Tag : autism

What’s new in science this week?

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Urban Forestry Reduces City Pollution: Urban air pollution is a deep rooted problem in cities, however according to a recent study, planting trees could prove to be a cost-effective option for tackling it. The Nature Conservancy (TNC) have reported that particulate matter (PM) pollution – estimated to claim 6.2 million lives … Read More

The A Word: Is autism a spectrum or a label for life?

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The Lake District provides a stunning backdrop to BBC’s The A Word, as the extended Hughes family gather for Joe’s fifth birthday party. As much as this family try to be perfect, nobody can avoid the fact that Joe (Max Vento) is disinterested and avoids people and emotionally charged situations. … Read More

‘Autism gene’ discovered at Leeds

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Researchers at Leeds have made a pioneering link between a certain type of gene deficiency and autism. The study led by Pharmacology lecturer Dr Steven Clapcote tested mice to discover whether the neurexin-II gene was linked to autistic symptoms. Mice deficient in the gene were found to have the same … Read More

Science | ‘Thinking’ guts influence thoughts

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Termed the ‘second brain’, our bodies have a completely separate nervous system, which carries 500 million neurons and stretches to nine meters, from oesophagus to anus. Historically thought to be for controlling digestion, the enteric nervous system (ENS), is now being associated with an influential role in physical and mental … Read More

Science | Why vaccines are an absolute must

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The two interventions that have most decreased child mortality in the last 100 years have been clean sanitation and vaccination programmes. Clean sanitation is an expected standard of living in any developed nation however vaccination of children is optional. This freedom of choice jeopardises the individual’s health and all other children’s health … Read More

“Lies, damn lies and statistics”: How to pick apart science headlines

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The writer Mark Twain once wrote: “there are just three types of lies: ‘lies, damn lies, and statistics“. I couldn’t have put it better myself. For a number of reasons, rubbish appears in our newspapers; MMR scares, vitamin supplements and fad diets to give just a few examples. With a … Read More