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December 12th, 2018 A Scottish study shows that people who regularly do intellectual activities throughout life have higher mental abilities. This provides a 'higher cognitive point' from which to decline, but brain training in the form of puzzles, crosswords, etc does...

December 12th, 2018 Science doesn’t have all the answers but the money-making quacks are quick to fill the vacuum, writes MedicalBrief columnist Alastair McAlpine. The unique dependency of human infants on their caregivers makes the field of fussy and uncooperative...


Free CPD-accredited online HIV Course

The BetterCare Adult HIV book most recently updated in 2018, is a comprehensive introduction to the management of adults living with HIV. Developed and maintained by doctors and nurses with extensive experience in the care of adults living with HIV,... November 7th, 2018


56th robbery of Cape paramedics this year

Two paramedics were robbed in Seawinds, near Muizenberg, making it the 56th such attack in the Cape Town area this year, reports News24. "It was... December 12th, 2018


Exercise test predicts CVD mortality risk

Performance on a simple exercise test predicts the risk of death from cardiovascular disease, cancer, and other causes, reports a large study... December 12th, 2018


Resistance to second-line ARTs increasing in SA

An increasing number of HIV patients in the Western Cape and other parts of South Africa are experiencing resistance to second-line antiretroviral therapy (ART). The Star reports that this was revealed by the fifth South African National HIV... December 12th, 2018



Drawing is best for information retention in the elderly

Researchers from the University of Waterloo found that even if n good at it, drawing, as a method to help retain new information in the elderly. The University of Waterloo found that even if people weren't good at it, drawing, as a method to help... December 12th, 2018


Quick and easy blood or tissue test to detect cancer

A quick and easy Australian test to detect cancer from blood or biopsy tissue has proved to be up to 90% accurate in tests involving 200 human cancer samples. The test has been developed by University of Queensland researchers Dr Abu Sina, Dr... December 12th, 2018


Safety measures 'stifling' children's physical development

Children's physical development is being "stifled" by health and safety as teachers are too scared to let them play outside, The Daily Telegraph reports the UK’s Office for Standards in Education Children's Services and Skills (Ofsted) has warned.... December 12th, 2018


Variant of wasp venom to treat bacterial infections

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) researchers, using toxin found in a South American wasp, have created peptide variants potent against bacteria but nontoxic to human cells. In a study of mice, they could completely eliminate Pseudomonas... December 12th, 2018


Hysterectomy may affect cognition — animal study

Research at Arizona State University found rats that underwent the surgical removal of the uterus with ovaries left intact had a memory deficit, suggesting the uterus might have functions beyond reproduction. By age 60, one in three women in... December 12th, 2018

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