Medicine

Articles about medicine, physiology, pathology, microbiology, drugs, food, neuroscience and psychology...

02 August 2011

Rare genetic mutations have been known to abolish pain, or to cause permanent agony. But what if subtle differences in...

23 May 2011

In 2009, the synthetic stimulant mephedrone became a hugely popular recreational drug for young people in the UK while...

25 February 2011

Microbial warfare is constantly happening all around us, and often humans can reap the benefits if the right bacteria...

11 January 2011

Have you ever wondered why people donate their body to medical science? Or what goes on in the dissection room? Medical...

28 November 2010

Of all the slang names for the British, none is more iconic than 'Limey'. While the the term provokes...

13 November 2010

Rheanna Sand gives us an insight into how deadly toxins can be used to serve, rather than to harm, humans. She takes a...

06 November 2010

Have you ever wondered what happens to a body when it is donated to a medical school? Have you ever wondered what it...

24 October 2010

Unless you’re shot in the head or hit by a bus, your immune system has a major and direct influence on your life span!...

05 July 2010

A dirty joke is a sort of mental rebellion...

11 February 2010

“Love is the drug and I need to score,” sang Bryan Ferry in the seventies, earning him a smash hit and a small fortune...

29 December 2009

We’re all searching for happiness, but do we really know what this is or where to find it? Douglas E. Richards gives...

15 December 2009

It is the stuff of nightmares - a society so wound up in the legal system that no-one is allowed to tell you the truth...

13 October 2009

For anyone fresh out of frogs and tempted to kiss a toad instead, this article has a word of warning. Although certain...

01 October 2009

Noam Chomsky, a rookie professor at MIT, published a ground-breaking book called Syntactic Structures, which set out a...

15 August 2009

Swine flu, SARS, Bird Flu, HIV, Dengue, Hepatitis C, Ebola - the human race is awash with new infections - but where...

17 May 2009

Is urine bad? Yes, when it ends up on the bathroom floor. What can be done to avoid these unaesthetic accidents? As...

27 April 2009

What happens when a human child grows up with a chimpanzee brother? Does a dog think that a robot dog belongs to the...

25 October 2008

Surprising as it sounds, one of the world's top tipples a century ago was laced with cocaine. And although the...

20 October 2008

Ion channels are miniature pores in the membranes of cells. They're the gatekeepers controlling which ions can...

04 October 2008

Flies are creatures of habit - at least that's what the latest research on the fruit fly Drosophila has found. In...

20 August 2008

Why am I so cranky when I don’t get enough sleep? And why was it all better once I had a good night rest?

06 August 2008

Picking scabs. We all do it, and funnily enough, we all squirm when we think about it...

09 June 2008

Since scientists discovered how DNA behaves like a giant genetic recipe book encoding the entire suite of proteins...

02 June 2008

Every day our bodies are assailed by microbes of all descriptions, but for the most part we successfully fend them off...