Medicine

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

26 January 2008

Just as winter follows summer, the chances are you'll catch a cold this winter - but what is the sticky stuff that...

14 January 2008

So what exactly is linguistics? Is it all about tape recorders, tongue twisters and dropped "aitches"? Or is...

04 January 2008

We tend to think of parasites as evolutionary cheats, surreptitiously taking advantage of their hosts’ hard work while...

27 November 2007

The Pythia, the prophetess at the Oracle of Delphi, was said to be able to communicate with Apollo by going into a...

25 November 2007

They are found in well-organised groups; they communicate constantly through long ranging connections; there are 100,...

30 October 2007

What do pop-up books and some of the most fundamental molecules of life have in common? Charlotte Rusby enters a world...

11 September 2007

Usually, when the immune system meets something foreign, the offending intruder is swiftly attacked and neutralised....

29 July 2007

Beating your head against a hard surface can be a sign of frustration, yet for a woodpecker it’s a fact of life. So why...

07 July 2007

Mention plastics and most people think of polythenes, perspex and other oil-based nasties that never break down. But...

30 June 2007

There are five million new cases of HIV internationally every year, and the virus is second only to tobacco as the...

22 June 2007

Dementia-prone mice have shown researchers than an old mouse can learn new tricks, given the right environment...

24 May 2007

The lymphatic system is your body's drainage system. It collects the excess fluid that surrounds cells and returns...

22 May 2007

Bacteriophages were big business before penicillin and other antimicrobials appeared on the scene. But now, with...

20 April 2007

Whether you love or loath the white stuff, it is unavoidable on your TV and in your paper. What is milk, is it good for...

24 May 2006

Although the summer appears to have ended, I thought I would deal with something that provides a perfect opportunity to...

17 May 2006

How much do we know about what makes people thrive and societies flourish? We know remarkably little about the positive...

03 May 2006

One day someone will write a book that explains consciousness. The book will put forward a theory that fills the gap...

19 April 2006

Scheele was the first to isolate Hydrogen cyanide in 1782 then went on to show its toxic effects by accidentally...

22 March 2006

The last time you opened wide, did you ever imagine that you were opening the door to what is essentially home to...

15 March 2006

For the last 75 years the average IQ test score has been increasing in every industrialised country in the world. Are...

01 March 2006

Sleep paralysis researcher Julia Santomauro explores the phenomenon of sleep paralysis including what is sleep...

15 February 2006

What causes cold sores and genital herpes, how do herpes viruses cause disease, why do herpes infections persist for...

14 February 2006

Claire McLoughlin describes the chemistry of love and what happens when we fall in love, including substances that make...

18 January 2006

Barrie takes a look at the past and present use of leeches in medicine and surgery, including helping doctors in...