A “mini-brain”.  Researchers point out the huge gulf that still separates organoids (mini-brains) and real human brains in terms of their size, organisation, complexity and ability to communicate with the outside world

Madeline Lancaster opens the door of a fridge-sized incubator in her lab at the University of Cambridge’s biomedical campus. On its gently gyrating sh(...)

Till Roenneberg, professor of chronobiology, says employers should ban the use of alarm clocks and instruct employees to start work only once they had had adequate sleep. Photograph: iStock

Do you set an alarm to wake you up on weekdays, then hit the snooze button at weekends because you need more sleep? If so, you could be experiencing s(...)

A 1944 feature about the Curragh Camp’s swimming baths shows soldiers using a ray lamp as part of their keep-fit regimes.

In these days of sun-protection factor 50 and skin-cancer warnings, it’s hard to fathom that “sun-ray therapy”, using artificial ultraviolet light, wa(...)

An undated picture shows a magnification of a lab-grown fully matured human egg ready for fertilization. Handout via Doctor David Albertini/University of Edinburgh/Reuters

Human eggs have been fully grown in a laboratory for the first time, in what scientists hope could be a breakthrough in improving fertility treatment.(...)

Dr Hagai Levine, from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, who co-led the research, said the  study “is an urgent wake-up call for researchers and health authorities around the world to investigate the causes of the sharp ongoing drop in sperm count, with the goal of prevention.” Photograph: Hebrew University/PA

Sperm counts of Western men are in a “shocking” downward spiral that poses a potential threat to fertility in industrialised countries, a major study (...)

Prof Patrick Johnston: His memorial is the many who have survived or avoided cancer thanks to his work

Paddy Johnston, who has died suddenly after a cycle ride in Donegal, was internationally recognised as a leading cancer researcher, and an outstanding(...)

 Prof Patrick Johnston, who was in his late 50s,  took over as president and vice-chancellor of Queen’s University in 2014. File photograph: Alan Betson

The death has occurred of the vice-chancellor of Queen’s University, Belfast, Professor Patrick Johnston, the college confirmed on Sunday. A leading (...)

Health-conscious “new men” may be largely responsible for a dramatic reduction in rates of Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia over the past 20 y(...)

Research published in the journal Nature Communications shows if you have one or two certain gene variants life expectancy reduces by between one and two years.

Scientists have discovered genes that can knock one to three years off your lifespan. These gene variants are also very common with two thirds of us c(...)

The treatment first requires the patient to wear a headset that projects a life-sized image of themselves through a virtual reality mirror.

Patients suffering from depression could benefit from a virtual reality therapy in which they give advice to a crying child, research has found. The (...)

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