1. Health & Medicine

    Trans Fats

    Increasing evidence links trans fats to health problems, and some researchers are looking for ways to reduce the fats in food.

  2. Health & Medicine

    The Seeds of Malaria

    By studying the molecular footprints of evolution in parasites and human hosts, geneticists are casting light on when and how malaria became the menace it is.

  3. Health & Medicine

    Protein may be target for Crohn’s therapy

    A protein called macrophage migration inhibitory factor, or MIF, may play a role in Crohn's disease, a painful gut ailment.

  4. Health & Medicine

    Attacking Alzheimer’s

    Some researchers now suggest that the so-called amyloid hypothesis is overstated and that other entities, including tau tangles, are as important as beta-amyloid in Alzheimer's disease.

  5. Health & Medicine

    Even high-normal blood pressure is too high

    Blood pressure at the high end of what is defined as the normal range is closer to "high" than to "normal" in terms of risk of associated heart disease.

  6. Health & Medicine

    Puffer Fish Genomes Swim into View

    The tightly packed genomes of two puffer fish species have been deciphered.

  7. Health & Medicine

    Brain Food

    New food labeling will identify foods rich in choline, a nutrient that plays an integral role in learning and brain health.

  8. Health & Medicine

    Epilepsy article wins award

    The Epilepsy Foundation honored Science News writer Damaris Christensen with its magazine award for her article "Endgame for Epilepsy?"

  9. Health & Medicine

    Beta-blockade guards burn victims’ muscle

    A medication that reduces the risk of heart attack also can diminish a muscle-wasting metabolic response common among victims of severe trauma or illness.

  10. Health & Medicine

    Team locates anthrax-receptor protein

    Scientists have identified the protein that enables the anthrax toxin to attach to cells and trigger disease, while another team has mapped the molecular structure of the toxin component that does most of the damage to cells.

  11. Health & Medicine

    Pregnancy spurs a tumor suppressor

    Pregnancy hormones may prime breast cells to maintain a supply of p53, a cancer suppressor protein, thus accounting for why women who have undergone pregnancy generally have a lower breast cancer risk than do others.

  12. Health & Medicine

    Hormone wards off immune cells in womb

    A hormone known for its involvement in the brain's response to stress also plays a key role in shielding the developing embryo from its mother's immune system.