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

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 […]

Survey finds an ‘over-reliance’ on medication to treat ADHD

Survey finds an ‘over-reliance’ on medication 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

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. […]

Doctor due to qualify as GP ‘saved from deportation’

Doctor due to qualify as GP ‘saved from deportation’

Image copyright Luke Ong Image caption Dr Luke Ong, seen with his family, graduated from the University of Manchester The Home Office has backed off trying to deport a Singaporean doctor who has lived in the UK years for 10 years and is five months from qualifying as a GP. Manchester-based Dr Luke Ong, 31, […]

Ketamine has ‘fast-acting benefits’ for depression

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

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

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 […]

Good bacteria: Why I put my poo in the post

Good bacteria: Why I put my poo in the post

“Good bacteria” – what are they, will they make me healthy and how do I get some? To find out I took the unusual , and rather disgusting, step of donating my poo to science. Microbes live on, and in, all of us and they even outnumber our own human cells. But their favourite spot […]

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