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Health - 29.06.2010
Overall safety of statins confirmed
Overall safety of statins confirmed
The use of statins in patients without a prior history of heart attacks and strokes is of little real benefit in preventing deaths in the short term - the largest study of its type to date has found. Researchers from the University of Cambridge and St George's Hospital, London analysed data from 65,000 participants around the world in 11 randomized controlled trials.

Health - Life Sciences - 29.06.2010
South Asians have highest rate of heart disease in UK
South Asians have highest rate of heart disease in UK
The burden of heart disease among ethnic minorities in the UK is revealed in a new report compiled by Oxford University researchers for the British Heart Foundation. The figures suggest that while the South Asian population suffers the highest rates of heart disease, many could be missing out on access to some treatments.

Health - Life Sciences - 28.06.2010
12 new genes linked to type 2 diabetes
12 new genes linked to type 2 diabetes
Twelve new genes associated with type 2 diabetes have been identified in the largest study yet of the connections between differences in people's DNA and their risk of diabetes. The international consortium of scientists, led by Professor Mark McCarthy of the University of Oxford, report their findings in the journal Nature Genetics.

Life Sciences - Health - 26.06.2010
Protein restores vision in blind animals
Protein restores vision in blind animals
Scientists restore vision in retinitis pigmentosa using an archaebacterial protein.

Health - Life Sciences - 25.06.2010
Diabetes doubles risk of heart attack and strokes
Diabetes doubles risk of heart attack and strokes
Having diabetes doubles the risk of developing a wide range of blood vessel diseases, including heart attacks and different types of stroke, researchers in Cambridge have found. Diabetes is now estimated to be responsible for 1 in every 10 deaths from cardiovascular disease, or about 325,000 cardiovascular deaths per year in all industrialised countries put together.

Health - Life Sciences - 24.06.2010
Gene study offers diabetes hope
Working as part of an international consortium, the scientists conducted the largest study yet of the connections between differences in people's The team, including Dr Jim Wilson of the University's Centre for Population Health Sciences, reports their findings in the journal Nature Genetics. "The signals we have identified provide important clues to the biological basis of type 2 diabetes," says project leader Professor McCarthy of Oxford University.

Health - Economics / Business - 24.06.2010
Health of future generations determined by childhood conditions
Health of future generations determined by childhood conditions
A growing body of economic research, published in the latest issue of Research in Public Policy, finds compelling evidence that the conditions to which children are exposed in their early and even foetal years can dramatically affect their future. Researchers for the University of Bristol's Centre for Market and Public Organisation (CMPO) looked at the health and cognitive development of children from across the world and concluded that investments made during critical periods in a child's lifespan can lead to significant returns, while failure to invest can lead to irreversible damage.

Health - Life Sciences - 24.06.2010
Parkinson's patients risky behaviour explained
Parkinson’s patients risky behaviour explained
Scientists at UCL have explained Parkinson's patients' risky behaviour, a rare side effect of standard treatments for the disease. The finding has implications for future medication of patients. The standard treatments for Parkinson's disease, which work by increasing dopamine signalling in the brain, can trigger highly risky behaviours, known as 'impulsive-compulsive spectrum behaviours? (ICBs) in approximately 5-10% of patients.

Health - Environment - 24.06.2010
New Study Links One in Five Deaths in Bangladesh to Arsenic in the Drinking Water
' Environmental Health ' Research & Service ' New Study Links One in Five Deaths in Bangladesh to Arsenic in the Drinking Water Increased Mortality is Linked to Chronic Diseases with a 70 percent increased mortality risk among those with the highest level of exposure Between 33 and 77 million people in Bangladesh have been exposed to arsenic in the drinking water'a catastrophe that the World Health Organization has called 'the largest mass poisoning in history.

Health - Chemistry - 24.06.2010
Chemists find an easier way to synthesize new drug candidates
Chemists find an easier way to synthesize new drug candidates
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. Some drugs may be more effective the longer they last inside the body. To prevent such drugs from being broken down too rapidly, pharmaceutical manufacturers often attach a fluorine-containing structure called a trifluoromethyl group. However, the processes now used require harsh reaction conditions or only work in a small number of cases, limiting their usefulness for synthesizing new drug candidates for testing.

Psychology - Health - 24.06.2010
Study: Moms’ favoritism tied to depression in adulthood
Whether mom's golden child or her black sheep, siblings who sense that their mother consistently favors or rejects one child over others are more likely to show depressive symptoms as middle-aged adults, finds a new study by Cornell gerontologist Karl Pillemer.

Life Sciences - Health - 24.06.2010
HGP is 10: more than just genes
HGP is 10: more than just genes
In the last of a series of articles marking the 10th anniversary of the first draft human genome, OxSciBlog talks to Professor George Ebers about what we know now about the genetics involved in multiple sclerosis. Since the sequencing of the human genome, our understanding has greatly increased of the subtle interplay between our genes, our lifestyles, and all that we encounter and are exposed to as we grow up and develop.

Health - 24.06.2010
Polio research gives new insight into tackling vaccine-derived poliovirus
Polio research gives new insight into tackling vaccine-derived poliovirus
Polio research gives new insight into tackling vaccine-derived poliovirus Research shows virus can be tackled with an existing vaccine A vaccine-derived strain of poliovirus that has spread in recent years is serious but it can be tackled with an existing vaccine, according to a new study published today in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Health - Computer Science - 23.06.2010
No link between early childhood cancers and living near mobile phone base station during pregnancy, says study
No link between early childhood cancers and living near mobile phone base station during pregnancy, says study
No link between early childhood cancers and living near mobile phone base station during pregnancy, says study A new study finds no association between a mother living near to a mobile phone base station during her pregnancy and the risk of that child developing cancer before reaching the age of five - News A new study looking at the patterns of early childhood cancers across Great Britain has found no association between a mother living near to a mobile phone base station during her pregnancy and the risk of that child developing cancer before reaching the age of five.

Health - Environment - 21.06.2010
Exposure to flame retardants linked to changes in thyroid hormones
Exposure to flame retardants linked to changes in thyroid hormones
BERKELEY — Pregnant women with higher blood levels of a common flame retardant had altered thyroid hormone levels, a result that could have implications for fetal health, according to a new study led by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley. "This is the first study with a sufficient sample size to evaluate the association between PBDE flame retardants and thyroid function in pregnant women," said the study’s lead author, Jonathan Chevrier, a UC Berkeley researcher in epidemiology and in environmental health sciences.

Health - Pedagogy - 21.06.2010
Aussie school kids happy to grow and cook new foods, study reveals.
The University of Melbourne and Deakin University have released a research report evaluating the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program and confirmed that it has created positive health behaviour change in primary school children. The study was carried out over two years assessing 770 children's change in attitude, behaviour and knowledge of food.

Health - Life Sciences - 18.06.2010
UCL researching light therapy as a potential treatment for epilepsy
UCL researching light therapy as a potential treatment for epilepsy
A new clinical trial at UCL is investigating whether light therapy could benefit people with epilepsy who continue to have seizures after trying several types of medication. The research, which is being carried out at the UCL Institute of Neurology and the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, is being funded by children's health charity Action Medical Research.

Health - 17.06.2010
Parasite study offers human insight
Scientists studying the parasite, which is spread by the tsetse fly and infects the blood of people and animals, have shed light on how it is able to survive when taken up by a feeding fly. Sleeping sickness is a potentially fatal condition which affects up to 70,000 people in sub-Saharan Africa, and millions more are at risk from the disease.

Health - 17.06.2010
Parasite study offers human insight
Scientists studying the parasite, which is spread by the tsetse fly and infects the blood of people and animals, have shed light on how it is able to survive when taken up by a feeding fly. Sleeping sickness is a potentially fatal condition which affects up to 70,000 people in sub-Saharan Africa, and millions more are at risk from the disease.

Health - 17.06.2010
Key NHS IT Programmes UCL report
Key NHS IT Programmes UCL report
The Summary Care Record (SCR) and HealthSpace technologies, introduced in the NHS as part of the National Programme for IT (NPfIT), have so far demonstrated only modest benefits according to the final report of a three-year independent evaluation carried out by UCL researchers. The report's publication coincides with the publication of a research paper based on the findings in the British Medical Journal .