Using sleep deprivation to lift people out of severe depression may seem counterintuitive, but for some people, it’s the only thing that works. Linda Geddes reports.
Understanding why suicide rates in Puerto Rico have risen by a third since Hurricane Maria could help us prepare for future natural disasters.
Whether hair pulling, skin picking or cheek biting, body-focused repetitive behaviours blight many people’s lives. How can science help us understand and treat these distressing conditions better?
One in ten people struggle to recognise their emotions. New research suggests a vital link between our ability to sense our physical bodies and knowing how we feel.
Trypophobia is the fear of clusters of holes and cracks. Its origin may be evolutionary but as awareness spreads online, is it becoming a social contagion?
A shortage of incubators and a hunch about marsupials inspired a Colombian doctor to try something radical to save premature babies’ lives: constant skin-to-skin contact with parents. It’s cheaper than high-tech neonatal care – and it may be better, too. Lena Corner reports.
For people who are missing limbs, 3D printing can make new prosthetics – faster, cheaper and better. It could transform mobility for millions around the world, reports Ian Birrell.
How one man made his dream of becoming a concert pianist reality.
Meet the scientists finding out how we can defeat our inner trolls and build more cooperative digital societies.
Meet the scientists using 3D printers to deliver safer, more effective tablets for children.
Women athletes are twice as likely as men to get concussed – and the effects are more severe. But with research focusing mainly on men, what can we do to make sure women with concussion aren’t left behind?
As inflammation in our bodies is being linked with more diseases, Emma Young asks whether a simple anti-inflammatory drug like aspirin could really help keep us all healthier.
One morning, completely unexpectedly, Samantha Anderson woke to find that she could no longer swallow. Three-and-a-half years and many medical appointments later, she’s finally regaining her ability to eat. Bryn Nelson finds out more.
Bryn Nelson visits a group in Seattle to explore what life is like when you struggle to swallow.
For some people with swallowing difficulties, hope is a wagging tail. By Bryn Nelson.
Holly Cave wants to know why her pregnancy ended at nine weeks. There are no easy answers, but talking about miscarriage could help us change the way we think about it.