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New Scientist - Health

01/19/2018 02:12 PM
Your boss not saying ‘thank you’ could be bad for your health
If you love your job and work hard but feel you get little recognition or reward, you could be on the road to chronic stress, burnout and other health issues

01/19/2018 02:03 PM
New CRISPR method could take gene editing to the next level
While CRISPR is great at turning off and disabling genes, it isn’t very good at fixing faulty ones. But a powerful new method could change that

01/19/2018 10:20 AM
The epidemic on the way: Why winter flu is so bad this year
Flu is an underestimated killer, taking more than a million lives around the globe annually. This time, the mutated virus seems to be hitting even harder

01/19/2018 01:00 AM
Hot yoga’s high temperature may not have any health benefits
Despite all the extra effort and sweat, a study suggests that the high temperature used in hot yoga classes may not have any useful effect

01/17/2018 07:00 PM
Breathing in a nanoparticle spray could prevent heart damage
An inhalable drug is designed to move straight from the lungs to the heart, where it is hoped it will prevent the organ from deteriorating after heart attacks

01/17/2018 06:00 PM
How ‘stem cell’ clinics became a Wild West for dodgy treatments
Hundreds of clinics offering unregulated stem cell therapies have sprung up across the US and Australia thanks to lax oversight

01/17/2018 05:50 PM
Blindness treatment will insert algae gene into people’s eyes
Optogenetic techniques that use light to control nerve cells are being tried in people at last – and could lead to treatments for several types of blindness

01/17/2018 05:08 PM
Swollen eye is setback for blindness treatment using stem cells
A man in a flagship stem cell trial for age-related macular degeneration has swelling in his eye, but the cause is probably surgery – not stem cells

01/17/2018 04:00 PM
No sweat: Should my muscles be hurting days after a workout?
Tiny tears in your muscles cause the aching that sets in a day or so after a heavy exercise session. But what sounds bad can help them to rebuild stronger

01/17/2018 01:00 PM
Source of world’s biggest listeria outbreak still unknown
There have been almost 750 cases of listeriosis in South Africa so far, and the source of the food poisoning infection remains unknown

01/16/2018 10:00 PM
Bowel cancer test may be a much better way to screen for polyps
A new blood test seems to be more than twice as good at detecting bowel cancer than the method currently used to screen for polyps and early bowel cancer

01/16/2018 05:22 PM
Johann Hari doesn’t know depression’s real causes – no one does
Taking a view on unsettled science is always likely to cause controversy, but the fiery debate Johann Hari's new book has sparked is worth having, says Samantha Murphy

01/16/2018 05:15 PM
No sweat: Is yoga a proper workout?
For some it’s spiritualist mumbo-jumbo. But while other disciplines will get you fitter faster, the psychological upsides of yoga are hard to deny

01/16/2018 01:00 PM
No sweat: Does high-intensity interval training work?
Get fit in 4-minute bursts – that’s what high-intensity exercise enthusiasts preach. A false vision – or a legitimate shortcut to a healthier you?

01/16/2018 11:40 AM
Copycat justice has turned US counties into execution hotspots
Criminals assigned the death penalty are five times more likely to be executed in some US counties than in others – a trend that some argue is unconstitutional

01/15/2018 04:50 PM
The doctor who took on big pharma to stem the US opioid epidemic
When Andrew Kolodny raised the alarm over the dangerously addictive properties of prescribed opioids, he became both a hero and a figure of hate

01/15/2018 12:00 PM
No sweat: Does listening to music make exercise easier?
Many gym bunnies live with headphones in their ears, and music can improve strength, power and endurance. Just be careful what tunes you choose

01/15/2018 10:30 AM
No sweat: When, how and how much should I exercise?
Moderate or vigorous? Long or short? Every day, or binging at the weekend? There are a lot of ways to burn calories – but some make more sense than others

01/15/2018 10:30 AM
No sweat: Does carb loading improve performance?
Many endurance athletes swear by piling on the carbohydrates before a race. That can work – but you should be wary of the downsides

01/15/2018 10:29 AM
Science helped cause the opioid crisis – now it must make amends
A US commission recommending how to solve the painkiller addiction killing 175 Americans a day also shows how opinion got in the way of fact to help cause the problem

01/12/2018 06:00 PM
Surfers may be swallowing bacteria and spreading it to others
Surfers seem to swallow more antibiotic resistant bacteria from polluted water than swimmers. They may also be spreading it to vulnerable people they know

01/12/2018 05:00 PM
No sweat: Can I tailor my exercise to burn more fat?
Exercise slowly, or on an empty stomach: myths abound at how best to de-flab. Sadly if you’re looking for a quick win most of them are just that – myths

01/12/2018 04:00 PM
No sweat: Are sports drinks worth the money?
Dehydration is bad, and electrolytes are important. Sports drinks replace essential ions lost through sweat – but is that all just marketing hype?

01/12/2018 12:00 PM
No sweat: Does stretching before and after a workout help?
Stretches are a ritual for many would-be athletes – but some moves could be a waste of time, and others could hamper performance

01/11/2018 02:15 PM
No sweat: Is exercising inside or outside better for you?
Running on the gym treadmill is tempting, especially in the cold, dark winter. But if you do, be prepared to go the extra mile

01/10/2018 07:00 PM
A single gene can either raise or lower Crohn’s disease risk
Comparing the DNA of 5700 Jewish people has identified a gene with two variants – one that lowers a person’s risk of Crohn’s disease, and one that raises it

01/10/2018 07:00 PM
Robotic implant could help children with rare disorder eat again
The device lengthens the oesophagus so its two ends can be stitched back together, improving life for children with a birth defect called oesophageal atresia

01/10/2018 05:04 PM
Hormone replacement therapy may prevent depression in menopause
A study of 172 women suggests that HRT treatment is more effective than a placebo at preventing symptoms of depression from emerging during early menopause

01/10/2018 02:00 PM
No sweat: How can marathon runners avoid hitting ‘the wall’?
“Bonking” or “hitting the wall” is the biggest nightmare of many long-distance runners. Understanding why it happens can help you prevent it

01/10/2018 12:15 AM
When people sleep more they also eat less sugar and carbs
When people are given advice on how to get more sleep, not only do they get more slumber than they used to, they also start eating more healthily

01/09/2018 05:30 PM
People with diabetes seem to be protected against migraine
Doctors' hunches that people with diabetes get fewer migraines have finally been backed up by good evidence and it could help us treat migraines

01/09/2018 04:00 PM
Aussie flu: Just what the doctor ordered?
A really bad but not pandemic flu season could be the wake-up call the world needs

01/09/2018 12:05 PM
AI listens in on emergency calls to diagnose cardiac arrest
Identifying cardiac arrest over the phone is a tricky task, in Denmark eaves-dropping artificial intelligence is lending a helping hand

01/09/2018 09:00 AM
With political will, we can solve the global vision crisis
Impaired sight costs the world trillions every year, but leaders with vision could deal with this under-reported and unnecessary problem

01/08/2018 06:00 PM
Sex tweets help track spread of sexually transmitted infections
Twitter provided a more sensitive warning signal for syphilis rates in US counties than the previous year’s disease levels

01/08/2018 05:40 PM
Stopping the spread: What you can do to prevent flu
We will all be exposed to flu this winter, but not all of us will get sick. The best way to minimise the risk is clear – although it’s a far from perfect solution

01/08/2018 12:00 PM
Eye phone: The doctor using tech to restore the world’s sight
A lack of eyecare blights millions of lives across the globe. Andrew Bastawrous was seriously visually impaired himself – and has a plan to let the blind see

01/08/2018 11:20 AM
Freeze-dried valves used in animal heart surgery for first time
Pieces of heart tissue can be freeze-dried, stored in plastic bags at room temperature, and later rehydrated for successful heart surgery in sheep

01/08/2018 10:30 AM
Fight continues over whether sex addiction is a real thing
Guidelines from the World Health Organization are being drawn up that may recognise sexual compulsivity as a mental disorder

01/05/2018 11:00 AM
A daily blast of sound and electrical pulses may tame tinnitus
A new technique to tackle the phantom noises of tinnitus brought total relief for some patients and eased symptoms in half those who tried it

01/04/2018 05:00 PM
Opioids that hit different brain target could be less addictive
Researchers have determined how morphine derivatives bind to the kappa opioid receptor, which should enable safer painkillers to be developed

01/04/2018 02:00 PM
Waiting for the big one: A new flu pandemic is a matter of time
At least two flu strains are only a few mutations away from developing deadly human-to-human transmission. So how do we minimise the impact?

01/04/2018 10:00 AM
Music and art stop dementia from stealing everything we cherish
Dementia may not rob us of everything we cherish – a Wellcome project and a community choir have some great news about the role of art and music

01/03/2018 06:00 PM
NHS is switching to cheaper mimics of expensive cancer drugs
Biological drugs like some antibodies used to fight cancer are difficult to make. The NHS is now turning to cheaper alternatives, but some doctors fear they won’t work as well

01/03/2018 04:00 PM
Pandemics past: Seven times flu has become a mass killer
100 years ago, a global flu pandemic claimed the lives of up to 5 per cent of humanity. It’s not the only time the virus has taken on a new, far deadlier form

01/03/2018 02:00 PM
Can listening to a low hum destroy Alzheimer’s brain plaques?
Flickering light, low sounds and vibrating pads are all being tried out in people with Alzheimer’s after promising research in mice

01/03/2018 01:20 PM
Why a nasty surprise lurks 100 years on from the lethal 1918 flu
As the centenary of the great flu epidemic looms, we are right to be pessimistic – especially with H7N9 bird flu virus quietly circulating in China

01/03/2018 12:00 PM
Jab in the dark: Why we don’t have a universal flu vaccine
This year’s flu jab is working, but not working well – throwing a spotlight on the commercial and other factors that prevent us developing something better

01/03/2018 11:16 AM
Blood test spots ovarian cancer years before it is usually found
A blood test that detects ovarian cancer up to two years earlier than is presently the case could help reduce the deadliness of the disease

01/03/2018 10:00 AM
It’s never too late to get a tattoo, an implant – or new senses
From altering your body, enhancing your senses or improving cognitive function, you need to be a risk-taker to plug into the dark arts of body modification

01/02/2018 03:47 PM
Californians can now buy marijuana for recreational use
It already has a booming marijuana industry, and on 1 January, California became the sixth US state to make marijuana legally available for recreational use

01/01/2018 06:00 PM
How to make even your toughest new year’s resolutions stick
Our annual vows to ditch bad habits rarely manage to change behaviour, but why? Frank Swain examines how to make a new you this year

01/01/2018 03:00 PM
A meaning to life: How a sense of purpose can keep you healthy
It helps prevent heart attack and stroke, staves off dementia, enables people to sleep better, have better sex and live longer. Oh, and it’s free

01/01/2018 01:00 PM
Our liver vacation: Is a dry January really worth it?
Less liver fat, cholesterol and weight – just some of the benefits that New Scientist staff enjoyed in a pioneering study into a month's alcohol abstinence

12/29/2017 06:00 PM
3D-printed implant mends broken legs by turning into real bone
Metal plates and pins for broken bones could be a thing of the past, with porous 3D implants as strong as the real thing used instead

12/29/2017 12:00 PM
The secrets of your past that lurk inside your ears
It’s not just a yucky bodily secretion – unique chemical signatures in ear wax contain clues to everything from drug misuse to festive overindulgence

12/29/2017 10:41 AM
Video gaming disorder to be officially recognised for first time
Obsessively playing video games can be so detrimental that the World Health Organization is going to recognise it as a mental health condition

12/29/2017 10:32 AM
Your body fat may be protecting you against infections
Fat isn’t all bad – it stores powerful immune cells, and seems to boost their ability to defend the body from dangerous infections

12/28/2017 08:00 PM
Exclusive: Most premature baby ever to survive born at 22 weeks
A baby born more than four months before her due date has been revealed as the youngest premature baby ever to survive. The girl is now a healthy 5-year-old

12/28/2017 03:00 PM
2018 preview: Gene therapy treats disease while in the womb
Brittle bone disease can cause bone fractures in the womb, but a trial of a novel therapy may strengthen bones before birth

12/23/2017 03:00 PM
2018 preview: Opioids will kill tens of thousands more people
As the prescription painkiller crisis worsens in the US, many more are expected to die as people turn to drugs more powerful than heroin

12/21/2017 04:13 PM
Shocking drop in life expectancy shows US still in bad health
Amid a glut of drug overdoses, gun deaths and suicide, shorter lives and poorer health are becoming the new norm in the US. It's alarming, says Laudan Aron

12/21/2017 04:00 PM
Bad colds may have delayed this year’s flu epidemic in UK
Many people in the UK have been coming down with nasty colds, and this may have delayed the bad flu epidemic that’s been predicted to hit this year

12/21/2017 03:00 PM
2018 preview: Bioelectricity tweak can regenerate missing limbs
A bold plan to regrow lost body parts in mammals could be realised by cracking the body’s bioelectric code

12/21/2017 11:28 AM
Booby-trapped obstacle course trains older people not to fall
A quarter of older adults who break their hip die within a year. Alice Klein went to try out an obstacle course designed to help them stay on their feet

12/20/2017 06:00 PM
One-off CRISPR treatment slows genetic hearing loss in mice
An inherited form of progressive deafness has been slowed in mice using CRISPR. The approach might lead to treatments for inherited deafness in people

12/20/2017 02:16 PM
How Trump’s ‘ban’ on science words could harm public health
Reports that the leading US public health agency is banned from using words like "vulnerable" suggest a worrying belief in not fixing inequality

12/20/2017 11:03 AM
Hijacked sperm carry chemo drugs to cervical cancer cells
There’s a new use for sperm – delivering cancer drugs to tumours of the female reproductive tract. This targeted approach may avoid the side effects of chemo

12/19/2017 05:52 PM
The body’s killer immune cells also feed fetuses in the womb
Natural killer cells – which destroy cancer cells and pathogens – also help early fetuses grow, a finding that may lead to treatments to prevent miscarriage

12/17/2017 07:00 AM
Stopping rabies in its tracks
A co-ordinated approach to vaccination is stopping the disease spreading in Nepal

12/14/2017 04:00 PM
England’s shift to opt-out organ donation will save many lives
It was always a travesty that hundreds of people die due to a lack of transplant organs. An opt-out donation scheme in England was long overdue, says John Chisholm

12/14/2017 12:01 AM
A family in Italy doesn’t feel pain because of a gene mutation
Six members of the same family have a reduced sensitivity to pain, meaning they don’t notice when they break bones. Now the gene responsible has been identified

12/13/2017 07:00 PM
TB, or not TB? At last, a urine test can diagnose it quickly
For the first time, a urine test has been developed that reliably detects tuberculosis – a valuable weapon in the fight against an infection that kills millions

12/13/2017 06:00 PM
Restarting dead people’s hearts lets doctors reuse their organs
With a growing shortage of organ donors, doctors are now considering restarting dead people's hearts or even taking organs from patients who are technically alive

12/13/2017 03:00 PM
Joke Christmas medical journal papers make unfunny bad science
Respected medical journal the BMJ has a long history of publishing silly papers at Christmas, but the joke is wearing thin - and actually harming science

12/13/2017 12:15 PM
Fentanyl considered for execution cocktail by two US states
Nevada and Nebraska are considering using the opioid drug fentanyl to carry out death penalty executions

12/13/2017 12:00 PM
Weaponised microwave may be behind alleged sonic attacks in Cuba
Headaches, nausea and hearing loss felt by US diplomats in Cuba might be the result of a beam of pulsed microwaves in which the microwaves are heard as sound

12/12/2017 02:28 PM
Anti-vax views must not derail France’s compulsory vaccine law
The nation is about to make 11 childhood vaccines mandatory, but unless anti-vax echo chambers are tackled, the law may not fulfil its promise, says Laura Spinney

12/12/2017 02:00 PM
Fasting may boost brainpower by giving neurons more energy
Some people who fast regularly, like those following the 5:2 diet, feel mentally sharper. Now evidence in mice may explain how fasting boosts brainpower

12/08/2017 11:45 AM
Daughters of older mums are more likely to never have children
An analysis of thousands of women has found that the older your mother was when you were born, the more likely you are to be childless – but we don’t know why

12/07/2017 02:12 PM
A boy is missing the vision bit of his brain but can still see
A seven-year-old boy whose brain doesn’t have a visual processing centre has baffled doctors. Despite missing this brain area, he is still able to see

12/06/2017 07:00 PM
Gruesome eyeball wounds patched up with squirt of smart glue
On the battlefield, it may not be possible to stitch up eyeball injuries. A glue that responds to body temperature can plug up wounds until help is available

12/06/2017 05:10 PM
Welcome to the limb lab where organs are kept alive on shelves
Clare Wilson visits a body-parts workshop where limbs, hearts and kidneys are reanimated, with the aim of improving transplants and developing new treatments

12/05/2017 04:25 PM
Artificial ovary may fine-tune treatment for menopause symptoms
Many women experiencing menopause have mood swings, forgetfulness and weight gain. Could an implant be a safer alternative to hormone replacement therapy?

12/05/2017 12:50 PM
Robofish floats about tracking antibiotics in the Great Lakes
A robotic fish is going to use sensors to monitor the levels of anibiotics in Michigan's Great Lakes region

12/04/2017 04:00 PM
Focus on liberty and purity may change anti-vax parents’ minds
Why do some parents choose not to vaccinate their children against deadly diseases? The moral ideas of purity and liberty may play a role

12/04/2017 10:30 AM
Why the internet’s CiCo calorie count diet won’t keep weight off
An old dietary fad has got a fresh lease of life: Calories in-Calories out, or CiCo to its new devotees. It still doesn't add up, says Anthony Warner

12/04/2017 10:20 AM
Why it’s good that NHS England is cutting back on prescriptions
Patients in England are set to lose access to a raft of prescription drugs through the National Health Service – but only overpriced, ineffective or dangerous ones

12/04/2017 10:00 AM
Kids are alright whatever the family make-up, so let them be
Children brought up by single parents, heterosexual partners or same-sex couples are all equally healthy and happy. The law needs to catch up with society

12/01/2017 10:50 AM
Migraine drug makes people have fewer ‘migraine days’
A large trial has found that a drug can halve the amount of time that people are laid low by migraines, and reduce the number of ‘migraine days’ a person has

11/30/2017 05:45 PM
Married people are much less likely to get dementia
People who are single for life are 42 per cent more likely to get dementia, but marriage isn’t always good for your health – especially if you’re a woman

11/30/2017 04:10 PM
Teenage brains can’t tell what’s important and what isn’t
Adolescent brains aren’t developed enough to adapt to relatively risky situations, which may explain why some choose not to study for important exams

11/30/2017 10:00 AM
Addicted to tech? A brain chemical imbalance may be to blame
A study of Korean teenagers suggests a brain chemical imbalance can be a sign of tech addiction. But is it really possible to be addicted to your smartphone?

11/29/2017 07:00 PM
Exercise hormone protects against bad complications in surgery
A hormone released by muscles during exercise has been found to protect mice from complications during surgery caused by restricted blood flow

11/29/2017 04:04 PM
Malaria is no longer in decline and that should worry us all
The fight to end malaria is stalling after more than a decade of progress. We need to wake up and reinvigorate attempts to eradicate it, says Azra Ghani

11/29/2017 03:35 PM
Podcast: Are we heading towards a male fertility disaster?
Sperm counts in Western countries appear to be falling dramatically. We hear from scientists contemplating a looming crisis

11/29/2017 10:00 AM
Men in the UK have the highest obesity rates in Europe
As many as 27 per cent of men – and 29 per cent of women – in the UK are now obese, meaning the country has one of the worst obesity problems in Europe

11/28/2017 03:30 PM
Did Pokémon Go really kill 250 people in traffic accidents?
A surge in road accidents in Indiana has been blamed on Pokémon Go, but other apps are also likely to be contributing to a rise in crashes

11/28/2017 12:15 PM
Another psychedelic revolution, but this time it’s different
After years battling arduous laws and red tape, psychedelic therapy research is enjoying new found freedoms. The onus is now on scientists to prove it really works

11/28/2017 10:00 AM
Artificial embryonic stem cells tested in people for first time
A type of “virgin birth” stem cell could be as powerful as embryonic stem cells but without the same ethical objections, and are being tested for Parkinson’s