Medicine

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

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...

22 April 2008

I.Q. scores have been rising steadily, by about 3 points per decade, ever since they were first administered. This is...

01 March 2008

The feasibility of a female oestrus amongst humans had been dismissed by the masses. But now a study of tipping amongst...

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

There are 100,000,000,000 nerve cells in a brain, surrounded by at least 10 times as many supporting cells...

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...