Almost 80% Of Schizophrenia Risk Is Down To Just One Factor

Almost 80% Of Schizophrenia Risk Is Down To Just One Factor

Schizophrenia, a type of psychosis, is something that can be as debilitating as it’s poorly understood. At present, it’s uncertain how much of it is down to genetics, and how much is down to environmental factors. A new study, published in the journal Biological Psychiatry, has now claimed that nearly 80 percent of the risk…

Magic Mushroom Compound Psilocybin Could "Reset" The Brains Of Depressed People

Magic Mushroom Compound Psilocybin Could "Reset" The Brains Of Depressed People

Researchers from Imperial College London have found evidence that suggests that psilocybin, the psychoactive compound of magic mushrooms, might be useful in treating depression. The study, published in Scientific Reports, focused on 19 patients, all of which experienced treatment-resistant depression. Each patient showed less depressive symptoms at the one week post-treatment mark. While the findings are exciting, this is a very…

Magic Mushroom Compound Might Help Treat Depression

Magic Mushroom Compound Might Help Treat Depression

Researchers from Imperial College London have found evidence that suggests that psilocybin, the psychoactive compound of magic mushrooms, might be useful in treating depression. The study, published in Scientific Reports, focused on 19 patients, all of which experienced treatment-resistant depression. Each patient showed less depressive symptoms at the one week post-treatment mark. While the findings are exciting, this is a very…

A Pregnant Woman Almost Died After Baby "Kicked" Through Her Uterine Wall

A Pregnant Woman Almost Died After Baby "Kicked" Through Her Uterine Wall

Warning: This article contains graphic imagery A pregnant woman narrowly avoided death last week after her unborn child “kicked” through her uterine wall. Fortunately, the mother and newborn baby both survived this exceptional mishap. The woman, known under the pseudonym Zhang, was in her 35th week of pregnancy. She was sent to Peking University Shenzhen Hospital in China…

Leading Scientist Warns "Post-Antibiotic Apocalypse" Could Signal "The End Of Modern Medicine" By 2050

Leading Scientist Warns "Post-Antibiotic Apocalypse" Could Signal "The End Of Modern Medicine" By 2050

A top scientist has called for a global effort to stop the rise of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, warning that if we don’t act now 10 million people could die a year from drug-resistant diseases. Professor Dame Sally Davies, the UK’s Chief Medical Officer, has warned that without swift global action we could see the “end of modern medicine” as our…

"Quantum Dot" Antibiotics Could Win The War On Superbugs

"Quantum Dot" Antibiotics Could Win The War On Superbugs

Antibiotic resistance – brought about by over-prescription of the wonder drugs in health services and agriculture – is a global emergency with the potential to kill millions. Although one hopes that the tide will turn back in our favor, scientists are nevertheless scrambling to find alternative superbug-killing methods just in case this grim future is…

What On Earth Is In The Smallpox Vaccine?

What On Earth Is In The Smallpox Vaccine?

Vaccines have saved millions, if not billions, of human lives over the last two centuries. The smallpox vaccine was the first of such weapons in our medical arsenal, and while its success is undeniable, its composition has puzzled medical researchers for decades. The virus in the vaccine was supposed to be cowpox, a relative of…

Scientists Have Identified A Key Gene Linked To Peanut Allergies

Scientists Have Identified A Key Gene Linked To Peanut Allergies

Good news, peanut allergy sufferers. Researchers say they have found a gene linked to peanut allergies, which could allow for new and earlier treatment options in the future. The finding, led by scientists from the University of British Columbia in Canada, was published in The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. The gene is called (deep…

Almost 80% Of Schizophrenia Risk Is Down To One Factor

Almost 80% Of Schizophrenia Risk Is Down To One Factor

Schizophrenia, a type of psychosis, is something that can be as debilitating as it’s poorly understood. At present, it’s uncertain how much of it is down to genetics, and how much is down to environmental factors. A new study, published in the journal Biological Psychiatry, has now claimed that nearly 80 percent of the risk…

Researchers Have Created Functioning Human Intestines And Transplanted Them Into Rats

Researchers Have Created Functioning Human Intestines And Transplanted Them Into Rats

Researchers at the Massachusetts General Hospital have used stem cells to bio-engineer small intestine segments. The team implanted these inside rats and found they were capable of delivering nutrients to the bloodstream. This breakthrough, reported in Nature Communications, could help many patients struggling with serious gastrointestinal diseases where part of the small intestine has to…