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Leading researchers join forces to create a “standard model” of the brain

By Sally Robertson, BScSeptember 19, 2017 Leading neuroscientists are teaming up to study the brain in a way that is modelled on physics projects, where researchers look for new particles. Credit: sdecoret/Shutterstock.com The International Brain Lab (IBL) involves 21 leading… Continue reading →

Opioid boom in China as patients lose addiction fears

Diagnosed with prostate cancer this year, 77-year-old Zeng Changhe relies on a cocktail of drugs to treat his pain: five pills of Oxycontin three times a day, and morphine injections if the tablets fail to provide sufficient relief. “We knew… Continue reading →

Project marks 70 years of the NHS with people’s stories of the service | Society

A heritage project to record individual stories from 70 years of the National Health Service and preserve them for future generations has been given £785,000 of Heritage Lottery funding. The social history project, timed to mark the NHS’s 70th anniversary… Continue reading →

Battling the bulge — why nurses are prone to obesity

It is a jarring image: the nurse who is treating us and whom we might expect to exemplify a healthy lifestyle, is him or herself not just overweight but obese. As the conditions associated with carrying too many extra kilos… Continue reading →

Women of childbearing age around world suffering toxic levels of mercury | Environment

Women of childbearing age from around the world have been found to have high levels of mercury, a potent neurotoxin which can seriously harm unborn children. The new study, the largest to date, covered 25 of the countries with the… Continue reading →

Without price breaks, rural hospitals struggle to stock costly, lifesaving drugs

September 18, 2017 Hospital pharmacist Mandy Langston remembers when Lulabelle Berry arrived at Stone County Medical Center’s emergency department last year. Berry couldn’t talk. Her face was drooping on one side. Her eyes couldn’t focus. “She was basically unresponsive,” Langston… Continue reading →

Singapore steps up its fight against flab

Lan Qing Lin drops into a fighting pose and throws punches in time to the instructor’s rhythm. Battling a post-pregnancy tendency to gain weight, the office worker spends just over an hour a week at a BodyCombat class, working through… Continue reading →

‘I was the first baby delivered by the NHS. It has saved my life eight times’ | Society

It was coming up to midnight on Sunday 4 July 1948 and my mother, who had been in labour for 18 hours, was just about ready to give birth to me. She wanted to start pushing. But the doctors and… Continue reading →

Concerns rise for wellbeing of staff in global supply chains

Whether you are riding a bike or a motorbike, helmets in India are not the “done thing”, says Matthew Rae. For Vodafone’s director of health, safety and wellbeing, dealing with the safety and wellbeing of workers across the group’s supply… Continue reading →

Victoria Derbyshire: ‘After cancer, I’m squeezing life out of every second’ | Television & radio

On Monday 27 July 2015, at 4.35am, Victoria Derbyshire was in her kitchen, with the kettle on, Googling “inverted nipple” before leaving home to present her daily BBC2 current affairs programme. Google came up with a list of explanations, one… Continue reading →

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