Category: Health

Cholesterol and heart disease risk could be lowered with a single injection

Cholesterol and heart disease risk could be lowered with a single injection

People born with natural mutations that disable a specific gene have a lower risk of heart disease, with no apparent side effects. Now a single injection has successfully disabled this same gene in animal...

Hey, moms: eating your placenta could sicken or kill your baby

Hey, moms: eating your placenta could sicken or kill your baby

Raw, cooked, dehydrated, or steamed placentas: More American mothers are eating the organ that supports their babies after childbirth. There’s just one problem: There’s no good evidence that placentophagy — eating one’s own placenta...

The weird power of the placebo effect, explained

The weird power of the placebo effect, explained

Over the last several years, doctors noticed a mystifying trend: Fewer and fewer new pain drugs were getting through double-blind placebo control trials, the gold standard for testing a drug’s effectiveness. When researchers started...

Anxiety is a way of life for Gen Y. In an insecure world, is it any surprise?

Anxiety is a way of life for Gen Y. In an insecure world, is it any surprise?

Sometimes my anxiety will fester around a particular thing – a cascade of worry about my work, health, social life, or often a simple decision I have to make. This worry becomes totally paralysing,...

Ebola Returns, and Central Africa’s Virus Hunters Are Ready

Ebola Returns, and Central Africa’s Virus Hunters Are Ready

A catastrophic Ebola epidemic killed more than 11,300 people in West Africa between 2013 and 2016; so far this new outbreak looks small and containable. It’s also a chance for the world’s disease response...

Our brains as hard drives — could we delete, modify or add memories and skills?

Our brains as hard drives — could we delete, modify or add memories and skills?

Indeed, our growing understanding of how memories are formed is pushing us toward a day when we’ll be able to scrub disturbing memories from our minds, or even replace them with experiences and skills...

Harvard’s George Church: CRISPR could give us pig-to-human organ transplants within 2 years

Harvard’s George Church: CRISPR could give us pig-to-human organ transplants within 2 years

In a bold scientific step that helps open the door to organ transplants from animals, researchers at Harvard and a private company have created gene-edited piglets cleansed of viruses that might cause disease in...

Tired all the time? Searching for a genetic link to chronic fatigue syndrome

Tired all the time? Searching for a genetic link to chronic fatigue syndrome

Yawning can be highly contagious. And we are all familiar with that post-lunch energy letdown that comes after eating a big meal. Clinically speaking, some believe it’s a central nervous system disorder, while others believe it’s metabolic, many...

Rare genetic diseases can arise from unsuspecting carriers

Rare genetic diseases can arise from unsuspecting carriers

When two people with a rare form of deafness mate, the genetic combination can yield an unusual syndrome in which the child has fragile bones, deafness, blindness and albinism. The disorder is an example of a rare disease passed on...

Your vitamin D tests and supplements are probably a waste of money

Your vitamin D tests and supplements are probably a waste of money

As the interest in and testing for vitamin D has exploded, researchers have been wondering why so many people bother. Most of us actually get enough vitamin D without even trying. No high-quality study...