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Alzheimer’s disease could be caused by herpes virus, warn experts

Drugs trials have failed and it's time to face up to the fact Alzheimer's is probably caused by viruses and bacteria, say scientists<p>Alzheimer’s disease could be caused by viruses like herpes, a group of renowned dementia experts have warned, as they call for urgent investigation into the link.<p>The …

Zika linked to more birth defects than just microcephaly

Governments shouldn't wait for scientific proof to take action, WHO says<p>Microcephaly is "now only one of several" birth abnormalities associated with the Zika virus, Margaret Chan, director-general of the World Health Organization, said during a press conference today. Fetal death, placental …

Public Health

Scientists Report In Real Time On Challenging Zika Research

Anyone can follow the pregnancy of a monkey infected with Zika virus in real time, thanks to an experiment in data sharing that's unusual for biology.<p>Researchers in Wisconsin injected Zika virus into a pregnant rhesus macaque monkey on Monday, to start exploring how this virus can affect the brain …

Public Health

Zika infections in first trimester linked to birth defect

There were 574 cases of microcephaly in Brazil last year<p>Women who gave birth to babies with birth defects in Brazil last year were often in their first trimester during the Zika outbreak, according to a report released yesterday by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The finding …

Public Health

The £3.45 ‘Alzheimer’s drink’ that stops brain from shrinking

An EU funded trial has found that Souvenaid really does stop the brains of Alzheimer's patients from shrinking<p>A daily drink which manufacturers say can ‘manage’ Alzheimer’s disease actually does stop the brain from shrinking, a two year clinical trial has shown.<p>Souvenaid, which was created by Irish …

Disease

Discovery of plastic-eating bacteria could lead to new ways to recycle

A newly-discovered bacterium that feeds on plastic could help develop new recycling methods. The discovery was made by researchers from Japan, who say that the microorganism is remarkable for its ability to breakdown completely a common type of plastic known as PET. This digestive process is slow, …

Biology
Carbon Dioxide

Low-calorie sweetener 'linked with increased risk of leukemia' - study

The US manufacturer of Splenda has rebutted the study, stressing that extensive research has found sucralose to be safe for human consumption<p>An artificial sweetener promoted as a healthier alternative to sugar has been linked with an increased risk of leukemia in a new study.<p>Researchers at the …