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Toddler with Ondine Syndrome could die when she sleeps

Daily Mail (UK) - 23/11/2017
Paula Teixeira, three, from Zamora, Spain, has Ondine Syndrome, which causes her to stop breathing the moment she falls asleep, putting her at risk of death. She requires a ventilator at night.

Bowel cancer could soon be diagnosed by blood test

Daily Mail (UK) - 23/11/2017
About 41,000 Britons are diagnosed with bowel cancer – a type of colorectal cancer – each year, making it the UK’s second-biggest cancer killer.

Sexual harassment at work causing women depression

Daily Mail (UK) - 23/11/2017
Most victims are female, but complaints by men have risen, found a University of Texas study. An earlier poll found 1 in 5 British women and 7% of men have suffered sexual harassment.

CDC warns cookie dough is still a threat

Daily Mail (UK) - 23/11/2017
Researchers at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warn that, due to the way flour is manufactured in the US, there is always a risk of E. coli lying dormant in packets.

How heritage turkeys are changing Thanksgiving

CNN (US) - 23/11/2017
What exactly are heritage turkeys? Here are the qualifications for a turkey to have the "heritage" title, and why some of us are going gaga to gobble them up.

Anniversary of first ever heart transplant is next week

Daily Mail (UK) - 23/11/2017
Images from 'Christiaan Barnard: The Surgeon Who Dared' by David Cooper show the South African ground-breaking surgeon hard at work in the operating theatre doing open-heart surgery.

Rita Ora's egg freezing in early 20s 'a positive move,' doctors say

BBC Health News - 23/11/2017
The singer, now 26, said she had the procedure done as she "always wanted a big family".

Study identifies several barriers to routine HIV testing in the UK and U.S.

News Medical (Australia) - 23/11/2017
A new HIV Medicine study identified several barriers to routine HIV testing in emergency departments and acute medical units in the UK and US.

Penn neuroscientists develop first whole-brain map of electrical connectivity key to memory processing

News Medical (Australia) - 23/11/2017
A team of neuroscientists at the University of Pennsylvania has constructed the first whole-brain map of electrical connectivity in the brain based on data from nearly 300 neurosurgical patients with electrodes implanted directly on the brain.

Saving and erasure of memories depends on subtle brain signals, TSRI scientists find

News Medical (Australia) - 23/11/2017
The fragrance of hot pumpkin pie can bring back pleasant memories of holidays past, while the scent of an antiseptic hospital room may cause a shudder. The power of odors to activate memories both pleasing and aversive exists in many animals, from humans to the humble fruit fly.

Studies on evolutionary origin of teeth, vertebra illuminate human link to marine organisms

News Medical (Australia) - 23/11/2017
Two new studies on the evolutionary origin of teeth and of vertebra further illuminate the human connection to marine organisms that goes back millions of years.

Study identifies signaling pathway essential for growth of new blood vessels

News Medical (Australia) - 23/11/2017
A new study led by researchers at Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute (SBP) identifies a signaling pathway that is essential for angiogenesis, the growth of new blood vessels from pre-existing vessels.

NYT gets trolled for recipe for Brussels sprout sliders

Daily Mail (UK) - 23/11/2017
The New York Times posted a years-old recipe for a vegetarian slider dish on Twitter this week. It calls for Brussels sprouts cut in half like a burger bun and filled with onions and marinated tempeh.

Tiny robots could pave way for treating illness in hard-to-reach areas of the body

News Medical (Australia) - 23/11/2017
Tiny remotely operated robots could be designed to diagnose and treat illness in hard-to-reach areas of the human body, research suggests.

'Thanksgiving miracle': Baby denied kidney receives transplant

CNN (US) - 23/11/2017
An Atlanta baby receives a kidney transplant after the hospital first denied surgery due to his father's arrest.

Living in London is as bad for health as a nuclear zone

Daily Mail (UK) - 23/11/2017
Research at Bristol University has found people who live in a contaminated area lose a few months of life expectancy, comparable to living in a polluted city.

Low levels of miR-29 could reduce susceptibility to cardiac fibrosis

News Medical (Australia) - 23/11/2017
Cardiac fibrosis involves an increase of connective tissue in the cardiac muscle, causing a loss of function. A team of researchers at the Technical University of Munich has now discovered that microRNA 29 (miR-29) plays an important role in the formation of tissue fibrosis.

Bacteria in the intestine can play important pacemaker role in peristalsis

News Medical (Australia) - 23/11/2017
Spontaneous contractions of the digestive tract play an important role in almost all animals, and ensure healthy bowel functions. From simple invertebrates to humans, there are consistently similar patterns of movement, through which rhythmic contractions of the muscles facilitate the transport and mixing of the bowel contents.

Why you should cover your ears when a train goes past

Daily Mail (UK) - 23/11/2017
Researchers in Canada were the first to quantify how much noise most people are exposed to during their commute. They found long-term exposure leads to hearing loss and depression.

Coffee cuts risk of heart disease and help you live longer

Daily Mail (UK) - 23/11/2017
This amount cuts the risk of heart disease by 15% and early death by 17%, found the University of Southampton. It also slashes chances of certain cancers, diabetes, liver disease and dementia.