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'Elite controllers' may provide clues for HIV cure

Wednesday Nov 5 2014

'Elite controllers' may provide clues for HIV cure

"Scientists have uncovered the genetic mechanism which appeared to have led two HIV-infected men to experience a 'spontaneous cure'," the Mail Online reports. The idea is to modify the HIV virus, making it harmless, rather than trying to kill it…

Short height 'linked to dementia death risk'

Tuesday Nov 4 2014

Short height 'linked to dementia death risk'

"Short men more likely to die from dementia," The Daily Telegraph reports, though the results of the study it reports on are not as clear cut as the headline suggests. Researchers combined the results of 18 surveys...

Shift work 'ages the brain', study suggests

Tuesday Nov 4 2014

Shift work 'ages the brain', study argues

“Shift work dulls your brain,” BBC News reports. In a French study, researchers assessed 3,232 adults using a variety of cognitive tests and compared the results between people who reported they had never performed…

Weight loss surgery cuts diabetes risk in very obese

Monday Nov 3 2014

Weight loss surgery cuts diabetes risk by '80%'

'Weight loss surgery can dramatically reduce the odds of developing type 2 diabetes' BBC News report. A UK study found that having bariatric surgery reduced the risk of diabetes by around 80% in morbidly obese people...

Sadness 'lasts longer' than other emotions

Monday Nov 3 2014

Sadness 'lasts 240 times longer' than other emotions

"Sadness lasts 240 times longer than other emotions, study claims," is the somewhat sobering news on the Mail Online. Researchers surveyed 233 young adults from a Belgian high school with an average age of 17…

Brain differences linked to chronic fatigue syndrome

Friday Oct 31 2014

Brain differences linked to chronic fatigue syndrome

"Scientists find three differences in the brain [of people with chronic fatigue syndrome]," the Mail Online reports. Researchers used advance brain scanning techniques in 15 people and found three distinct abnormalities in their brain structure…

Genes may play a role in Ebola survival chances

Friday Oct 31 2014

Genes could affect Ebola survival chances

"Genetic factors could play an important role in whether people survive the Ebola virus," BBC News reports. Researchers found around one in five mice remained unaffected by the infection…

Does paracetamol ease pain of decision making?

Thursday Oct 30 2014

Paracetamol 'may ease the pain of decision making'

"Paracetamol could make difficult decisions less of a headache," the Mail Online reports. The story follows a US study that looked at whether taking paracetamol could reduce the pain of making difficult decisions…

Details of autism genes uncovered in global study

Thursday Oct 30 2014

Global study learns more about autism genes

"A massive international study has started to unpick the 'fine details' of why some people develop autism," BBC News reports. Analysis of the genes of people with autism suggests certain genetic variants disrupt signalling pathways inside the brain…

Milk may be linked to bone fractures and early death

Wednesday Oct 29 2014

Milk linked to bone fractures and early death

"Drinking more than three glasses of milk a day may not protect bones against breaking – and may even lead to higher rates of death," the Mail Online reports. Do not be alarmed – your milkman is no Hallowe'en death-bringer…

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