Neanderthals Survived in Ice Age Europe Thanks to Effective Healthcare

Neanderthals cared for their sick and wounded, and new research suggests this well-documented behaviour was more than just a cultural phenomenon or an expression of compassion—it really did help them survive. Read More >>

Huge Advancement in MRI Tech Captures Teeny Molecules With Incredible Resolution

The magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machines in hospitals are great at creating pictures of the human body. For decades, scientists have hoped that the same technology could be used to examine much smaller things, like individual molecules. Now, a team from Canada and the United States has revealed a new, high-resolution MRI method with resolutions down to two nanometres, the width of a DNA strand. 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 >>

In a ‘Key Milestone,’ Scientists Get a Clear Look at Huntington’s Disease Protein 

Scientists announced that they have observed the structure of huntingtin, a large and essential protein in many animals’ bodies which, when produced by a mutated gene, causes Huntington’s disease in humans. Read More >>

Certain Penis-Dwelling Bacteria Might Increase Your HIV Risk

HIV transmission is a complex process with factors beyond just who you sleep with and how. The virus ultimately needs to find its way to the correct kinds of cells in order to wreak havoc. And some of the risk, at least for those with penises, may come from the kinds of bacteria on the tip. Read More >>

Your Fancy Pill-Reminder Box Isn’t Helping You Remember Anything

If you’re the type of person that has trouble remembering to say, take your birth control or heart medication every day, technology offers a solution. Pillboxes, these days, are tricked out pieces of tech. For £80 or less, you can buy one that syncs to your phone, reminds you to take your pills, and even tattles on you to your loved ones if you fail to heed its persistent beeps. Trouble is, the things might not actually work. Read More >>

New Wearable Tech Can Make Hospital Visits More Comfortable

In the age of the Internet, you can do almost anything wirelessly. This is especially intriguing in the health care field where professionals can monitor the data of patients without having to be in the room. Read More >>

Google Adds More Maladies to its Hypochondriacs’ Illness List

If you’d rather Google the weird thing growing on your hand than go see your friendly neighbourhood healthcare professional, good news: Google is announcing support for many more medical conditions, without having to ever leave search results. Read More >>

Being Rude to Your Doctor Could Be Bad for Your Health

In the interests of not being an idiot, you should probably be nice to your doctors. But if common courtesy isn’t a good enough reason, a recent paper suggests you’ll get worse medical treatment if you’re worse. Read More >>

New Cystic Fibrosis Treatment Uses Gene Therapy to Improve Lung Function

A new gene therapy treatment could offer hope to cystic fibrosis sufferers following a seemingly successful clinic trial. Read More >>

IBM’s Watson Could Offer Customised Treatment to Every Cancer Patient

Rather than relying on extreme approaches like chemotherapy and radiation treatments, cutting-edge cancer cures are looking more towards a surgical strike, tailored to shutting down the mutations that are driving growth. And the secret weapon in that fight might just be a well-known Jeopardy contestant. Read More >>

More Evidence That the NHS is the UK’s Greatest Innovation

This infographic shows the perceived barriers to accessing healthcare in countries around the world. The percentage of people not seeking help because of cost, in the very first row, is why we're quite lucky we have free access to someone to moan at when bits of us go red or hurt. Read More >>

Why We Still Don’t Have an Ebola Vaccine

More than 1,900 people have died in this year's Ebola outbreak in West Africa. The World Health Organization says nearly all of the 3,500 confirmed or suspected infections result from human-to-human transmission. Amid emergency WHO meetings and frenzied containment efforts, where is the Ebola vaccine? Read More >>

Hospital Hacks are Skyrocketing Because Hospitals are Super Easy to Hack

According to a fresh report from cybersecurity experts, hospitals are hackers' new favourite playground. That's unsettling news for anyone who's ever visited a hospital (read: everyone) but it also offers a curious window into how we guard our most important data. Put bluntly, we do a pretty piss poor job of it. Read More >>

Why Chinese Hackers Stole 4.5 Million US Hospital Records

This month's instalment of Chinese hackers stealing US data focuses on breaches at an especially scary type of venue: hospitals. A massive hospital empire that mostly serves small towns and rural areas reports that hackers lifted 4.5 million patient records earlier this year. You might be surprised by what the hackers were after. Read More >>