How a drug changed her life and helped her get over cancer anxiety

One woman describes her powerful experience in a clinical trial of the drug psilocybin

How a drug changed her life and helped her get over cancer anxietySurviving cancer is a milestone every patient wants to reach, but waiting to hear if the cancer has recurred is its own nightmare. In 2010, I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer, and even though my chemotherapy was a success, my anxiety made me a mess. I was approaching the two-year mark of being cancer-free (most […]

Contrary to popular view, there is no connection between muscle soreness and lactic acid

Lactic acid build up is not responsible for the muscle soreness felt in the days following strenuous exercise, say researchers

Contrary to popular view, there is no connection between muscle soreness and lactic acidAs our bodies perform strenuous exercise, we begin to breathe faster as we attempt to shuttle more oxygen to our working muscles. The body prefers to generate most of its energy using aerobic methods, meaning with oxygen. Some circumstances, however, –such as evading the historical saber tooth tiger or lifting heavy weights–require energy production faster […]

Stroke: New drug limits brain damage and promotes repair

A stroke is an event that blocks or interrupts the blood supply to the brain, depriving cells of essential oxygen. Without oxygen, cells die within minutes. There are few effective treatments for stroke and they apply to a low proportion of patients

Stroke: New drug limits brain damage and promotes repairStroke is the second leading cause of death and disability worldwide. By blocking blood flow in the brain, it destroys brain cells. Now, new research shows a drug already approved to treat other conditions not only limits stroke damage, but it also promotes repair. In rats, it reduced the number of brain cells killed and […]

Are mental health apps really helpful?

The app stores currently do little to help to consumers differentiate between apps that are evidence-based and those that are not. Right now, perhaps there's an assumption that if it's in the app store, then it works

Are mental health apps really helpful?We share some of our most intimate data with mental health apps, but there’s surprisingly little proof of what they give us in return. Many medical experts are starting to find problematic the lack of clear science backing up apps that promise to help with everything from low mood to depression. Bruce Bolam, program director […]

Young gay men at the frontline of AIDS prevention in China

More than 2,300 students between 15 and 24 tested positive for HIV/AIDS in the first nine months of this year in China, with new cases in the group increasing fourfold since 2010

Young gay men at the frontline of AIDS prevention in ChinaYoung gay men are the frontline of China’s battle to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS, with new cases occurring at one of the fastest rates of any segment of the population. More than 2,300 students between 15 and 24 tested positive for HIV/AIDS in the first nine months of this year, with new cases in […]

This newly discovered gene explains why you are a teetotaller

Scientists say they've identified a gene variant that dampens the desire to drink alcohol

This newly discovered gene explains why you are a teetotallerThe researchers said that, their discovery might lead to the development of drugs that could control alcohol consumption, possibly even among problem drinkers. This variation of the beta-Klotho gene was pinpointed through genetic research involving more than 105,000 light and heavy social drinkers. Alcoholics were not included in the research, the study authors said. Participants […]

HIV and an elusive search for a vaccine

The most ambitious HIV vaccine trial is now underway. Will it work? 

HIV and an elusive search for a vaccineThe first HIV vaccine trial in seven years is launching in South Africa. The trial is called HVTN 702, and the goal is to enrol 5,400 sexually active men and women between 18 and 35 throughout South Africa, where more than 1,000 people are infected with HIV each day. It’s the most ambitious HIV vaccine […]

Medical science says likeness attracts likeness. Opposites attract is actually a myth

This preference for likeness is so strong, that we even tend to choose partners who physically resemble ourselves or our parents

Medical science says likeness attracts likeness. Opposites attract is actually a mythEver felt instantly attracted to a stranger but you couldn’t figure out why? Though you might have brushed it off as fate or destiny, a recent study has a much more scientific explanation: We may subconsciously be more attracted to strangers when we feel that we can accurately interpret their facial expressions and emotions. If […]

Woman conceives twins 10 days apart despite having unprotected sex only once

It is believed only 10 cases of this rare phenomenon, known as superfoetation, have been documented across the world

Woman conceives twins 10 days apart despite having unprotected sex only onceKate Hill was receiving hormone treatment for polycystic ovary syndrome, a condition that meant she was not ovulating. She apparently conceived twins at different times despite only having unprotected sex once during that time. It is very rare for a woman to conceive a second time when already pregnant. Most twins are the result of […]

Zika still an emergency, just a different kind, WHO says

World Health Organisation observes Zika causes not only microcephaly, but a range of other terrible and subtle birth defects and is a longer-term problem

Zika still an emergency, just a different kind, WHO saysThe spread of the Zika virus and the birth defects it causes are no longer a public health emergency of international concern, but a longer-term problem, the World Health Organization said Friday. The WHO officials denied that change in status means Zika is less of a concern, but they said for funding and other bureaucratic […]