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Acute insomnia was resolved following a one-hour therapy session in over 70% of cases, according to a UK-based study.
Microalgae represent a virtually untapped source of chemical compounds, potentially including antibiotics.
Studies have shown that two key factors that explain why certain individuals are more prone to hangovers are genetics and gut microbiota.
Research is pointing towards bacteria as a useful diagnostic tool in the detection of cancer, diabetes, Crohn’s disease and periodontitis.
Blue-eyed individuals are more likely to suffer from macular degeneration but less likely to suffer from cataracts than darker-eyed people. Additionally, darker-eyed people tend to have faster reaction times to one-off stimuli, but those with blue eyes are likely to be better at tasks requiring longer-term thinking.
Supernumerary nipples (SNs) are relatively common, minor congenital anomalies that are normally benign but are susceptible to hormonal changes and disease processes.
Incentives that encourage healthy behaviours are only effective for three months, according to research.
Genetically modified yeasts could soon provide a source of opiates and other drugs previously only obtainable from plants.
Anaemia is the most common nutritional problem in the world. Adding a fish-shaped piece of iron to cooking pots has helped to tackle the problem in Cambodia.
They may look fantastic, but evidence shows that wearing high heels is bad for your health.
A project, launched by the Global Action Fund for Fungal Infections, aims to diagnose and treat 95% of patients with life- or sight-threatening fungal disease by 2025.
The chances of being bitten by a mosquito are related to genes that control body odour, according to a recent study.
Scientists have used an MRI scanner to observe what happens when you crack your knuckles — a process that does not seem to cause ill health effects.
People who stay up late, so-called “night owls”, are more likely to develop particular health issues than those who go to bed early.
Researchers have identified at least 11 genes that influence individuals’ susceptibility to the placebo effect.
The blue light emitted from some electronic screens can make it difficult to sleep. Steve Bremer explains why.
Everyone has a distorted view of their own body, according to recent research. Drinking alcohol, or believing you have drunk alcohol, can alter your self-perception further.
Research has shown that dogs can detect volatile compounds in human breath that indicate different types of cancer. Prototype ‘electronic noses’, such as the Na-Nose, can also detect cancer from patients’ exhaled breath.
People with misophonia experience negative emotions when they hear specific sounds. Separately, phonophobia is the fear of loud sounds.
Swedish men have the lowest level of tobacco-related deaths in Europe. This is likely to be due to their preference for low-nitrosamine oral tobacco (snus) over cigarettes.