How a change in tactics could help autism research
For some, symptoms of autism can hamper their daily lives, but drugs to mitigate these have floundered during trials. Shafali Jeste has an idea of why (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - May 24, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Brain implant for OCD surprisingly helps alleviate diabetes too
A person who has a brain implant for OCD has had an unexpected side-effect: better blood sugar control. The finding reveals the brain has a role in diabetes (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - May 23, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Seafood-lovers have more sex and take less time to get pregnant
Couples who eat seafood more than twice a week have more sex and get pregnant quicker, a study of 1000 people has found, although the reason why remains unclear (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - May 23, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Men more likely to get diabetes if they have overweight wives
In heterosexual relationships, only men are more likely to get diabetes when their partner has a high BMI – perhaps because of gender roles in the home (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - May 23, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Pink pineapples and healthy fries: The new GM foods made for you
From health benefits to increased flavour and longer shelf-life, discover the new generation of GM foods designed with the consumer in mind (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - May 23, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Minimally conscious people woken with brain zap by their family
Some people, who have been minimally conscious for years, could respond to questions from their loved ones for the first time after treatment with electricity (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - May 23, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

There ’s a new kind of superfood – and it’s not what you think
GM foods like good-gluten bread are going on sale, with a range of health benefits to tempt consumers. Will doubters be won over at last? (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - May 23, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Changes in your sperm reveal if you ’ve had a difficult life
Men carry chemical clues to childhood traumas in their sperm, and these might be passed down to their sons – but we don’t know what effects these have yet (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - May 23, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Why the UK ’s plan to tackle air pollution is mostly hot air
A ban on using polluting wet wood isn ’t nearly enough to halt the rise in dangerous particulates from trendy wood burners (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - May 22, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Let ’s all heed the health benefits of a month without alcohol
Drinkers in particular need to be more aware of mounting evidence of links between alcohol and cancer, and make judgements accordingly (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - May 22, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Babies should mix with other children to lower leukaemia risk
Cancer researcher Mel Greaves has suggested that a lack of exposure to microbes in a baby ’s first year can make children more likely to get a form of leukaemia (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - May 21, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

How Theresa May ’s plan for an AI-powered NHS could go very wrong
Trials of artificial intelligence show it can spot diseases that doctors miss – but rolling the tech out across the UK might prove more difficult (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - May 21, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Blood from umbilical cord may help fix your brain after a stroke
Ten people have received infusions of umbilical cord blood days after having a stroke, and they seem to have recovered better than would normally be expected (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - May 21, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

An AI can now tell how malnourished a child is just from a photo
A company in Kenya has devised a system that uses artificial intelligence to detect a child ’s level of malnutrition from a photo, without bulky equipment or examinations (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - May 18, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Can a repeat of disastrous Ebola epidemic be averted this time?
The latest outbreak of the deadly virus has spread to a city of a million people in the Democratic Republic of Congo. But hopes are high disaster can be avoided (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - May 18, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: biology Source Type: research

How tech bugs could be killing thousands in our hospitals
From falsely calculated drug doses to data-entry error, the true toll of medical IT glitches is only just becoming apparent – but there are obvious fixes (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - May 17, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

The US isn ’ t fertile enough to sustain itself without immigrants
For every 1000 women in the US, only around 1760 children are born, meaning the US population cannot replace itself without immigration (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - May 17, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Keep the facts front and centre in Ireland ’ s abortion debate
Research can offer plenty of evidence to back the case for relaxing Ireland ’s near total abortion ban in the country’s upcoming referendum, says Lara Williams (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - May 16, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Biodegradable plastic: Waste that eats itself
Plastics that degrade on disposal already exist, and are getting better. But they won't solve the plastic trash problem on their own  – and here's why (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - May 16, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Push to rid poorer nations of harmful trans fat is long overdue
The World Health Organization has rightly agreed to demand all countries remove artery-clogging trans fat from food, says Geoffrey Webb (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - May 16, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Laser can detect your heartbeat and breathing from a metre away
A laser device can monitor vital signs such as your heartbeat, breathing rate, and muscle activity - all without wires (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - May 16, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

We may finally be able to beat the common cold with a new drug
An experimental drug stops common cold viruses from building their protective outer armour, preventing them from replicating and spreading (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - May 15, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Gallery of terrifying gynaecological tools from past 200 years
These don't look like the kinds of things you might want inserted in your body – but these instruments have been gynaecological staples for hundreds of years (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - May 15, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Cause of polycystic ovary syndrome discovered at last
Polycystic ovary syndrome, which affects one in five women, seems to be caused by a hormonal imbalance. An IVF drug may fix this, and will be trialled soon (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - May 14, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Measles cases in England are up 65 per cent on last year
There have been 440 confirmed cases of measles in England so far this year. These cases are linked to ongoing outbreaks in Europe, according Public Health England (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - May 11, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Self-repairing organs could save your life in a heartbeat
Our cells are more malleable than we thought – and by transforming them inside the body, we can mend broken hearts or even degenerating brains from within (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - May 11, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Eating all your meals before 3pm could be good for your health
Eating all of your daily meals by mid-afternoon has been found to lower appetite and cut blood pressure, and may make you less likely to develop diabetes (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - May 10, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Doing Dry January lowers cancer-promoting proteins in your blood
Stopping drinking for just one month is enough to dramatically lower the levels of hormone-like chemicals in your blood that help cancer to develop and spread (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - May 9, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Superhuman: What human extremes mean for today and tomorrow
What makes exceptional people? Will we need those extreme abilities in future? An unusual book maps the territory, linking individual stories to science (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - May 9, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Evading death and mind-uploading: the ambition of transhumanism
Transhumanists could not stop for Death but they kindly stopped for Mark O'Connell, who has captured their beliefs and anxieties in a prize-winning  travelogue (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - May 9, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

AI is now better than humans at spotting signs of cardiac arrest
A system designed by Copenhagen-based artificial intelligence company Corti  is more accurate and faster at detecting signs of a cardiac arrest over the phone than dispatchers (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - May 9, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Hope for herpes vaccine after it wipes out virus in monkeys
Animal trials have proved successful in preventing and treating genital herpes in guinea pigs and monkeys, giving hope that the vaccine will move into human trials within the year (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - May 9, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

High times: The Victorian doctor who promoted medical marijuana
Thanks to one man's researches, cannabis was drug of choice for ailments from migraine to epilepsy – until an unexpected twist led to its downfall (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - May 7, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Meat substitutes aren ’ t perfect but they are worth a try
Our taste for meat is disastrous from an environmental point of view. We should celebrate those developing ever-meatier plant-based alternatives (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - May 7, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Creative people are 90 per cent more likely to get schizophrenia
A study of the entire population of Sweden has found that people who do artistic subjects at university are more likely to have schizophrenia and depression (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - May 6, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Ketamine ingredient improves severe depression in large trial
A trial of a nasal spray containing an ingredient of the drug ketamine has had positive but modest results in people with severe depression (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - May 5, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

People adapted to the cold and got more migraines as a result
A gene variant that helps humans cope with colder climates also seems to have put people living in northerly regions at a higher risk of migraine (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - May 3, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: biology brain climate evolution genes genetics health pain Source Type: research

Your bones contain crystals shaped like fingers and hands
A blurry brown picture is the most detailed 3D image of bone ever produced. The model gives unique insight into the crystals inside our bones (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - May 3, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Why breast screening error stories are getting death stats wrong
Headlines claim up to 270 women died as a result of missed breast checks due to an IT error. They are unlikely to be correct, says David Spiegelhalter (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - May 3, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

First US death due to romaine lettuce as E. coli outbreak widens
The contaminated romaine lettuce that has spread illness across 25 states is now responsible for one death, and the source of the E. coli outbreak is still unknown (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - May 3, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Inquiry launched into 450,000 missed breast cancer screenings
A  "colossal" computer error meant 450,000 women missed crucial breast cancer screening appointments, possibly resulting in hundreds of avoidable deaths (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - May 2, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Mediterranean diet delays Alzheimer ’ s for three extra years
Filling your  diet with plants, fish and oil and limiting your intake of processed food may slow the build-up of amyloid plaque, delaying the onslaught of Alzheimer's (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - May 2, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

This mind-reading hearing aid knows who you ’ re listening to
An ear mounted device with a battery of brain-scanning electrodes knows which sounds you're paying attention to – it might also help you get a good night's sleep (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - May 2, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

The fake burger test: Could meat made of plants ever fool you?
If you like meat, but don ’t want a side of animal cruelty and environmental destruction, there’s something new on the menu – and it tastes surprisingly good (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - May 2, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

A male pill will be a breakthrough for science but not for women
Research is closing in on the elusive male contraceptive pill. But will it really lead to men taking more responsibility for birth control, wonders Lara Williams (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - May 1, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Smart people literally have bigger brain cells than the rest
For the first time, IQ has been linked to neuron size and performance. The breakthrough could lead to new ways to enhance human intelligence (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - May 1, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Lightning hit a woman ’ s home and switched off her brain implant
Doctors are warning that some people should change the way they recharge their brain implants, after a lightning strike shut down a woman ’s stimulation device (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - May 1, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Women who eat more pasta tend to get menopause earlier
Eating more white pasta and rice has been linked to reaching menopause a year or so earlier than average, while eating oily fish is linked to later menopause (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - April 30, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

A mix-up means US air pollution is way worse than thought
Levels of nitrogen oxides in the air are still falling across the US, but satellite measurements show the reduction has slowed down unexpectedly since 2011 (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - April 30, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: air energy environment pollution US Source Type: research

How some resistant bacteria can even eat antibiotics as food
Hundreds of resistant bacteria  are able to actively feed on antibiotics. Now we know how - and we may be able to use it to remove antibiotics from our water (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - April 30, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research