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Speaking two languages can delay the onset of Alzheimer’s Disease

The benefits of being bilingual can extend beyond being able to locate the toilets when holidaying abroad. A team of researchers have found that a lifelong use of two or more languages can delay the onset of Alzheimer’s disease. Their … Continue reading

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Smoke screen: research sheds light on how likely you are to quit the cigs

Despite the apparent serenity with which the lady-on-the-advert manages to kick her fag habit, it can take more than the latest nicotine patch, lozenge or suppository to stop smoking.  And looking past the unnerving way such adverts actually manage to market … Continue reading

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WHSD? The Week in Science

The study of lice DNA has revealed humans first started wearing clothes 170,000 years ago. Through analysing DNA sequencing of lice, David Reed was able to calculate when clothing lice genetically diverged from human head lice. A new study has … Continue reading

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WHSD? The Week in Science

New light has been shed on the astonishing way bacteria prioritise their DNA repair work. A team at the University of Bristol discovered a greater similarity between bacteria and human DNA repair than previously thought. Type 1 diabetic men may … Continue reading

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The Lingering Ghost of Mephedrone

The bill to outlaw the psychoactive cathinone mephedrone was hurried through parliament earlier this year, but a study published in the Lancett has found that users are still getting hold of the substance. Its ban has also lead to the … Continue reading

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WHSD? The Week in Science

Jet-setters may run the risk of long-term memory problems. A study using Syrian hamsters has shown that chronic jet lag creates persistent changes in the hippocampus, an area of the brain that plays an important role in memory processing. A … Continue reading

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WHSD? The Week in Science

The venom from a scorpion sting could be used to reduce the risk of heart bypass failures, research has shown. A toxin found in the venom of the Central American bark scorpion hasbeen found to be 100 times more effective in controlling the growth … Continue reading

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