Body and Mind

  • Health benefits from natural sounds

    Our sounds harm ecological communication, but do their sounds help us?

    Adding to the myriad benefits bestowed by nature, scientists report that natural sounds alone – such as waterfalls an...

    Body and Mind March 23, 2021
  • Alcohol metabolised in brain, not liver

    Blame metabolites in the brain for drunk shambling.

    A paper published in Nature Metabolism has revealed new information about an enzyme in the brain that’s responsible f...

    Health March 23, 2021
  • A sugar tax is good for all

    The UK’s sugar tax hasn’t affected overall buying habits but has reduced sugar intake.

    A study has found that, a year after the introduction of a sugar tax, people were still purchasing the same amount of...

    Nutrition March 11, 2021
  • Rich feelings: better or worse?

    Study suggests the wealthy have greater self-regard, but aren’t more compassionate.

    It’s the age-old question: we all want money, but does it make us happy? Invariably, the answer is nuanced but some c...

    Body and Mind March 10, 2021
  • Homo sapiens: the water-saving ape

    Humans evolved to run on less water than primate relatives.

    It’s an age-old question in evolution: how did humans become the dominant primate, able to venture out from tropical ...

    Behaviour March 6, 2021
  • Interactive dreaming

    Scientists communicate with people while they’re asleep.

    Scientists say they’ve achieved an “outlandish” phenomenon, showing that it’s possible to have two-way dialogue with ...

    Body and Mind February 19, 2021
  • Data dearth

    Access to clean big data could help us clear up a raft of COVID-19 questions.

    The data is in: children really are less susceptible to COVID-19, and more than 20% of US and UK residents are likely...

    Body and Mind February 12, 2021
  • Breast cancer focus

    Research groups find increased prevalence and suggest earlier screening.

    Breast cancer has hit the spotlight. While a global study finds it has now overtaken lung cancer as the world’s most ...

    Body and Mind February 11, 2021
  • Quick saviour?

    Ketamine shows signs of reducing the desire to suicide.

    Ketamine has a wild reputation. It’s used as party drug thanks to its hallucinogenic effect, but it’s also widely use...

    Body and Mind February 10, 2021
  • Hearts stopped young

    Deaths from cardiac disease aren’t just an oldies’ problem.

    Sometimes, the heart just stops for no perceivable reason. Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) is a prevalent hidden killer, ...

    Body and Mind February 10, 2021
  • Forget-me-not neurons

    Our brains are hardwired with visual working memory.

    How do you know where something is when you can no longer see it?  Researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of...

    Body and Mind February 9, 2021
  • Tau tangles brains

    Toxic leakage of an otherwise useful cell protein leads to Alzheimer’s.

    As if Alzheimer’s wasn’t vicious enough, researchers have found the wrong type of breakthrough – a brutal process whe...

    Medicine February 3, 2021
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