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Last week, news came out that a big step has been taken towards the world’s first malaria vaccine being approved for distribution, a move that sees the treatment reach thousands of people.

With malaria causing over half a million deaths per year, research into a cure against the disease has been going on for decades. Mosquirix, developed by GlaxoSmithKline, has been given a positive assessment by the European Medicines Agency; however due to mixed results found in children the WHO (World Health Organization) is yet to decide whether it will recommend the vaccine to children.

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1.1 million men worldwide were diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2012.

1.1 million men worldwide were diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2012.

Through the genetic profiling of 259 men, scientists in the UK have been able to identify five different sub-types of prostate cancer. In 2012 alone, over 1.1 million men worldwide were diagnosed with this disease, and the rate has been increasing ever since. In some places, like the UK and America, prostate cancer is one of the most common cancers and among the leading causes of cancer-related deaths.

Until today, prostate cancer was considered to be one type of cancer, and patients were treated all the same. However, this new study has shed light on five distinct sub-types or groups which allows us to narrow down the treatment to what is specifically needed for each patient. Doctors can now decide which patients are more at risk of their tumors growing and spreading so they can be treated accordingly.

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Depression

Studies suggest that anxiety and depression could be caused by a gut bacteria.

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Do you think Armenian cuisine rank in the top 5 best or worst diets in the world.

Do you think Armenian cuisine rank in the top 5 best or worst diets in the world?

A study conducted by Lancet Global Health has analysed the diets of 197 countries and ranked them according to their eating habits.

The ranking is based on the consumption of healthy products such as fruit, vegetables, beans, nuts, seeds, whole grains, dairy products and fish.

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World’s first Malaria vaccine has been introduced in Africa in order to save thousands of lives.

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Approximately 1.5 million people die of hepatitis every year - and it could be prevented.

Approximately 1.5 million people die of hepatitis every year – and it could be prevented.

Prevention: that is what World Hepatitis Day is all about. Every year, on July 28th, the World Health Organization (WHO) commemorates the birth of Professor Baruch Samuel Blumberg who discovered both the Hepatitis B virus and vaccine.

Every year, 1.5 million people die from hepatitis and their related illnesses such as cirrhosis, liver failure and liver cancer. WHO works in an effort to spread the word about prevention, as there is no cure. Read More →

Nap

Napping can have positive effects and boost productivity.

For years hispanic countries, most notably Spain, have suffered by the stereotype of being “lazy” for taking siestas. But, are siestas really a sign of laziness or are they actually an ingenious idea? Studies have shown that taking a siesta in the middle of the day can increase productivity while reducing frustration and short-temper.

The Spanish town of Ador, located in Valencia, wants to avoid short-tempered and frustrated workers (and citizens in general), which is why they have instated a law that gives every resident the right to an afternoon nap. From 2pm to 5pm, everything will go quiet; children are not to be let out on the streets, businesses are to close down, and the town is to snooze in unison. Read More →

Techniques used in cloning to help to combat mitochondrial disease.

Techniques used in cloning to help to combat mitochondrial disease.

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Health insurance in Germany is said to be one of the most expensive.

Germany is one of the main players for high class medical treatment, but this comes at a cost.

Since 2009, any residents in Germany are required to possess health insurance. Although the medical care and treatment in Germany is of a very high standard, it comes at a cost.

For those seeking employment in Germany, it is worth noting that there is a threshold in place Verisicherungspflichtgrenze) which states that those earning below a certain wage will automatically be insured under the public health insurance scheme. This mandatory insurance under the public health scheme also applies for students at a state university. Families can take advantage of the public health system since spouses and children can be registered under the main earner’s name.

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With the rise of smartphones, tablets, and all other manner of gizmos and gadgets over the past 8 years, different industries have been looking into how they can capitalise on this new market. At first lagging behind, the Health & Fitness industry is now booming, with apps like ‘Runtastic Running’ and my personal favourite, ‘7 Minute Workout’, being used by millions.

In this post, we’re going to see whether fitness apps are really a good way to stay in shape, and how you can stay healthy while abroad. Read More →