Research brings promise of universal flu vaccine, protecting against strains that don’t yet exist

According to new research published in mBio, the online journal of the American Society for Microbiology, scientists may be able…

New era for Alzheimer’s research? ‘Breakthrough’ drug could be just the start, expert suggests

There is great excitement about trial results released today for a drug treating Alzheimer’s. The drug, Solanezumab, produced by Eli…

Bilingual is better – researchers find bilingual children have more grey matter

A study published in the journal Cerebral Cortex suggests that bilingual people have more grey matter in the ‘executive control’…

Thanks to worms, doctors may soon be able to predict how severe a genetic disease will be

Research published in the biomedical journal Cell has revealed that DNA can be used to predict the severity of genetic…

Suffering from tinnitus? A trial offers hope of a breakthrough

According to findings published today in the head and neck surgery journal JAMA Otolaryngology, a clinical trial in the US…

News for the anti-sitting gurus: standing up all day is not good for you either

A new study published in the journal Human Factors suggests that prolonged periods of standing are bad for our health.…

Medical researchers lobby for the right to share your data

Over 60 organisations are calling for the European Parliament to relax its data protection laws and allow medical researchers to…

Warning: Your ‘herbal’ medicines may not contain herbs

An investigation carried out by University College London and the BBC has found that herbal food supplements are often misleadingly…

New research on ‘brain heritage’ could pave the way for personalised treatment

According to new research published in the journal Current Biology, the shape of the cerebral cortex – the outermost layer…

Common anti-depressant ‘makes people less selfish’. Is this a cure for anti-social behaviour?

According to a study published in the journal Current Biology, citalopram (a common anti-depressant widely prescribed in the UK) has…

Diabetes: a horrible condition, but look at all this encouraging news

Diabetes and dementia are two of the most frightening challenges facing public health today. In both cases, we don’t know…

New study shows children are less fat – but less fit. The ‘obesity crisis’ may be a fitness crisis

A long-term study by the University of Essex has found that, although the average BMI (body mass index) of children…

Sorry, but there’s no real evidence that chocolate makes you healthier

Yesterday’s newspapers were full of grand claims about the health benefits of eating chocolate. The Daily Mail called it a…

Number of children exposed to second-hand smoke falls, but was it really dangerous anyway?

There’s more good news for the anti-smoking lobby today. Data published in the scientific journal Addiction reveals that children are being exposed…

Big Tobacco and the smugglers: do you believe this conspiracy theory?

In an information sheet on its website, the Tobacco Manufacturers’ Association draws a link between the illegal cigarette trade and prostitution,…

Dying Without Dignity: a report on end-of-life care that shames the NHS

The name says it all. ‘Dying Without Dignity’ is the parliamentary health ombudsman’s report into over 300 complaints of the neglect of…

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Worried about your weight? Check your waistline, not the bathroom scales

If you’ve glanced at a newspaper in the last few months you’ll have noticed that obesity is public health enemy number…

Horrible diseases are being ‘edited out’ of the human body

Some exciting news about the future of medicine was announced today. Unfortunately, you really need a degree in biochemistry –…