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Scientists discover mechanisms behind aggressive forms of cancer

Scientists have discovered the mechanisms that can explain how cancer genes are switched on and off.

Can vitamin D help against COPD?

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients with deficient levels of vitamin D displayed poorer lung functionality and more rapid deterioration of lung function in a three-year period, according to new research.

Scientist: lose weight effectively with a simple math-based diet

Can simple mathematics provide an effective and easy diet? Yes, says the scientist behind a new method, which will soon be available as an app.

How basic research helps fine-tune cancer treatments

Scientists have discovered a surprising mechanism that controls cell-repairing proteins. The new research could substantially improve cancer treatments in the future.

Grief does not carry over to the unborn child

Scientists find no indications in children that reflect on their mother’s grief during pregnancy.

Taking fish oil while pregnant prevents childhood asthma

Children’s risk of developing asthma decreases significantly if the mother takes fish oil during the last trimester of pregnancy. The effect is especially strong among women who eat little fish and have a particular genetic variant.

Many men needlessly tested for prostate cancer

Doctors often retest men for prostate cancer, even though the first test showed no signs of cancer. This is pointless and debases male patients, say scientists.

3-D printed organs may solve organ donation shortages

It was just 10 months ago that a research team at the Wake Forest School of Medicine in the US reported that they had printed out an ear made from living cartilage cells.

Male circumcision greatly increases risk of urinary tract problems

Circumcised boys are 16-26 times more likely to develop urinary tract problems, shows new research.

Sea snail poison holds key to new diabetes medicine

Sea snails use a quick-acting insulin to kill fish, which could be developed into an effective treatment for diabetes.

Malaria vaccine halts spread of cancer

Scientists have successfully used a malaria vaccine to neutralise sugars on the surface of cancer cells, preventing cancer from spreading throughout the body.

Scientists close to a cure for sickle cell anaemia

A new cure for sickle cell anaemia could be on the way following a breakthrough in CRISPR technology

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