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Exposure to worm infection in the womb may protect against eczema,...

Exposure to worm infections in the womb may protect a newborn infant from developing eczema, a study funded by the Wellcome Trust suggests. A large trial in Uganda showed that treating a pregnant woman for worm infections increased her child's chanc...

Smoking accounts for up to 60 percent of gender gap in...

Smoking accounts for up to 60% of the gender gap in death rates across Europe, and kills twice as many men as alcohol, reveals research published online in Tobacco Control. The reasons why women have been outliving men in developed European countr...

34 percent of Galician secondary schools exceed maximum recommended radon levels

Researchers from the University of Santiago de Compostela (USC) have analysed levels of radon, a natural radioactive gas, in 58 secondary schools in Galicia. The results show that 34% of these schools exceed the limit of 400 Bequerels/m3 recom...

The genetic basis of brain diseases

In research published today, scientists have studied human brain samples to isolate a set of proteins that accounts for over 130 brain diseases. The paper also shows an intriguing link between diseases and the evolution of the human brain. Brain d...

Swine flu variant linked to fatal cases might have disabled the...

A variant of last year's pandemic influenza linked to fatal cases carried a mutation that enabled it to infect a different subset of cells lining the airway, according to new research. The study, due to be published next week in the Journal of Virol...

Study into the booby traps of breastfeeding in the UK

Australian researchers are embarking on a study of mums in the United Kingdom to discover if "guilt-tripping women" into breastfeeding is effective in persuading them to opt for breast over bottle. Queensland University of Technology (QUT) is a re...

Welsh scientists ‘clone’ human virus

A team of Welsh scientists have successfully cloned a human virus offering new hope for the treatment of potentially life-threatening diseases. Human cytomegalovirus (HCMV) is a major infectious cause of congenital malformations worldwide. The vi...

Publication of World Health Report 2000 ‘an act of remarkable courage,’...

Ten years on, Martin McKee reflects on report placed health system performance rankings firmly on political agenda. Martin McKee, Professor of European Health at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine has contributed one of three comment...

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