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Tracking Your Travel History Thanks To Viruses

By Tim Sandle

Researchers think it is possible to track the global movements of an individual by examining the viral load of people. This is possible, a new study indicates, through the characterisation of the genomes of two different strains of the herpes simplex virus type 1 (the virus responsible for cold sores). The reason for selecting this […]

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US Autism Rates Remain Unchanged

By Tim Sandle

Rates of autism in the U.S. show no change – at 1 in 68 children –according to new figures compiled by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The rate of 1 in 68 represents almost 15 school aged children per 1000. This rate is similar to the previous compilation of figures, undertaken in 2010. […]

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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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No Spanking In Church, Please

By Alexander Baron

I would have published this article yesterday, but this is no April Fool’s Day je. After a trial lasting several weeks, the Reverend Howard Curtis, former minister at Coulsdon Christian Fellowship, has been convicted at Croydon Crown Court of a number of offences of assault, including indecent assault, against female members of his then congregation. […]

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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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