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Frozen testicle tissue produces mice offspring

Wednesday Jul 2 2014

Frozen testicle tissue used to produce live births

"A sample of frozen testicle has been used to produce live offspring in experiments on mice," BBC News reports. The technique could be of use for boys whose fertility is damaged due to treatment for cancers such as leukaemia…

Parents of autistic kids 'have autistic traits too'

Wednesday Jul 2 2014

Parents of autistic kids 'also have autistic traits'

"Parents of children with autism are more likely to have autistic traits," the Mail Online reports. The news comes from research comparing the families of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) with those that are unaffected…

Emotions manipulated in Facebook study

Tuesday Jul 1 2014

Facebook manipulated people's emotions in study

"Facebook made users depressed in secret research," the Mail Online reports. The news comes from a controversial experiment where researchers used the social networking site Facebook to explore the effects of "emotional contagion"…

Kids who know their fast food logos 'grow up fat'

Tuesday Jul 1 2014

Kids who know their fast food logos 'grow up fat'

"Children who recognise fast food brands are more likely to be obese," the Mail Online reports. The headline is based on a US study that investigated whether there was an association between obesity and brand awareness in children…

'Supercooling' may extend life of transplant organs

Monday Jun 30 2014

'Supercooling' could widen transplant availability

BBC News reports on a new method to keep donated organs fresher for longer: “supercooling”. US researchers are developing a new technique for the longer term preservation of human organs before transplantation…

'Hangover guilt' part of brain 'identified'

Monday Jun 30 2014

'Hangover guilt' part of the brain identified

"Scientists pinpoint the part of the brain that tells us 'never again'," the Mail Online reports. New research in rats suggests part of the brain called the lateral habenula (LHb) helps us learn lessons from bad experiences…

Blood test for breast cancer 'has potential'

Friday Jun 27 2014

Blood test for breast cancer could be possible

"Blood test could give early warning of breast cancer," The Guardian reports. Researchers have identified a genetic signature that may be useful in predicting whether a woman is likely to develop non-inherited breast cancer…

Moderate TV viewing linked to premature death

Friday Jun 27 2014

Moderate TV viewing linked to premature death

"Watching TV for three hours a day can be deadly – doubling your risk of dying early," the Mail Online reports. A study has found a link between premature death and TV viewing, but not between other types of sedentary behaviour such as computer use…

Vitamin D deficiency linked to high blood pressure

Thursday Jun 26 2014

Vitamin D deficiency linked to high blood pressure

"Vitamin D supplements could help high blood pressure," The Independent reports. The paper reports on new research into genetic variations associated with low vitamin D levels and their relationship with blood pressure…

Give kids water not fruit juice, parents advised

Thursday Jun 26 2014

Give kids water not fruit juice, parents advised

“Ban all drinks but water from dinner table, parents told,” is the The Daily Telegraph's front page headline. Obviously, the government is unlikely to directly intervene in our diets in such a draconian way. In fact…

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