Medicine

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

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...

04 January 2006

A period, or menstruation, marks the beginning of the process by which the uterus, or womb, prepares itself for...

28 December 2005

What are probiotics or 'friendly' bacteria, how do prebiotics and probiotics, like Lactobacillus,...

30 November 2005

Researchers have been investigating how the unexpected affects how well and what you remember. If you want to be...

23 November 2005

Nature produces a seemingly limitless number of compounds that are valuable for treating disease. Over 30% of the top-...

09 November 2005

The illuminating story of colour constancy: why what you think you see and what you actually see are different...

02 November 2005

Ultrasound Scans (USS), and now Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), allows us to visualise body tissues in high...

26 October 2005

Dan looks at dream interpretation again and may reveal that meaningful dream interpretation can reliably be...

28 September 2005

SEX: A short word. Often used. Often used to sell products in fact. Yet it is one of our base instincts, one of our...

14 September 2005

If you want a sure-fire conversation starter to pull out of your pocket during an awkward social moment, try this: Why...

07 September 2005

The Chilean Sea Bass, or Patagonian Toothfish, is a very tasty fish particularly popular in America. Gene looks into...

31 August 2005

We all know about pain, or at least we think we do. Things that damage our bodies cause pain. But do you always feel...

24 August 2005

The placenta forms on the uterus wall during pregnancy and, via the umbilical cord, links the baby to its mother. Chris...

17 August 2005

In 1953 Cambridge scientists Watson & Crick discovered the double-helix structure of DNA. 50 years later other...

03 August 2005

The joke goes that humans end up resembling their pets. But it looks increasingly like animals are having the last...

27 July 2005

Transposons are pieces of DNA that have jumped their way around our genome throughout evolution. What are transposons...

29 June 2005

I am supposed to write about one of my great passions, drinking wine.

22 June 2005

The life of a laboratory animal is not generally an enviable one. However, for some fruitflies in San Francisco it must...

15 June 2005

This article looks at how influenza (flu) was discovered, how influenza spreads, infects people, and grows, how to...

25 May 2005

Can we all be brilliant? Bit by bit thousands of researchers are trying to untangle the workings of the brain. But how...

18 May 2005

Photo-therapy is the term used to describe treatments which use light to achieve their effects. But how do these work...

11 May 2005

The recently discovered traces of ricin in a makeshift laboratory in a flat in London have caused a media frenzy over...

04 May 2005

Radiologist Bob Bury investigates some of the new 'scanning' technologies, which have revolutionised medical...