Don’t look down … do we develop a fear of heights because of past bad experiences or are some of us just born that way?
There are two schools of thought to explain people's height phobias: evolutionary and behavioural.
Medical assistance in dying has been legal in Canada since July 2016, but there are no ‘specialists’ responsible for doctor-assisted suicide and many doctors are overwhelmed with requests.
More than 2,000 Canadians have chosen medical assistance in dying (MAID) since legalization in 2016. But palliative care doctors aren't embracing assisted suicide as part of their job.
Melanoma transfer tattoo.
Doctors are taught how to treat skin cancer – but not necessarily how to empathise with those who have it.
A pharmacy employee in New York looks for medication as she works to fill a prescription.
Although the medical profession must make hard choices about how to allocate care, these decisions need not and should not be shrouded in mystery.
Learning to cope.
A disease which can mimic the slow march of old age is especially cruel and challenging for those in the prime of life.
Novel drugs that reduce the spread of cancer in mice could pave the way for changing the way we fight tumours.
Diabetes medications can have real benefits but there are still some nagging unknowns about their effects.
Vasopressin may be used to treat social deficits in children with autism.
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Increasing autistic children's levels of vasopressin, a hormone that regulates social behaviour, could help treat the social deficits common to autism, research suggests.
We need to rethink our approach to routinely giving permanently unconscious patients life-prolonging treatment.
New research identifies the molecular pathway that causes the enigmatic food allergy eosinophillic esophagitis (EoE), opening…
Chemical castration isn’t the answer to keeping children safe from sexual offenders.
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The use of “chemical castration” has been seen by many as an answer to the public fear of paedophiles, reignited by the recent trial of Brett Cowan for the murder of Daniel Morcombe. The idea is that giving…
Researchers at Aston University have discovered that giving hydrogen sulfide to pregnant women can block chemicals that cause…
Changes to the treatment of anorexia nervosa have shown to improve the chance of sustained recovery. In a clinical trial…
Researchers have genetically modified cells to produce a protein that plays a key role in embryonic kidney development and…
A landmark study has revealed there are 10 different types of breast cancer, not four as previously thought - a finding that…
A previous study found that individuals with diabetes had double the risk of developing Parkinson’s disease, and that the…
A new treatment may prolong the lifespan of melanoma patients. Vemurafenib, the first acute melanoma drug in more than a…
One in four women who have been clinically diagnosed as infertile can still conceive without undergoing treatments, indicating…
Combining fasting with chemotherapy could be a more effective way of treating cancer than chemotherapy on its own, a new…
The way people perceive their illness has a significant impact on their health, a review of existing studies has found. People’s…