The Genetics of Depression Are Different for Men and Women

There may not be a single depression gene, but there’s no question that our genetic makeup is an important factor in whether or not we get depressed. And our sex, it turns out, can be a factor in how those genes are expressed. In men and women diagnosed with major depressive disorder, the same genes show the opposite changes. In other words, the molecular underpinnings of depression in men and women may be different. Read More >>

Scientists Create a Way for People With Amputations to Feel Their Prosthetic Hands

Prosthetic hands have gotten increasingly sophisticated. Many can recreate the complex shape and detail of joints and fingers, while powered prostheses allow for independent, willful movement. But a new study published Wednesday in Science Translational Medicine offers a potential glimpse into the future of the technology: Artificial hands that actually feel like a living limb as they move. Read More >>

Physically Fit Women Were Almost 90% Less Likely to Get Dementia in 44-Year-Study

The intricacies behind what can cause dementia are still largely a mystery and highly debated. But a new study published Thursday in Neurology offers more evidence that staying fit can keep both our bodies and minds sharp into our later years. Read More >>

MPs Tell Carmakers to Pay to Clean up the Air

A joint report by loads of government committees had a big old groupthink about air quality issues, and decided it's mostly the problem of the motor industry, and would like some future "Clean Air Act" legislation to force carmakers to help fund the nation's various air quality initiatives. Read More >>

London’s Main Homeopathic Hospital Will Stop Treating People on the NHS

In news that is likely to make you think "why the hell was that still happening", it's been announced that The Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine, formerly known as the Royal London Homeopathic Hospital, will stop offering magic bullshit homeopathic treatments that are paid for by the NHS. Read More >>

Prion Disease Can Lurk in Your Brain for 30 Years Before Quickly Killing You

Among the myriad of things that can sicken us, prions remain one of the creepiest pathogens out there. A new report, published Thursday by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, highlights yet another reason why: People can come down with a prion disease at least 30 years after first being exposed to it. Read More >>

Authorities to People Who Came Near Suspected Russian Nerve Agent: Please Wash Your Clothes

Authorities have advised members of the public who may have been in attendance at a pub or a restaurant in Salisbury to wash their clothes and clean personal items with wet wipes after a former Russian spy, his daughter, and a police officer were found poisoned with a nerve agent. Read More >>

Doctors Want You to Know How Much Damage Rifle Bullets Really Do

After the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida, US on February 14th resulted in at least 17 deaths and 14 injuries, the pro-gun rights crowd trotted out a number of frustratingly familiar arguments. One of them, per Florida Senator. Marco Rubio, was that it would be impossible to effectively regulate firearms like the AR-15 used in the attack without banning all semi-automatic rifles. Read More >>

Doctors Think They’ve Nabbed Culprit Behind Mysterious Polio-Like Illness Paralysing Kids

Since 2014, doctors have been stymied by a medical mystery: People, mostly children, were coming down with a previously unknown, polio-like illness that causes paralysis. Now, an international team of doctors published in The Lancet believe they’ve managed to confirm the main culprit. Read More >>

Study: Malfunctioning Surveillance Gear, Not Sonic Weapons, Could Explain Cuba Embassy ‘Attack’

Bizarre reports of US diplomatic staff in Cuba suffering from symptoms resembling brain trauma, allegedly after hearing unsettling sounds resembling scraping metal or insects buzzing, have continued to baffle medical researchers. But a team from the University of Michigan may have come up with a credible explanation for the incident, per the Miami Herald. Read More >>

There May Actually be Three Kinds of Type 2 Diabetes

Our conception of diabetes might be way off-base, a large international collaboration of researchers argue this month in The Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology. Rather than just type 1 and type 2 diabetes, there could be at least five broad ways the insulin disorder manifests. Read More >>

Doctors Find Symptoms of Brain Trauma in U.S. Staff in Cuba, But No Evidence of ‘Sonic Device’

The bizarre saga surrounding what officials have alleged was an attack on U.S. diplomatic staff in Cuba using a “covert sonic device” has continued to get weirder, with the first comprehensive medical study of the affected personnel revealing that they indeed suffered symptoms resembling the effects of traumatic brain injuries that doctors simply cannot explain. Read More >>

School Mocked for Banning Kids From Touching Snow

Kids at a London school have been banned from playing in the snow by their worried head teacher, because he's stressing that snowballs might take out eyes and leave him having to spend all of 2018/19's staff budget on compensation to the families of newly blinded children. Read More >>

Apple Launches Healthcare Service to Treat Employees’ Out-of-Warranty Bodies

Apple is reportedly launching a new healthcare venture this spring, but it will only aid its own employees—at least for now. Read More >>

Modern Kids Can Barely Hold a Pencil

The young kids of today spend so little time drawing and colouring in that they're arriving at school with fingers too weak to hold pencils properly, with researchers warning that the new generation's love of technology is ruining their fine muscle control and finger dexterity. Read More >>