protect against breast cancer

Green tea may not help protect against breast cancer

It seems that the anticancer properties of green tea may be nothing more than a myth. Researchers in Japan have shown that this plant...
Onions have many health benefits, beyond tears

Onions have many health benefits, beyond tears

When preparing meals, who doesn’t dread chopping onions? There’s the smell they leave on your hands, the tears, and the prickling sensation in the...
Smoking tobacco roll-ups more dangerous than cigs

Smoking tobacco roll-ups more dangerous than cigs

As everyone knows, smoking is bad for your health. But smoking roll-ups is even more harmful than smoking commercially manufactured cigarettes. They contain record-breaking...
Toilets: not all countries are flush with this luxury

Toilets: not all countries are flush with this luxury

In 2008, around 40% of the world’s population was still without good quality sanitation. However, the efforts of the World Health Organization (WHO)...
Drinking and exercise: what constitutes a healthy amount?

Drinking and exercise: what constitutes a healthy amount?

Sports doctors all agree: athletes need to drink plenty of liquid during exercise. However, following the death of a female marathon runner who showed...
Calcium – the body’s own precious metal

Calcium – the body’s own precious metal

Calcium is, in fact, a metal. Yellowish in color and identified by its chemical symbol "Ca," calcium belongs to the group of alkaline earth...
Citrus lemons: sour, but sweet for your health

Citrus lemons: sour, but sweet for your health

The lemon is a familiar enough fruit to most of us. But perhaps it is not common knowledge that, like other citrus fruits, it...
Is omega-6/omega-3 imbalance at the root of obesity?

Is omega-6/omega-3 imbalance at the root of obesity?

According to a French study, an excess of omega-6 type fatty acids, combined with a shortage of omega-3, may favor the transmission of obesity...
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Urinary infections: a vaccine on the horizon?

One in every two women will, at least once in their life, suffer from a urinary infection—a far from pleasant experience. And though it...
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Verrucas: more than just a foot virus

Beware of verrucas. These small, benign tumours, usually caused by a virus belonging to the extensive human papillomavirus family (HPVs), are extremely contagious. They spread...
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Medical management improves for HIV/AIDS babies

Efforts to provide children with better access to HIV/AIDS treatment are beginning to bear fruit. In 2009, more than 355,000 children benefited from such...
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Breathe in, breathe out: the respiration process revealed

What could be more natural than breathing? Yet this apparently simple mechanism conceals an entire process on which life depends. With each breath we...
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Advantages of exercise over smoking enormous

When you give up smoking, seize the opportunity to take up some form of exercise. This is an excellent idea for a number of...
Wash and disinfect baby bottles: a priority for infant health

Wash and disinfect baby bottles: a priority for infant health

Milk is a very rich environment, one that favors the growth of microorganisms. It is therefore very important to take great care when looking...
Turn it down! Advice about noise pollution

Turn it down! Advice about noise pollution

Noise is carried by waves that spread out in all directions. Everyone is affected, although to different degrees. However, there are a certain number...
Breastfeeding: great for baby’s teeth

Breastfeeding: great for baby’s teeth

Breastfeeding has proven advantages for the teeth of feeding babies. Babies’ teeth are formed during pregnancy. This is why it is so important to eat...
Basil is good for much more than salads

Basil is good for much more than salads

Basil is good for a lot more than just accenting tomato salads. Apart from its obvious taste qualities, basil contains pharmacological properties that make...
Possible HIV cure claimed in Germany

Possible HIV cure claimed in Germany

A man with HIV living in Germany may have been cured of his infection by a bone marrow transplant, researchers claim. In 2007, the man...
Eating healthy for two during pregnancy

Eating healthy for two during pregnancy

If you are pregnant, it’s important to be careful about what you eat. And it’s especially important to avoid any foods that are likely...
Infant mortality declines, but still a grave concern

Infant mortality declines, but still a grave concern

In 2007, across the world, almost nine million children under the age of 5 died. This is, of course, a very high figure but...
Photosensitivity – what is it and what are the risks?

Photosensitivity – what is it and what are the risks?

Photosensitivity is an abnormal skin reaction to sunlight which often takes the form of red, eczema-like patches or urticaria (hives). This skin sensitivity can...
Safety measures for hedge-trimmer and chainsaw use

Safety measures for hedge-trimmer and chainsaw use

The use of hedge trimmers has been proven to cause serious injuries. Always utilise them in dry weather, because using electrical equipment on wet...
What is the circadian rhythm?

What is the circadian rhythm?

The circadian rhythm refers to a series of biological events that occur in a cyclical fashion over a 24-hour period: changes in body temperature,...
Plants and sleeplessness: What not to do

Plants and sleeplessness: What not to do

Certain plants can be used to remedy sleeplessness. Linden, balm, orange, verbena and valerian won’t do you any harm. But what about the others?...
The dirtier the pig…

The dirtier the pig…

Fact: A dirty pig is a healthy pig. A study carried out in Scotland on piglets reveals that living in a dirty environment from...
Sport: What is the right choice for your child?

Sport: What is the right choice for your child?

Physical activity and sport are essential to a child’s well-being in the same manner as emotional relations, sleep and food are. And while children...
High blood pressure and a healthy lifestyle

High blood pressure and a healthy lifestyle

With its repercussions on the kidneys, heart, brain and blood vessels, arterial hypertension (AHT or high blood pressure) is a serious threat to life...