Sophie Ellis

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MERS Cases Increasing in Saudi Arabia, And The Hajj Is Coming

When last we checked in on the elusive disease MERS—Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, caused by a virus related to the cause of the worldwide SARS epidemic in 2003—it had been brewing in the Gulf states for three years, but was triggering international alarm because of an outbreak in Korea.<p>That was …

Of 100 Published Psychology Studies, Less Than Half Could Be Reproduced Successfully

Prepare your grains of salt<p>One of the pillars of scientific research--perhaps the one that makes science as definitive as it is--is that any study should be capable of being repeated under the same methods and conditions and if the research holds true, the same result will be found every time the …

Female-to-male transsexuals 'start to think like men' after hormone treatment

Study finds that testosterone decreased verbal and multitasking abilities whilst boosting spatial awareness<p>It is a commonly held belief, certainly among the fairer sex, that women are better at multitasking than men.<p>And scientists have now discovered that women undergoing a sex change start to …

The Brain

The disturbing consequences of seeing your doppelganger

One morning, a man discovered his double staring him in the eyes. Anil Ananthaswamy explores a dangerous hallucination that reveals how the brain constructs our sense of self.<p>More than two decades ago, Peter Brugger, as a PhD student in neuropsychology at the University Hospital Zurich in …

Consciousness

Cholesterol-busting wonder drug unlikely to be rolled out across NHS

Repatha goes on sale on Tuesday, but few people will be prescribed it, warn health experts<p>A new wonder drug which can halve cholesterol levels without the side-effects of statins is unlikely to be available widely on the NHS because of the cost, health experts have said.<p>Repatha, which goes on sale …

Medical Research

Tickborne Diseases: Widespread, Serious, and Taking Us By Surprise

I spent most of last week at the International Conference on Emerging Infectious Diseases, a 1,500-person meeting of epidemiologists, physicians and microbiologists that is co-sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Society for Microbiology. The ICEID, as it’s …

Disease

Depressed people suffer chest pain more often - Futurity

People with depression tend to have more frequent chest pain, even if they don't have coronary artery disease. Do the two share a neurochemical …

Medicine

How E. coli touch 'neighbors' to deliver toxins - Futurity

A new look at how bacteria deliver toxins to neighboring cells could one day lead to a delivery system for antibiotics or other drugs, report …

Toxins

Scientists Discover New Disease Caused By Prion Protein

Scientists have discovered the first new human disease caused by a "prion" in more than 50 years. Prions are strange, deformed proteins that can act like viruses and bacteria.<p>Transcript<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:<p>Scientists have discovered a mutant protein that can spread through the brain like a virus, …

Neuroscience

Rare Brain Disease Is Caused by Cousin of Mad Cow Agent, Study Finds

Breaking News Emails<p>Get breaking news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings.<p>SUBSCRIBE<p>A rare, incurable brain disorder that resembles Parkinson’s disease is caused by a misfolded brain protein called a prion, similar to the prions that cause mad cow …

Parkinson's Disease

Trial results expose Tamiflu's limitations in preventing pandemics

Independent researchers studying findings say drug carries side-effects and fails to reduce need for hospital treatment<p>Responding to the avian flu pandemic in 2006, the UK government went on to spend £424m on stockpiling Tamiflu over six years, believing it to be money well spent.<p>Since then, …

‘Heart in a box’ keeps beating until transplanted

Experts say device could increase the pool of eligible heart donors, though ethical concerns remain<p>A device that reanimates organs taken from dead patients has shown promise in heart transplant surgeries, though it's raising some ethical concerns, as well. As <i>MIT Technology Review</i> reports, the …

Why is the NHS vaccination for meningitis B not provided to everyone?

The NHS can’t afford to protect everyone from this rare but often fatal bug: babies over six months miss out. Here’s what you need to know if your child is not eligible for the vaccine<p>Bacterial meningitis is the worst nightmare of every parent roused by a screaming child at three in the morning. …