Adam Kucharski wrote The Rules of Contagion before Covid-19. He talks about misinformation, bank failures, and coming up with hypotheses during a crisis. PHOTOGRAPH: PAUL LINSE/GETTY IMAGES ADAM KUCHARSKI DIDN’T expect to publish a book about contagion in the middle of a global pandemic. But consider him less surprised than the rest of […]

But possible contribution to lessening anxiety not yet clear, evidence review suggests. Probiotics either taken by themselves or when combined with prebiotics, may help to ease depression, suggests a review of the available evidence, published in BMJ Nutrition Prevention & Health. But as to whether they might help to lessen anxiety […]

Animation Promoting blood brain barrier health by reducing elevated pulse pressure in blood could be a promising new preventative solution and/or treatment for dementia. A recent paper published in Frontiers in Neuroscience, outlines a pulse-pressure-induced pathway of cognitive decline that sheds light on why previous treatments for dementia may have failed […]

Staring at a deep red light for three minutes a day can significantly improve declining eyesight, finds a new UCL-led study, the first of its kind in humans. Scientists believe the discovery, published in the Journals of Gerontology, could signal the dawn of new affordable home-based eye therapies, helping the millions […]

Expert statement in health physics journal seeks to counter online misinformation. Experts weigh in on recent online reports that warn of frightening health consequences from new fifth generation (5G) wireless networks. Within current exposure limits, there appears to be little or no risk of adverse health effects related to radiofrequency […]

From left to right: Dr Andy Chevigné, Dr Martyna Szpakowska and Max Meyrath. Credit: LIH Novel molecule targets a newly discovered opioid receptor with atypical properties and holds promise for alternative therapeutic strategies. Researchers at the Department of Infection and Immunity of the Luxembourg Institute of Health (LIH) developed LIH383, […]

New soliton laser pulses deliver high energy in a trillionth of a second. By revisiting a simple type of laser, scientists have discovered a way to exponentially increase the amount of energy released in incredibly short periods of time, with potential applications in surgery. Scientists have developed a new type […]

In first extensive study of commercial avocado oil quality and purity, UC Davis researchers find majority impure or stale. Food scientist says standards needed to protect consumers and industry. Consumer demand is rising for all things avocado, including oil made from the fruit. Avocado oil is a great source of […]

Lovelock, who will be 101 next month, has had the disconcerting habit in his 75-year career of being right about important things James Lovelock—founder of the Gaia theory and, arguably, the field of Earth system science—thinks the world has lost perspective in responding to the new coronavirus, and should focus […]