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An Ancient Virus May Be Responsible for Human Consciousness

You've got an ancient virus in your brain. In fact, you've got an ancient virus at the very root of your conscious thought.<p>According to two papers …

Neuroscience

Understanding anhedonia: What happens in the brain?

Anhedonia, or the inability to feel pleasure during pleasurable activities, occurs as a part of a number of conditions. It is also considered a …

Scientists Have Figured Out Why Human Skin Doesn't Leak

Despite us losing 500 million skin cells per day.<p>Our skin might give us grief sometimes, but one thing we can always depend on it to do is not start …

New blood test could help detect eight common cancers before they spread

Researchers believe CancerSEEK will save thousands of lives and hope it will be widely available in a few years<p>Researchers have said a groundbreaking new blood test that can detect eight common types of cancer before they spread will save countless lives.<p>They said “liquid biopsy” – developed in the …

Cancer

Five-foot long tapeworm came 'wiggling out' of man's body after he ate sushi

Sushi lovers beware!<p>A California man who ate sushi every day ended up with a 5-foot-plus long tapeworm inhabiting his body. The Fresno male went to the emergency room complaining of bloody diarrhea, according to Dr. Kenny Bahn, who shared the story of his patient on the podcast“This Won’t Hurt A …

The Y Chromosome Is Disappearing. Here's What That Means For Men

The Y chromosome may be a symbol of masculinity, but it is becoming increasingly clear that it is anything but strong and enduring.<p>Although it …

Genetics

"Baby Brain" Is a Totally Real Phenomenon, According to Science

You're not imagining it.<p>A new study has verified something women have suspected for a long time - that pregnancy can really mess with a young mum's …

The Brain

Scientific Study of Surfer Butts Reveal Drug-Resistant Bacteria in the Oceans

Here's a study we can all get behind.<p>Surfers are known to brave bad weather, dangerously sized waves, and even sharks, for the perfect ride. But, it …

Microbiology

When you lose weight, your fat cells don't just let go of fat

Belly flab is like a storage unit for the rest of your body.<p><i>Every January, fat's in the crosshairs of health columnists, fitness magazines, and desperate Americans. This year, PopSci looks at the macronutrient beyond its most negative associations. What’s fat good for? How do we get it to go where</i> …

Nutrition

Teen Brains Find It Hard to Work Out What's Actually Important

Like, whatever.<p>Even when we're teenagers, our brains still have a lot of developing to do. New research suggests that teenage brains haven't matured …

The Brain

Tricks of the brain: the magic of everyday perception

Optical illusions play on our nervous system’s ability to focus attention on what matters and ignore the background, says Daniel Glaser<p>The headmaster of our local primary school performs a magic show at this time of year, but the parents aren’t invited. This child-centred approach is exactly what …

Neurology

How Neanderthal are you… and can you blame your DNA? Personality quiz

If you’re brutish and promiscuous it could be your ancestors’ fault, says Ben Ambridge<p>You’ve heard of your IQ (Intelligence Quotient) and your EQ (Emotional Intelligence Quotient) but what about your NQ (Neanderthal Quotient)? A new study from the State University of New York analysed 200 Homo …

Psychology

Antibiotics Might Be Stopping Immune Cells From Working Properly

But it could help us beat antibiotic resistance.<p>As effective as antibiotics often are at helping us fight off infection and the associated bacteria, …

How Often You Should Wash Your Bed Sheets, According to a Microbiologist

What happens if you don't?<p>We spend more than a third of our lives in bed - but that place can quickly blossom into a "botanical park" of bacteria and …

Selling

Pituitary Gland

The <b>pituitary gland</b> is a small endocrine organ that controls a multitude of important functions in the body. It is divided into an anterior lobe, …

Wellness

Ultra-tough antibiotic to fight superbugs

<b>US scientists have re-engineered a vital antibiotic in a bid to wipe out one of the world's most threatening superbugs.</b><p>Their new version of vancomycin is designed to be ultra-tough and appears to be a thousand times more potent than the old drug, PNAS journal reports.<p>It fights bacteria in three …

Microbiology

Peeing in the pool is actually really bad for you

And everyone else.<p>Everyone pees in the pool. That’s the safe and well-informed assumption that many chemists studying the safety of public, chlorinated swimming pools make. But let’s face it: once you jump in the pool and smell and feel the chlorine surrounding you, you quickly forget about any …

Michael Phelps

The psychology of the to-do list – why your brain loves ordered tasks

Studies have shown that people perform better when they have written down what they need to do. What makes the to-do list such an effective productivity tool?<p>Almost everyone struggles with getting stuff done. But some of us struggle with the stage before that: just figuring out what it is we need …

Time Management

Scientists Think They've Finally Found The Mechanism Behind Grey Hair And Baldness

This is where hair loss starts.<p>As we get older, many of us struggle with the harsh reality of our hair turning grey or falling out. But despite how …

Tumors

Ancient, giant viruses are being unearthed in Arctic ice that's at risk of melting

Revitalized ancient viruses might one day get added to the list of ominous consequences of melting ice.<p>Scientists working in the Arctic circle over the past few decades have unearthed several massive viruses that some say could be re-awakened if the permafrost that imprisons them dissolves.<p>In 2015, …

Microbiology

Massaging your partner can boost your well-being, reduce stress

It is no secret that having a massage can help to improve physical and mental well-being. According to a new study, however, giving your partner a …

Night Owl or Early Bird? The Reason Might Be Genetic

Michael W. Young has been studying sleep disorders for more than 45 years. When he started his research, as a graduate student at the University of …

Sleep

Eating bogies is good for teeth and overall health, scientists conclude

It might be wise to look away now if you are eating or have a weak stomach, but scientists have discovered that ingesting bogies is good for teeth, and overall health.<p>Scientists at a number of universities including Harvard and the University of Saskatchewan and say parents should not discourage …

Pillsy is the latest smart pill bottle trying to solve a massive healthcare problem

A wave of connected products aims to help patients take their medicine<p>It’s a big deal when people don’t take the medications prescribed to them. In fact, studies estimate that patients failing to pop their pills—a problem known as non-adherence or noncompliance— costs the American health care …

Pharma

Are there downsides to ‘breast is best’?

Breastfeeding has many benefits, but some campaigners argue that health policies to encourage the practice could be placing potentially harmful pressures on mothers. Clare Wilson looks at what the evidence says.<p>As the birth of her first baby drew near, Suzanne Barston was determined to do …

Pregnancy

Different nationalities really have different personalities

Each country may have its own unique traits, behaviours, and attitudes – but they rarely match the national stereotypes.<p>Whether it’s the caricature of the introverted English, the brash Americans or the industrious Japanese, national stereotypes are easy to come by. But do countries really have …

Psychology

Should you avoid dairy when you have a cold?

Many claim that drinking milk or enjoying an ice cream worsens the symptoms of a cold. But is there any truth to it?<p>Your nose is blocked, your eyes are streaming and your head aches. You may or may not feel like eating. But if you are hungry there are plenty of ideas about what you should and …

Headaches

We're About to Enter a New Era in Parkinson's Disease Treatments

Before we get to the therapeutic stuff, here is a reminder of the main problem people with Parkinson’s disease face.<p>Researchers are reasonably sure …

Neuroscience

New findings about dinosaurs go against 130 years of science

The dinosaur family tree may need to be radically rewritten — and even uprooted and replanted elsewhere, a new analysis of about 75 different species shows.<p>The findings, published in the journal Nature, hint that dinosaurs may have originated in the northern hemisphere rather than the southern, and …

Paleontology

Mayo Clinic discovers high-intensity aerobic training can reverse aging

Mayo Clinic study finds high-intensity aerobic exercise may reverse aging (credit: Flickr user Global Panorama via Creative Commons license)A Mayo …

Exercise