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Scientists have discovered that a peptide derived from the hepatitis C virus destroys a wide range of viruses but does not harm host cells because their membranes are different.
Once considered as sterile, it appears the lungs are home to friendly bacteria that regulate the ability of lung dendritic cells to generate immune responses, suggests a new study.
Autism is considered to be far more common in males. An insightful new study looks at the differences in relationships formed between autistic girls and boys.
Researchers have identified at least seven food additives - including gluten, sodium and glucose - that they believe may play a role in the development of autoimmune diseases.
A large twin study shows that if one twin has any type of cancer, the other twin has a higher risk of cancer, too, especially if the twins are identical.
In a new study, researchers found no difference in the risk of early developmental disabilities between children conceived through infertility treatment and those who were not.
Vaginal candidiasis yeast infection is common in pregnant women, but the oral antifungal medication sometimes prescribed may lead to spontaneous abortion.
Use of paroxetine - a drug that is part of the SSRI class of antidepressants - during early pregnancy is linked to increased risk of birth defects in newborns, say researchers.
The new year is here, and many of us will be looking to make changes in 2016. We look at ways in which you can improve your mental health and well-being in the year ahead.
Sprouty2, a gene known to suppress spread of breast, prostate and liver cancer to other parts of the body - metastasis - may actually do the opposite in some colorectal cancers.
There are now over 4 million people in the UK with diabetes, many of whom are being denied the care and access to education needed to manage the condition, say a health charity.
Genome sequencing has revealed new clues as to the origins of Irish people and culture, as well as health conditions such as hemochromatosis, common to people of Celtic origin.
Find out what is happening in week 25 of your pregnancy. Your baby is now the size of a rutabaga and their lungs are almost ready for life outside the womb.
The Healthy Hungry-Free Kids Act that came into force in 2012 has improved the nutrition of school meals without negatively impacting meal participation rates, new research finds.
Musical creativity is one of the most mysterious abilities of the human brain. A study scanning the brains of jazz musicians gives new insights.
High doses of vitamin D do not appear to improve function in the lower extremities and may increase the risk of falling in seniors, a new study finds.
Mice fed a diet enriched with sucrose or fructose were more likely to develop breast cancer and have the disease spread to the lungs, according to the results of a new study.
A 3D database that identifies 3 million surface structures on 110,000 cancer-causing molecules promises to boost development of new cancer drugs and treatments.
A new gene-editing technique called CRISPR/Cas9 improved muscle function in live mice with Duchenne muscular dystrophy, establishing its potential as a therapy for humans.
If primary methods of contraception fail, emergency contraception can be used. Learn about the morning-after pill, including when it should be used and the risks involved.