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Why sugary drinks and protein-rich meals don’t go well together
21st July

MRSA emerged years before methicillin was even discovered
20th July

Fake news: study tests people’s ability to detect manipulated images of real-world scenes
18th July

9/11 survivors may be at increased risk of heart and lung disease years later
17th July

Decline in financing could undermine malaria efforts
14th July

Tall men and obese men at higher risk of aggressive prostate cancer
13th July

NASA is studying fungi to keep space travelers safe on new worlds
11th July

Removal of invasive shrub could be an easy way to help reduce malaria transmission
5th July

Study reveals lung changes in mice exposed to second-hand smoke in utero
27th June

Scientists recreate Native Californian Indian water bottles to study ancient exposure to harmful chemicals
23rd June

Occupation may be a major factor in vitamin D deficiency
22nd June

Early-life exposure to the Chinese famine increases risk of dyslipidemia in adult women, but not men
14th June

Pet dogs could help older owners be more active
9th June

Binge drinking throughout life is associated with higher blood glucose levels in women, but not men
8th June

The part of rice we don’t eat may be highly nutritious
2nd June

Happiness and harm awareness could keep young people from drinking and smoking
25th May

Enforcing a weekday bedtime could help your child get sufficient sleep
24th May

At least 42 percent more people will need palliative care in England and Wales by 2040
18th May

Computer model developed to assess risk of a Zika epidemic in real-time
4th May

In a neuro-techno future, human rights laws will need to be revisited
26th April

When it comes to your profile picture, let a stranger do the choosing
14th April

Mouse experiment sheds light on the dietary benefits of extra-virgin olive oil
11th April

What do old books smell like?’ - Preserving smells as important cultural heritage
7th April

Living in an area with high air pollution may impact women’s breast density
6th April

Computer program developed to diagnose and locate cancer from a blood sample
24th March

ZeitZeiger: computer tells the time according to your body clock
28th February

Broad cancer vaccine may be out of reach
24th February

LemurFaceID: using facial recognition software to identify lemurs
17th February

Dating on the fly - female flies are attractive to mates on sunny days
14th February

Newly discovered beetle species catches a ride on the back of army ants
10th February 

Male contraceptive gel experiment in monkeys shows potential as an alternative to vasectomy
7th February

Tuberculosis-resistant cows developed for the first time using CRISPR gene-editing technology
1st February

500 Million Year-Old Species offers insights into the lives of ancient legged worms
31st January

Eating disorders are affecting more UK women in their 40s and 50s than expected, finds new study
17th January

Here be ruby seadragons! New species seen in the wild for the first time
13th January

Exploiting the placebo effect can improve recovery of heart surgery patients
10th January


CCTV at metro stations could be used to identify people at risk of attempting suicide
15th December

Would you take a free predictive test for Alzheimer’s disease?

13th December

Pets offer valuable support for owners with mental health problems

9th December

Dietary magnesium found to be associated with reduced risk of heart disease, stroke and type-2 diabetes

8th December

Being part of a community group could protect you from cognitive decline

2nd December

Alcohol may increase risk of some types of stroke but not others

24th November

Pessimism associated with risk of death from coronary heart disease

17th November

Urine of pregnant women could be used to predict fetal growth and birth weight

4th November

Prevalence of drug-resistant tuberculosis in West Africa higher than previously thought

3rd November

First genome sequence of Amur leopard highlights the drawback of a meat only diet

2nd November

Top-level football referees are better at spotting fouls because of enhanced visual perception

31st October

Mother’s BMI may affect the biological age of new born babies

18th October

Much of the social inequality in heart disease risk among UK women is due to smoking, obesity and physical inactivity

13th October 

Mediterranean diet could lower the risk of cardiovascular disease in the UK

29th September

Nearly one-third of unnecessary endoscopies could be avoided with faeces blood test

26th September

Tooth x-rays provide new insights into bird origins

23rd September

New ‘results free’ peer-review process to be piloted for academic publishing

20th September

Your judgement of how drunk you are appears to depend on those around you

13th September

Genome of the world’s largest bony fish may explain fast growth rate and large size

9th September

New test needed to assess the quality and safety of sunglasses

26th August

Male and female cats respond differently to distressed kittens

12th August

Effects of chemotherapy on developing ovaries in female fetuses

11th August

Winners announced for the BMC Ecology Image Competition 2016

9th August

Mum’s high-fat diet may have a lasting impact on baby’s gut

9th August

Prescription drug abuse in Europe is a bigger problem than previously thought

4th August

Scientists warn about health of English bulldog

29th July

Smokers quitting tobacco also drink less alcohol

22nd July

To protect yourself from malaria sleep with a chicken next to your bed

21st July

Deceptive sexual signals keep the peace in a bonobo society

30th June

Do you know what you’re smoking? Research suggests that you don’t

23rd June

Good fathers sing simple songs

14th June

Growth spurts lower teenage boys’ coordination

20th May

Email-based exercises could improve mental health long-term

17th May

Genetic tug of war linked to evolution of same-sex sexual behavior in beetles

13th May

Soft wearable robot lightens heavy loads

12th May

Do probiotics have an effect on healthy adults? It’s too early to tell

10th May

Survival of the oldest

4th May

Physical activity levels in China have fallen by half since 1991 and continue to fall with each generation

20th April

Seeing e-cigarettes in shops may influence their use by teenagers

14th April

Potential effects of fertility treatments on breast density and cancer risk

13th April

Man’s best friend is getting smaller

5th April

Over fifty per cent of obese Spanish workers are metabolically healthy

1st April

Increased dementia risk in women – a matter of proteins?

17th Mar

What influences 11 year olds to drink?

4th Mar

Chikungunya could be misdiagnosed as dengue – masking spread of the disease

3rd Mar

Successful precision medicine will require more accurate genome sequencing

2nd Mar

The alcohol harm paradox explained

18th Feb

What your gut bacteria can tell you about type 2 diabetes

17th Feb

A combined carbon and sugar tax could have environmental and health benefits

3rd Feb

Breast cancer survivors could be vulnerable to common viral and bacterial infections

26th Jan

Better healthcare could reduce crippling personal costs of tuberculosis care in China

25th Jan

What’s height got to do with it?

19th Jan

New test could predict dementia risk during routine GP visits

21st Jan

How, when and where could affect outcome of psychological treatment

15th Jan


Family focus for children of substance abusing parents

18 Dec

Urban swans’ genes make them plucky

11 Dec

Many health professionals lack knowledge and guidelines on female genital mutilation and cutting

10 Dec

Chewbaaka migrated from North America

9 Dec

Where did Australian cats come from?

4 Dec

Breast cancer clinic attributes increased uptake of double mastectomies to ‘Angelina Jolie effect’

25 Nov

Adélie penguin numbers may expand as glaciers retreat

18 Nov

Opioid addiction originates from prescription painkillers for more than half of female methadone clinic patients

10 Nov

Earliest embryonic lethality gene identified

5 Nov 2015

Smoking more common in films produced outside of Hollywood

3 Nov 2015

Researchers identify association between reproductive factors and risk of death

30 Oct 2015

How clean is the International Space Station?

27 Oct 2015

Dying at home leads to more peace and less grief, but requires wider support
09 Oct 2015

Climate change could benefit northern lizards
08 Oct 2015

New study sheds light on characteristics of the ‘predatory’ scholarly publishing market
01 Oct 2015

Open peer review could result in better quality of peer review
30 Sep 2015

Information handling by some health apps not as secure as it should be
25 Sep 2015

Man walks again after years of paralysis
24 Sep 2015

No link between coffee consumption and common type of irregular heartbeat
23 Sep 2015

How the chameleon climbed to the top of the tree
18 Sep 2015

Fruit and vegetables aren’t only good for a healthy body-they protect your mind too
17 Sep 2015

Early warning gene signature for Alzheimer’s
07 Sep 2015

Giant ‘sea scorpion’ fossil discovered
01 Sep 2015

Chimpanzees found to survive in degraded and human-dominated habitats
25 Aug 2015

GM – “the most critical technology” for feeding the world
21 Aug 2015

Imaging software could speed up breast cancer diagnosis
20 Aug 2015

Male doctors are more likely to have legal action taken against them
13 Aug 2015

Predators might not be dazzled by stripes
12 Aug 2015

BMC Ecology Image Competition 2015 winners announced
30 Jul 2015

Black men are at double the risk of prostate cancer compared to white men
30 Jul 2015

Kiwi genomes explain the unusual characteristics of an endangered bird
23 Jul 2015

Worms hitch rides on slugs when traveling to far flung places
13 Jul 2015

Seafaring spiders depend on their ‘sails’ and ‘anchors’
03 Jul 2015

Medical research not addressing patient and clinician priorities
25 Jun 2015

New colon cancer culprit found in gut microbiome
24 Jun 2015

Increased anxiety associated with sitting down
19 Jun 2015

Nightingales show off their fathering skills through song
18 Jun 2015

Stroke patients recover arm use with virtual reality
09 Jun 2015

Cat got your tongue? New research says ‘no’
03 Jun 2015

Parental smoking puts nearly half a million UK children into poverty
29 May 2015

Sex chromosomes – Why the Y genes matter
28 May 2015

Raising a glass to the holidays
22 May 2015

What did the first snakes look like?
20 May 2015

New insights into the male bias of autism
13 May 2015

Bacterial forensics – tracing a suspect from the microbes on their shoes
12 May 2015

A healthy lifestyle before bowel cancer diagnosis could help improve survival
07 May 2015

Improving the effect of HIV drugs by the use of a vaccine
29 Apr 2015

Common back problems may be caused by evolution of human locomotion
27 Apr 2015

Bumblebee genomes give insights into threats to pollinators
24 Apr 2015

Mortality risks of cigar smoking similar to that of cigarette smoking
24 Apr 2015

We may be looking at wrong mutation for breast cancer treatment
09 Apr 2015

The hoo’s hoo of gibbon communication
08 Apr 2015

Pet foods contain animal contents not explicitly identified on labels
01 Apr 2015

E-cigarettes are being accessed by teenagers who are both smokers and non-smokers
31 Mar 2015

Fecal transplants successful for treating C. difficile infection
30 Mar 2015

2°C climate change target ‘utterly inadequate’
27 Mar 2015

Mobile DNA sequencer shows potential for disease surveillance
26 Mar 2015

Good news for serial cereal eaters
24 Mar 2015

Melatonin can help you get a good night’s sleep in a noisy environment
19 Mar 2015

Dietary dioxins not associated with increased breast cancer risk
17 Mar 2015

Rare glimpse into how coral procreates could aid future conservation
16 Mar 2015

Some genes ‘foreign’ in origin and not from our ancestors
13 Mar 2015

Blue blood on ice – How an Antarctic octopus survives the cold
11 Mar 2015

How drinking behaviour changes through the years
06 Mar 2015

Aggressive plant fungus threatens wheat production
27 Feb 2015

Up in smoke: belief that shisha pipe ‘filters out’ heavy metals
20 Feb 2015

Culture shock - Are lab-grown cells a faithful model for human disease?
04 Feb 2015

Renewable biofuel production avoids competition with food resources
30 Jan 2015

The ‘fifth taste’, Umami, could be beneficial for health
26 Jan 2015

What to do in a flu epidemic? Stay at home and watch TV
23 Jan 2015

Experts call for a rethink on guidelines about children’s screen time
22 Jan 2015

Endangered chimpanzees may experience drastic habitat loss within five years
21 Jan 2015

New hope for fighting major fungal disease in durum wheat
19 Jan 2015

Researchers identify association between blood groups and longevity
15 Jan 2015

Alcohol sales linked with alcohol deaths across GB regions
07 Jan 2015 


New hope for rare disease drug development

18 Dec 2014

Microbial ‘signature’ for sexual crimes
16 Dec 2014

March of the penguin genomes
12 Dec 2014

Jamie’s Ministry of Food brings about changes in food attitudes and behaviors
12 Dec 2014

Debate on safety of e-cigarettes continues
09 Dec 2014

Cancer from asbestos caused by more than one cell mutation
04 Dec 2014

Endangered hammerhead shark found migrating into unprotected waters
26 Nov 2014

El Niño stunts children’s growth in Peru
25 Nov 2014

Does a yogurt a day keep diabetes away?
25 Nov 2014

Tapeworms on the brain expand our knowledge of their genome
21 Nov 2014

Real-time genome sequencing helps control hospital outbreak
20 Nov 2014

Ebola surveillance may become quicker and cheaper
18 Nov 2014

80 million bacteria sealed with a kiss
17 Nov 2014k7z 

Many microbiome studies flawed by contamination
12 Nov 2014

How did complex life evolve? The answer could be inside out
28 Oct 2014

Time check: moving to the light side could improve health
23 Oct 2014

Head injury causes the immune system to attack the brain
20 Oct 2014

Viagra protects the heart beyond the bedroom
20 Oct 2014

Fly genome could help us improve health and our environment
14 Oct 2014

Cautious optimism as childhood obesity rates in Ireland plateau
13 Oct 2014

Bowel cancer risk reduced by adopting multiple healthy behaviors
10 Oct 2014

Genetic data could help doctors know whether to prescribe statins
30 Sep 2014

Experts call for a moratorium on use of new internet domain .health
26 Sep 2014

Turmeric compound boosts regeneration of brain stem cells
26 Sep 2014

New analysis of human genetic history reveals female dominance
24 Sep 2014

Are you in or out? What is best for organ donation?
24 Sep 2014

Food affected by Fukushima disaster harms animals, even at low-levels of radiation
23 Sep 2014

The ‘Angelina Effect’ was not only immediate, but also long-lasting
19 Sep 2014

Sharks’ skin has teeth in the fight against hospital superbugs
17 Sep 2014

Dental and nutrition experts call for radical rethink on free sugars intake
16 Sep 2014

Sloths are no slouches when it comes to evolution
10 Sep 2014

Sex hormones may play a part in autism
09 Sep 2014

Global snapshot of infectious canine cancer shows how to control the disease
03 Sep 2014

Socioeconomic status and gender are associated with differences in cholesterol levels
29 Aug 2014

BMC Ecology Image Competition winners reveal the private lives of animals and plants
29 Aug 2014

Better classification to improve treatments for breast cancer
28 Aug 2014

RNA sequence could help doctors to tailor unique prostate cancer treatment programs
26 Aug 2014

Fossil arthropod went on the hunt for its prey
22 Aug 2014

Climate change could see dengue fever come to Europe
22 Aug 2014

Woodrats’ genes help them to win the arms race against their food
15 Aug 2014

Stress during pregnancy can be passed down through generations
07 Aug 2014

Improve peer review by making the reviewers better suited to task
04 Aug 2014

How black truffles deal with the jumpers in their genome
31 Jul 2014

Smartphone experiment tracks whether our life story is written in our gut bacteria
25 Jul 2014

The human parasite Leishmania is a probiotic for the fly that carries it
23 Jul 2014

Dodos and spotted green pigeons are descendants of an island hopping bird
16 Jul 2014

Non-invasive test in early pregnancy could be used to predict premature birth and delivery of small babies
11 Jul 2014

Researchers identify urgent need for Alzheimer's disease drug development
03 Jul 2014

New test predicts the risk of non-hereditary breast cancer
27 Jun 2014

A spoonful of sugar may help the medicine go down, but not much else
27 Jun 2014

Presenting food like a masterpiece makes it more flavorful
20 Jun 2014

Investing in cancer research boosts economy as well as health
16 Jun 2014

Beyond Spiderman - toolkits for black widow silk and venom discovered
11 Jun 2014

Genetics results add new insight to indigenous knowledge about wolves
10 Jun 2014

Evidence for dangers of repellent DEET in question
03 Jun 2014

A genomic signature for lethal heart attacks in at risk patients
30 May 2014

3,000 rice genomes could help feed growing world population
28 May 2014

Urban life bites for kestrels lured in by glamorous city dwellings
27 May 2014

Female pigs can recognize the sex of sperm
21 May 2014

$233m yearly cost of antibiotic resistance in pneumonia treatment
21 May 2014

A Brazilian Samba? It’s a giant virus from the Amazon rainforest
14 May 2014

Mediterranean diet may help reduce health risks
14 May 2014

Exoskeleton adds power to your step while reducing metabolic energy use
09 May 2014

Preventing depression through mental health programs at work
09 May 2014

Adverse childhood experiences and their relationships with health harming behaviors in adulthood
02 May 2014

Better targeting of therapies could improve arthritis treatments
30 Apr 2014

Using 3D-genomics to classify leukaemia
30 Apr 2014

A thousand genomes and then some
29 Apr 2014

Are your sunglasses protecting your eyes from UV?
25 Apr 2014

Want to improve the taste of strawberries? Make them peachy
17 Apr 2014

Modified stem cells offer potential pathway to treat Alzheimer’s disease
16 Apr 2014

If in doubt always ask for a second opinion
15 Apr 2014

By the time they’re teenagers, guinea pigs are already domesticated
09 Apr 2014

The state of the cell
26 Mar 2014

Goats are far more clever than previously thought
26 Mar 2014

Timber! Loblolly pine genome sequence fells the Norway spruce’s record
20 Mar 2014

Scientists identify genes linked with OCD…in dogs
20 Mar 2014

Study finds married women are less likely to die from heart disease than unmarried women
12 Mar 2014

Are humans infecting our buildings?
07 Mar 2014

How Great tits fool their nosy neighbours...
03 Mar 2014

Coordinating care for persons with dementia and their carers improves outcomes
28 Feb 2014

Getting a head start on Apert syndrome
28 Feb 2014

Oral immunotherapy with antibody-based medication could be used to treat multiple food allergies
27 Feb 2014

Mosquitoes resistant to DDT are also resistant to mosquito net insecticide
25 Feb 2014

You are what your dad’s mum ate
20 Feb 2014

Stem cells from foreskin could be used to treat congenital muscular dystrophy
12 Feb 2014

Invasive Harlequin ladybird larvae use cannibalism as a survival tactic
05 Feb 2014

Researchers analyse microbes found in neonatal intensive care unit
28 Jan 2014

Female mate choice enhances offsprings' ability to cope with infection
23 Jan 2014

Black widow males twerk and avoid the chop
17 Jan 2014

Adolescent mothers with higher educational hopes give birth to heavier babies
15 Jan 2014

Lack of nervous system not to be sniffed at
13 Jan 2014