Health

Spider venom could be a therapy for brains after strokes

  • 21 March 2017 - 22:17
Spider venom could be a therapy for brains after strokes

BBC - A protein in spider venom may help protect the brain from injury after a stroke, according to research. Scientists found a single dose of the protein Hi1a worked on lab rats. They said it showed "great promise as a future stroke treatment" but had not yet been tested in human...

Tsimane people have the healthiest hearts in the world, research says

  • 18 March 2017 - 14:13
Tsimane people have the healthiest hearts in the world, research says

BBC - The healthiest hearts in the world have been found in the Tsimane people in the forests of Bolivia, say researchers. Barely any Tsimane had signs of clogged up arteries - even well into old age - a study in the Lancet showed. "It's an incredible population" with radically different...

Italian medical delegation in Mitiga hospital for support

  • 16 March 2017 - 13:08
Italian medical delegation in Mitiga hospital for support

A delegation of doctors and medical staffers and technicians from Italy arrived in Mitiga airport on Tuesday to pay a visit to Mitiga hospital to do the necessary assessment at the hospital. The delegation, which was received by the Sooq Al-Joma mayor and other officials at the hospital,...

Scientists: human sweat can help depict diabetes

  • 13 March 2017 - 18:38
Scientists: human sweat can help depict diabetes

Scientists have developed a sensor that can monitor blood sugar levels by analysing sweaty skin, the BBC reported. But rather than a gym-soaked t-shirt, it needs just one millionth of a litre of sweat to do the testing. The team - in South Korea - showed the sensor was accurate and think it...

World faces largest humanitarian crisis since 1945

  • 11 March 2017 - 16:57
World faces largest humanitarian crisis since 1945

BBC - The world is facing its largest humanitarian crisis since 1945, the United Nations says, issuing a plea for help to avoid "a catastrophe". UN humanitarian chief Stephen O'Brien said that more than 20 million people faced the threat of starvation and famine in Yemen, Somalia, South Sudan...

World’s heaviest woman undergoes weight loss surgery in India

  • 9 March 2017 - 14:22
World’s heaviest woman undergoes weight loss surgery in India

BBC - An Egyptian woman, believed to be the world's heaviest at 500kg (1,102lb), has undergone weight reduction surgery. A spokesperson at Mumbai's Saifee Hospital said Eman Ahmed Abd El Aty, 36, had lost 100kg since arriving in India in January. "We are trying to get her fit enough to fly...

Somalia drought claims 110 lives due to starvation

  • 5 March 2017 - 12:14
Somalia drought claims 110 lives due to starvation

BBC - Somalia's Prime Minister, Hassan Ali Haire, says 110 people have died from hunger in a single region in the past 48 hours amid a severe drought. The figure for the south-western Bay region is the first official death toll announced during the crisis. The full impact of the drought on the...

Sleeping too much or too little linked to obesity

  • 2 March 2017 - 21:21
Sleeping too much or too little linked to obesity

BBC - Sleeping too much or too little can increase the likelihood of becoming obese, researchers have discovered. The study found abnormal sleeping patterns increased the risk of being overweight for those genetically predisposed to obesity. The effect was seen regardless of diet,...

Eating 10 fruits and veggies a day prolongs life, research says

  • 23 February 2017 - 13:35
Eating 10 fruits and veggies a day prolongs life, research says

Eating loads of fruit and vegetables - 10 portions a day - may give us longer lives, say researchers. The study, by Imperial College London, calculated such eating habits could prevent 7.8 million premature deaths each year, according to the BBC. The team also identified specific fruit...

Sabha Medical Centre operates by solar power

  • 22 February 2017 - 17:48
Sabha Medical Centre operates by solar power

The head of the media centre of the Sabha Medical Centre, Osama Al-Wafy, said the centre has started operating using the solar power panels that were installed recently by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Libya. According to Al-Wafy, the centre will see better power status...