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Mothers to all boys have shorter life expectancy and more illness

Women who only give birth to boys have a shorter life expectancy and run a higher risk of becoming ill compared with mothers of daughters, or both sons and daughters, shows a new Ph.D. thesis.

How female emancipation has helped torture victims

Female emancipation in the West and sexual liberation means that rape has become less of a taboo subject and allows women to talk more openly to therapists.

Learning from bacteriophages to develop targeted antimicrobials

Scientists are learning from nature to develop new ways to combat antibiotic resistant bacteria and boost food safety.

Promising treatment for deadly brain cancer

A brain cancer that mainly affects children may be slowed by a treatment that is already being tested for a different type of cancer.

Will we ever be able to grow organs in a Petri dish?

Stem cells can already be employed to replicate any cell in the body and may one day be used to grow entire organs or cure diseases such as Parkinson’s and diabetes. But there are still a number of unanswered questions before the stem cell revolution really takes off.

New project will identify the risk factors for Schizophrenia

A large research project will study genetic data and vitamin D levels from 80,000 newborns to narrow down the causes of a number of mental illnesses, such as schizophrenia and depression.

Insomnia linked to an increased risk of developing asthma

People who have trouble sleeping are up to three times more likely to develop asthma than those who get a proper night's sleep.

Gut bacteria will revolutionise medicine

Gut bacteria are a source of many potential treatments. But what do we know about gut bacteria and their medical possibilities?

Scientists map how the brain fights viruses

New research has identified how the brain fights viral infections. The results may have implications for the fight against everything from multiple sclerosis to Alzheimer's disease, schizophrenia, and depression.

Birth control app invented by physicists gets EU approval

A mobile app is now officially certified as a contraceptive by a European regulatory body. Studies show it is as effective as the contraceptive pill.