Remarkable Study Shows Immune System’s Effect On Social Interactions

Researchers from the University of Virginia’s Centre for Brain Immunology and Glia have made a remarkable discovery; the immune system has a direct and measurable impact on our social interactions. For decades scientists have believed that the brain is “immune privileged”, meaning that there is no direct connection from the brain to the immune system. In…

Play A Video Game to Learn A Foreign Language

Most countries in the modern world are becoming more and more multi-cultural, and as a result it is increasingly necessary to speak a foreign tongue. Whether it be to improve your holiday experience, enable you to work and live abroad or simply to talk to migrants in your own country, by learning another language you…

Brain Vital Sign Tests May Become A Routine Assessment for All

Imagine going to your GP and having your heart-rate or blood pressure tested. Completely normal, right? Now imagine how you’d react if your doctor pulled out an electrode cap and tried to measure your brain function. At best, most people might be a little concerned. Researchers at Simon Fraser University are hoping that future generations will…

Overweight? You’ll Live The Longest

“The research by Nordestgaard et al may be both a blessing and a curse. Years of trying to shed those last few pounds that just won’t budge could be at an end, but realising that we’ve been measuring weight incorrectly for decades puts us in a kind of limbo. We have our cake, but are we allowed to eat it?”

Anorexia May Be Caused by Bacterial Infection

Anorexia Nervosa is a notoriously difficult condition both to characterise and treat. It is generally known as an eating disorder but has strong links to anxiety disorders such as Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, attachment disorders, depression and even other eating disorders. There are a surprisingly small number of studies which have investigated how best to treat…

We’re Killing the Great Barrier Reef

Because of us, the Great Barrier Reef is dying. What’s worse, there’s not a lot we can do to help. The 1,600 mile-long landmark is currently undergoing its worst bleaching event ever, with over 93% of the reef affected. This is a huge problem. As well as being an astonishing spectacle, the colours of the…