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P-values--abused but not abandoned

This statistical tool plays a central role in analysing data, but it is under attack.

Scientists can finally explain how autoimmune disease spreads

“It’s a negative spiral,” says scientist behind new study.

How exercise can slow the spread of cancer

“Thorough and solid” study suggests why intense training is so effective at preventing cancer.

Asthma might weaken the body’s immune system

Individuals with asthma suffer more infections and should be under greater medical supervision, says scientist behind new study.

Lithium in drinking water could protect against dementia

Fewer people suffer from the disease when they drink water containing higher concentrations of lithium

Pompeii residents were screwed before the volcanic eruption

A water pipe from Pompeii had alarmingly high levels of toxic chemicals.

Archaeologists excavate 400 Iron Age houses in Denmark

A spectacular and unique site, say archaeologists.

What we (don’t) know about gender differences in the brain

COMMENT: A Google engineer was recently laid off for writing that biological differences explain why more men than women work in the tech industry. A neurobiologist and science journalist in Denmark agreed with him – but are they right?

High blood pressure? Reducing salt intake alone will not solve it

Upping your potassium intake is also necessary.

New app could save you a trip to the hospital

Apps have great potential in the health service sector, but what are the challenges of implementing them?