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Health - 02.02.2009
Road traffic noise in residential areas can increase the risk of heart attack
People living in environments with high levels of road traffic noise might be more likely to suffer myocardial infarction than people in quieter areas. This according to a new study from Karolinska Institutet carried out in the Stockholm area. The study compared 1,571 people from Stockholm County who had suffered a myocardial infarction between 1992 and 1994 with controls from the same area.

Health - Social Sciences - 26.01.2009
The Genes in Your Congeniality: Researchers Identify Genetic Influence in Social Networks
Cambridge, Mass. and San Diego, Calif. January 26, 2009 - Can't help being the life of the party? Maybe you were just born that way. Researchers from Harvard University and the University of California, San Diego have found that our place in a social network is influenced in part by our genes, according to new findings published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Health - Chemistry - 24.01.2009
Chemical commonly used in rubber product manufacture may cause cancer
A chemical, commonly used in the manufacture of rubber products, may cause cancer in workers regularly exposed to it, according to research published today ahead of print in Occupational and Environmental Medicine. The researchers from the University of Birmingham's Institute of Occupational and Environmental Medicine found higher than expected rates of diagnosis and death from a number of cancers, amongst men working at a rubber plant in North Wales.

Health - 20.01.2009
Outgoing and relaxed people less likely to develop dementia
People who are active, outgoing and relaxed may be less likely to develop dementia, according to a new study from Karolinska Institutet. The results, published in the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology, are based on questionnaires about life style and personality, as well as medical examination follow ups during a six year period.

Social Sciences - Health - 19.01.2009
Oxytocin improves human ability to recognize faces
Oxytocin, a hormone involved in child-birth and breast-feeding, helps people recognize familiar faces.

Life Sciences - Health - 16.01.2009
Common causes of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder
Schizophrenia and bipolar disorder have the same genetic causes, according to a study from Karolinska Institutet published today in the highly respected journal The Lancet. The results throw the current separate classification of the diseases into question. Schizophrenia and bipolar disorder (also known as manic-depressive illness) are the two most common psychotic disorders.

Health - 15.01.2009
Midlife Coffee Drinking and the Risk of Late-Life Dementia
Midlife coffee and tea drinking can decrease the risk of dementia/Alzheimer's disease (AD) later in life. This conclusion is made in a Finnish Cardiovascular Risk Factors, Aging and Dementia (CAIDE) Study published in the January 2009 issue of the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease (Volume 16:1). This study has been conducted at the University of Kuopio, Finland in collaboration with Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden, and the National Public Health Institute, Helsinki, Finland.

Environment - Health - 14.01.2009
Researchers to Discover how Nanoparticles Affect Health and the Environment
The University of Birmingham's School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences has secured funding of 500,000 for a new Facility for Environmental Nanoparticle Analysis and Characterisation (FENAC). Researchers at the facility will analyse the physical and chemical properties of nanoparticles and will look at whether they have significant adverse effects on human and environmental health.

Health - Agronomy / Food Science - 11.01.2009
Scientists unlock secret to overeating
A collaboration of scientists led by Professor Jane Wardle (Director of Cancer Research UK's Health Behaviour Research Centre in UCL Epidemiology & Public Health) have published today in the ‘International Journal of Obesity' new evidence that the tendency to overeat could be genetic. UCL researchers, who were funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, created a new experiment to see if eating when full was linked to a gene called FTO**.

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