Ghost writer: how Martino Sclavi’s brain tumour helped him write a book

Expected to die, and having lost the ability to read, the Italian film producer devoted himself to a near-impossible task. Rachel Cooke meets him I meet Martino Sclavi in Islington, north London, where he shares a small flat. Its a perfectly ordinary summer morning: pigeons are cooing and somewhere far off, a siren sounds. But […]

US army veterans find peace in protecting rhinos from poaching

In northern South Africa, former soldiers are fighting both the illegal wildlife trade and the twin scourges of unemployment and PTSD The sun has set over the scrubby savannah. The moon is full. It is time for Ryan Tate and his men to go to work. In camouflage fatigues, they check their weapons and head […]

Yellow fever fears prompt monkey murder in Brazil, experts say

(CNN)In rural Brazil, an outbreak of yellow fever that began in December is considered the largest in 14 years. With fears of the deadly viral hemorrhagic disease spreading to urban areas, another worry is plaguing scientists and primatologists: the murder of monkeys. Residents began shooting and beating monkeys to death after the deaths of 11 […]

Moderate drinking can lower risk of heart attack, says study

Drinking in moderation helps protect heart, with study finding it lowers risk of many conditions compared with not drinking Moderate drinking can lower the risk of several heart conditions, according to a study that will further fuel the debate about the health implications of alcohol consumption. The study of 1.93 million people in the UK […]

New drug cuts ‘bad’ cholesterol by 60% on average, reducing heart attack risk

Trial of 27,000 patients found that those taking drug evolocumab saw their levels of low-density lipoprotein cholesterol fall A new drug can prevent heart attacks and strokes by cutting bad cholesterol levels, scientists have found. An international trial of 27,000 patients found that those who took the drug evolocumab saw their bad cholesterol levels fall […]

Lack of awareness of grape choking hazard puts children at risk, say doctors

Grapes can completely plug a childs airway, with research suggesting they are third most common cause of death in food-related incidents Grapes are the third most common cause of death among children who die in food-related choking incidents, and doctors say a lack of awareness among parents, carers and health professionals could be leaving young […]

Air pollution could increase risk of stillbirth, study suggests

Exposure to vehicular and industrial emissions heightens risk during pregnancy, researchers say Exposure to air pollution may increase the risk of stillbirth, new research suggests. Stillbirths, classed as such if a baby is born dead after 24 weeks of pregnancy, occur in one in every 200 births. Around 11 babies are stillborn every day in […]