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Taking fish oil while pregnant prevents childhood asthma

Children’s risk of developing asthma decreases significantly if the mother takes fish oil during the last trimester of pregnancy. The effect is especially strong among women who eat little fish and have a particular genetic variant.

Male circumcision greatly increases risk of urinary tract problems

Circumcised boys are 16-26 times more likely to develop urinary tract problems, shows new research.

Scientists discover mechanisms behind aggressive forms of cancer

Scientists have discovered the mechanisms that can explain how cancer genes are switched on and off.

Malaria vaccine halts spread of cancer

Scientists have successfully used a malaria vaccine to neutralise sugars on the surface of cancer cells, preventing cancer from spreading throughout the body.

Bull fat, bats blood, and lizard poop were the drugs of choice in ancient Egypt

It took six months to describe and catalogue this A4 sized 3,500-year-old medical papyrus. See what Egyptologists have learnt so far.

Underground valleys discovered in Denmark

Denmark is riddled with underground valleys created during the last ice age, shows new research.

Archaeology is being revolutionised by amateur collectors

A new database created with the help of amateur archaeologists provides an improved and quicker overview of archaeological finds.

Sea snail poison holds key to new diabetes medicine

Sea snails use a quick-acting insulin to kill fish, which could be developed into an effective treatment for diabetes.

Scientists risk their lives in the wilds of Greenland

Neither snowstorms nor hungry polar bears could keep a group of scientists from studying musk oxen migration in North Greenland.

Many men needlessly tested for prostate cancer

Doctors often retest men for prostate cancer, even though the first test showed no signs of cancer. This is pointless and debases male patients, say scientists.