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Health - 11.01.2017
IMF lending conditions curb healthcare investment in West Africa, study finds
IMF lending conditions curb healthcare investment in West Africa, study finds
Research shows budget reduction targets and public sector caps, insisted on by the IMF as loan conditions, result in reduced health spending and medical 'brain drain' in developing West African nations.

Health - Life Sciences - 10.01.2017
High-sugar diet programmes a short lifespan in flies
High-sugar diet programmes a short lifespan in flies
Flies with a history of eating a high sugar diet live shorter lives, even after their diet improves. This is because the unhealthy diet drives long-term reprogramming of gene expression, according to a UCL-led team of researchers. The study, published today in Cell Reports , discovered that the action of a gene called FOXO is inhibited in flies given a high sugar diet in early life, causing long-term effects.

Health - 10.01.2017
New model predicts when people are willing to try new things
New model predicts when people are willing to try new things
A new model to predict when people are most likely to try different products has been developed by scientists at UCL and dunnhumby, a customer science company. The research could help to direct public health interventions aimed at encouraging healthier choices. The team analysed anonymous purchase data from over 280,000 shoppers who regularly bought products in six categories: beers, breads, coffees, toilet papers, washing detergents and yogurts.

Health - Life Sciences - 09.01.2017
Crohn's disease risk and prognosis determined by different genes, study finds
Crohn’s disease risk and prognosis determined by different genes, study finds
Researchers have identified a series of genetic variants that affect the severity of Crohn's disease, an inflammatory bowel disease - but surprisingly, none of these variants appear to be related to an individual's risk of developing the condition in the first place.

Life Sciences - Health - 09.01.2017
Retroviruses ’almost half a billion years old’
Researchers have found that retroviruses could be half a billion years old - several hundred million years older than previously thought. Retroviruses - the family of viruses that includes HIV - are almost half a billion years old, according to new research by scientists at Oxford University. That's several hundred million years older than previously thought and suggests retroviruses have ancient marine origins, having been with their animal hosts through the evolutionary transition from sea to land.

Life Sciences - Health - 06.01.2017
Mediterranean diet may protect your brain in old age, new finding suggests
Mediterranean diet may protect your brain in old age, new finding suggests
Could a Mediterranean diet keep your brain young? That is the tantalising finding from a study out this week. Writing on The Conversation website, Professor Paul Fletcher from the Department of Psychiatry investigates the findings. Amid the contention about diets and detoxes, sugar and fats, there is at least general agreement that a Mediterranean diet - fruit, vegetables, olive oil, grains, fish - is a good thing.

Life Sciences - Health - 06.01.2017
Bacteria resists 'last-resort' antibiotic
Bacteria resists ’last-resort’ antibiotic
An international research team, led by the University of Bristol, has provided the first clues to understand how the mcr-1 gene protects bacteria from colistin - a 'last resort' antibiotic used to treat life-threatening bacterial infections that do not respond to other treatment options.

Economics / Business - Health - 05.01.2017
Job clubs could help reduce depression in people through unemployment
Job clubs could help reduce depression in people through unemployment
Job clubs could be effective in reducing depression in people experiencing the effects of unemployment, particularly those at high risk of depression, an NIHR-funded study has found. Many people feeling depressed and anxious because of financial hardship do not seek help from their GP.

Health - Life Sciences - 05.01.2017
‘Molecular volume control’ may help combat tumours
A 'molecular volume control' may one day be used to manipulate enzyme activity in order control the development and treatment of cancer, according to research at the Universities of Dundee and Bath. The researchers have uncovered new functions of an enzyme called Dual-specificity phosphatase 5 (DUSP5), which will help scientists to better understand how tumours develop.

Life Sciences - Health - 05.01.2017
Genetics play a significant role in immunity
Nearly three quarters of immune traits are influenced by genes, new research from King's reveals. The study published today , adds to a growing body of evidence that the genetic influence on our immune system is significantly higher than previously thought. Researchers from King's, supported by the NIHR Biomedical Research Centre at Guy's and St Thomas' Foundation Trust and King's College London, analysed 23,000 immune traits in 497 adult female twins from the TwinsUK cohort.
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