medicine

Everything We've Learnt About Mummies Using 21st Century Technology

Researchers in fields from epidemiology to genetics are studying mummies, using the latest imaging technology. Now we know more than ever before about what lies beneath the mummies’ wrappings — and these long-dead people are telling us a lot about ancient lives and cultures.


Getting Treated For Depression Is Even Harder When You're Pregnant

Getting pregnant changes a woman’s hormonal state: there’s a normal chemical interplay between mother and foetus. Hormones affect the brain, and their effects can differ in people. So if no one is surprised when a pregnant woman feels elated, why are they surprised when some pregnant women are clinically depressed?


How Scientists Plan To Hack Your Nervous System

One nerve connects your vital organs, sensing and shaping your health. If we learn to control it, the future of medicine will be electric.


Read This If You Have A Vulva

Sex is awesome, but getting a urinary tract infection (UTI) from sex is not. And thanks to the really short passage between their bladders and the bacteria-rich outside world, one in five women will have a UTI sometime during their lives.


Some Blind People Trained Themselves To Use Echolocation 

Echolocation isn’t just for bats and dolphins — people can do it too. Some blind people have learned to use echolocation to tell the size, density and texture of objects around them, and researchers believe anyone can learn how.


DIY Prosthetics: The Extreme Athlete Who Built A New Knee To Help Fellow Amputees

Brian Bartlett lost his leg at 24. He now has one of the most famous prostheses in the world. Rose Eveleth meets the man who just wanted to ski again.


We Still Don't Know What Jumpstarts Puberty

Maybe you grew so fast it left stretch marks on your legs. Or your voice started cracking every time you got on the phone. Or you hated needing to wear a bra. Growing up means going through puberty. It’s an integral part of becoming an adult. But we still don’t know how our bodies start the process.


Three Important Things You Probably Don't Know About Diabetes

When we think of diabetes, we tend to think of rich people with poor lifestyles. A chronic disease linked with obesity, heart disease and worse outcomes for some infectious diseases, diabetes tends to be associated in our minds with wealth, excess and over-consumption.


What Good Is Measuring An Erection? 

You may have noticed some news around these weird sounding devices that measure “arousal”. They don’t. But they do measure changes in penile shape, and as such, can give users a rough estimate — in a non-invasive way — of how much blood is flowing into the penis during erection.


How Anabolic Steroids Make You Stronger (And How They Destroy You)

The quick and dirty route to gaining strength is to take some kind of anabolic steroid. These drugs actually trick the body into building up muscle mass and endurance — but they can also age you far beyond your years.