Using gene editing, neuroscientists develop a new model for autism

by Massachusetts Institute of Technology Using the genome-editing system CRISPR, researchers at MIT and in China have engineered macaque monkeys to express a gene mutation linked to autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders in humans. These monkeys...

Urethritis: symptoms, causes and treatment

Urethritis means inflammation of the urethra. Chief symptoms are pain in passing urine, and a slight discharge from the urinary opening. By Dr Roger Henderson If you experience a burning or painful sensation when you pee coupled...

Body composition shown to affect energy spent standing versus sitting

by Public Library of Science A person's body composition could influence the difference between the amount of energy they spend while sitting versus standing, according to new research published in the open-access journal PLOS ONE. Conducted by...

Best sleep trackers 2019: how they work and what to buy

The best sleep-tracking tech to help you reap the benefits of a good night’s kip. By Kieran Alger Sleep is the cornerstone of good health. The quality and length of sleep touches all aspects of our daily lives; from...

Traumatic injuries linked to later social dysfunction

Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Nearly half of trauma patients, even those without brain injuries, experience social deficits that make it harder for them to interact with friends and stay involved in the community, a...

The Best Way To Lose Weight When You Have Hypothyroidism

Real talk: It's hard, but it's not impossible. By Colleen de Bellefonds You know that quote about insanity—the one claiming that its definition is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results? (It's often...

Cause of hardening of the arteries—and potential treatment—identified

by University of Cambridge A team of UK scientists have identified the mechanism behind hardening of the arteries, and shown in animal studies that a generic medication normally used to treat acne could be an effective...

Almost 400 medical practices found ineffective in analysis of 3,000 studies

Scientists have identified nearly 400 established medical practices that have been found to be ineffective by clinical studies published across three top medical journals. Writing in the open-access journal eLife, the team hope their findings will...

What to do if your family gets threadworms

Threadworms, also known as pinworms, are tiny parasitic worms that infect the large intestine. Here's how to treat and prevent them. Reviewed by Stuart Crisp Spotted small wiggly pieces of white thread in yours or your child's poo?...

Should you exercise before or after breakfast?

Research says working out before breakfast is best for fat loss, but is it safe? We speak to the experts. By Becky Fletcher Before a workout, it can be difficult to know what to eat, or if you...

HIIT: the pros and cons of High Intensity Interval Training

This high intensity workout is good news if you're time poor, but is it really worth the hype? By Laura Williams High intensity interval training, commonly referred to by the acronym HIIT, is a fitness trend that doesn't seem...

What can really happen if you get heatstroke this summer

The dangers of heatstroke and how to keep your cool throughout the summer months. By Anita Naik It's forecast to be a long hot summer which us Brits are notoriously unprepared for, so heat related-illnesses are likely...

Mental illness affects a fifth of people living in war zones

Kate Kelland LONDON (Reuters) - One in five people in war zones has depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress, bipolar disorder or schizophrenia, the World Health Organization said on Tuesday, with many suffering severe forms of these...

In romantic relationships, people do indeed have a ‘type’

If you've ever come out of a bad relationship and decided you need to date someone different from your usual "type," you're not alone. However, new research by social psychologists at the University of Toronto...

Researchers find physical activity in preschool years can affect future heart health

Physical activity in early childhood may have an impact on cardiovascular health later in life, according to new research from McMaster University, where scientists followed the activity levels of hundreds of preschoolers over a...

3 easy ways to overcome imposter syndrome

Feeling like a fraud? Employ these simple steps to tackle imposter syndrome and own your success. By Anna Bonet If you've ever felt as though you don't deserve your success, and that sooner or later you're going...

Malaria: causes, symptoms and treatment

Malaria is a potentially fatal tropical disease that is caused by a parasite known as Plasmodium. By Charlie Easmon Malaria is a serous tropical disease spread by mosquitoes. There's no risk of catching it in the UK, but...

Skin cancer: causes, symptoms and treatment

Everything you need to know about malignant melanoma, including risks, warning signs and prevention advice. By Jeni Worden Each year, between 9 and 12 thousand people in the UK develop a new case of skin cancer or...

Body image: 5 ways to boost your self-esteem

Psychologist Dr Linda Papadopoulos shares her expert tips on learning to love yourself. By Karen Gordon Negative body image is an issue that many people struggle with, and it's often a major predictor of how we're feeling...

What are hives? Nettle rash symptoms and treatment tips

We look at the causes, symptoms and treatments for hives, a skin rash that presents itself as reddish itchy weals or swellings in the skin. Reviewed by John Pillinger Have you developed an unexplained rash? If it stings...