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Gerard backs cooking class call

Gerard backs cooking class call

5 May 2012 Last updated at 21:05 ET Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver and England footballer Steven Gerrard are calling on the government to fight obesity through cookery teaching in schools. They have joined figures in health and education as signatories to letter to the prime minister suggesting changes be made to the national curriculum. Continue reading

Students more likely to be fit when physical education is mandatory

Students more likely to be fit when physical education is mandatory

ScienceDaily (May 4, 2012) — Fifth graders in California public school districts that comply with the state’s mandatory physical education requirement are more likely to have better fitness levels than students in districts that don’t comply, according to a new study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine . “Even though California has a physical education law and monitors its compliance, our study revealed that many school districts are not providing the required physical education and too many children go to school in districts that do not comply with physical education laws,” said Emma V. Continue reading

After epic debate, avian flu research sees light of day

After epic debate, avian flu research sees light of day

ScienceDaily (May 2, 2012) — After a marathon debate over a pair of studies that show how the avian H5N1 influenza virus could become transmissible in mammals, and an unprecedented recommendation by a government review panel to block publication, one of the studies was finally and fully published May 3, 2012 in the journal Nature . Publication caps an epic public conversation that pitted some infectious diseases experts against flu and public health researchers who argued that publication was not only important, but also essential to informing influenza surveillance and preparedness for a virus that could evolve to infect humans and cause a global pandemic. “Our study shows that relatively few amino acid mutations are sufficient for a virus with an avian H5 hemagglutinin to acquire the ability to transmit in mammals,” says Yoshihiro Kawaoka, a University of Wisconsin-Madison flu researcher whose study of H5N1 virus transmissibility was at the center of the debate Continue reading

Cosmetic surgery degree launched

Cosmetic surgery degree launched

1 May 2012 Last updated at 12:40 ET A UK University is launching a new degree course for surgeons with the aim of improving the safety of cosmetic procedures like facelifts. Anglia Ruskin University says it hopes the qualification will put an end to “have-a-go surgeons” and deter Brits from traveling abroad for surgery Continue reading

New form of intellectual disability discovered

New form of intellectual disability discovered

ScienceDaily (Apr. 27, 2012) — Researchers at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) led a study discovering a gene for a new form of intellectual disability, as well as how it likely affects cognitive development by disrupting neuron functioning. CAMH Senior Scientist Dr Continue reading

Preschoolers tend to have negative perceptions of overweight children

Preschoolers tend to have negative perceptions of overweight children

ScienceDaily (Mar. 30, 2012) — A Canadian study has found that some preschoolers may perceive overweight children to be not as “nice.” “A child’s perception of body image is influenced by many factors in their environment, yet there hasn’t been much research conducted in this area with young children,” says Wei Su, lead author of the study. Continue reading

Deaths triple among football players, morning temperatures thought to play a role

Deaths triple among football players, morning temperatures thought to play a role

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How good cholesterol turns bad

How good cholesterol turns bad

ScienceDaily (Feb. 21, 2012) — Researchers with the U.S Continue reading

Norwegian success in creating an artificial child’s voice

Norwegian success in creating an artificial child’s voice

ScienceDaily (Feb. 17, 2012) — “Synthesised speech has grown more and more similar to human speech Continue reading

Babies’ brains ‘show autism risk’

Babies’ brains ‘show autism risk’

26 January 2012 Last updated at 19:01 ET By James Gallagher Health and science reporter, BBC News It may be possible to detect autism at a much earlier age than previously thought, according to an international team of researchers. A study published in Current Biology 1 identified differences in infants’ brainwaves from as early as six months. Behavioural symptoms of autism typically develop between a child’s first and second birthdays Continue reading