Carbs more harmful than saturated fats: study

Getty/AFP/File | Carbohydrates are associated with heightened levels of a fatty acid linked to increased risk for diabetes and heart disease, Ohio State University study shows
22 Nov 2014
Long-derided saturated fats -- associated with an array of health problems such as heart disease -- caught a break when research revealed their intake could be doubled or even nearly tripled without driving up their level in a person's...

Job authority spells depression for women: US study

 AFP/File | Women in authority suffer more mental health problems than lower-status female employees, a US study shows
20 Nov 2014
Women in authority appear to be more vulnerable to depression than their male counterparts, a study by sociologists in the United States said. Researchers looked into 1,500 middle-aged women from Wisconsin and compared their workplace...

First Arab pediatrics conference set for 13 November

09 Nov 2014
Sharm al-Sheikh resort will host the first ever Arab pediatrics conference on 13 November, which will be chaired by Dr. Sanaa Youssef, professor of pediatrics at Ain Shams University.   The conference will discuss a range of...

Five fallacies about smoking shisha

04 Nov 2014
The shisha is a popular means of smoking in Egypt, but many shisha smokers believe it is somehow less harmful than cigarettes or does not affect the heart or lungs. This report, however, quotes five fallacies from the website Quit...

Health Ministry: Organ transplants from clinically dead to apply within 18 months

Mohamed Helal, secretary of the Health Ministry's organ transplant commission
02 Nov 2014
The Health Ministry’s organ transplant commission has predicted that transplants of organs from clinically dead citizens can take place within 18 months.    The commission said the period is enough to settle on certain...

Exercising three times a week significantly cuts depression risk

People exercise beside the Chao Phraya river in Bangkok 24 September 2014.
20 Oct 2014
Exercising three times a week reduces the odds of developing depression by around 16 percent, scientists said on Wednesday -- and for every extra weekly activity session, the risk drops further.   In a study conducted as part of a...

Apple, Facebook will pay for female employees to freeze their eggs

Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook's co-founder and chief executive introduces 'Home' a Facebook app suite that integrates with Android during a Facebook press event in Menlo Park, California, 4 April 2013.
20 Oct 2014
Apple Inc (AAPL.O) and Facebook Inc (FB.O) will help pay for female employees to freeze their eggs, signaling a willingness to spend on perks and benefits in a race to acquire top-flight talent.   From January, Apple will pay both...

A second language may keep the brain young

Students study Chinese characters at Qunxing international school in Yiwu, Zhejiang province 7 March 2008.
04 Jun 2014
Being able to speak more than one language may help you think more clearly in later life, even if you’ve learned the second language as an adult, according to a new study.   “In previous studies, if bilinguals got dementia...

Stroke risk higher among young adults with insomnia

The World Health Organisation (WHO) headquarters are pictured in Geneva April 27, 2009.
09 Apr 2014
People with insomnia may have a higher risk of stroke than their well-rested peers, a new study shows. The link between insomnia and stroke was especially strong in young adults, who were up to eight times more likely to suffer a stroke if...

Chinese woman dies of new bird flu strain

18 Dec 2013
A 73-year-old woman in China has died from a new strain of bird flu, the H10N8 virus, the Xinhua state news agency reported on Wednesday. Xinhua cited unidentified experts as saying that the case in Nanchang, the capital of the landlocked...