Dimitra Lountzis

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Smoking 'increases risk of breast cancer in older women by almost a fifth'

Smoking increases the risk of breast cancer in older women by almost a fifth, a study has found. The discovery adds to a growing weight of evidence linking exposure to tobacco smoke with the disease.<p>US scientists who tracked the progress of around 186,000 women aged 50 to 71 found that those who …

Multiple sclerosis patients may benefit from statins, says study

A cholesterol-lowering statin taken by large numbers of people in the UK could also help people suffering from advanced multiple sclerosis, according to scientists.<p>There are no convincing treatments for MS once it moves into the later, progressive phase. Early on, most people experience what is …

Alzheimer's Diagnosis Expanding To Catch Early Warning Signs

Alzheimer's disease isn't what it used to be. After 30 years of having doctors diagnose the disease by symptoms alone, researchers and advocacy groups are calling for new diagnostic criteria that recognize changes in the brain as well as changes in behavior.<p>The goal is to eventually allow doctors …

New drug makes brain cancer cells explode

Cells belonging to the most aggressive form of brain cancer are blown to smithereens<p>By screening over 1,000 different types of molecules, scientists have managed to identify a compound that can literally blow up tumor cells belonging to the most aggressive form of brain cancer — glioblastoma …

Gene increases diabetes risk for Latinos - Futurity

A newly discovered gene contributes to a higher risk of type 2 diabetes, particularly among Mexican and other Latin American populations.

Are We Genetically Inclined To Be Materialistic?

People tend to hate to lose stuff they already own. This trait, known as the endowment effect, is likely handed down to us by evolution, since it is visible cross-culturally as well as in non-human primates. However, new research suggests certain cultures place a brake on this evolutionary trait, …

Age-related memory loss and the protein that may reverse it

Memories are just about the most precious piece of intangible property that we have — they contain a person's history, personality, and most deeply held beliefs — but there's an inevitable decline in our ability to retain them as we age. That's the problem being addressed by scientists at the …

Social enterprise Findacure aims to unlock new insights into rare diseases

Rare diseases might be called that, but they affect 3.5 million people in the UK alone. Most have no cure. Funding research into these diseases is challenging. But, when it does take place, it often leads to the discovery of potential treatments for chronic conditions from which many more people …

Miniature brains grown in test tubes – a new path for neuroscience?

Scientists have grown miniature human brains in test tubes, creating a "tool" that will allow them to watch how the organs develop in the womb and, they hope, increase their understanding of neurological and mental problems.<p>Just a few millimetres across, the "cerebral organoids" are built up of …

Six chemicals we consume in our food and drink that should be banned

Last week BuzzFeed published a list of eight foods that folks in the USA are eating but are banned in other parts of the world. The chemical community turned its venom on BuzzFeed. But I think BuzzFeed did a pretty good job of bringing the debate on chemicals in food to the fore. Don't believe the …

How We Remember To Remember

The way our brain handles remembering to remember something, called prospective memory, has been somewhat of a mystery to scientists, until now.<p>"Remind me not to forget…" I often say to my roommate. My phone charger. The sandwich I made to take to work. The bill I need to put in the mail.<p>The way …

The tiny insect has been behind amazing discoveries in genetics – and now it's a mainstay of embryology<p>A few tiny flies have set up home in my kitchen. Some eggs must have arrived with a batch of bananas, and now it seems they've settled in and are reproducing. I'm not too worried: there's not …

Six chemicals we consume in our food and drink that should be banned

Last week BuzzFeed published a list of eight foods that folks in the USA are eating but are banned in other parts of the world. The chemical …

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Bacterial apocalypse – the bugs are getting cleverer, and we are doing little to stop them

We're all doomed.<p>Well, possibly not. But having recently returned from the American Society for Microbiology annual meeting in Denver, Colorado, …

Breast cancer screening not shown to reduce deaths, say researchers

Breast cancer screening programmes have yet to show a reduction in the number of women who die from the disease, researchers say. A study suggests …

UK raises alarm on deadly rise of superbugs

Britain is to urge the G8 to take action against the spread of drug-resistant microbes as medical and veterinary experts warn that co-ordinated …

Is the rise in antibiotic use on farms a threat to humans?

The use of some of the most potent antibiotics available has surged among British farmers in the last decade, stoking fears that the burgeoning …

Human genes patent ruling: some clarity but real problem remains

The US supreme court decision that natural human genes cannot be patented will be greeted with huge cheers by some campaigners and researchers, and …