Balancing on a slack rope

Riding the waves, the surfer displays an amazing ability to balance; the toddler meanwhile takes time fine tuning his balance skills. Of...

Cigarette harm reduced by fruit

Cigarette smoke contains 98 dangerous chemicals capable of harming every organ in the human body; fruit and vegetables are rich in...

Holding an inhaler

You take about 25,000 breaths a day, and are probably not aware of a single one—until asthma attacks. An inhaler may help, but...

Knee joints

We speak of the bee’s knees, being weak at the knees, and kneejerk reactions, but there's a lot more to these joints than a...

drugs

There is no therapy more potent than levodopa for the symptoms of Parkinson’s, even four decades after Dr Cotzias first showed its...

Parkinson's

Knowing about a disease and living with it are two very different things. Most people know about the tremor, rigidity and slowed...

Stressed out brain

Stress can affect our mental abilities, but can it really cause lasting damage to the brain? Helen Cowan investigates.

Illustration of gut

Hard, lumpy stools? Straining on the loo? Less than 3 bowel movements per week? Feeling as if your bowel never really empties?...

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