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Resistant bacteria can be tamed again

Pioneering research has found the key to making resistant bacteria sensitive to antibiotics. New medicine could be on the market within two years.

World unlikely to end in 2012, say scientists

The claimed prediction by the ancient Mayas of the end of the world, as popularised in the film '2012', gets a sceptical assessment from the scientific community.

Free play more important than organised sport

If children are to have more exercise, they should not join sports clubs. Instead, they should have more facilities for free play in school playgrounds, a PhD project shows.

Malaria vaccine offers hope for women in Africa

A team of medical parasitologists has reconstructed a vital part of a malaria protein. The breakthrough has led to a promising prototype vaccine for maternal malaria.

Frequent sex can prevent pregnancy complications

Having sex more often can reduce the risk of developing a serious medical condition called pre-eclampsia during pregnancy. Sperm contains a special protein that increases the chances for a successful pregnancy.

Rams and hedgehogs can make cars safer

Car bumpers can be made far more efficient by studying animals that have developed ways to deal with heavy impacts.

Diesel fumes can affect a foetus for generations

Diesel engine particles can make DNA mutate over generations, mouse trials show. Humans may also be affected.

Nicotine worsens processing ability

Nicotine gives you a kick-start, but the benefit stops there. New research shows that nicotine affects our information processing ability in several ways.

Pizza boxes and chip bags may cause breast cancer

Chemicals found in everyday items such as rainwear, chip bags, greaseproof paper and pizza boxes increase the risk of breast cancer. The substances are also suspected of having links to ADHD.

Increased risk of new cancer for cured patients

Recovered cancer patients have a greater risk of developing cancer again than people with no cancer history.