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Why do we have allergies?

By Carl Zimmer Standfirst: Allergies such as peanut allergy and hay fever make millions of us miserable, but scientists aren’t even sure why they exist. Carl Zimmer talks to a master immunologist with a controversial answer. Hero image: Related stories: Why do we have blood types?Twitter hashtag: allergyTopic(s): The bodyListing text: Allergies such as Read…

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Genetics: Risk or destiny?

By GilesNewton Standfirst: Information is Beautiful Studio take a visual approach to exploring the complex relationships between our health, genes, lifestyle and environment. Hero image: Related stories: One virus, four lives: the reality of being HIV positiveDecisions on a knife-edgeTwitter hashtag: geneticriskTopic(s): GeneticsListing text: Information is Beautiful Studio take a visual approach to Read Full…

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Blocking the high: one man’s quixotic quest to cure addiction

By Sujata Gupta Standfirst: If you could take the high out of drugs, what would be the point in taking them? Sujata Gupta meets the unorthodox doctor who thinks he can block some of the world’s most addictive pills. Free tagging: BenzodiazapinesDrugsAddictionDrug addictionOpiatesHeroineNaloxoneFlumazenilHero image: Main reference: A pilot study from 2009 in Read Full Article…

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Decisions on a knife-edge

By Charlotte Huff Standfirst: Women predisposed to ovarian cancer can reduce their risk with surgery, but with it comes early menopause. To avoid this, some doctors propose delaying part of the procedure. But is this safe? Charlotte Huff explores the costs of buying time. Free tagging: CancerGeneticsWomen’s healthovaryfallopian tuberiskMedical ethicshysterectomygynaecologymutationBRCAbreastbreast cancerovarian cancerperitoneal cancercancer surgerysurgerydeathdecisionHero Read…

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Sex, lives and disability

By Katharine Quarmby Standfirst: What can disabled bodies teach us about sex, and why should we listen? Katharine Quarmby reports. Free tagging: disabilitysexsexual rightsWomen’s rightsorgasmdifferenceLGBTbodylovepenetrationimpotentHero image: Main reference: The Disability Visibility Project: a great resource by Dr Kirsty Liddiard, Sheffield University. It features disabled people musing on disability and culture, and has lots Read Full…

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The troubled history of the foreskin

By Jessica Wapner Standfirst: Common in the US, rare in Europe and now championed in Africa, male circumcision is hotly debated. Jessica Wapner explores whether the gains are worth the loss. Hero image: Main reference: Onania, or the Heinous Sin of Self-Pollution, and All Its Frightful Consequences, in Both Sexes, Considered was first published Read…

People are animals, too

Article Abstract: Standfirst:  The human brain is special. Just not that special. To understand animal minds, and our own place in the living world, we should remove ourselves from centre stage, argues Peter Aldhous. Free tagging: BrainIntelligenceAnimal rightsCorvidDogWolfHero image: Related stories: Porklife: building a better pigIn conversation with… Jane GoodallThe big sleepTopic(s): The brainListing text: Do our thoughts and feelings…

Where there’s smoke

Article Abstract: Standfirst:  A haze has periodically wafted over South-east Asia for 20 years. But despite rising public health concern, the problem remains as opaque as the smoke itself, Mike Ives reports.  Free tagging: Air pollutionHazePollutionAsiaSoutheast AsiaFireMalaysiaSingaporeIndonesiaenvironmentActivismIndiaChinaPeatlandsHero image: Main reference:  A research paper estimating global mortality attributable to smoke from landscape fires. Published in the journal Environmental…

Breaking bad news

Article Abstract: Standfirst:  How do you tell someone that they’re seriously ill, or even dying? Chrissie Giles explores how doctors learn and how they deal with the stress and trauma, for both their patients and themselves. Free tagging: deathMedical ethicsHealthcaremedicineDiagnosisPalliative careCommunicationPsychologyDoctorsHero image: Main reference:  Dr Katherine Sleeman’s editorial ‘Let’s talk about death’ (PDF). Blog post on ‘Done, not-done,…

Death in the Outback

Article Abstract: Standfirst:  Healthcare in Australia’s Aboriginal communities is hindered by a long history of racial discord between very different cultures. Georgina Kenyon discovers the story of one young woman who died in the 1980s, and asks whether anything has changed since. Free tagging: AustraliaHealth equalityIndigenouschildrendeathculturefosteringRoyal Flying Doctor ServiceHero image: Main reference:  A comprehensive description of Mossman…

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