Medicine

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

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...

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...