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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.

Computer games can make ADHD kids better planners

Can computer game training really help ease children’s ADHD symptoms? Or are they just a waste of time and money?

How psychiatry was revolutionised by a treatment discovered in a shed

In 1949, an Australian doctor discovered that lithium was an effective treatment against bipolar disease. But it almost went forgotten.

Higher mortality among mothers of children with birth defects

Mothers of children with severe birth defects are more likely to die in the years following the birth. The cause could be additional stress, say scientists.

This year’s flu vaccine packs a rather light punch

The vaccine reduces the risk of catching influenza by just 28 percent amongst persons over 65, according to Swedish figures.

Birth weight linked to diabetes and obesity

A large international study has discovered 60 genetic variants that link low birth weight to an increased risk of high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, and heart disease.

Old drugs can treat new diseases

Scientists find more that 30,000 possible new applications for existing drugs.

Scientist: lose weight effectively with a simple math-based diet

Can simple mathematics provide an effective and easy diet? Yes, says the scientist behind a new method, which will soon be available as an app.