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Scientists use the Darwin Awards - an annual commemoration of individuals who have died 'in exceptionally stupid ways' - to prove the hypothesis of 'male idiot theory.'
A gene test for individuals predisposed to ankylosing spondylitis steps closer, as researchers tie the rheumatic disease to particular variations of the immune system enzyme ERAP1.
A new study finds that people with Parkinson's disease have a different mix of gut bacteria to healthy counterparts, suggesting this might be useful for diagnosis or treatment.
Researchers have found that lapses in memory could signal an elevated risk of stroke, particularly in people with a higher vocational education or university training.
In a new study, researchers from Switzerland find that a variant in the IL-28B gene may influence how the immune system responds to the annual flu vaccine.
A well-established and effective treatment for breast cancer, tamoxifen has now been shown to have long-term preventive benefits for women at high risk.
Men who were infertile as a result of poor semen quality were at higher risk of numerous medical conditions - including hypertension and skin disorders - in a new study.
Examining an association between toddlers who share the bed with their parents and risk of asthma later in childhood, researchers suggest that the link is multifactorial.
Using the largest data set for a study on gene expression and autism, researchers found the brains of people with autism have inflammation response genes perpetually turned on.
More research is needed about how long the Ebola virus persists in the environment so as to inform safe waste handling and disposal - especially to water systems - say engineers.
Using alcohol to fall asleep interferes with sleep homeostasis - the brain’s system for regulating sleepiness and wakefulness - and can cause insomnia over time, say researchers.
New research has uncovered an association between having lower levels of oxygen while sleeping, less deep sleep and the development of brain lesions associated with dementia.
Two modifiable sleep disorders, chronic sleep loss and sleep-related breathing problems, double the risk of a child being obese by the age of 15, according to a new study.
Added sugars in processed foods are likely to have a greater role than salt in high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke, according to new research in the journal Open Heart.
The 23andMe home genomics kit is currently banned for sale by the FDA but has recently been approved for market in the UK. We investigate the controversies attached to the test.
Despite 2011 guidelines endorsing shorter radiation for early-stage breast cancer patients, a new study finds most eligible patients are still receiving a longer treatment.
Using techniques from the field of earth sciences, researchers may have found a way of picking up early signs of breast cancer by looking for changes in zinc composition.
A small pilot study suggests treatment with nitrous oxide or laughing gas may help patients with severe depression whose illness is not responding to conventional therapies.
Find out the healthiest and least healthy states in 2014, according to America's Health Rankings, together with disturbing news of rising rates of obesity and physical inactivity.
Head and neck cancer tumors previously unreachable can be treated with a groundbreaking new surgery method that is also minimally invasive.