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One third of a pint of beer reduces brain function

Daily Mail (UK) - 15/01/2018
Researchers from Oxford University found consuming more than 10g, or one unit, of alcohol every day significantly reduces people's cognitive function, which worsens as the drinker ages.

Music Therapy Offers an End-of-Life Grace Note

New York Times - 15/01/2018
Music therapy is becoming more common in nursing homes and hospices, where it has been shown to improve a patient’s quality of life.

YouGov sruvey shows three in five adults drink to cope

Daily Mail (UK) - 15/01/2018
Three in five adults hit the bottle to cope with the stress of everyday life, according to a YouGov survey of 6,000 people. And experts are more worried about the middle-aged than teenagers.

Susie Burrell reveals key concepts for weight loss

Daily Mail (UK) - 15/01/2018
Leading Australian dietitian Susie Burrell believes long-term, and sustainable, weight loss can be achieved through implementing better eating habits. FEMAIL takes a look her top five tips.

A matter of mobility: New strategy for drug discovery

Science Daily (US) - 15/01/2018
A joint industry/academia study of a cancer target protein reveals unusual relation between binding site flexibility and drug-target lifetime. The results suggest a new strategy for drug discovery.

Power stations in cells may protect brain against Parkinson´s

Science Daily (US) - 15/01/2018
A new study shows that impairment in mitochondria may actually protect the brain in Parkinson’s disease.

Coca-Cola to cut bottle size but increase price in face of sugar tax

BBC Health News - 15/01/2018
Bottles of the famous fizzy drink will be smaller and more expensive from March onwards.

A&E volunteer students 'will work within capabilities'

BBC Health News - 15/01/2018
But bosses insist medical students helping meet winter NHS demand will work within their abilities.

Surfers three times more likely to have antibiotic-resistant bacteria in guts

Science Daily (US) - 15/01/2018
Scientists compared fecal samples from surfers and non-surfers to assess whether the surfers' guts contained E. coli bacteria that were able to grow in the presence of the antibiotic cefotaxime. Cefotaxime has previously been prescribed to kill off these bacteria, but some have acquired genes that enable them to survive this treatment. The study found that 13 of 143 (9 percent) of surfers were colonized by these resistant bacteria, compared to just four of 130 (3 percent) of non-surfers swabbed.

Teens who were severely bullied as children at higher risk of suicidal thoughts, mental health issue

Science Daily (US) - 15/01/2018
Teens who were severely bullied as children by peers are at higher risk of mental health issues, including suicidal thoughts and behaviours, according to new research.

Flawed research methods exaggerate the prevalence of depression

Science Daily (US) - 15/01/2018
The common practice of using patient self-report screening questionnaires rather than diagnostic interviews conducted by researchers has resulted in overestimates of the prevalence of depression, according to a new analysis.

Genes that aid spinal cord healing in lamprey also present in humans, researchers discover

Science Daily (US) - 15/01/2018
Many of the genes involved in natural repair of the injured spinal cord of the lamprey are also active in the repair of the peripheral nervous system in mammals, according to a new study.

Energy drinks can negatively impact health of youth

Science Daily (US) - 15/01/2018
Over half of Canadian youth and young adults who have consumed energy drinks have experienced negative health effects as a result, according to a new study.

Genes that repair spinal cord in fish are also in humans, researchers find

Science Daily (US) - 15/01/2018
Many of the genes that repair an injured spinal cord in a fish called the lamprey are also active in the repair of the peripheral nervous system in mammals, researchers report.

Electronic modulation of carotid sinus nerve can be used as a treatment for type 2 diabetes in rats

Science Daily (US) - 15/01/2018
In a new study in rats, researchers have demonstrated that is possible to restore insulin sensitivity and glucose homeostasis by modulating electrically the carotid sinus nerve, the sensitive nerve that connects the carotid body with the brain.

Circadian clock proteins set the pace of plant growth

News Medical (Australia) - 15/01/2018
Scientists at the Centre for Research in Agricultural Genomics (CRAG) in Spain have identified the members of a protein family linked with the internal clocks of plants that act sequentially to restrict plant growth until just before daylight, according to a new study published in the journal Current Biology.

Young people experience side effects from energy drinks

Daily Mail (UK) - 15/01/2018
Researchers from the University of Waterloo in Ontario believe, as well as the drinks' alarmingly high caffeine levels, consuming them with alcohol or during exercise may make them even more dangerous.

Administration of Two Proteins Shown to Counteract Neurodegeneration in Parkinson's Disease

News Medical (Australia) - 15/01/2018
A combination therapy made up of two neurotrophic factors can reduce the degenerative effects of Parkinson’s disease, shows new research.

Welsh father lost his arm due to deadly flesh-eating bug

Daily Mail (UK) - 15/01/2018
Luke Dobson, 42, from Undy, near Chepstow, South Wales, initially just had pain in his elbow but was rushed to hospital when his condition took a turn for the worse. He is still in intensive care.

Irish boy dies days after visiting doctor with the 'flu'

Daily Mail (UK) - 15/01/2018
Sean Hughes, from Dublin, passed away at Temple Street Hospital on Friday - after being rushed for emergency treatment the evening before. He saw his GP on Wednesday.