Novel retinal implant could give full vision to the blind

Researchers say they're close to a retinal implant that could restore normal vision to the blind.

Alcohol + energy drinks = risky sex?

There just may be a link between caffeinated energy drinks mixed with alcohol and casual sex.

 How so, you ask?

JFK likeliest airport to spread disease

If you want to play it safe, avoid airports in New York, Los Angeles and Honolulu - they're the ones most likely to play a part in spreading pandemics.

Daily pill can slash chances of HIV infection

The FDA has given its seal of approval to a drug that can cut the risk of HIV infection by three quarters.

Vaccines combine to create deadly virus strains

Two different vaccines have for the first time been discovered to have spontaneously combined to create new, infectious viruses.

Common chemical makes species interbreed

A chemical found in many common plastics could have you copulating with other species and producing strange hybrid offspring... if you're a fish, at any rate.

Study disputes Facebook-depression link

A recent study conducted by University of Wisconsin researchers refutes a supposed link between depression and the amount of time spent on Facebook and other social-media sites.

Claim: Chronic pain is all in your head

A longitudinal brain imaging study tracking participants suffering from back injuries claims chronic pain may - quite literally - be in the patient’s head. 

'Rubber-band' electronics could aid human health

Researchers say they've developed electronic devices that are as stretchable as a rubber band, making them potentially implantable into the human body for medical monitoring.

Drinking coffee could help prevent skin cancer

Last week we reported that moderate coffee consumption may help prevent heart failure.

FMRI gives voice to those with no movement

A new device can enable people who are completely unable to speak or move to manage unscripted back-and-forth conversation.

Moderate coffee consumption may help prevent heart failure

Although current American Heart Association (AHA) heart failure prevention guidelines warn against habitual coffee consumption, a number of studies have identified protective benefits associated with the dark brew. 

Avian flu could easily become pandemic

The second of two highly-controversial academic papers on the H5N1 avian influenza has now been published, showing the virus is just four mutations away from an airborne version that could pass from human to human.

Thousands of bacterial species live on every person

You're carrying around over 10,000 different species of bacteria in and on your body right now, in such numbers that they weigh several pounds.

Nanoparticles are major threat to health

Nanoparticles in the environment can cause serious auto-immune diseases including rheumatoid arthritis, say scientists.

Painkillers may help ward off skin cancer

Aspirin, ibuprofen and other common painkillers may help protect against skin cancer, medical researchers say.

Beating heart muscle created from heart patients' skin

Scientists have for the first time been able to take skin cells from heart patients and turn them into healthy heart muscle cells that can integrate with existing heart tissue.

Depressed students surf the net differently

Surfing the internet randomly and using file-sharing programs may be a sign of depression, say researchers at Missouri University of Science and Technology.

Tetraplegic uses thoughts to pour coffee

Using thought alone, a paralyzed woman has been able to move a robotic arm to serve herself coffee for the first time in 15 years.

Researchers map damage to Phineas Gage's brain

Neurologists have modeled the damage caused to a man's brain when a three-foot metal bar was driven through his head - over 160 years after the accident happened.