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First 'three person baby' born using new method

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 17:13:22 GMT

The world's first baby has been born using a new "three person" fertility technique, heralding a new era in medicine, say experts.



Polluted air affects 92% of global population, says WHO

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 12:22:07 GMT

The World Health Organisation says 92% of the planet's population is breathing polluted air outdoors, contributing to three million deaths a year.



Dilute honey 'may fight urine infections'

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 23:09:13 GMT

A simple mix of honey and water might be a useful weapon against urine infections in hospital patients, according to researchers.



Body fat link to bacteria in faeces

Sun, 25 Sep 2016 23:35:05 GMT

The make up of the bacteria found in human faeces may influence levels of dangerous fat in our bodies, say researchers from King's College London.



UK 'has never been more addicted to smartphones'

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 10:10:41 GMT

One in three people check their phone in the middle of the night and admit their overuse is causing rows with partners, according to a report by Deloitte.



'Painful erection' spiders found in family's fruit

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 14:13:21 GMT

A family home is fumigated due to an infestation of "deadly spiders" that arrived in a bunch of shop-bought bananas.



'Smart drug' warning for students

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 14:38:56 GMT

The government's watchdog issues a warning to students about the dangers of taking cognitive enhancers or "smart drugs".



Poor food 'risks health of half the world'

Sun, 25 Sep 2016 01:28:28 GMT

As the population grows over the next 20 years half the world will be left malnourished, an independent panel of experts on food and agriculture warns.



Zuckerberg and Chan aim to tackle all disease by 2100

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 19:32:40 GMT

Facebook's founder and his wife aim to cure, prevent or manage all diseases by the end of the century.



Miami's Wynwood district declared free of Zika virus

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 14:51:19 GMT

The Miami district where the first locally transmitted Zika cases in the US occurred has been declared free of the virus.



'No proof' fitness trackers promote weight loss

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 15:25:15 GMT

Wearing an activity device that counts how many steps you have taken does not appear to improve the chances of losing weight, research suggests.



Travelling poo tackles taboo

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 09:59:04 GMT

Bristol, a soft toy of the poo emoji, is travelling the world to raise awareness of colorectal cancer.



Rest: Are we getting enough of it in our lives?

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 08:07:36 GMT

The results of the world's largest ever survey on rest show that two-thirds of us would like more of it.



Professor David Nutt developed 'hangover-free' alcohol

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 15:49:56 GMT

A scientist has developed a new type of alcohol which he claims will not damage the liver or leave you with a hangover.



What a button battery can do to a child's throat

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 10:32:33 GMT

Medical correspondent Fergus Walsh demonstrates what can happen if a button battery gets lodged in a child's throat, after a warning from surgeons over the dangers.



Smoking is at a record low, so why do people still do it?

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 14:08:54 GMT

Smokers say stress keeps them in the habit, as smoking rates in England hit a record low



Smiling with sadness

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 10:54:01 GMT

The black women using art to talk about mental health.



How emergency services rescue obese people

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 12:18:14 GMT

Training exercise shows how emergency services cope with obese people who get stuck in their homes.



Bone marrow donor stranger is now 'like a brother'

Sat, 17 Sep 2016 09:56:04 GMT

When Carl Hillis was struck with cancer at the age of nine, he received bone marrow from a perfect stranger. Carl says donor Tony Blood is "like a brother".



Could Irish spider venom cure diseases?

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 09:36:07 GMT

Venom collected from two species of Irish spiders has potential medicinal properties, say university researchers.



First head transplant by 2017, claims surgeon

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 16:46:55 GMT

Professor Canavero says he's a year away from transplanting a head onto a totally different body and has lots of volunteers from the UK who want it done.



Health Check: Treating medical emergencies in space

Sun, 10 Jan 2016 00:50:49 GMT

A major medical emergency has never occurred on the International Space Station - but what would happen if it did?



The pigeon doctor will see you now

Sun, 14 Feb 2016 01:45:44 GMT

Rats, dogs and cows are just some of the animals that are advancing the diagnosis and treatment of disease in humans.



The twists and turns of naming diseases

Sun, 29 Nov 2015 01:40:38 GMT

For centuries diseases have been named after people and places - but do these names honour or offend?



Secret of rest

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 23:37:28 GMT

The results of the world’s largest survey on rest suggest that to feel truly rested, we need to get away from other people.



Refugee doctor

Sat, 24 Sep 2016 23:06:58 GMT

When 15-year-old Waheed Arian arrived in the UK from 1990s Afghanistan, he was told he would probably become a taxi driver. Some years later, he started a degree at the University of Cambridge and has now set up a scheme where British doctors advise medics in Kabul via Skype.



Project Zuckerberg

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 14:57:03 GMT

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife want to tackle all diseases by the end if the century. Just how feasible is this aim?



Popular pill

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 23:43:41 GMT

Lots of people take glucosamine to help them with pains in their joints, but is there hard evidence that it improves things?



Life and death test

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 23:04:33 GMT

Early diagnosis of disease is literally a matter of life and death, so the race is on to produce cheaper, faster, lighter kits to help doctors and nurses in the field.



Key unanswered questions

Fri, 05 Feb 2016 09:49:12 GMT

What we still don't know about the Zika virus and microcephaly.



What you need to know

Wed, 31 Aug 2016 09:43:34 GMT

An alarming and disturbing infection linked to thousands of babies being born with underdeveloped brains is spreading.



'The worst day of my life'

Tue, 26 Jan 2016 01:52:15 GMT

The threat of the Zika virus has now become international, but the alarm was raised in Brazil last year when a growing number of cases of microcephaly began to emerge.



The mosquito menace

Fri, 29 Jan 2016 13:18:09 GMT

Why the mosquito that spreads the Zika virus is flourishing in the urban environment.