Heavy social media use linked to poor sleep

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Some teenagers may be struggling to disengage from social media for fear of missing out Teenagers using social media for more than three hours a day are more likely to go to bed after 23:00 and wake during the night, UK research suggests. This affects one in three teens […]

Poor toilet hygiene behind E. coli superbug spread

Image copyright Getty Images People not washing their hands after going to the toilet, rather than undercooked meat, is behind the spread of a key strain of E. coli. Experts looked at thousands of blood, faecal and food samples. They found human-to-human transmission was responsible – “faecal particles from one person reaching the mouth of […]

Drugs: UK should consider legalising possession, MPs say

Image copyright Getty Images The government should investigate decriminalising the possession of all illegal drugs in a bid to prevent the rising number of related deaths, a group of MPs has said. The health and social care committee said the level of such deaths in the UK had become a public health “emergency”. It found […]

‘Ask about sexual orientation to improve LGBT inequalities’

Image copyright Getty Images All NHS providers must ask patients about their sexual orientation to improve the “deep inequalities” in care for LGBT people, says an MPs’ report. The Women and Equalities committee says hospitals and care homes should be fined if they don’t collect the data. LGBT people are often less healthy than the […]

Viewpoint: Let’s not wait any longer for the male pill

Image copyright Getty Images Scientists have been working on the male contraceptive pill for almost half a century. Yet despite encouraging news reports, an over-the-counter version is not just around the corner. Lack of funding and presumed disinterest from men means that one has never been mass produced. Instead, women are still generally expected to […]

Prime editing: DNA tool could correct 89% of genetic defects

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Prime editing allows precise changes to be made to DNA. A new way of editing the code of life could correct 89% of the errors in DNA that cause disease, say US scientists. The technology, called prime editing, has been described as a “genetic word processor” able to accurately […]

Cancer research: Scientists seek clues to how disease ‘is born’

Image copyright Francis Crick Institute British and American scientists are teaming up to search for the earliest signs of cancer in a bid to detect and treat the disease before it emerges. They plan to “give birth” to cancer in the lab to see exactly what it looks like “on day one”. It is just […]

Dementia in football: Ex-players three and a half times more likely to die of condition

The inquest into the death of former West Brom striker Jeff Astle found heading heavy leather footballs repeatedly had contributed to trauma to his brain Former professional footballers are three and a half times more likely to die of dementia than people of the same age range in the general population, according to new research. […]

Cancer research: Scientists seek clues to how disease ‘is born’

Image copyright Francis Crick Institute British and American scientists are teaming up to search for the earliest signs of cancer in a bid to detect and treat the disease before it emerges. They plan to “give birth” to cancer in the lab to see exactly what it looks like “on day one”. It is just […]

Fat found in overweight people’s lungs

Image copyright Getty Images Fatty tissue has been found in the lungs of overweight and obese people for the first time. Australian researchers analysed lung samples from 52 people and found the amount of fat increased in line with body mass index. They said their findings could explain why being overweight or obese increased asthma […]