Outdoor play leads to better eyesight

Booting your children outside to play can not only boost their physical fitness - it can cut the chances of their developing shortsightedness, researchers say.

Long-term study of cellphone use finds no cancer link

In what's described as the largest ever study on the cancer risk of cellphones, Danish researchers have found no link between phone use and brain tumors.

Antidepressant use jumps by 400%

The rate of antidepressant use in the United States skyrocketed by nearly 400% over the past decade - with 11% of Americans aged 12 and over taking antidepressant medication. 

Gates Foundation malaria vaccine halves infection rates

The millions of dollars pumped into malaria research by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation have paid off: the team's developed a vaccine that halves the risk of the disease in young children - its most frequent victims.

No screen time for under-twos, says AAP

So-called 'educational' television programs for the under-twos are useless, say researchers, and children younger than this should have as little screen time of any sort as possible.

Autism linked to low birth weight

Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing have discovered a link between low birth weight and children diagnosed with autism.

Google Earth used to generate 'typhoid maps'

There's a pleasant pub in London's Soho called the John Snow - and right outside stands the defunct water pump which Snow shut off when he realized that its water was giving the local residents cholera.

Black Death DNA sequenced from fourteenth-century teeth

An international team of scientists has sequenced the entire genome of the Black Death, extracted from skeletons more than 700 years old.

Fruit and veg take on heart disease gene

An international team of scientists has concluded that the effects of a gene typically associated with heart disease can actually be mitigated by "generous amounts" of fruit and raw vegetables. 

Team discovers how to turn off peanut allergy

Scientists at at Northwestern University say they believe they've found a way to turn off potentially life-threatening food allergies.

Cellphone monitors vital signs

A researcher has developed a heart monitoring smartphone app that he says is as accurate as standard medical monitors now in clinical use.

Stem cells created by cloning human eggs

Scientists have for the first time derived embryonic stem cells from individual patients, raising the possibility of personalised genetic treatments.

Brain implant could help quadriplegics walk again

Two monkeys have been taught to use brain activity alone to move an avatar hand and identify the texture of virtual objects.

Alzheimer's could be catching

New research raises the scary prospect that Alzheimer's could be transmissible in a similar way to infectious prion diseases.

HPV blamed for cancer spike in men

Doctors have confirmed a significant increase in the rate of head, neck and throat cancers linked to HPV - in men.