LONDON, March 5 (Reuters) – Exposure to second-hand smoke in
childhood causes irreversible damage to children’s arteries -
increasing their risk of heart attacks or strokes when they grow
up, according to a large international study published on
The research, which lends weight to campaigns for smoking to
be banned in private cars and homes, found passive smoking leads
to a thickening of children’s artery walls, adding some 3.3
years to the age of blood vessels by adulthood.
LONDON, Feb 27 (Reuters) – Britain proposed new regulations
on Thursday that would make it the first country in the world to
offer “three-parent” fertility treatments to families who want
to avoid passing on incurable diseases to their children.
The move was praised by doctors and but feared by critics,
who say the technique will lead to the creation of genetically
modified designer babies.
LONDON (Reuters) – Britain published draft regulations on Thursday that would make it the first country in the world to offer “three-parent” fertility treatments to families who want to avoid passing on incurable diseases to their children.
In a move praised by doctors and but feared by critics who say the technique will lead to eugenic “designer babies”, the government said the new rules were aimed at preventing transmission of a serious disease from mother to child and would be subject to public scrutiny and parliament’s approval.
LONDON, Feb 27 (Reuters) – Intervention strategies have
helped mitigate the psychological impact on British soldiers of
more than 10 years of conflict in Iraq and Afghanistan, a new
study suggests, leaving them mentally healthier than their U.S.
But the study, by the King’s Centre for Military Health
Research at King’s College London, found some British soldiers -
particularly reservists and soldiers deployed in combat – do
seem more vulnerable to mental illness when they come home.
LONDON (Reuters) – British brain scientists have identified the first biomarker, or biological signpost, for clinical depression and say it could help find boys in particular who are at risk of developing the debilitating mental illness.
In a study in the Proceedings of the National Academies of Science (PNAS) journal, the team found that teenage boys who have a combination of depressive symptoms and raised levels of the stress hormone cortisol are up to 14 times more likely to develop major depression than those who show neither trait.
LONDON, Feb 17 (Reuters) – Financial markets may be more
vulnerable to traders’ stress levels than previously thought,
according to a scientific study which found that high levels of
the stress hormone cortisol can induce risk aversion.
The findings, which turns on its head the assumption that
traders appetite for risk-taking remains constant throughout
market up and downs, suggests stress could in fact make them
more cautious, exacerbating financial crises just at a time when
risk-taking is needed to support crashing markets.
LONDON (Reuters) – A year after they revealed a twisted skeleton found under a car park as the mortal remains of King Richard III, scientists in Britain plan to grind samples of his ancient bones and use them to map his genome.
The project, which may alter perceptions of the last king of England to die in battle more than 500 years ago, aims to learn about Richard’s ancestry and health, and provide a genetic archive for historians, researchers and the public.
LONDON (Reuters) – Researchers have found a gene linking intelligence to the thickness of so-called “grey matter” in the brain, and say their discovery could help scientists understand how and why some people have learning difficulties.
An international team of scientists analyzed DNA samples and brain scans from more than 1,500 healthy 14-year-olds and gave them a series of tests to establish their verbal and non-verbal intelligence.
LONDON, Feb 10 (Reuters) – Children with cancer are being
denied access to potentially life-saving medicines because
European Union rules allow drug firms to waive the need to test
some drugs in paediatric trials, researchers said on Monday.
Calling for a loophole in EU legislation to be closed,
scientists and specialists in childhood oncology led by
Britain’s Institute for Cancer Research (ICR) said changing the
rules could extend or save many young lives.
LONDON, Feb 10 (Reuters) – Setting a minimum alcohol price
of 45 pence ($0.73) a unit in Britain would cut deaths and
hospital time among heavy drinkers yet have virtually no adverse
impact on the pockets of moderate drinkers, researchers said on
In a study which calls into question a government decision
last year to drop plans to set a minimum price for alcohol,
researchers found it would have the greatest effect on the 5
percent of people who drink at rates classified as “harmful”.