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Can we avoid animal testing entirely?

Scientists are working flat out to find alternatives to animal testing. QSAR computer models are looking promising.

Secret mission of microscopic drones revealed

Vaccinations of cattle and sheep against insect-borne diseases cost society millions each year. Danish researcher sheds new light on how the little bloodsucking creatures spread disease.

Report: The pros and cons of coffee

Coffee lowers the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, depression, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s – and the list goes on. There are, however, cases where coffee isn’t very good for us.

Colon cancer screenings turn away from faeces

Scientists seek to provide better colon cancer screenings by analysing blood samples instead of faeces.

Cannabis can kill cancer cells and curb MS

We are generally advised against self-medicating with cannabis. However, research shows that cannabis can actually relieve pains and nausea, fight cramps and even kill cancer cells.

Head injury can cause mental illness

If you suffer a head trauma, your risk of developing certain mental disorders increases significantly – in some cases by more than 400 percent, new study reveals.

Sex accessory led to surprising skin discovery

Lab mice covered in liquid latex from a sex shop have shown hitherto unseen communication between the skin and the liver. Researchers believe this discovery will be important for understanding how skin diseases affect the body’s organs.

Swimming pool hall air can trigger asthma in elite swimmers

Although professional swimmers lead healthier lives than the average population, they have almost twice the prevalence of asthma symptoms. The air in indoor swimming pools may explain this paradox.

Danish researcher wins ‘mini-Nobel Prize’

A Danish researcher has won a ’mini-Nobel Prize’ for catapulting the medical condition ‘water on the brain’ from oblivion into the spotlight.

Study explains why H1N1 flu can cause narcolepsy

New study explains why many people were affected by narcolepsy during the swine flu epidemic in 2009. The discovery may lead to improved diagnoses and better treatment.