Footballers really are working harder and getting injured more often
Football players cover 30 per cent more ground during a match than they used to and they get injured more often too (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - February 20, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

A 30-minute walk may reduce blood pressure by as much as medication
Walking for 30 minutes on a treadmill in the morning reduced blood pressure for people for the rest of the day by as much as taking medication (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - February 20, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

A 30 minute walk may reduce blood pressure by as much as medication
Walking 30 minutes on a treadmill in the morning reduced blood pressure for people for the rest of the day by as much as taking medication (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - February 20, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

PTSD may one day be treated with a common blood pressure drug
Preliminary experiments suggest that a type of blood pressure drug can make it easier to un-learn fear memories, hinting at a possible treatment for PTSD (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - February 18, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Meet the man who made CRISPR monkey clones to study depression
Hung-Chun Chang told New Scientist about his team ’s controversial project to find drugs for depression and schizophrenia using clones of gene-edited monkeys (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - February 15, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

A gut bacteria toxin that damages DNA may be involved in bowel cancer
People with bowel cancer often have higher levels of certain toxic-producing bacteria. The toxin has now been shown to damage DNA in gut cells in mice (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - February 14, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

CRISPR could help us protect ourselves from viruses like flu and HIV
Gene-edited white blood cells could let us hack our immune systems to prevent infections with pathogens like HIV, flu, and the virus that causes glandular fever (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - February 14, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Can teenagers get vaccinated without their parents ’ permission?
As measles outbreaks take hold, some teenagers in the US are beginning to look for ways to get vaccinated - against their parents'wishes (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - February 14, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Breast pumps may introduce harmful bacteria to babies ’ gut microbiome
Milk from breast pumps contains more pathogens than milk that is directly breastfed, which may explain why asthma is more common in bottle-fed infants (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - February 13, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

DNA test could boost IVF success rates without putting embryo at risk
Analysing genetic material discarded by an embryo in a dish can reveal chromosomal abnormalities just as well as a more invasive biopsy (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - February 12, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Beer before wine or wine before beer: the hangover is the same
Forget folk wisdom — mixing drinks doesn't affect your hangover. Only the amount you consume appears to impact how you feel the following day (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - February 8, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

A painless pill containing tiny needles may one day replace injections
Injections with insulin or other drugs could one day be replaced by pills that contain tiny needles that painlessly inject drugs into the lining of the stomach (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - February 7, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Recommended gap between smear tests could increase thanks to HPV test
A more sensitive way of screening for cervical cancer will be introduced in the UK this year, and could allow women to safely wait longer between tests (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - February 6, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Recommended time between smear tests could increase thanks to HPV test
A more sensitive way of screening for cervical cancer will be introduced in the UK this year, and could allow women to safely wait longer between tests (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - February 6, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Don ’t miss: Exploring your own delusions, playing with evolution
Find out why You Are Not So Smart on the podcast of the same name, get ready to play Evolution the video game, plus more of this week's cultural picks (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - February 6, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Trump wants to end HIV infections by 2030 - here's how to do it
US president Donald Trump laid out a plan in his State of the Union address to end new HIV infections in the US by 2030 – and we may already have the tools to do it (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - February 6, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Mouse toes partially regrown after amputation thanks to two proteins
Two proteins could help regenerate limbs. When applied to amputated toes, the proteins encouraged both bone and joint growth in mice (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - February 5, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Women seem to have younger brains than men the same age
Women have a brain age 3.8 years younger than men on average, which may help explain why they are more likely to stay mentally sharp in later years (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - February 5, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

People with depression are less likely to have certain gut bacteria
People who lack certain bacteria are more likely to have depression, according to the largest study yet to find a link between the microbiome and mental health (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - February 4, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Confused about cancer? Here's what we really do know about its causes
We are bombarded with stories about things that might give us cancer, yet even the experts don't seem sure. So what's the best way to judge the risks? (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - February 4, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Your gut bacteria may match your blood group – but we don’t know why
A study of over 100 people in China has found that gut bacteria seem to match their host ’s blood group, but we don’t know how or why they do this yet (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - February 2, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Gum disease and Alzheimer's: Your questions answered
People are questioning a landmark study suggesting that a bacterium involved in gum disease may also cause Alzheimer's. Here's what you need to know about the study (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - January 30, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

People are seeking sperm donors online, but are the risks worth it?
Meeting your sperm donor offers a more personal experience, but the medical and legal complications might outweigh the benefits (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - January 30, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Alzheimer's bacterial link reiterates the importance of our microbiome
A bacterium seems to cause Alzheimer's as well as gum disease, hinting that our microbial denizens may be involved in many diseases we thought weren't infectious (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - January 30, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Genome sequencing could become a routine part of health care in the UK
The UK plans to be one of the first to make genome sequencing a routine part of medical care but many challenges lie ahead (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - January 30, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Epigenetic testing firms claim to help you live a healthier lifestyle
You can now sign up to have your epigenome – the markers which control your genome – sequenced, but critics say the health benefits are not yet clear (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - January 29, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Mind-reading implant can decode what your ears are hearing
Electrodes put into the brain have decoded what people are hearing – the next step could be to read their thoughts (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - January 29, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

We've only just found out exactly how sperm wiggle their tails to swim
It turns out that sperm repeatedly switch between swimming forward and a state of frenzied thrashing around, but we still don ’t know exactly how they get to the egg (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - January 29, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Will rising food costs after Brexit really cause thousands of deaths?
There could be around 12,000 extra deaths in the UK by 2030 because people will eat less fruit and veg after Brexit, warns one study. It ’s just the tip of the iceberg lettuce (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - January 28, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Blood test can diagnose fetal genetic disorders early in pregnancy
A new test detects mutations in 30 genes by sequencing small amounts of fetal DNA in a mother ’s blood (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - January 28, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Women could use their own uteruses as incubators for IVF embryos
Instead of incubating pre-implantation IVF embryos in the lab, a new device lets women incubate them in their wombs - and it may improve pregnancy rates (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - January 25, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Teabag-like device lets women incubate IVF embryos in their uteruses
Instead of incubating pre-implantation IVF embryos in the lab, a new device lets women incubate them in their wombs - and it may improve pregnancy rates (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - January 25, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Staying slim isn't just about what you eat - it's about your DNA too
Some people struggle to put on weight – now we know it’s partly because they have a genetic profile that codes for thinness (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - January 24, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Slim people have DNA that helps them stay thin no matter what they eat
Some people struggle to put on weight – now we know it’s partly because they have a genetic profile that codes for thinness (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - January 24, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Gum disease may be the cause of Alzheimer's - here's how to avoid it
News that the Porphyromonas gingivalis bacterium responsible for causing gum disease could also be the root cause of Alzheimer ’s has people reaching for their toothbrush (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - January 24, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

We may finally know what causes Alzheimer ’s – and how to stop it
Evidence is growing that a bacteria involved in gum disease causes Alzheimer's, raising hopes that a vaccine could one day prevent the disease (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - January 23, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Married people have stronger hands than those who are single
Among men aged 50 or higher those who are married have a stronger grip than bachelors – and remarried men have the strongest grip of all (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - January 23, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Tumour-killing virus could stop a childhood eye cancer and save vision
A virus that kills cancer cells could save the vision of children who have a rare eye cancer and often require eye removal surgery (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - January 23, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Powerful whole-species gene editing tool fails first tests in mice
A gene drive for mice could be very useful for studying diseases, but does not work nearly well enough to work as a tool for eliminating invasive rodents (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - January 23, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

8 ways to keep your brain young and stave off mental decline
Want to defy ageing and keep your mind sharp? From the right diet to your dental hygiene and social life, here are the best ways to keep your brain fighting fit (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - January 23, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Common vaccine may protect children from developing type 1 diabetes
Children who received a vaccine for a common virus that attacks insulin-producing cells in the pancreas have shown lower rates of type 1 diabetes (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - January 22, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Researcher who created gene-edited babies has been fired
He Jiankui has been dismissed by the Southern University of Science and Technology in Shenzhen after a preliminary investigation by provincial authorities (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - January 22, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

We ’ve discovered a new type of blood vessel in our bones
There's a newly discovered network of blood vessels in our bones that are important for the immune system and could shed light on bone disease (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - January 21, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Creation of gene-edited babies in China may have been illegal
A report from the Chinese state news agency says that researcher He Jiankui's work was conducted " illegally " , though the consequences of this are as yet unclear (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - January 21, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Behind the Sheet review: Eye-opening play follows slaves ’ story
The story of the unsung slave women who helped end an excruciating condition by enduring surgery without anaesthetic makes a play that deserves a wide audience (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - January 18, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Silencing brain cells in mice can make them no longer care about pain
When certain brain cells are silenced in mice, they still sense pain but no longer seem bothered by it. The finding could lead to new pain treatments (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - January 17, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Could a diet save the planet? Only if we pay the real cost of food
There is no doubt that a “planetary diet” involving more vegetables and less meat would benefit the environment and likely save lives too, but making it happen won’t be easy (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - January 17, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Engineered bacteria could mop up toxic ammonia in the human gut
Toxic ammonia can build up in the guts of people with certain disorders – probiotics containing bacteria engineered to break down the toxin could help (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - January 16, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

From the archives: this is your brain on ecstasy, 30 years ago
In 1989, ecstasy was becoming a popular recreational drug, and New Scientist spelled out what it could do to your brain (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - January 16, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Why doing more exercise won't help you burn more calories
Forget the idea that to lose weight you just need to work off more calories than you consume. The truth is far weirder (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - January 16, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research