New software allows researchers to CATCH any known virus in a sample

“Tools like CATCH will help us and others detect outbreaks earlier and generate more data on pathogens that can be shared with the wider scientific and medical research communities,” the authors say.

DNA testing is becoming more popular — but how does it really work?

DNA testing kits have developed tremendously in recent times, moving out of the lab and onto the real world. After all, who wouldn’t want to trace their genetic heritage? Most of the time, it only takes a few weeks (and a reasonable sum) to find out where your lineage came from. But how does it work, and how accurate is

Over 100 new species of bacteria discovered in your gut

I had a gut feeling they would.

The perverse link between ADHD and addiction

The neurological disorder often begets another disease: addiction.

Are ‘smart drugs’ all they claim to be?

A pill that makes you smarter? Not so fast…

Colorful layered cocktail inspires new male contraceptive

You wouldn’t want to drink this one though.

What is gluten intolerance, and what are its symptoms?

Most of them have to do with your belly — but not all.

LSD may cause mind-blowing trips by messing with the brain’s sensory filter

LSD = sensory overload.

Poor sleep makes people more sensitive to pain

More and more people around the world aren’t getting enough sleep — and that’s just painful.

People make value judgements based on gossip — even when its explicitly labeled as untrustworthy

‘Soft’ fake news is just as bad as blatant lies.

New study shows how muscle memory works — you never really lose it

Use it or lose it — until you use it again, that is.

Telemedicine boosts patient satisfaction in post-op care, study finds

This could be a way to provide much-needed healthcare in isolated areas.

Autism may actually extend across three spectrums, not just one

As if the disorder wasn’t complicated enough.

Scientists may have finally found out what causes Alzheimer’s — and it might actually be those bleeding gums

Gum disease toxins enter the brain where they may cause Alzheimer’s, according to new research.

Do adult humans really generate new neurons?

Science is often not about settling a debate, but about asking the right questions.

More than half of parents try non-scientific methods to stave off the common cold

Researchers advise parents to employ strategies that are evidence-based — otherwise, their well-intended measures might not amount to all that much.

Stress might reduces fertility in women, but not in men

Couples looking to conceive might want to try some stress management first.

Eating before going to sleep might not be all that bad, researchers find

Just don’t go overboard with the snacks.

Targeted cognitive training improves symptoms in patients with severe schizophrenia

“Our results suggest that chronically ill, highly disabled patients can benefit from TCT,” said the authors. “That contradicts current assumptions.”

If you think cats are antisocial, it’s probably you, new study concludes

It’s probably your fault — of course.