Leukaemia research

SCIENTISTS unpicking the gene faults behind an aggressive blood cancer called acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) have found it is not a single disease, but at least 11 different ones with important differences for patients’ likely survival chances. The findings, from the largest study of its kind, could improve clinical trials for testing and developing new […]

Malaria vaccine wears off

AN EXPERIMENTAL vaccine against malaria known as Mosquirix – or RTS,S – weakens over time and is only four per cent effective over a seven-year span, researchers said last Wednesday (29). The findings, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, are based on a phase II clinical trial with over 400 young children in […]

Omega-3s cut heart attack risk by 10 per cent

CONSUMING foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids, such as salmon, sardines and anchovies, can reduce the risk of a deadly heart attack by 10 per cent, a study out last Monday (27) said. Researchers looked at blood and tissue omega-3 levels in participants of 19 studies across 16 countries, the report published in the US […]

Childhood stunting ‘great unrecognised disaster’

CHILDREN born in developing countries this year will lose more than $177 billion in potential life-time earnings because of stunting and other delays in physical development, scientists said last Wednesday (29). Children who have poor growth in their first years of life tend to perform worse at school, which usually leads to poorer earning power […]

Malnutrition mounts

MALNUTRITION is becoming the “new normal” as rising rates of obesity across the world coincide with persistent undernutrition in many poorer countries, according to a major study released last month. The Global Nutrition Report says the number of people who are obese or overweight is rising almost everywhere, fuelling an increase in diabetes and other […]

Midlife fitness prevents strokes

THE FITTER people are when they reach middle age, the less likely they are to suffer a later-in-life stroke, according to US research out last month. The findings, published in a journal of the American Heart Association, are based on a study of nearly 20,000 adults aged 45 to 50. The individuals, 79 per cent […]

Breastfed kids study better

CHILDREN breastfed exclusively for their first six months of life have an easier time behaving in primary school, according to research published last Tuesday (21). Carried out in South Africa, the study assessed more than 1,500 children and found a strong link between how long they were breastfed and signs of behavioral disorders between the […]

Graduates’ brain risk

PEOPLE with at least three years of higher education are at greater risk for cancerous brain tumours than those with no more than nine years of schooling, perplexed researchers said last month. “There is a 19 per cent increased risk that university-educated men could be diagnosed with glioma,” said Amal Khanolkar, a scientist at the […]

Iftari memories

Celebrities share their favourite dishes ConneCted to the fast Faakhir (singer/songwriter): My ultimate favourite Ramadan craving is the legendary samosa. No other food item can replace the yearning for this delightful delicacy. Whether it’s a meat mince one or those filled with potatoes, my fast isn’t complete without a treat of a samosa. Humza Arshad […]

Quick and easy new ideas

by Nadeem Ahmed Sehri Smoothie Sailing Ramadan seems come quicker every year and each time we say we will be more prepared than the last time, but that is not always the case. If you have left it late this year, don’t worry – I have some great tips for saving time and eating healthily. […]