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Genes ‘play role in Ebola survival’

Genes ‘play role in Ebola survival’

unable to retrieve full-text contentGenetic factors could play an important role in whether people survive or die from the Ebola virus, say US scientists. Continue reading

Alcohol ‘should have calorie labels’

Alcohol ‘should have calorie labels’

unable to retrieve full-text contentAlcohol should have a calorie content label in order to reduce obesity, according to public health doctors. Continue reading

Why scratching ‘intensifies itching’

Why scratching ‘intensifies itching’

unable to retrieve full-text contentScratching an itch releases serotonin, which paradoxically makes you more itchy, research suggests. Continue reading

New strike by NHS staff announced

New strike by NHS staff announced

unable to retrieve full-text contentNHS workers, including nurses and midwives, are to stage a new four-hour strike in England on 24 November as part of an ongoing pay dispute. Continue reading

Cancer survival rates ‘improving’

Cancer survival rates ‘improving’

unable to retrieve full-text contentMost people diagnosed with cancer in recent years are surviving for longer, according to the latest statistics. Continue reading

Study points to new autism risks

Study points to new autism risks

unable to retrieve full-text contentA massive international study has started to unpick the “fine details” of why some people develop autism, say researchers. Continue reading

UK national sperm bank starts work

UK national sperm bank starts work

unable to retrieve full-text contentA UK national sperm bank – charged with reversing a growing shortage of sperm – starts work in Birmingham. Continue reading

Care plan ‘to ease hospital pressure’

Care plan ‘to ease hospital pressure’

unable to retrieve full-text contentVulnerable patients in England will get better support in the community as part of plans to ease pressure on hospitals, ministers say. Continue reading

First detailed picture of cancer-related cell enzyme in action on chromosome unit

First detailed picture of cancer-related cell enzyme in action on chromosome unit

A landmark study to be published in the October 30, 2014 print edition of the journal Nature provides new insight into the function of an enzyme related to the BRCA1 breast cancer protein. Continue reading

Case study: Hearing loss in one infant twin affects mother’s speech to both babies

Case study: Hearing loss in one infant twin affects mother’s speech to both babies

Is it possible that hearing loss in one infant from a pair of twins can affect the mother’s speech to both infants? A new acoustics study zeroes in on this question and suggests that not only is this alteration of speech entirely possible, but that mothers speak to both infants as if they are hearing impaired. The study explores the acoustic characteristics of three mothers’ speech towards their infant twins. Continue reading