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Obese people more susceptible to infection

Obese people are more likely to suffer from throat or lung infections, shows new research.

Vegans gain some and lose some

Vegans consume fewer trans fats, sugars and salt than the rest of do but a new study indicates they get insufficient quantities of vitamins and minerals. One challenge is that their bodies are naturally incapable of metabolising all the nutrients they eat.

Lack of oxygen did not hold back evolution of complex life

There was much more oxygen on Earth 1.4 billion years ago than scientists have previously thought. Rules out conventional theories as to what kick-started complex life on Earth.

Driving home from night shifts is risky

Graveyard shift workers are not only subjected to higher risks of health problems – they can pose an immediate threat to themselves and others when heading home for bed.

Breast milk sends genetic messages to the child

Genetic material in breast milk may have a stronger effect on child health and development than scientists previously thought, according to new research.

Painkillers lower fertility in mice

Female mice lost half of their eggs when their mother was exposed to painkillers during pregnancy.

New method helps schizophrenics become self-aware

New treatment helps schizophrenia patients deal with their everyday experiences, and might result in long-term behavioural change.

How we recall the details of a good book

We retain the main aspects of the plot in a coherent story. But an erratic tale shifts our attention to the nuances, shows new research.

Sea levels could be rising faster than we think

Global warming is preventing the Greenland ice sheet from soaking up as much melt water as it perhaps once did, which could cause sea levels to rise even faster.

Pacemakers make heart patients anxious and depressed

Pacemakers save lives, but they also increase fear of heart disease, which can destroy patients’ quality of life and lead to a premature death.