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In the first study to examine the link between mercury levels in the brain and brain neuropathology, researchers say there is no association between mercury levels and dementia.
Swabbing newborn infants with their mother's vaginal birth fluid could restore beneficial bacteria that is lost through C-section delivery, new research suggests.
After an Emergency Committee meeting, the World Health Organization have called for increased surveillance, communication, research and personal protective measures against Zika.
An external patch worn during sleep that uses a 9-volt battery to send a weak current to stimulate nerves in the forehead shows promise in treating chronic PTSD.
The UK fertility regulator has granted a research team a licence to genetically modify human embryos using the new, cheaper, more precise, genome editing technique CRISPR-Cas9.
Researchers have created a test that they say can accurately detect the presence of bisphenol A and parabens - known endocrine-disrupting chemicals - in breast milk.
Women who develop prehypertension after 36 weeks' gestation may be at greater risk of having a stillbirth or an underweight infant, according to researchers from Sweden.
Being an easily stressed 18-year-old might predict high blood pressure later in life, according to a study following the health of 1.5 million Swedish men.
Microcephaly is a condition where infants are born with smaller than average head sizes. Learn about the causes, risk factors and treatment options for this neurological condition.
Plastic products containing bisphenol A are thought to be harmful, so bisphenol S has been introduced as a safer alternative. New studies, however, show they have similar effects.
In a long-term study, researchers find that both past and present marijuana use is linked with diminished verbal memory in middle age.
Researchers found that veterans who died from an opioid overdose were prescribed the drugs at a strength more than double that of those who did not overdose.
Medical News Today: Proton therapy as effective as conventional radiotherapy, with fewer side effects
A trial finds a type of radiotherapy that uses protons instead of photons or X-rays is as effective at treating medulloblastoma in children and causes fewer long-term side effects.
On finding evidence of earlier puberty for overweight, and later puberty for obese boys, researchers call for further studies into the links between race, gender, BMI and puberty.
Chronic pain following injury may involve epigenetic changes, implying a potential future role for medications that target specific genes.
Learn all about the potential health benefits of acai berries, a fruit rich in antioxidants whose taste has been described as a blend of chocolate and berries.
Researchers found that women who ate foods high in fiber during adolescence and young adulthood were up to 24% less likely to develop breast cancer.
By clarifying how some DNA repair mechanisms work, a new study opens the way to better understanding and thus improving the action of drugs that prevent cancer cell proliferation.
A new microscope the size of a pen will allow doctors and dentists to check for cancerous cells without surgery and without an excruciating wait for results.
E-cigarettes, widely touted as a safer alternative to cigarettes, are toxic to the airways, suppress the immune system and enhance bacterial activity, according to a new study.