Pregnancy stress may shape baby brain

Stress levels in mothers—measured by a hormone linked to anxiety and other health problems—is related to changes in areas of the infant brain associated with emotional development, the study suggests. Doctors say the findings highlight the urgent need for women to be better supported with their mental and physical health…

Can you take more than one COVID vaccine?

We will use your email address only for sending you newsletters. Please see our Privacy Notice for details of your data protection rights. COVID-19 vaccination could finish in the UK by mid-2021, as ministers plan routes to administer millions of procured jabs. A highly effective vaccine developed by Oxford University…

Would you go under the surgeon's knife AWAKE if it cut your wait time?

Would you go under the surgeon’s knife WIDE AWAKE if it cut your waiting time for an operation? Fears that having a general anaesthetic can spread Covid-19 have led to a massive backlog of cases… but now the NHS is trialling a radical new approach When Guy Levy was told…

BICRA gene provides answers to patients, doctors and scientists

Physicians and scientists are constantly on the lookout for new disease genes that can help them understand why patients have undiagnosed medical problems. Often the first clues come from genetic testing that reveals a change or mutation in a gene that they see in a child but not their parents….

Snorkeling gear, animal noses inspire better personal protective equipment

In March, Stanford University bioengineer Manu Prakash flew from France to his home in California and spent two weeks in personal quarantine. After being holed up in the room where he stores his snorkeling and scuba equipment, Prakash emerged with an idea for addressing two of the pandemic’s most pressing…

College kid coming home for Thanksgiving? Here’s how to keep your family safe

As college students prepare to leave their campuses for Thanksgiving or study remotely for the rest of the semester, families should consider their risks and work to reduce them, according to an infectious disease expert. Dr. David Cennimo, an assistant professor in pediatric infectious disease at Rutgers New Jersey Medical…

How effective is the measles vaccine?

We will use your email address only for sending you newsletters. Please see our Privacy Notice for details of your data protection rights. Scientists will soon follow centuries of progress started with Edward Jenner and the smallpox vaccine and work to create some potential exit from the throes of the…