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Trigger warnings are taking over universities, but do they work?

Talk of trigger warnings and microaggressions are sweeping through university campuses, but some researchers question whether they have any psychological basis

How you speak predicts if psychedelic therapy will help you

Psilocybin, a compound in magic mushrooms, may help treat depression in some people. Now speech analysis can indicate who would benefit the most

We’re evolving a gene that may stop us from drinking alcohol

Humans are still evolving and producing new gene variants, and one of them may give protection against becoming addicted to alcohol - by stopping us drinking altogether

Electric eel-inspired batteries could power life-long pacemakers

A new battery made of fleshy hydrogel layers generates and stores power like electric eels do. It could power pacemakers without ever needing to be replaced

Flu is evolving in new and unpredictable ways in China’s poultry

A woman in China has been infected by a new type of flu. With thousands of people travelling after Chinese new year, the risk of new strains spreading is high

CRISPR has fixed the genetic cause of a learning disability

CRISPR gene editing has been used to alleviate the genetic disorder fragile X syndrome, but the technique has only been tried in cells in a dish so far

Stem cells zapped with radiation can protect mice from cancer

Injections of killed stem cells, designed to help the immune system recognise cancers, have been found to protect mice from developing tumours

Surgical instruments may spread Alzheimer’s proteins

Amyloid protein, which is linked to Alzheimer’s disease, may be spread via surgical implements, but there isn’t evidence yet that this can transmit the disease

Transgender woman is first to be able to breastfeed her baby

An experimental treatment regimen has enabled a transgender woman to exclusively breastfeed her baby for six weeks, during which time the baby grew healthily

Deadly superbugs are evolving to beat alcohol hand sanitisers

Alcohol-based hand sanitisers were introduced in hospitals to stop the spread of drug-resistant superbugs like MRSA. Now it seems the bacteria have got the upper hand

We need to start taking vaping seriously as a way to save lives

E-cigarettes were once seen as a sinister cousin to ordinary smoking. Now doctors in the UK think they could be a public health lifeline

Primitive human eggs matured in the lab for the first time

Human eggs have been removed in their most primitive state and brought to maturity in the lab for the first time, potentially boosting fertility treatments.

First glimpse of how genes may cause mental health problems

Geneticists are starting to unpick what causes psychiatric conditions like schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, and even some autism-like developmental conditions

Fears of Brexit chaos for medicines agency should worry us all

Fresh turmoil threatens to worsen disruption of the European Medicines Agency when it quits the UK after Brexit. That should worry all parties, says Inga Vesper

The truth about what downing energy drinks really does to kids

Campaigners in the UK want energy drinks banned for under-16s. The latest scientific evidence suggests they are right - these drinks are uniquely bad for children

Training parents to work in hospitals benefits premature babies

When the parents of premature babies in intensive care units are trained in basic nursing care and put to work, their infants put on weight more quickly

Pregnant women have to navigate a minefield of painkiller advice

I'm pregnant and sick of confusing advice about whether painkillers can harm developing fetuses - what should women like me do?

The love drug that could draw people away from any addiction

The "cuddle chemical" oxytocin boosts social bonds. Soon a version of it will be tested in pill form to see if it can reset the brain wiring that gets us hooked

Can a brain implant treat Alzheimer’s? It might just be placebo

Alzheimer’s disease may have been slowed in two people given implants that stimulate the brain with electricity, but this may just have been the placebo effect

Children get new ears grown from their own cells in world first

A team in China have 3D printed ear-shaped scaffolds which have been seeded with a child’s own cells to create a personalised ear for transplantation

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