Medieval medical books could hold the recipe for new antibiotics

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Erin Conelly (TC) : For a long time, medieval medicine has been dismissed as irrelevant. This time period is popularly referred to as the “Dark Ages,” which erroneously suggests that it was unenlightened by science or reason. However, some medievalists and scientists are now looking back to history for clues to inform the search for new antibiotics. A More...

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By nsnbc On Saturday, February 25th, 2017
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Copper is great at killing superbugs – so why don’t hospitals use it?

Bill Keevil (TC) : Fantasilandia in Chile, one of Latin America’s largest theme parks, has replaced its most frequently touched surfaces with copper to help reduce the spread of germs and protect the health of More...

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By nsnbc On Sunday, February 19th, 2017
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How music benefits children

Dawn Rose (TC) : Popular ideas, such as the “Mozart effect” – the idea that listening to classical music improves intelligence – has encouraged the belief that “music makes you smarter”. Shutterstock This More...

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By nsnbc On Monday, February 6th, 2017
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Ouch! The drugs don’t work for back pain, but here’s what does

TC : How’s your back? About a quarter of Australia’s population experience a back pain episode at any point in time, and nearly all of us (around 85%) will have at least one lifetime experience with back pain. But More...

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By nsnbc On Tuesday, January 17th, 2017
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What’s the point of sex? It’s good for your physical, social and mental health

TC : The act of penetrative sex has evolved over millions of years as a mechanism to deliver sperm to eggs and initiate pregnancy. But there’s more to sex than just the meeting of two sets of genes. The ‘What’s More...

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By nsnbc On Sunday, January 15th, 2017
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Mediterranean diet may protect your brain in old age, new finding suggests

Paul Fletcher (TC) : Amid the contention about diets and detoxes, sugar and fats, there is at least general agreement that a Mediterranean diet – fruit, vegetables, olive oil, grains, fish – is a good thing. More...

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By nsnbc On Sunday, December 18th, 2016
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How dogs are really affected by fireworks – and what you can do to help

Emily Birch (TC) : Whether it’s Bonfire Night, Thanksgiving, or just an everyday celebration, every winter, as soon as the clocks go back, the fireworks begin. And while some aren’t affected in the slightest, More...

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By nsnbc On Saturday, December 10th, 2016
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New Study Validates Benefits of Ancient Breathing Exercises

nsnbc : A study carried out by researchers at Northwestern University, USA, shows that nasal inhaling and exhaling through the mouth has beneficial effects among others, on memory and on coping with stressful environments. The More...

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By nsnbc On Sunday, November 20th, 2016
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PTSD may affect brains of boys, girls differently

nsnbc : A recent study conducted at Stanford University School of Medicine suggests that a brain region that integrates emotions and actions appears to undergo accelerated maturation in adolescent girls with post-traumatic More...

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By nsnbc On Friday, November 18th, 2016
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New study: Salmonella thrives in salad bags

Primrose Freestone (TC) : When you hear the term “food poisoning” it usually conjures up images of hurried journeys to the toilet and rueful reviews while there of what was eaten the previous day. Most of the More...