Medicine

How the food we eat affects biochemical signals in the gut

For years, researchers have studied how the body’s microbiome impacts virtually every aspect of human health ranging from the immune system to mental wellness. But,...
psychological stress, vision loss

Can mental stress cause vision loss?

Persistent psychological stress, which is widely recognized as a consequence of vision loss, is also a major contributor to its development and progression, according...
How autism could affect driving

How autism could affect driving

When first learning to drive, young adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) have more difficulty with basic driving skills compared to those with typical...
Silence is golden when it comes to how our brains work

Silence is golden when it comes to how our brains work

It's the comparative silence between the firing spikes of neurons that tells what they are really up to, scientists report. "The brain appears to use...
Higher inflammation in older age is linked to bone problems

Higher inflammation in older age is linked to bone problems

Although inflammation can arise from infection or injury, chronic inflammation can occur in older age due to aging processes in the immune system. Higher levels...
Are you sticking to your diet? A blood test can tell

Are you sticking to your diet? A blood test can tell

An analysis of small molecules called “metabolites” in a blood sample may be used to determine whether a person is following a prescribed diet,...
Omega-3 fatty acid stops known trigger of lupus

Omega-3 fatty acid stops known trigger of lupus

A team of researchers has found that consuming an omega-3 fatty acid called DHA, or docosahexaenoic acid, can stop a known trigger of lupus...
Common Antimicrobial May Raise Risk of Colon Disease

Common antimicrobial may raise risk of colon disease

Triclosan — an antimicrobial widely used in toothpastes, cosmetics and other household products — may raise the risk of gut inflammation and colorectal cancer,...
Don’t give opioid cough medicine to kids. Here’s why

Don’t give opioid cough medicine to kids. Here’s why

Prescription cough and cold medicines containing the opioid hydrocodone are more likely to cause serious side effects in children than those containing codeine, a...
What is hepatitis A and how can you get it from eating frozen fruit

What is hepatitis A and how can you get it from eating frozen fruit?

Seven people in New South Wales have been diagnosed with hepatitis A after eating imported frozen pomegranate seeds from Coles. Although still under investigation, the...