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Scientists want to collect your DNA when you die

It will take 10 years to gather genetic information on half a million dead people. But is it ethical? And how will they do it?

Tick sequencing may eradicate Lyme disease

Scientists have mapped the tick genome. They now hope to eradicate the animal that infects humans with deadly Lyme disease.

Fat ‘tax’ makes people buy healthier food

A tax on fatty food can save lives and encourage people to make healthier food choices, shows new research.

Fruit fly urine helps scientists understand coeliac disease

Scientists do not know why some people develop coeliac disease. But fruit fly urine could hold some answers.

We still don't know what causes heartburn

Thanks to the discovery of symptom-relieving medication, research on heartburn has dwindled. But the fact is, we still don't understand the underlying causes of this common ailment.

Breakthrough for depression, schizophrenia, and high blood pressure

Scientists have mapped the enzyme that transforms dopamine into noradrenaline. The discovery may lead to better treatment options for diseases such as depression, schizophrenia, and high blood pressure.

App calms ADHD children before bedtime

A new app helps parents of children with ADHD to cope with daily tasks that are often a source of frustration and stress, such as bedtime. Preliminary results look promising.

Football makes schoolchildren happier

Student health improves when they play football twice a week as part of the school curriculum, shows new study.

Possible breakthrough in the treatment of atherosclerosis

A new treatment of atherosclerosis with the drug cyclodextrin shows ‘promising’ results in mice.

Scientists tweak results in human trials

Scientists all too often fiddle with the results of human trials to make new drugs or treatment plans appear more effective than they actually are.

Immunotherapy does not work for everyone

New research reveals why some patients do not benefit from immunotherapy treatments.

New drug extends lifetime of small animals by 66 per cent

An immune system inhibitor known as rapamycin has been shown to extend the lifetime of small animals by as much as 66 per cent. “We must be very careful" before applying it to humans, warns scientists.