The Woman Who Surprised Science
2014-08-23 23:51:55 UTC
Kim Goodsell is unlucky enough to have two very rare diseases. Her doctors blamed coincidence, but was it? She taught herself genetics to find out, and as she tells Ed Yong, no-one expected what she would discover.
Kim Goodsell was running alon...
'Face-Kini': A novel way of protecting the skin from the sun
2014-08-18 04:30:27 UTC
Perhaps drawing inspiration from Spiderman, beachgoers in China's eastern city of Qingdao have come up with a novel way of protecting their skin from the sun.
They call it the "face-kini". It was first sported by middle-aged women as a practica...
The Church of Superfoods Gains More Believers
2014-08-13 20:53:03 UTC
For American eaters who long to take control of their health, nothing offers the perception of power quite like “superfoods.” These discussion always start with kale but stretch far beyond, into an almost religious reverence for produce with a nut...
Couple married for 62 years die together
2014-08-06 17:00:08 UTC
Even in death, a couple married for nearly 62 years were inseparable.
Don and Maxine Simpson from Bakersfield, California, died four hours apart on adjoining beds, holding hands during some of their final hours.
Melissa Sloan said her grandm...
India doctors remove 232 teeth from boy's mouth
2014-07-24 20:40:01 UTC
Doctors in India have extracted 232 teeth from the mouth of a 17-year-old boy in a seven-hour operation.
Ashik Gavai was brought in with a swelling in his right jaw, Dr Sunanda Dhiware, head of Mumbai's JJ Hospital's dental department, told the...
Bacteria in our guts can influence the working of the mind
2014-06-18 06:20:59 UTC
The bacteria in our guts can influence the working of the mind, says Frank Swain. So could they be upgraded to enhance brainpower?
I have some startling news: you are not human. At least, by some counts. While you are indeed made up of billions...
We should follow a diet like cavepeople
2014-06-18 06:14:35 UTC
We know modern convenience food can be unhealthy for us, but is reverting to a prehistoric diet the answer? Claudia Hammond examines the evidence.
They didn’t eat pizzas or curry. Not a single slice of cake would have passed their lips. They hu...
World's oldest cat dies aged 24
2014-06-11 17:21:17 UTC
Poppy the cat, who was officially recognised as the world's oldest after making it to the age of 24, has died.
The tortoiseshell was born in February 1990 and was officially recognised by Guinness World Records in May.
Poppy, who has lived t...
Ageing: The girls who never grow older
2014-07-28 07:12:56 UTC
A handful of girls seem to defy one of the biggest certainties in life: ageing. Virginia Hughes reports on the families wrestling with a condition they can’t explain, and the scientist who believes that these children could hold the key to immorta...
Call To Action: 'Arrogance' of ignoring need for sleep
2014-05-16 20:26:48 UTC
Scientists from Oxford, Cambridge, Harvard, Manchester and Surrey universities warn cutting sleep is leading to "serious health problems".
They say people and governments need to take the problem seriously.
Cancer, heart disease, type-2 diab...
Antibiotics: World faces huge public health threat - WHO
2014-05-01 12:35:13 UTC
The World Health Organisations says: 'The world is headed for a post-antibiotic era, in which common infections and minor injuries can once again kill.'
Pneumonia will again become a feared killer, surgery risky and diarrhoea fatal if urgent ac...
Try thinking of yourself as a pea, instead of a human
2014-04-10 05:42:06 UTC
For those concerned about climate change, the ultra-conservative Heartland Institute offers up a calming solution: try thinking of yourself as a pea, instead of a human. Peas in a lab sprouted faster with extreme concentrations of carbon dioxide, ...
EU to impose stricter rules on organic products
2014-03-26 04:02:05 UTC
<h3>How green are organic products really? Consumers are increasingly uncertain. In order to win back their trust, the EU Commission now wants to implement stricter regulations for products with an organic seal.</h3>
Pesticide-ladentomatoes and f...
Vitamin A deficiency during pregnancy hurts immune development
2014-03-23 07:08:13 UTC
Adequate vitamin A intake during pregnancy is needed for offspring to fully develop an immune system and fend off disease, researchers working with mice report March 19 in Nature.
Vitamin A is plentiful in egg yolks, fish, carrots, yellow sweet...
'Chocolate' pills for heart health
2014-03-17 20:16:15 UTC
It won't be nearly as much fun as eating candy bars, but a big study is being launched to see if pills containing the nutrients in dark chocolate can help prevent heart attacks and strokes.
The pills are so packed with nutrients that you'd have...
New food labels would highlight calories and sugar
2014-02-27 08:12:10 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Those "Nutrition Facts" labels that are plastered on nearly every food package found in grocery stores are getting a new look.
Calories would be in larger, bolder type, and consumers for the first time would know whether f...
Dyslexia unscientific and lacks meaning, warn academics
2014-02-27 06:41:25 UTC
Dyslexia may not exist, warn academics. Experts at Durham and Yale Universities are calling for the term ‘dyslexia’ to be abandoned because it is unscientific and lacks meaning.
Millions of children may have been wrongly diagnosed as dyslexic aft...
The honest image of a woman's body
2014-02-14 07:18:27 UTC
Beth Whaanga's photographs of her cancer scars, Jade Beall's images of 'pregnancy stretchmarks' and Gabi Gregg's 'fat women in swimwear' could change our view of 'perfection'
How radical and provocative is an honest image of a woman's body? Bet...
Belgium set to extend right-to-die law to children
2014-02-11 22:09:23 UTC
BRUSSELS (AP) — Belgium, one of the very few countries where euthanasia is legal, is expected to take the unprecedented step this week of abolishing age restrictions on who can ask to be put to death — extending the right to children for the first...
Caffeine common in kids, young adults; mainly soda
2014-02-11 08:16:49 UTC
CHICAGO (AP) — Nearly 3 out of 4 U.S. children and young adults consume at least some caffeine, mostly from soda, tea and coffee. The rate didn't budge much over a decade, although soda use declined and energy drinks became an increasingly common ...
The Dark Side of Kale, Spinach, Broccoli, Etc. — Thyroid Disease
2014-02-08 03:10:01 UTC
Kale is considered healthy, hip, trendy -- it was undoubtedly 2013's "it" vegetable, and all signs point to continued kale-mania in 2014.
But on January 1st of this year, Jennifer Berman wrote a op-ed piece in the New York Times - titled Kale? Ju...
Cancer cases expected to soar by 70% over next 20 years
2014-02-03 22:25:37 UTC
<h3>New cancer cases expected to grow from 14m a year in 2012 to 25m, with biggest burden in low- and middle-income countries</h3>
Cancer cases worldwide are predicted to increase by 70% over the next two decades, from 14m in 2012 to 25m new ca...
Steroid use much higher among gay and bi teen boys
2014-02-03 07:16:38 UTC
CHICAGO (AP) — Gay and bisexual teen boys use illicit steroids at a rate almost six times higher than do straight kids, a "dramatic disparity" that points up a need to reach out to this group, researchers say.
Reasons for the differences are un...
The 102-year-old Frenchman sets world record
2014-02-01 09:25:32 UTC
SAINT-QUENTIN-EN-YVELINES, France (AP) — Age hasn't slowed cyclist Robert Marchand.
The 102-year-old Frenchman broke his own world record in the over-100s category Friday, riding 26.927 kilometers (16.7 miles) in one hour, more than 2.5 kilomet...
Why city life may be bad for you
2014-01-30 10:33:18 UTC
When it comes to getting people to be more active, much of the attention is focused on the improving sports facilities, encouraging people to join the gym or lambasting schools for not doing enough PE.
But could another crucial factor be the wa...