How bacteria are changing your mood

How bacteria are changing your mood

If anything makes us human it’s our minds, thoughts and emotions. And yet a controversial new concept is emerging that claims gut bacteria are an invisible hand altering our brains. Science is piecing together how the trillions of microbes that live on and in all of us – our microbiome – affect our physical health. […]

US soldier gets world’s first penis and scrotum transplant

US soldier gets world’s first penis and scrotum transplant

Image copyright Johns Hopkins Medicine Image caption Dr Andrew Lee (second from left) and his team at Johns Hopkins University A team of US doctors has successfully carried out the world’s first total transplant of a penis and scrotum. Surgeons at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, performed the operation on a soldier who had […]

Alfie Evans parents lose ‘last-ditch appeal’ over life support

Alfie Evans parents lose ‘last-ditch appeal’ over life support

Image copyright ACTION4ALFIE Image caption Alfie Evans is in a “semi-vegetative state” in Alder Hey Children’s Hospital The parents of seriously ill toddler Alfie Evans have lost a “last-ditch appeal” over his life support. A High Court judge dismissed fresh submissions heard in private from lawyers representing Alfie’s parents via telephone link on Monday evening. […]

Toronto van: Witnesses describe driver hitting pedestrians

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South Korean youths: ‘We’re too busy for reunification’

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US teachers are angry – and they’re running for office

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Yemen war: Houthi political leader Saleh al-Sammad ‘killed in air raid’

Yemen war: Houthi political leader Saleh al-Sammad ‘killed in air raid’

Image copyright EPA Image caption Saleh al-Sammad had led the rebel Supreme Political Council since its creation in August 2016 Yemen’s rebel Houthi movement says a senior political figure has been killed in a Saudi-led coalition air strike. Saleh al-Sammad, head of the Supreme Political Council, was “martyred” in the city of Hudaydah last Thursday, […]

Iran’s banks banned from dealing in crypto-currencies

Iran’s banks banned from dealing in crypto-currencies

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Iran’s central bank has banned the use of crypto-currencies in its financial centres Iran’s central bank has banned other banks from dealing in crypto-currencies, over concerns the technology could be used illegally. It said Bitcoin could be “turned into a means for money-laundering and financing terrorism” and “a means […]

South Korean youths: ‘We’re too busy for reunification’

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Kim Jong-un’s ‘bitter sorrow’ as bus crash kills Chinese tourists

Kim Jong-un’s ‘bitter sorrow’ as bus crash kills Chinese tourists

Image copyright AFP PHOTO / KCNA VIA KNS Image caption Mr Kim was pictured in state media speaking to an injured Chinese tourist North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has expressed “bitter sorrow” over a bus accident that left 32 Chinese tourists and four North Koreans dead. The accident took place on Sunday night in North […]