Protein problem points to Parkinson’s treatment
Research unveils what goes wrong in sufferers brain cells.
Parkinson’s disease has notched up some high profile scalps over the years, including actor Michael J Fox, former cro...
Want healthy teeth? Drink red wine
Compounds in wine act against three major dental bugs.
Compounds present in red wine reduce the ability of three species of bacteria responsible for creating plaque, gum le...
A new way to reveal age-related disease risk
Chinese research finds biomarker in urine.
Determining a person’s “biological”, as distinct from chronological, age, may be as simple as a urine test, Chinese r...
Doctors warn on rush to prescribe cannabis
Medical journal runs cautionary editorials from researchers.
Australia is “navigating uncharted waters with pharmaceutical grade cannabinoids” and doctors need to be cautious abo...
Kids’ learning and health is shaped by genes
Parents contribute genes that influence child development.
It’s a hoary old debate: how much do our genes define how we grow and learn, and how much is due to the environment? ...
Antibiotic hunters hit pay dirt
The solution to antibiotic resistance could come from soil.
It might come as a surprise to learn that dirt, that canonical cause of infection, is also a megafactory for antibiot...
Hospitalisations linked to antibiotics
Higher risk of infections in kids whose mothers took antibiotics.
Children born to mothers who were prescribed antibiotics during pregnancy have a 20% higher risk of subsequently bein...
Obesity is “contagious”
Living among obese people increases the risk of obesity.
Obesity runs in communities, and moving into a town with high rates of it increases your own risk of becoming overwei...
Breast-feeding halves maternal diabetes risk
Data finds long-term protection arises after just one pregnancy.
Breast-feeding for at least six months can reduce the subsequent risk of a woman developing type 2 diabetes by almost...
Eeewww! Man sneezes, rips his own throat open
Fear of letting loose can result in severe injury, doctors warn.
We’ve all done it – tried really, really hard to suppress the explosive reflex that epitomises a sneeze. It’s a perfe...
Pregnant and forgetful? You’re not alone
Research finds cognitive decline during pregnancy isn’t a myth.
“Baby brain”, the sub-optimal state of memory and planning abilities often reported by women during pregnancy, is rea...
Science of Sexuality – we were born this way
Our preferences are often hard-wired into our bodies.
The science of human sexuality, as with anything to do with our intriguing and sometimes infuriating species, is comp...