How to sidestep freshers’ flu this autumn

The first week of university can take its toll on your health. By Dr Adam Simon (BSC Hons MBBS DRCOG MRCGP MSc) When you first start university or a college course you'll likely hear a few old...

Caesarean babies have different gut bacteria, microbiome study finds

C-section babies pick up more hospital bacteria than those born vaginally, research shows Hannah Devlin Science correspondent – The  Guardian Babies born by caesarean section have different gut bacteria to those delivered vaginally, the most comprehensive...

Rise in crime tied to rising blood pressure

Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - People living in communities with rising crime rates may be more likely than those in safer neighborhoods to develop high blood pressure, a new study suggests. Living in high-crime areas has...

One in 16 American women forced into first sexual encounter: study

AFP Relax News One in 16 American women were either forced or coerced into their first sexual encounter, according to a study investigating the long-term negative impacts of such "trauma" on women's health. In the US,...

3 Million Women Say Their First Sexual Encounter Was Rape — But That Number...

EJ Dickson-Rolling Stone When it comes to assessing the prevalence of sexual assault, there’s still a lot we don’t know. We do know, for instance, that sexual assault is underreported, but we don’t know by...

Stabilizing neuronal branching for healthy brain circuitry

by Thomas Jefferson University Neurons form circuits in our brain by creating tree-like branches to connect with each other. Newly forming branches rely on the stability of microtubules, a railway-like system important for the transport of...

Microbiome may be involved in mechanisms related to muscle strength in older adults

by Tufts University A novel new study suggests that the gut microbiome has a role in mechanisms related to muscle strength in older adults. The work, led by researchers at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition...

10 essential cold and flu prevention tips

With cold and flu season on the horizon, Dr Roger Henderson shares his expert advice on side-stepping the sniffles. By Dr Roger Henderson Struck down by a stinking cold or the dreaded flu every single year? From...

How to use healing crystals for anxiety and stress

Will gemstones help you find your inner zen or is crystal healing just sparkly pseudoscience? By Claire Chamberlain If you’re suffering from stress, anxiety or you feel overwhelmed by life’s challenges, from meditation to reiki healing there are now...

Air pollution particles found on foetal side of placentas – study

Research finds black carbon breathed by mothers can cross into unborn children Damian Carrington Environment editor -  The  Guardian Air pollution particles have been found on the foetal side of placentas, indicating that unborn babies are...

Meatballs might wreck the anti-cancer perks of tomato sauce

by Misti Crane, The Ohio State University Eating your tomato sauce with meatballs piled on top could have a surprising downside, new research suggests. Some of the anti-cancer benefits of tomatoes, specifically those from a compound called lycopene,...

How gut bacteria negatively influences blood sugar levels

by Flinders University Millions of people around the world experience serious blood sugar problems which can cause diabetes, but a world first study is revealing how gut bacteria impact the normally feel good hormone serotonin to...

FDA Finds ‘Potentially Dangerous’ Cancer-Causing Contaminant in Zantac, Related Drugs

By MATTHEW PERRONE / AP (WASHINGTON) — U.S. health officials said Friday they are investigating low levels of a potentially dangerous contaminant in the popular heartburn medication Zantac and related generic drugs. For...

OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma files for bankruptcy

The US company said its bankruptcy filings form part of a settlement with two dozen states worth more than $10 billion. Purdue Pharma is accused of fueling the US opioid crisis, which has killed...

Why does tuberculosis find a 65-year-old drug so hard to resist?

by The Francis Crick Institute Since its discovery in 1954, there have been almost no recorded cases of tuberculosis becoming resistant to the antibiotic drug D-cycloserine (DCS) in patients. With resistance to many other drugs on...

New way to target cancer’s diversity and evolution

by Institute of Cancer Research Scientists have revealed close-up details of a vital molecule involved in the mix and match of genetic information within cells—opening up the potential to target proteins of this family to combat...

Urinary tract infections: symptoms, causes and treatment

Struggling with UTIs? Here's how to diagnose, treat and manage urinary tract infections. By Dr Dan Wood Can't stop peeing, it hurts when you go, or your urine smells funny? It sounds like you might have a urinary...

Flu vaccine 2019: are you eligible for a free flu jab?

Find out who should have the flu jab, when to have it and what the side effects are. By Rita Ghelani (BPharm, MRPharmS) Flu vaccination is available every year on the NHS to help protect adults and...

Is vaping safe? Everything you need to know about e-cigarettes

Respiratory expert Dr Nicholas Hopkinson gives his verdict on vaping and e-cigarettes. By Anna Bonet Following a spate of vaping-related deaths, US President Donald Trump has announced plans to finalise a complete ban on flavoured e-cigarettes across America, and...

Harold Hamm: U.S. Oil Firms Adjust Production Growth To Demand

By Tsvetana Paraskova  U.S. shale producers intend to meet oil demand, but not exceed it, so they are adjusting their production growth accordingly, shale pioneer and the chairman and chief executive of Continental Resources, Harold Hamm,...