By screening the eyes, doctors may one day be able to predict a person’s risk of early death. By examining tiny vessels inside a person’s eyes, doctors might one day be able to predict that person’s risk of early death, according to a new study. Though the risk of illnessContinue Reading

The viruses were bacteriophages, meaning viruses that infect bacteria. A woman’s oozing wound failed to heal after nearly two years of antibiotic treatments intended to vanquish the bacterial infection. So her doctors unleashed viruses to slay the superbug. The experimental therapy specifically involved viruses that infect bacteria, known as bacteriophages,Continue Reading

This goes against one of the key assumptions of the theory of evolution. Genetic changes that crop up in an organism’s DNA may not be completely random, new research suggests. That would upend one of the key assumptions of the theory of evolution. Researchers studying the genetic mutations in aContinue Reading

Complex interplay: the gut-immune-brain axis The early development of the gut, the brain and the immune system are closely interrelated. Researchers refer to this as the gut-immune-brain axis. Bacteria in the gut cooperate with the immune system, which in turn monitors gut microbes and develops appropriate responses to them. InContinue Reading

COVID-19 may increase the risk of giving birth prematurely, according to the largest study to date on this link. The risk is even greater, the researchers found, for pregnant people who have both COVID-19 and certain conditions, also called comorbidities, including high blood pressure, diabetes and obesity. The study isContinue Reading

Many parents experience postpartum depression. Here’s what it looks like and how it can be treated. Postpartum depression is clinically defined as depression following the birth of a child that lasts at least two weeks and interferes with a parent’s ability to go about their daily tasks. About 14% ofContinue Reading