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Genetic findings offer hope to liver patients

Researchers have identified nine new genetic loci that are important in the development of a serious liver disease.

Scientist: Antidepressants cause addiction

A Danish meta-analysis claims antidepressants lead to addiction but the study’s result is met with serious reservations.

When bone-eating cells gain the upper hand

Advanced osteoporosis is often the most severe sequela, or resulting condition, of plasma cell cancer. Abnormally functioning stem cells are a key causal factor.

Sick pigs give insight on swine flu

Pigs react to swine flu like humans. This makes them usefuel in experiments which will find out how the virus attacks the respiratory tract in humans.

Sleep problems cost billions

Insomnia and sleep apnoea are turning us into major health service consumers, causing us to be less productive at work, and may even lead to serious accidents.

Being big isn’t always bad

New research backs up claims that many people can be obese without an increased risk of developing or dying of heart disease or cancer.

X-ray chemist solves cholera mystery

How ill you get from cholera depends on your blood group. A new remedy for the feared illness can be found by studying the molecular structure in the toxin in the cholera bacteria.

The molecule that stops the Black Death

A crucial 'alarm molecule' warning the immune system of pathogens has been identified by a Norwegian researcher.

Food intolerance is linked to different disorders

Are you convinced you can’t handle dairy products, bread or fruit? Our own perceptions of having a food intolerance appear to link closely to diagnoses such as irritable bowel syndrome, fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue.

The epidemic that was wiped out

Smallpox is one of the most devastating diseases known to humanity, but also a great success story of modern medicine.