Health

The Bilingual Advantage

A cognitive neuroscientist, Ellen Bialystok has spent almost 40 years learning about how bilingualism sharpens the mind. Her good news: Among other benefits, the regular use of two languages appears to delay the onset of Alzheimer’s disease symptoms. Dr. Bialystok, 62, a distinguished research professor of psychology at York University in […]

Cell Phone use increases Cancer Risk

Radiation from cell phones can possibly cause cancer, according to the World Health Organization. The agency now lists mobile phone use in the same “carcinogenic hazard” category as lead, engine exhaust and chloroform. Before its announcement Tuesday, WHO had assured consumers that no adverse health effects had been established. A […]

E.coli deaths continue as ministers warn of threat

Another woman died in Germany on Wednesday after being treated for infection with the virulent enterohaemorrhagic E. coli (EHEC) bacteria on Wednesday, as government minister warned the situation remained “threatening.”   Consumer Affairs Minister Ilse Aigner and Health Minister Daniel Bahr called for everyone to take particular care with food […]

Bacteria ‘linked’ to Parkinson’s disease

The bacteria responsible for stomach ulcers have been linked to Parkinson’s disease, according to researchers in the US. Mice infected with Helicobacter pylori went onto develop Parkinson’s like symptoms. The study, presented at a meeting of the American Society for Microbiology, argues that infection could play “a significant role”. The charity Parkinson’s […]

Brainwave helps stroke victims

Treatment for stroke survivors is being revolutionised by neuro-scientists at Auckland University. They have developed a way to fast-track recovery using electro-magnetic equipment to activate dormant brain cells. Lead researcher Dr Cathy Stinear said the technique prepared the brain when used immediately before a physiotherapy session. “We can excite the […]

‘Big Fat’ father slams TVNZ promotion

Television New Zealand is marketing them in a prime-time slot as Britain’s “fattest and laziest family”. But the stars of the show – a family of four who collectively weigh almost 500kg – have lashed out at the broadcaster, saying there are fatter families in Britain. The Chawner family, from […]