Testosterone could explain why asthma is more common in girls than humen

Boys are more likely to have asthma than daughters, but the situation reversals with adolescence, inspiring researchers to examine role sexuality hormones might play The puzzle of why asthma is about twice as common in women as humen may have been solved, according to researchers who say it might partly be down to testosterone. While…

I have prostate cancer. But I am happy | George Monbiot

The three principles that define a good life will protect me from despair, says Guardian columnist George Monbiot It came, as these things often do, like a gunshot on a quiet street: shocking and disorienting. In early December, my urine turned brown. The following day I felt feverish and determined it hard to pee. I…

New blood test could help see 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 Health New blood test could help see 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 Australian Associated Press Thu…

Doctors warn of codeine dangers after occurrence of acute confusion in daughter, 14

Lack of efficacy and risk of poisoning and craving suggest use of over-the-counter codeine narcotics may be unwarranted, says report Doctors have issued a warning about the use of over-the-counter medications containing codeine following what is believed to be the first published lawsuit of acute disarray in a 14 -year-old girl. The dangers associated with…

Alzheimer’s link to herpes virus in brain, say scientists

Research exposes strains of virus more abundant in brains with early stage of disease, though uncertainly whether virus is a trigger or a symptom The presence of viruses in the brain has been linked to Alzheimer’s disease in research that challenges conventional theories about the onset of dementia. The outcomes, based on tests of brain…

Cutting-edge theatre: world’s first virtual reality operation runs live

Dr Shafi Ahmed will carry out surgery live-streamed in virtual reality, a move experts hope will build healthcare more equitable and help medical training This Thursday afternoon, Shafi Ahmed will lean over a patient and begin a delicate operation to remove cancerous tissue from a male patients bowel. He has performed such procedures many times…

Darker sense of humour could be sign of dementia, tells analyse

Report by UCL polled relatives and discovered many told patients perception of what was funny changed dramatically and became inappropriate and graphic An increasingly twisted sense of humour could be one of the early signs of dementia, a new examine has determined, including laughing at inappropriate moments. The University College London research, published in the…

Brain experiments on primates are crucial, say eminent scientists

Two nobel laureates among 400 scientists who sign letter repudiating claims that use of primates is no longer medically useful More than 400 scientists including two Nobel laureates have signed a letter stating that brain experimentations on primates are crucial to medical advances, in response to claims that they are cruel and no longer useful.…

Happy events can cause potentially fatal rare heart condition

Joy can trigger same symptoms as Takotsubo syndrome, where heart changes shape after sad events, say scientists A rare condition that triggers a potentially life-threatening weakening of the heart can be caused by happy events as well as emotional shocks such as grief or sadness. Since 1990, physicians have recognised a condition known as Takotsubo…

Stem cell therapies: medical experts call for strict international rules

Experts from 15 countries tell regulation needed to prevent vulnerable patients pursuing unproven and potentially deadly treatments Medical and legal experts from around the world have unified to call for more stringent regulation of stem cell therapies to prevent people pursuing unproven and potentially deadly treatments overseas. In a perspective piece for the US journal…