July 13th 2007, 16:01
You've probably turned a deaf ear to the warnings about the permanent hearing loss you can suffer if you play your iPod or MP3 player too loudly. So here's another peril for those who have their device permanently glued to their ears - they also attract a lightning strike.
Doctors in Vancouver have treated one 37-year-old man who was listening to his iPod while jogging in a thunderstorm. He was running by a tree as it was struck by lightning - and the metal earpieces acted as a perfect conductor (no pun intended), and the side flash, as it's known, threw him eight feet from the tree.
July 10th 2007, 12:00
Times are hard for our health regulators, who have been trying for years to put the lid on the theory that the MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccine may be linked to autism.
A new study, prepared by the prestigious autism research team at Cambridge University, suggests that autism could afflict one in 58 children in the UK - and there's no reason to think the problem isn't as prevalent in the USA. Worse, two members of the study team have broken rank and said the MMR vaccine may have something to do with the rate.
July 4th 2007, 16:44
Whisper it, for fear of waking the oncologist, but we really could be on the verge of understanding and treating cancer.
In recent months there's been a buzz about a theory known as Warburg's Hypothesis. It's not exactly new - it was first put forward by German biologist Otto Warburg in 1924 - but scientists have finally got round to testing it, and they've found he's right.