21:40, October 29

Sniffer dogs can identify malaria

Scientists in the UK and The Gambia say they have the first evidence that dogs can sniff out malaria. They have trained dogs to recognise tell-tale aromas using clothes from people infected with the disease….

16:12, February 23

Carbs, fat, DNA? Weight loss is finicky

A precision nutrition approach to weight loss didn’t hold up in a study testing low fat versus low carb depending on dieters’ DNA profiles. Previous research has suggested that a person’s insulin levels or certain…

16:27, December 16

Joint pain? Don’t blame it on the rain

Ever since 400 BC and the days of Hippocrates, humans have been blaming the weather for their aches and pains. But over the years, studies using patient surveys have failed to confirm an association between aching…

20:07, October 20

Pollution linked to one in six deaths

Pollution has been linked to nine million deaths worldwide in 2015, a report in The Lancet has found. Almost all of these deaths occurred in low- and middle-income countries, where pollution could account for up to a…

14:36, October 18

Magic mushrooms can ‘reset’ depressed brain

A hallucinogen found in magic mushrooms can “reset” the brains of people with untreatable depression, raising hopes of a future treatment, scans suggest. The small study gave 19 patients a single dose of the psychedelic…

16:25, July 26

Sperm count declining in the West: study

Sperm count among men in North America, Europe, Australia and New Zealand has halved in 40 years, according to research warning of fertility risk, though outside experts urged caution about the results. A review of…