Tarantula venom offers epilepsy treatment clue
One species could give an answer to a childhood disease.
An international team led by Australian scientists has used a peptide isolated from the venom of the West African tar...
Do ‘rescue remedies’ ease stress?
Are Bach's therapeutics any better than a nice cup of tea?
Bach flower remedies, which you may know as “rescue remedy”, were created in the 1930s by the English physician Edwar...
Using mice to explore Alzheimer’s and smell
Separate projects find geneticists using rodents.
One of the mechanisms by which Alzheimer’s disease causes memory impairment may have been uncovered, according to new...
Boy loses huge brain section, his IQ goes up
Drastic surgery reveals the brain is remarkably adaptable.
We used to think that brain circuits, controlling everything from walking and talking to seeing, hearing and feeling ...
Complementary medicine no cancer cure
Turning away from conventional medicine can have a cost.
Good press on the use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) for cancer does not abound. Steve Jobs famously...
If Kennedy was alive today, he’d still be dead
Modern medicine could have done nothing to help.
Half a century after the assassination of US senator Robert F. Kennedy, a new report finds that the gunshot wounds he...
Eating rattlesnake pills not recommended
Reports of salmonella cases from alleged ‘natural’ cancer cure.
Self-evidently, you might think, there are several reasons why it is not a good idea to take pills made from pulveris...
Antibiotics do work on viruses
Research shows anti-bacterial drugs can also kill viruses.
Everybody knows antibiotics don’t work on viruses, right? Not, it turns out, if you’re a female mouse with a nasty ca...
Homeopathy cancer paper withdrawn
Investigation finds multiple problems.
A journal paper claiming to show the success of a homeopathic treatment for cancer has been withdrawn by the publishe...
What is a superbug?
Bacteria immune to the effects of antibiotics are rising.
A superbug is usually defined as a microorganism that’s resistant to commonly used antibiotics – but not all superbug...
Why mosquitoes don't die of malaria
Finding out how could help develop new malaria drugs.
The risk of malaria looms over nearly half the world’s population and kills hundreds of thousands of people each year...
Easy nanosensor test for E. coli contamination
A combination of magnetic resonance and fluorescence is the key.
US researchers have unveiled a detector that can pick up diarrhoea-causing bacteria in milk and water in less than an...