Misophonia: Scientists crack why eating sounds can make people angry
Feb03

Misophonia: Scientists crack why eating sounds can make people angry

Image copyright Olana Tansley-Hancock Image caption Olana Tansley-Hancock has spent more than two decades with misophonia Why some people become enraged by sounds such as eating or breathing has been explained by brain scan studies. The condition, misophonia, is far more than simply disliking noises such as nails being scraped down a blackboard. “I feel there’s a threat and get the urge to lash out – it’s the...

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‘First flu’ affects lifetime risk
Nov11

‘First flu’ affects lifetime risk

A person’s chance of falling ill from a new strain of flu are at least partly determined by the first strain they ever encountered, a study suggests. Research in Science journal looked at the 18 strains of influenza A and the hemagglutinin protein on its surface. They say there are only two types of this protein and people are protected from the one their body meets first, but at risk from the other one. A UK expert said that...

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Everything you ever wanted to know about migraines (but were in too much pain to ask)
Nov07

Everything you ever wanted to know about migraines (but were in too much pain to ask)

one in seven people around the world suffer from migraine. In the UK, migraine has a crippling economic effect, with approximately 25m days lost every year, costing the country £2.3bn. But while the condition has been studied since the time of the ancient Greeks – who attempted to treat it with trepanning, by drilling a hole into the skull to release evil spirits – it remains poorly understood with few adequate treatments. What is it?...

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Are Schools Required To Notify Parents Of Contagious Diseases?
Oct31

Are Schools Required To Notify Parents Of Contagious Diseases?

An incident in a Florida school has caused parents across the country to question just how much — or little — their children’s schools are required to tell them about contagious diseases students have. After twostudents caught hand, foot, and mouth disease at Lakeview Elementary School in Sarasota, school officials defended the fact that they hadn’t warned parents about the disease, saying the Florida Department of Health...

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Mutant mosquitoes to breed out diseases
Oct30

Mutant mosquitoes to breed out diseases

Scientists in Brazil are preparing to release millions of factory-bred mosquitoes in an attempt to wipe out their distant cousins that carry tropical diseases. The insects’ method: have sex and then die. British firm Oxitec says its genetically modified mosquitoes will swarm in among ordinary species such as Aedes aegypti, the insect that carries feared diseases such as Zika, dengue, yellow fever and chikungunya. They will mate...

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