Missing microbes ’cause’ childhood cancer

Missing microbes ’cause’ childhood cancer

Image copyright SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY Our modern germ-free life is the cause of the most common type of cancer in children, according to one of Britain’s most eminent scientists. Acute lymphoblastic leukaemia affects one in 2,000 children. Prof Mel Greaves, from the Institute of Cancer Research, has amassed 30 years of evidence to show the […]

Doctors explain Michael Jackson’s impossible dance move

Doctors explain Michael Jackson’s impossible dance move

Image copyright Manjul Tripathi Neurosurgeons have described in detail how Michael Jackson achieved biomechanically impossible dance moves in his music video Smooth Criminal. In the 1987 routine, Michael leans from the ankle at a 45 degree angle, while keeping his body straight as a rod. The illusion, which many have tried to copy, was thanks […]

BBC presenter Rachael Bland reveals ‘incurable’ cancer

BBC presenter Rachael Bland reveals ‘incurable’ cancer

Image copyright Claire Wood Image caption Rachael Bland hosts the podcast You, Me and the Big C with Lauren Mahon and Deborah James BBC presenter Rachael Bland, who blogs about having cancer, says her hopes now rest on clinical trials after being told her breast cancer was “incurable”. The 40-year-old said she had become a […]

Malaria genetics: study shows how disease became deadly

Malaria genetics: study shows how disease became deadly

Image copyright Science Photo Library The secrets of how malaria became a deadly human-killer have been revealed by a genetic study. The work, led by researchers from Wellcome Sanger Institute in Cambridge, compared seven types of malaria – tracing the parasite’s family tree. This revealed that, about 50,000 years ago, the parasites diverged, with one […]

Drug addicts in Scotland ‘waiting up to six months’ for treatment

Drug addicts in Scotland ‘waiting up to six months’ for treatment

Image copyright SPL Image caption Leading expert in addiction medicine Dr Roy Robertson says more GPs need to start prescribing methadone People addicted to illegal drugs are waiting up to six months for treatment including being given their methadone prescriptions, BBC Scotland has found. About 42% of problem users are in treatment compared with about […]

Patients lose hip replacement court case

Patients lose hip replacement court case

Image copyright Getty Images Hundreds of patients have lost the first round of a legal battle for compensation at the High Court over allegedly “defective” hip implants. A judge ruled that manufacturer DePuy was not liable to the 312 patients who claimed they had been injured by the implants. Claimants say the metal-on-metal hips were […]

Exercising regularly ‘can keep heart and arteries young’

Exercising regularly ‘can keep heart and arteries young’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Arteries transport blood in and out of the heart and to all parts of the body Exercising four to five times a week is necessary to stop the main arteries to the heart from stiffening up, research suggests. Two or three exercise sessions a week kept only some arteries […]

Are we eating at the wrong time for our body clocks?

Are we eating at the wrong time for our body clocks?

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Should we be eating earlier to boost our health? We’ve been warned repeatedly about the health perils of being out-of-sync with our body clocks. Are we eating in the right way for these circadian rhythms, and could changing our mealtime habits boost our health and help us lose weight? […]

How likely is your e-cigarette to explode?

How likely is your e-cigarette to explode?

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption There are three million e-cigarette users in the UK A man in America died when his vape pen exploded, but how dangerous are e-cigarettes? The case has made headlines around the world, and is believed to be the first death caused by vaping products in the US. The man, […]

Growing resistance to antifungal drugs ‘a global issue’

Growing resistance to antifungal drugs ‘a global issue’

Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption Candida auris is responsible for increasing invasive fungal infections in hospitals Scientists are warning that levels of resistance to treatments for fungal infections are growing, which could lead to more outbreaks of disease. Intensive-care and transplant patients and those with cancer are most at risk because their immune […]

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