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Why the male infertility crisis could be good news for women

The steep decline in sperm counts is an opportunity to finally dispel the idea that fertility is primarily a women’s issue

Gene drives can beat pests, but we can’t afford any mistakes

Invasive pests could be eliminated by so-called gene drives, but we must make sure they can’t spread beyond our control

Why we should celebrate Scotland’s minimum alcohol price plan

Death and ill health will be averted now Scotland's pioneering minimum alcohol policy has finally cleared legal hurdles, say John Holmes and Petra Meier

We’re heading for a male fertility crisis and we’re not prepared

Fertility has been considered a woman's problem for so long, but sperm counts are dropping and men have a ticking clock too. It's time to redress the balance

How long should you let a pregnancy run before being induced?

If your pregnancy runs past its due date, how long should you wait for a natural birth? It may be safer to induce at 40 weeks, for older mums at least

NHS reforms have failed to boost community-based care in England

Re-organising the National Health Service in England has failed to reduce the proportion of people being referred for expensive hospital treatments

How social stress makes your brain vulnerable to depression

Bullying and other social stresses may make it easier for inflammatory substances to enter your brain, altering your mood and leaving you susceptible to depression

Brain implant boosts human memory by mimicking how we learn

A device that zaps the brain with electricity has improved people’s scores on memory tests. It may have the power to help dementia, or boost other brain skills

Medical cannabis vendors must stop making bogus health claims

There are enough real benefits of medical marijuana, so why are people making them up? It’s time to stop overhyping what weed can do

Daytime injuries heal twice as fast as wounds sustained at night

Burn injuries sustained during the day take an average of 11 days less to heal than night-time burns

Blood cells in chronic fatigue syndrome are drained of energy

Cells from people with chronic fatigue syndrome fail to meet even modest energy demands, adding to evidence that the disease is physiological, not psychological

Anorexia films and documentaries must avoid being voyeuristic

At last, Louis Theroux's Talking to Anorexia documentary offered a rare, nuanced take on one of the deadliest mental illnesses, says Lara Williams

Australia to cut cervical cancer risk with less regular tests

From 1 December, instead of the 2-yearly Pap smear – also known as a Pap test or smear test – Australian women will have a 5-yearly human papillomavirus (HPV) test instead

Breathing pure oxygen could heal footballers with concussion

Up to 5 per cent people who are concussed suffer long-term health problems. Research suggests that bouts of hyperbaric oxygen therapy might help

People with face blindness are missing a ‘hub’ in their brains

People who can’t recognise faces have massive differences in how their brains are connected, which could be identified early in life to help kids circumvent the disorder

Is modern life making today’s teenagers more depressed?

The media is full of stories about a teenage mental health crisis, but the reality is more complex. The real problem is we don't do enough to help those who need it

Donor organs created by dissolving and rebuilding pig livers

A liver grown in a lab by dissolving cells in a pig organ and then reinfusing it with new ones offers hope that we could create transplant organs on demand

A legal trade in rhino horn could be twice as big as illegal one

Legalising the trade in rhino horn from South Africa could match black market supply and maybe even double it, with the aim of driving poachers out of business

Climate change will kill millions but you knew that already

It’s no surprise, but an analysis has predicted deadly heatwaves, more deaths from starvation, and a boom in mosquito-borne diseases thanks to climate change

Opioid crisis: Trump suggests telling young people drugs are bad

Trump has declared the US opioid crisis a national public health emergency. He thinks telling young people that it’s “really easy not to take them” will help

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