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Light exposure during pregnancy key to normal eye development

Light exposure during pregnancy key to normal eye development

Jan. 16, 2013 — New research in Nature concludes the eye — which depends on light to see — also needs light to develop normally during pregnancy. Scientists say the unexpected finding offers a new basic understanding of fetal eye development and ocular diseases caused by vascular disorders — in particular one called retinopathy of prematurity that can blind premature infants. Continue reading

Children ‘may grow out of autism’

Children ‘may grow out of autism’

16 January 2013 Last updated at 02:52 ET By Michelle Roberts Health editor, BBC News online Some young children accurately diagnosed as autistic lose their symptoms and their diagnosis as they get older, say US researchers. Continue reading

Some children lose autism diagnosis: Small group with confirmed autism now on par with mainstream peers

Some children lose autism diagnosis: Small group with confirmed autism now on par with mainstream peers

Jan. 15, 2013 — Some children who are accurately diagnosed in early childhood with autism lose the symptoms and the diagnosis as they grow older, a study supported by the National Institutes of Health has confirmed Continue reading

‘Drug holidays’ beat cancer defence

‘Drug holidays’ beat cancer defence

9 January 2013 Last updated at 20:24 ET By James Gallagher Health and science reporter, BBC News Introducing medication-free spells to some cancer treatments may keep patients alive for longer, studies in mice with skin cancer suggest. The animals had melanoma, which can rapidly become resistant to treatments. Continue reading

Totally blind mice get sight back

Totally blind mice get sight back

5 January 2013 Last updated at 19:35 ET By James Gallagher Health and science reporter, BBC News Totally blind mice have had their sight restored by injections of light-sensing cells into the eye, UK researchers report. The team in Oxford said their studies closely resemble the treatments that would be needed in people with degenerative eye disease. Similar results have already been achieved with night-blind mice 1 . Continue reading

Two bowel cancer genes discovered

Two bowel cancer genes discovered

23 December 2012 Last updated at 23:38 ET UK researchers believe they have explained why some families are incredibly vulnerable to bowel cancer. They have found two genes, which are passed from parent to child, that greatly increase the risk of a tumour forming. Continue reading

Two bowel cancer genes discovered

Two bowel cancer genes discovered

23 December 2012 Last updated at 23:38 ET UK researchers believe they have explained why some families are incredibly vulnerable to bowel cancer. They have found two genes, which are passed from parent to child, that greatly increase the risk of a tumour forming. Continue reading

Nutrient-sensing enzymes key to starvation response and survival in newborn mammals

Nutrient-sensing enzymes key to starvation response and survival in newborn mammals

Dec. 23, 2012 — In the perilous hours immediately after birth, a newborn mammal must survive the sudden loss of food supply from its mother Continue reading