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Tim Sandle

Dr. Tim Sandle is a chartered biologist and holds a first class honours degree in Applied Biology; a Masters degree in education; and has a doctorate from Keele University.

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British Children Spend Less Time Outdoors Than Prisoners

By Tim Sandle

For those sent to prison, most countries have rules in place about a minimum amount of outdoor exercise that those incarcerated must receive each day. Exercise and some exposure to the elements are considered necessary for basic living. British children, however, are spending less time – on average – outside than the basic minimum requirement […]

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New Call To Ban Neonicotinoids

By Tim Sandle

Neonicotinoids are a controversial pesticide, used to kill aphids with the aim of protecting crops. The problem is they also – probably – harm bees. Given honeybee populations are in dec worldwide, and the prominent role bees play with pollinating crops, this is by many environmentalists as bad news. Around 16 percent of Europe’s honeybee […]

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Vaccine Rates In The West Are Sometimes Falling Behind Africa

By Tim Sandle

Vaccine rates in some countries in the west (the so-called developed world) are falling behind the poorer countries in the southern hemisphere, according to a new review. According to The Economist, to eradicate a disease, like measles, 95 percent of the population must be vaccinated, otherwise an effect called ‘herding’ occurs, allowing a disease to […]

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New Dietary Guidance Says Cut Dairy

By Tim Sandle

New dietary advice has been issued in the U.K. relating to dairy products.  Public Health England has indicated that men should take only 200 calories from dairy products per day, with women down to 160 calories. The new target is relatively restrictive. It means, for example, a if a woman drank just one large latte […]

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The Greatest Medical Device Inventors

By Tim Sandle

The science website QMed recently ran a poll of the greatest inventors of medical devices, dating from the nineteenth century to the present day. A medical device refers to any instrument, apparatus, appliance, software, material or other article used for either diagnostic or therapeutic purposes. The range is vast – everything from covering tongue depressors, […]

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Why Some Cancer Cells Are Resistant To Treatment

By Tim Sandle

Researchers have been examining how some types of cancer stem cells remain viable in low oxygen conditions. Under such conditions most cells cannot thrive. The matter is of medical concern, since these survivor cells seem resistant to chemotherapy. Further, it is thought that the ability of the cells to survive low oxygen conditions helps […]

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Potential Henipavirus Drug Target Identified

By Tim Sandle

Scientists have identified a screening method for the genes that are essential for live henipavirus infection of human cells. This research has identified a specific cell protein called fibrillarin. This protein could be a target for drugs against henipaviruses, and could help people who have contracted this virus. In various countries, particularly the U.S., henipavirus […]

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Why Most Americans Are Unhealthy

By Tim Sandle

Most people living in the U.S. lead very unhealthy lifestyles, according to a new study. In fact, only 2.7 percent of U.S. citizens meet the basic healthful standards. To meet these basic standards, a person needs to: Meet a US Department of Agriculture-recommended diet; Avoid sming; Exercise to a moderate level each week; Be within […]

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Nerve Injury Linked To Diabetes-Related Vision Loss

By Tim Sandle

One of the problems associated with serious cases of diabetes is vision loss (or ‘diabetic retinopathy’). It has long been thought that diabetes-related vision loss happens due to blood vessel damage around the retina. However, new research suggests an alternative cause. A new study indicates that vision loss may be the result of a nerve cell […]

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Stem Cell Scientist Fired Over Negligence

By Tim Sandle

Public dismissals in the scientific world are few and far between, which makes the dismissal of Po Macchiarini newsworthy. Karolinska University in Sweden has dismissed the Italian stem cell scientist Dr. Po Macchiarini over a breach of medical ethics. This is not the firing of a junior researcher, for Dr. Macchiarini’s work with stem cells […]

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