Living with emphysema

What’s your first thought on waking? Take a shower? Pour the coffee? Check the news? For some, being able to breathe is the first...

All you need to know about diuretics

Have you ever wondered why your doctor gives you tablets to make you pass urine when the problem is with your heart and not with your...

Why do we cry?

Charles Darwin thought that tears served no useful function; Charles Dickens urged his readers to “cry away” since it...

Debunking some dyslexia myths

Word blindness, or dyslexia, describes difficulty with reading, writing or spelling. Helen Cowan meets Dr Ginny Stacey, tutor for...

How do anaesthetics affect your body?

I studied anaesthetics at Oxford University for my PhD, but can’t really tell you how they work on the brain. In fact, anaesthesia...

Why do we yawn?

“Yawning may have the dubious distinction of being the least understood, common human behaviour,” said Professor Provine, a...

lightning attack

Globally, lightning strikes about 44 times per second, often harmlessly between clouds and within clouds. But cloud to ground lightning...

Life with cystic fibrosis

“Everyone with cystic fibrosis is unique and will have their own relationship with cystic fibrosis and their own range of symptoms...

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