‘As Good As Medication’: Australian Scientists Prove Acupuncture Relieves Pain

The world's largest randomised controlled trial of the use of acupuncture in emergency departments has found the treatment is a safe and effective alternative to pain-relieving drugs for some patients. Read More >>

Augmented Reality Surgery Just Happened, For Real

New technology using augmented reality and mixed reality are helping surgeons plan and position (in real time) patients undergoing ear, nose and throat surgery. Read More >>

How Fake Science Saved Lives in Victorian London

Fake health news can feel like an epidemic these days, but it was also rampant during the Victorian era, when bodily ailments were often a matter of life-or death. But unlike the questionable remedies you may be familiar with—vaginal steaming for your cramps, or a float tank to chill your anxiety out?—some of the bogus ideas about wellness cultivated in 19th century England actually helped save lives, by bringing public health issues to the forefront. Read More >>

CRISPR May Not Be Nearly as Precise as We Thought

The revolutionary gene-editing technology CRISPR-Cas9 is often described as “molecular scissors” for its ability to turn previously improbable feats of genetic engineering into exercises in cutting and pasting. But while over the last few years CRISPR has become so commonplace that even middle school students are now using it, a study out this week in the journal Nature Methods reminds us that it’s still a nascent technology with a long way to go before we can freely cut and paste human DNA at will. Read More >>

The Ibuprofen and Coffee Breakfast is Not That Good for You

Having loads of ibuprofen for breakfast or even lunch or dinner or a bedtime relaxant is not the best of ideas, as a new aggregator study of studies has found that taking large amounts of the painkiller appears to increase the risk of having a heart attack. Read More >>

Doctors Have Built a Magnetic Robot to Gently Explore Your Insides

As you get older, colonoscopies become an important part of maintaining your health, allowing doctors to spot potentially fatal diseases like bowel cancer before they progress too far. So medical researchers are hoping to make the procedure safer, and slightly less invasive, using a tiny capsule that’s remotely steered around using a magnet outside your body. Read More >>

So About That Hyped New Study on Cheese Being Great

Apparently, eating cheese will not cause a heart attack or stroke, according to a new study that lots of folks are writing about. But readers, fellow science and health writers, can we please all agree to read these studies and think about them a little before we take them as the irreproachable word of some dairy overlord? Read More >>

CRISPR Could Transform the Way We Diagnose Disease

The gene editing tool CRISPR could one day mean that we can simply edit away disease, blight and undesirable genetic traits. Now, it’s also gaining traction in another realm of medical technology: diagnosing disease. Read More >>

This Brain Scanning Technique Can Measure Your Baby’s Pain

Babies can’t tell us how much pain they’re in, which poses a problem for healthcare practitioners who are trying to manage their care. A new technique that uses non-invasive brain scans overcomes this frustrating limitation by providing what may be the first objective measure of infant pain. Read More >>

Why On Earth Would You Fast Every Other Day?

If you distil life down into its most basic parts, you’re here to do one thing: eat. Aside from a few days mandated by certain religions, every single day is a journey to consume enough food to make it to the next day. And maybe not get bored or uncomfortable along the way. Read More >>

Science Reveals the Right Way to Treat a Man O’ War Jelly Sting

Stings from Portuguese man o’ war jellyfish are as common as they are dangerous, yet there’s a lack of consensus over the best way to treat these painful pricks. New research published in the journal Toxins reveals that stings from the man o’ war (Physalia species) shouldn’t be treated any differently than stings from other jellies, a conclusion that upends conventional wisdom. And no, peeing on yourself is not recommended. Read More >>

The Sea Turtle That Ate 915 Coins Did Not Die in Vain

It’s not every day that surgeons have to remove five kilos of coins from the belly of a patient. It’s even more remarkable when that patient is a sea turtle. Read More >>

Frog Slime Could Prevent the Next Pandemic

New research from Emory University School of Medicine shows that a chemical in the mucus of South Indian frogs is capable of killing certain strains of the influenza virus. It’ll take a while for scientists to translate this finding into a useful medicine, but the discovery could lead to an entirely new source of powerful anti-viral drugs. Read More >>

Alexa Can Now Save Lives

A lot of the available 'skills', or mini-apps for Amazon's Alexa are pretty pointless. There's one that makes fart noises, one that finds out how much Dogecoin is currently worth, that kind of thing. Read More >>