Latest Blogs

  • Professors David Allsop and Barbara Maher

    How we discovered a possible link between car exhausts and Alzheimer’s

    Iron is known to be toxic to brain cells, and tiny magnetic iron particles (magnetite) are thought to be involved in the development of neurological disorders. Now, for the first time, we have identified the abundant presence of these highly reactive particles in human brains.

  • Staff using Sports Centre facilities

    Three ways employers get wellbeing at work wrong

    Wellbeing is seen as increasingly important in the workplace. A growing number of companies have wellbeing policies, such as free gym memberships and health insurance, to cater to their employees' needs.

  • Rosie Spencer's blog

    Summer School in Ghana

    Rosie Spencer is one of eight Lancaster students attending a summer school in Ghana for an undergraduate level course in health and infectious disease.

  • Doctor with laptop

    Is it ever a good idea to perform self-surgery?

    The human body has a capacity to repair almost all of its tissues and does so on a daily basis in response to things such as exercise. Bone in particular is good at healing itself. But when things go catastrophically wrong, beyond the capacity of the body to repair itself, it requires intervention from an external source – usually a surgeon.

  • Typing hands

    In the face of death, telling and sharing our story helps us make sense of dying

    For those who may feel that many decades separate them from their deaths, contemplating the end of life seems difficult, even abstract.

  • What will happen when antibiotics stop working?

    A golden era of antibiotics shifted the leading causes of death away from infection to cancer and cardiovascular disease. At the moment, we can still treat most infections as only a few are resistant to what is currently the last line of antibiotics – the colistins. But history shows us this will change and colistin resistance is already growing in China and the United States.

  • Insect on tomato

    How we discovered that deadly ‘vampire’ kissing bugs love cherry tomatoes too

    Kissing bugs are one of nature’s little vampires. They feed on human blood at night – and spread a nasty infection when they do so.

  • Salt

    The great salt debate: does consuming less really save lives?

    For years, public health officials have been telling us that too much salt is bad for our health. Others have questioned the evidence for this claim. It’s Salt Awareness Week, so what better time to ask two experts for their views on the topic.

  • Why most cancer isn’t due to ‘bad luck’

    A study published in Science in early 2015 reported that most cancers aren’t preventable and are simply a case of 'bad luck'.

  • flu

    And now for the flu forecast...

    It’s that time of the year again. You probably think I mean Christmas, but as a virologist the sight of glitter, fairy lights and moulting pine trees immediately makes me think of the flu season. And if there’s one thing that can ruin your family’s Christmas, it’s the arrival of that particular unwanted guest.