Personalised Risk Estimates of Diabetes Does Not Motivate Healthy Behaviour

Diabetes November 29, 2016 at 7:00 PM 0 comments

COMMUNICATING personalised information about genetic and phenotypic risks of Type 2 diabetes does not motivate positive behaviour change in the short-term. This is according to the results of a new study carried out by researchers at the University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK. The study highlights the need for future researchRead More

Astronauts’ Visual Impairment Involves Changes in Cerebrospinal Fluid

Uncategorized November 28, 2016 at 2:53 PM 0 comments

OCULAR impairments experienced by astronauts are linked to space-induced volume changes in cerebrospinal fluid (CSF), according to research presented today at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA). In a new study, Prof Noam Alperin from the University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida, USA, and hisRead More

Promising Inhibitory Human Monoclonal Antibody Discovery in The Fight Against Zika

Promising Inhibitory Human Monoclonal Antibody Discovery in The Fight Against Zika

Reproductive Health November 28, 2016 at 11:34 AM 0 comments

ZIKA virus infection of expectant mothers can have devastating consequences, particularly for the fetus, and yet at present no vaccine is available. At the beginning of this year, the Zika virus pandemic was declared a public health emergency of international concern by the World Health Organization (WHO), igniting a driveRead More

Newborn Telomere Length Shortened by Maternal Obesity

Newborn Telomere Length Shortened by Maternal Obesity

Reproductive Health November 28, 2016 at 11:33 AM 0 comments

FETAL PROGRAMMING and epigenetic influences are current topics of extensive debate. Although the impacts of smoking and alcohol consumption during pregnancy are well-relayed, the potential associations of maternal weight and BMI on newborn cellular health is an area little researched. Now, researchers from Hasselt University, Hasselt, Belgium, have found aRead More

New Test for Cocaine in Saliva and Urine

Uncategorized November 25, 2016 at 12:00 PM 0 comments

PORTABLE roadside or clinic-based diagnostic tests for cocaine and benzoylecgonine might now be possible thanks to a new device developed by researchers in the UK. The device is a mass spectrometer that uses chromatography to separate cocaine from other compounds in urine and saliva. A team of scientists, led byRead More

Children May Be Less Likely to Misbehave with Fathers Well-Adjusted to Parenthood

Uncategorized November 25, 2016 at 8:30 AM 0 comments

CHILDREN whose fathers have positive emotional responses to parenting and a sense of security in their role as both a parent and a partner may be less likely to have behavioural problems, according to the findings of a large observational study. According to Dr Charles Opondo and his colleagues atRead More

Retrieval Practice Offers Protection from Stress-Related Memory Loss

Neurology November 24, 2016 at 7:05 PM 0 comments

THE RESULTS of a new study have shown that retrieval practice (RP) is an effective strategy for protecting against memory impairment caused by stress. A team of scientists from Tufts University, Massachusetts, USA, conducted an experiment that showed individuals engaging in RP, or the act of taking practice tests, appearedRead More

Teenage Pregnancy Rates Falling in the UK

Reproductive Health November 24, 2016 at 3:10 PM 0 comments

TEENAGE pregnancy rates in the UK continue to drop while, for the first time, the quarterly number of conceptions falls below 20 conceptions per 1,000 girls in England and Wales. This is according to the latest figures released by the UK’s Office of National Statistics (ONS) for the number ofRead More

Artificial Intelligence May Help Override Fearful Memories

Neurology November 24, 2016 at 11:20 AM 0 comments

SCIENTISTS have created a procedure that can remove specific fearful memories from the brain, which could be used as a new therapy for treating fear-related disorders. A team of neuroscientists used a combination of real-time brain imaging, artificial intelligence, and small monetary rewards to override fear responses to specific memoriesRead More

Wearable Skin Device Analyses Sweat for Fitness Feedback

Innovations November 24, 2016 at 9:03 AM 0 comments

A SKIN-PATCH that communicates wirelessly with a smartphone to provide colorimetric analysis of sweat has now been developed, which could be used to monitor health during exercise. In a new paper, Dr Ahyeon Koh, Micro and Nanotechnology Laboratory, University of Illinois, Urbana, USA, and colleagues report on their new adhesiveRead More