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 (...)

“If you equip third level students to take on a good work/life balance, there is a good chance that they will stick with it as they embark on life,” says Brian Mullins, director of Health Promotion at University College Dublin.  Photograph: istock

The principle that healthy teenagers are much more likely to become healthy adults is the core philosophy behind the international healthy campuses in(...)

One paper at the British Society of Animal Science conference noted that even small changes to the feeding regimes of new-born calves can result in significant benefits to their gastrointestinal tract.

More than 500 scientists, vets, policymakers and farmers from around the world gathered in Croke Park last week to discuss the challenges and opportun(...)

In some households, cracking your knuckles is a declaration of war. Whether you’re in the camp that can’t stand the sound or the one that can’t see wh(...)

Protests in Paris two days after a  chemical attack in the northwestern province of Idlib in Syria. At least 86 people, including 27 children,  were killed, with  postmortems  pointing to possible exposure to the nerve gas sarin. Photograph:  AFP Photo/Lionel Bonaventure

Medicine and armed conflict may seem unlikely bedfellows. Especially following the recent use of the nerve gas sarin in a chemical attack that killed (...)

What makes us laugh? Photograph: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

What is funnier than a dead scientist? A dead scientist in a clown suit. There might be as many readers offended by that joke as there are readers st(...)