Antarctic penguin numbers double previous estimates: scientists
Almost six million Adelie penguins are living in East Antarctica, more than double the number previously thought, scientists said Wednesday in findings that have implications for conservation.
Vitamin D can protect against colds, flu: study claims
Taking extra vitamin D can protect against colds, flu and other respiratory infections, said a study Thursday which reopened a debate on the usefulness of over-the-counter supplements.
ADHD a 'brain disorder', not just bad behaviour: study
People with ADHD have slightly smaller brains than those without the condition, according to a study released Thursday which insisted it is a physical disorder and not just bad behaviour.
Italy's tourist jewel feels strain of fame
Hiking the coastal path that links the medieval fishing villages of Italy's Cinque Terre on its northwest coast is a stop-start affair these days.
Australian state buys cattle station to help Barrier Reef
A huge cattle station that pours sediment into the Great Barrier Reef was bought Wednesday by the government as efforts are stepped up to help the World Heritage site bounce back from mass bleaching.
Breastfeeding linked to better childhood behavior: study
Children breastfed exclusively for their first six months of life have an easier time behaving as primary school students, according to new research published Tuesday.
ISIS jihadists sell sex slaves on Facebook
Islamic State terrorists use Facebook to sell sex slaves to fellow jihadists, justifying the price by “supply and demand.”
Emptied Romanian village lives again as haven for battered women
As more and more residents left looking for work, a Romanian village desperate to ensure its future has found a new way of boosting its population that also helps the needy.
Loss of Y chromosome linked to Alzheimer's disease: study
About one in five men over age 80 lose the Y chromosome from their blood cells, and this condition has now been linked to an increased risk of Alzheimer's disease, researchers said Monday.
Vegetable fat not the route to a healthy heart, study finds
Replacing animal fat in the human diet with vegetable oil seems not to lower heart disease risk, and might even boost it, according to a study published Wednesday that challenges a cornerstone of dietary advice.
India court says women have equal right to enter temples
Women have a fundamental right to enter temples, an Indian high court has said, possibly paving the way for an easing of gender restrictions at places of worship across the country.
Worst bleaching on record for Great Barrier Reef: scientists
Aerial surveys of Australia's Great Barrier Reef have revealed the worst bleaching on record in the icon's pristine north, scientists said Tuesday, with few corals escaping damage.
Israel's 'chained women' fight for right to divorce
She is one of Israel's "chained women" -- the hundreds, perhaps thousands, of wives denied a divorce by their husbands and prevented from breaking free by the country's use of Jewish law.
No need for a perfect match: New method allows kidney transplants from ‘any’ donor
Patients in need of a kidney transplant have up to now been required to find a nearly-perfect match as the immune system tends to reject most transplanted organs.
'Mind-boggling' breast cancer therapy can make tumors ‘disappear’ in 11 days, doctors say
A new breast cancer cure has reportedly made tumors vanish in 11 days, with UK medics describing the results as “staggering” and “unprecedented.”
HRW slams Afghan 'virginity tests' as sexual abuse
Human Rights Watch has slammed "virginity exams" conducted on Afghan women and girls accused of so-called moral crimes, saying the invasive tests by government doctors were tantamount to sexual assault.
Evidence of coral bleaching on Barrier Reef as sea warms
Scientists on Tuesday warned coral bleaching was occurring on the Great Barrier Reef as sea temperatures warm, and it could rapidly accelerate unless cooler conditions blow in over the next few weeks.
Scientists confirm Zika virus causes neurological disorders
Scientists on Tuesday said they had confirmed that the Zika virus sweeping Latin America and blamed for severe birth defects can also trigger a dangerous neurological disorder.
Our brain sabotages all efforts at breaking bad habits, Johns Hopkins study finds
It hardly comes as a surprise that we’re our own worst enemies, but new research appears to conclusively prove that our brain is the biggest saboteur of success, and leads to self-deception on a grand scale. The culprit? Dopamine.
Australia introduces medicinal cannabis legislation
Australia Wednesday introduced legislation into parliament to legalise the growing of cannabis for medicinal purposes, with the government calling it "the missing piece in a patient's journey".
Detection of gravitational waves would open new view on universe
The first-ever detection of gravitational waves, which scientists could announce Thursday, would open a new window on the universe and its most violent phenomena.
Climate change 'forcing species to move'
Warming temperatures are causing about half of the world's plants and animals to move location, an international conference in Australia heard Wednesday, with every major type of species affected.
Maternal hormonal imbalance linked to child autism
Children born to mothers with a hormonal imbalance run a much higher risk of developing autism, according to a new study released by Sweden's Karolinska Institutet on Tuesday.
Divorced Saudi women to get ID cards: reports
Female divorcees and widows in Saudi Arabia are set to get their own ID cards allowing them to act independently from men, local media reported on Thursday.
Women are the future of Hermes Watches, new top man says
The new head of Hermes Watches is hoping a more feminine touch, added with the fashion group's own in-house know-how, will help it navigate through the turbulence rocking the sector.
New period alert will text women from inside their vagina
A new period product seeking support on Kickstarter will link up with women’s smartphones to tell them when they need to change, and even when their period is due.
Setting aggressive targets for hypertension saves lives: report
Treatment for high blood pressure that goes above and beyond what was previously recommended can significantly reduce risk of cardiovascular disease and even death, preliminary results from a US study showed Friday.
Aspirin reduces bowel cancer risk in obese patients: study
Being overweight more than doubles the risk of bowel cancer in people with a certain gene disorder, but a regular dose of aspirin can reverse the trend, a study found.
Looking For A Hair And Beauty Salon in The Torrevieja Area Of The Costa Blanca Then Look No Further - Chloes Salon
Chloe’s welcoming salon is the growing craze and trend on the Costa Blanca. They offer hair, beauty and nail services, and also your first cut or manicure completely free of charge, to try them out.
Women with Alzheimer's may face faster decline than men
Women with Alzheimer's may face a swifter mental decline than men with the same condition, but researchers are not sure why, according to a study released this week at US a medical conference.
New insulin 'smart patch' could help diabetes patients
An experimental patch that could automatically deliver doses of insulin to patients with diabetes has been successfully tested in lab animals, researchers said.
Smoking behind half of major cancer deaths: study
Smoking is responsible for nearly half of deaths due to certain types of cancers in 2011, a US study said Monday.
Chocolate may be good for your heart, study suggests
New research has added to tentative evidence that eating chocolate in modest quantities may be good for the heart, its investigators said on Tuesday.
Bayer sells diabetes business to Panasonic for 1 bln euros
German pharmaceuticals and chemicals giant Bayer said Wednesday it has agreed to sell its diabetes care business to Panasonic Healthcare Holdings for 1.022 billion euros ($1.2 billion).
Cholesterol drug wins green light from US panel of experts
A US advisory panel urged regulators to approve a new cholesterol drug that promises to reduce death from cardiovascular disease.
Number of British women becoming nuns hits 25-year high
The number of women becoming nuns in Britain reached a 25-year high last year, according to figures released by the Catholic Church on Thursday.
Another study finds no link between vaccine, autism
Yet another scientific study has found no link between autism and the vaccine against measles, mumps and rubella (MMR), according to US research published on Tuesday.
Mind training as effective as anti-depressants
A form of mental training which helps people recognise the onset of depression, and control it, works as well as anti-depressants in preventing relapse, researchers said Monday.
Think pink: Number of women with breast cancer may double in next 15 years ‒ study
By 2030, the number of women expected to develop breast cancer will increase by about 50 percent, according to a new study. Currently, one in eight women will develop the disease at some point in her lifetime.
Packed with health benefits, coffee gains ground with experts
Long viewed as a controversial dark substance, coffee is gaining ground among medical experts who say it can protect against heart disease, Parkinson's, Alzheimer's and diabetes, even if it is decaffeinated.
Angelina Jolie has ovaries removed after cancer scare
Angelina Jolie has revealed she has had her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed after doctors detected possible signs of cancer.
Easter Island's Carnival magic seduces locals, tourists
Far from home on Chile's Easter Island for Carnival festivities, one middle-aged American woman throws caution to the wind. Stripped down to a thong, she lets a local reveler paint her chest.
Eating placentas? US moms swear by health benefits
Health trends come and go, but one post-birth fad is gaining a foothold in the United States among some new mothers who extol the benefits of eating their own placentas.
Cholesterol no longer a concern: US experts
A warning against eating foods high in cholesterol is no longer included in the US government's draft dietary guidelines for Americans, representing a major shift in policy, officials said Thursday.
Drug-resistant malaria parasite spreading
Parasites resistant to the frontline malaria drug have spread westward from southeast Asia to just short of the Indian border -- a gateway to Africa, researchers warned Friday.
New HPV vaccine is more effective
A new vaccine against sexually transmitted human papillomavirus is more effective than the previous version and may protect against 90 percent of all cervical cancers worldwide, researchers said Wednesday.
Hormone drugs boost ovarian cancer risk by 40%
Menopausal women who take hormone replacement therapy (HRT) boost the risk of ovarian cancer by 40 percent, even if they take the treatment only for a few years, a study said Friday.
Women cry more than men ‘because of the media’
Stereotypes suggest that men are more cold-hearted than women, and less likely to cry. Studies show this may be true.
Not all obese people prone to poor health: study
US scientists encouraged 20 obese people to eat extra fast food for several months, and found that about a quarter stayed in good health despite the additional pounds they gained.
WHO makes cervical cancer protection easier, cheaper
The World Health Organization introduced new cervical cancer guidelines Wednesday, making it easier and cheaper to protect women against one of the deadliest, but most preventable, diseases.
Giving birth better at home than at hospital
Women are better giving birth at home or in midwife centres than in hospital, where doctors are more likely to perform interventions such as caesareans, according to new British guidance.
Ebola vaccine promising in first human trials: NIH
Researchers say they are one step closer to developing an Ebola vaccine, with a Phase 1 trial showing promising results, but it will be months at the earliest before it can be used in the field.
Carbs more harmful than saturated fats: study
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 blood.
Gene link to seizures in children after MMR vaccine
Scientists in Denmark said Sunday they had found genetic clues to explain why a small number of children have febrile seizures -- brief convulsions -- after receiving the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine
Cocoa clue to reversing memory loss
Bioactive ingredients found in cocoa sharply reversed age-related memory decline in a group of volunteers, scientists reported on Sunday.
Ebola vaccine doses could reach Africa by mid-2015: WHO
Ebola vaccine trials could start in west Africa in December, with hundreds of thousands of doses potentially being rolled out by mid-2015, the World Health Organization said Friday.
‘Dead hearts’ transplanted into living patients in surgical breakthrough
Australian doctors have successfully transplanted hearts that have stopped beating, revolutionizing organ donation.
MRI reveals ancient Siberian ‘princess’ had breast cancer
Brand new MRI scans have revealed that a 2,500-year-old ancient Pazyryk 'princess' died from the same disease that over a million women are fighting today: breast cancer.
Embryonic stem cells clear key hurdle in eye trial
Embryonic stem cells transplanted into 18 patients with deteriorating eyesight restored some vision in more than half the volunteers, the longest study into the fledgling technology reported Tuesday.
Apple, Facebook woo women to stay at work by paying for egg-freezing
In the male-dominated high-tech field, industry giants Facebook and Apple have created a new perk which they say will keep women on the job and allow them to excel.
Hi-tech overload: First case of Google Glass addiction treated
Doctors have treated the first case of Google Glass addiction, after a US Navy serviceman used the device for up to 18 hours a day and grew irritable when he wasn't wearing it. He also developed an involuntary movement of his hand to the temple.
Scientists in Russia developing three Ebola vaccines – Health Ministry
Russian scientists are working on three potential Ebola vaccines which they expect to introduce as soon as in the next six months
Diabetes breakthrough: Human stem cells altered to make insulin
In what could be a major breakthrough for diabetes treatment, scientists have discovered a way to drastically alter human embryonic stem cells, transforming them into cells that produce and release insulin.
World first: Swedish woman gives birth after womb transplant
A Swedish woman with a womb transplant has become the first in the world to give birth. Considered a breakthrough in infertility treatment, it gives hope of having a baby to thousands of women without a uterus.
Failing sense of smell strong predictor of death, study tells
A declining sense of smell in older people is a strong predictor of death within just five years, according to new research.
Roche breast cancer drug 'helps patients live longer'
A drug developed by Swiss giant Roche to treat an aggressive form of breast cancer has been shown to extend patients' lives by almost 16 months, researchers said Sunday.
'Raw' the new beauty in Hollywood
Starlets take note: Hollywood filmmakers pushed a no-fuss, no-makeup look in new movies at the Toronto film festival this week, redefining beauty as "raw."
Half of N. American Birds in peril from climate change
Iconic North American birds like the Bald Eagle and Brown Pelican are among hundreds of mankind's feathered friends facing threats to their survival due to climate change, researchers said Tuesday.
Experimental Ebola drug ‘ZMapp’ heals all monkeys in study
An experimental Ebola drug healed all 18 monkeys infected with the deadly virus in a study, boosting hopes that the treatment might help fight the outbreak raging through West Africa – once more of it can be made.
Underground lab glimpses 'soul' of the Sun
A lab sited under 1.4 kilometres (4,500 feet) of rock has detected particles from the Sun that help to measure activity at the very heart of our star, scientists said Wednesday.
New breast cancer gene mutation found to raise risk
A newly discovered gene mutation significantly raises a woman's risk of breast cancer and may be considered the third such inherited gene flaw known to science, researchers said Wednesday.
Love in the time of tourists: courtship changes in remote Vietnam
Dating is never easy but finding the perfect partner when you live in a tiny, remote village in the Vietnamese mountains is almost impossible. The solution? A love market.
Aspirin reduces risk of some cancers, says study
Daily, long-term doses of aspirin can slash the risk of cancer of the digestive tract, according to research published on Wednesday.
Dope hope: Marijuana may combat cancer spread, study shows
Cannabis could be used to prevent cancer spreading, according to groundbreaking research conducted by British scientists.
Old-fashioned vaccine fights polio resurgence
A jab to protect children against polio that fell out of favour in the 1960s should be given a frontline role to help stamp out the disease, doctors reported in The Lancet on Friday.
Vaccines have low risk of serious side effects: study
Some childhood vaccines are linked to serious side effects, but they are quite rare and do not include autism, food allergies or cancer, said a review of scientific literature Tuesday.
Breast cancer warning from blood test
Women with a predisposition to breast cancer could be warned of developing symptoms by a simple blood test even if they do not inherit genes associated with disease, scientists said on Friday.
Light ahead in fight against degenerative blindness
Once doomed to a life of darkness, dozens of people stricken by retinal diseases are rediscovering a world of light as scientists push ahead on cures for blindness.
Gene mutation affects breast cancer survival chance
Women with a specific gene mutation have a higher risk of dying from a type of breast cancer, said a study Tuesday that raised prospects of targeted drugs.
Better care can save 3-m babies, mothers per year
The lives of three million women and babies can be saved every year by 2025 for an annual investment of about a dollar per head in better maternity care, researchers said Tuesday.
Screening could find more lung cancer, but price high
More rigorous screening with low dose CT scans could catch tens of thousands of US lung cancer cases in the next five years, but at a price tag of $9.3 billion, researchers said Wednesday.
Women directors struggle as men 'eat all the cake' in movie world
Cannes jury head Jane Campion -- the only woman ever to win the festival's top prize -- has blamed the lack of female movie makers on "inherent sexism" in an industry increasingly under fire for the paucity of women in its top ranks.
Nighttime dreams may be controlled by sleeper through electrical current
A groundbreaking discovery may see sleeping people controlling their dreams, using electrical currents applied to the brain, according to a study published online in Nature Neuroscience.
Red wine ingredient no magic pill for health
US researchers may have found a flaw with the "French Paradox," or the notion that people who drink red wine can somehow avoid the pitfalls of a high-fat diet.
Study lists dangerous chemicals linked to breast cancer
Certain chemicals that are common in everyday life have been shown to cause breast cancer in lab rats and are likely to do the same in women, US researchers said Monday.
Miracle component in young blood rejuvenates brain, muscles in older mice
It's one small step for mouse, one giant leap for mankind. Scientists have discovered the brains and muscles of old mice rejuvenate after they receive the blood of younger ones.
DARPA working on brain implants to help restore memory
Memory loss could soon be a thing of the past. US military researchers say they’re developing a new brain implant that could restore mental faculties.
Aspirin halves colon cancer risk -- if you have certain gene
Aspirin can reduce the risk of colon cancer by half, but only in people who carry high levels of a specific type of gene, a study released Wednesday found.
Blocking breast cancer drug that extend womens lives a major blow
Moves to block a new breast cancer drug which extends women's lives by almost six months have been described as a "major blow".
Jimmy Choo creates Fukushima shoes line
Designer Jimmy Choo unveiled a one-off range of shoes in Japan on Friday, made using materials and techniques native to the disaster-hit Fukushima area, in a bid to boost the profile of artisans there.
Brain ‘15-second delay’ shields us from hallucinogenic experience – research
Scientists have revealed the human brain has a 15-second lag that helps stabilize incoming visual information, which we don’t notice bombarding us in the course of our everyday lives.
Electric shocks help paralyzed patients move again – study
Researchers have helped four paralyzed men to regain movement in their legs and feet using electric shocks
Toshiba unveils disease-detecting breathalyser
Japan's Toshiba on Tuesday unveiled a breathalyser which it says can detect a wide range of diseases just 30 seconds after users blow into the machine.
Nepal's young women endure painful 'fallen womb' syndrome
Sita Pariyar had barely recovered from childbirth when her uterus slipped out of her body, making her one of hundreds of thousands of Nepalese women struck by a debilitating reproductive condition.
US Regulator Launches Investigation Into Nutrition And Weight-Loss Firm Herbalife
US regulators have launched an investigation into the operations of nutrition and weight-loss firm Herbalife.
Checking the blood pressure in BOTH arms could save your life
Taking the blood pressure of both arms rather than just one could help doctors spot hidden heart disease.
Injecting cosmetic fillers into the foreheadcan cause permanent blindness, doctors warn
Wrinkle-removing cosmetic procedures can lead to permanent blindness, a new study warns.
Injecting fillers into people’s foreheads can, in rare cases, cause irreversible damage to the eye, the researchers say.
TOURISM IN SPAIN: MADRID AND BARCELONA
Overview of Spain
Spain is made up of 17 autonomous regions and covers an area of some 505,000 km2, with a population of over 47 million
Blood test can predict Alzheimer's: study
Researchers in the United States say they have developed a prototype blood test that can tell with 90-percent accuracy whether a healthy person will develop Alzheimer's disease within three years.
A third of women in EU have suffered 'sexual violence'
A third of women in Europe have suffered some form of physical or sexual assault and five percent have been raped, according to a major new study published on Wednesday.