Illustration of mitochondria, specialized structures in cells that turn nutrients into energy (© stock.adobe.com) What makes healthy cells change and become dysfunctional to the point of causing disease? In addition to a disruption in genes that regulate cells, there is another factor in cell misbehavior that involves metabolism, say Yale […]

Lactobacillus bacteria, seen in this colored scanning electron micrograph, are part of the flora of the human gut. Credit: Science Photo Library/Getty Images Plus How does diet affect the thriving communities of microbes living in your digestive tract? It’s personal. New research finds that the types of foods people eat […]

Credit: CC0 Public Domain Nitrate pollution of U.S. drinking water may cause up to 12,594 cases of cancer a year, according to a new peer-reviewed study by the Environmental Working Group. For the groundbreaking study, published today in the journal Environmental Research, EWG scientists estimated the number of cancer cases in […]

The Chernobyl nuclear power plant. Credit: Sergeev Kirill/Shutterstock In the new HBO miniseries “Chernobyl,” Russian scientists uncover the reason for an explosion in Reactor 4 at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant, which spewed radioactive material across northern Europe. That reactor, a design called the RBMK-1000, was discovered to be fundamentally […]

Concentrations of antibiotics found in some of the world’s rivers exceed ‘safe’ levels. Credit: University of York Concentrations of antibiotics found in some of the world’s rivers exceed ‘safe’ levels by up to 300 times, the first ever global study has discovered. Researchers looked for 14 commonly used antibiotics in […]