Does vaginal seeding boost health?

Should Caesarean-section babies be smeared with a sample of their mother’s vaginal fluids as soon as they are born? “Vaginal seeding” is not mainstream medicine, but it is growing in popularity. The idea is to give these newborns something they missed when they emerged into the world – the good bacteria that live in their […]

European women twice as likely to be blonde as men, study says

Image copyright Getty Images Women from European descent are twice as likely to be naturally blonde as men, according to new research. The largest ever genetic study on pigmentation looked at nearly 300,000 people of European descent. It found 124 new genes that play a major role in determining human hair colour variation. The report’s […]

‘More than medication’ needed to treat ADHD

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The Scottish ADHD Coalition’s report raises concerns that medication is overly relied on Families of children with ADHD are warning that too often medication is the only option they are offered to manage the condition. A survey of parents across Scotland found evidence of delays in diagnosing ADHD and […]

Alfie Evans case: Court rules against parents again

Image copyright ACTION4ALFIE Image caption Alfie Evans is in a “semi-vegetative state” in the Alder Hey Children’s Hospital The parents of terminally ill toddler Alfie Evans have lost their latest legal battle. Tom Evans and Kate James asked Court of Appeal judges to rule that the 23-month-old should be allowed to receive treatment in Italy. […]

Ketamine has ‘fast-acting benefits’ for depression

Image copyright Science Photo Library Ketamine has “shown promise” in the rapid treatment of major depression and suicidal thoughts, a US study says. Ketamine has a reputation as a party drug but is licensed as an anaesthetic. The study found use of the drug via a nasal spray led to “significant” improvements in depressive symptoms […]

Genes behind deadly heart condition found, scientists say

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Scientists looked at the genes of people with pulmonary arterial hypertension to find out what was causing the condition Scientists say they have identified genes that cause a deadly heart condition that can only be cured by transplants of the heart or lungs. Pulmonary arterial hypertension kills 50% of […]

Regular excess drinking can take years off your life, study finds

Image copyright Getty Images Regularly drinking above the UK alcohol guidelines can take years off your life, according to a major report. The study of 600,000 drinkers estimated that having 10 to 15 alcoholic drinks every week could shorten a person’s life by between one and two years. And they warned that people who drink […]

Going through the menopause at 11 years old

Amanda was 11 years old when she started experiencing symptoms of premature ovarian insufficiency, otherwise known as early menopause. According to The Daisy Network, early menopause can be caused by genetic issues or auto-immune disease, but in most cases the underlying cause is not known. Going through the menopause at 11 years old

Why some cancers are ‘born to be bad’

Why some cancers are ‘born to be bad’

Image copyright Crick Institute A groundbreaking study has uncovered why some patients’ cancers are more deadly than others, despite appearing identical. Francis Crick Institute scientists developed a way of analysing a cancer’s history to predict its future. The study on kidney cancer patients showed some tumours were “born to be bad” while others never became […]

Student suicide increase warning

Image copyright Getty Images The suicide rate among UK students is higher than among the general population of their age group, claim researchers. The study, to be presented next month at the International Suicide Prevention Conference in New Zealand, has analysed figures for student suicides between 2007 and 2016. But the Office for National Statistics […]