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It is hard for doctors to change their clinical practise in the light of new medical evidence. Shame, loss of professional self-worth and fear of malpractice lawsuits are some of the reasons. (Shutterstock)

The new truth about Aspirin, and your doctor’s slow uptake of medical evidence

Evidence now shows that for the majority of healthy people, the risks of bleeding with a daily Aspirin outweigh any heart benefits. How long will it take for your doctor to tell you?
Glaucoma is an insidious disease that is sometimes confused with inattention or vision deteriorating with age, yet it can kill your eyesight and leave you blind. Shutterstock

Glaucoma: Vision’s silent killer

Glaucoma is a serious disease which, if left untreated, can cause blindness. A professor of optometry explains the risks, process of diagnosis and available treatments.
Canadian Maude Abbott’s discoveries on pediatric heart defects have saved young lives for decades. It’s time she received proper scientific recognition. (Shutterstock)

Maude Abbott: The Canadian scientist who deserved a Nobel prize

Maude Abbott's discoveries on pediatric heart defects were groundbreaking, saved countless lives and have stood the test of time for more than 80 years. It's time she received her due credit.
Clinical trials using immune cells engineered through synthetic biology have been shown to push some patients into remission from blood cancer. from www.shutterstock.com

The synthetic biology revolution is now – here’s what that means

Right now, you're living in a kind of industrial revolution – where biotechnology, information technology, manufacturing and automation all come together to form synthetic biology.
Though examining poop samples scientists working on the American Gut Project are getting a new perspective on the microbes in our guts. By Christos Georghiou/Shutterstock.com

Studying poop samples, scientists find clues on health and disease

In the largest citizen science experiment to date, 11,336 people sent poop samples to this San Diego lab so that microbiologists could figure out how the microbes in our guts make us healthy or sick.
Eczema, which is common in babies, is itchy and painful. silentalex88/Shutterstock.com

Applying live bacteria to skin improves eczema

In this clinical trial, the first of its kind, physicians explore whether directly applying a 'good' strain of bacteria to the skin can heal eczema
Naloxone is often used to revive people overdosing from opioids. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

Why genetics makes some people more vulnerable to opioid addiction – and protects others

Scientists are just starting to understand how your parents' genes and experiences might shape your own susceptibility to dangerous drugs. Could that help to stop addictions before they start?

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