Columbus did bring back the clap, say scientists

Rarely can so much scientific attention have been paid to whether or not one small group of men put it where they shouldn't.

Malaria-immune mosquitoes could compete in the wild

Researchers at the Johns Hopkins Malaria Research Institute have for the first time managed to engineer the mosquito immune system to block the transmission of malaria.

US asks scientists to withdraw recipe for lab-bred bird flu

The US government has asked the authors of two terrifying studies of bird flu to redact them heavily, fearing the information could be used by terrorists.

Body hair puts bed bugs off

Letting your body hair grow could be the best way to avoid getting bitten by bed bugs, say researchers at Sheffield University.

Nuns should be on the pill, say docs

Catholic nuns should be encouraged to take the oral contraceptive pill to cut their risk of ovarian and uterine cancer, say two Australian cancer experts.

Water treatment plants may make water more toxic

Waste water treatment could actually be increasing the amount of some toxins, by transforming common pain-killing drugs into more dangerous forms.

Vicious new strain of avian flu created in lab

Dutch researchers have created a virus in the lab that could wipe out half the human race.

3D printer produces 'bones'

Washington State University researchers have printed out a bone-like material that can be used in orthopedic procedures and dental work.

Wifi could be zapping your sperm

Argentinian scientists say they've uncovered a link between Wifi use and sperm damage - and it's got nothing to do with the videos you're watching.

Coffee may help protect women against cancer

Harvard researchers have determined that long-term coffee consumption may be associated with a reduced risk of endometrial cancer in women.

The secret of a happy old age: lots of sex

Seniors with a regular sex life are more likely to be happy than celibate oldies, according to new research.

Diesel additive can be toxic to liver

A common additive in diesel fuel can cause liver damage, say researchers at Marshall University.

EEG allows communication with patients in 'vegetative state'

Scientists have found a way of communicating with patients who appear to be in a persistent vegetative state, but actually retain consciousness.

Climate disasters costing billions in health costs

Extreme weather events over the last ten years have cost the US over $14 billion in health costs alone, researchers have calculated.

Treating cancer... with Viagra

Cancerous mice given sildenafil – the active ingredient in Viagra – survive more than twice as long as untreated animals, scientists have discovered.

Judge halts plans for graphic warnings on cigarette packs

A federal judge has blocked a move by the Food and Drug Administration to force tobacco companies to put graphic pictorial warnings on their packaging.

Scientists delay aging by purging old cells

Researchers at the Mayo Clinic have concluded that purging cells which accumulate with age could prevent or delay the onset of age-related disorders and disabilities.

Prescription painkiller deaths triple

Abuse of prescription painkillers is rocketing, killing 15,000 people every year - more than heroin and cocaine combined.

GPS shoes track Alzheimer's patients

California company GTX is now shipping shoes with built-in GPS, designed to monitor the whereabouts of Alzheimer's patients.

Coffee could help lower skin cancer risk

A new study claims that drinking coffee may help reduce the risk of developing basal cell carcinoma (BCC), the most common form of skin cancer in the United States.