Anorexia affects between 1 per cent to 2 per cent of women and 0.2-0.4 per cent of men. It has the highest mortality rate of any psychiatric illness. Photograph: iStock

Anorexia is at least partly a metabolic disorder and not just psychiatric as previously thought, new research suggests. The genetic basis of anorexia(...)

Twin peaks: initial study results, presented recently at an American Society for Nutrition conference, have documented variations in how participants processed fats and carbohydrates, even among identical twins

A decade ago, spurred by the success of the Human Genome Project and the affordability of genetic sequencing, scientists began to explore the promise (...)

In August 2018 the world’s media described a “jaw-dropping” breakthrough in medical research: computers could read and diagnose complex eye scans on m(...)

Patients in England are being asked from today to take part in a world-first trial for a universal flu vaccine that offers hopes of a lifetime freedom(...)

‘Development of the requisite information technology for 21st century healthcare management is urgently needed.’ Photograph: Getty Images

Our health needs have changed radically over the past 60 years. But our health system is a piecemeal legacy of the 20th century, when TB was rampant a(...)

The results from trials of a new treatment for cystic fibrosis have been welcomed by Cystic Fibrosis Ireland

Trials of a new treatment for cystic fibrosis (CF) have delivered “a significant if modest benefit” for patients who experienced an improvement in lun(...)

Junior doctors have voted overwhelmingly to take industrial action over their campaign to reduce “dangerously long” working hours. It is alleged in October 2012, Dr Ahmed failed to order chemotherapy treatment for a patient despite being reminded and requested to do so by the Chief Oncology Pharmacist at the hospital. Photograph: Hugh Macknight/PA Wire

A new bedside blood test for sepsis has the potential to save many thousands of lives, scientists have said. The life-threatening condition is caused (...)