Pro-vaccine messages are having the opposite effect

Public Release: 7-Aug-2017 Pro-vaccine messages can boost belief in MMR myths, study shows University of Edinburgh Current strategies for correcting misinformation about the dangers of vaccinations have the opposite effect and reinforce ill-founded beliefs, a study suggests. Presenting scientific facts to disprove misconceptions was found to actually strengthen unfounded opinions, such as that the measles,…

Genes that lead to coronary disease are need for fertility

Public Release: 22-Jun-2017 Human genes for coronary artery disease make them more prolific parents Genome-wide scans suggest that natural selection keeps these genes in the population as they benefit childbearing capacity PLOS Coronary artery disease may have persisted in human populations because the genes that cause this late-striking disease also contribute to greater numbers of…

The cold exterminated all of them

Public Release: 6-Mar-2017   Through age determinations that are using the radioactive decay of uranium, scientists have discovered that one of the greatest mass extinctions was due to an ice age and not to a warming of Earth temperature Université de Genève   Caption Permian-Triassic boundary in shallow marine sediments, characterised by a significant sedimentation…

Experts claim “ There is no threshold for LDL cholesterol below which there are no net benefits of statins “

Public Release: 18-Jan-2017 Experts urge for wider prescription of statins in treatment and prevention Link to diabetes is questionable and inconsequential Florida Atlantic University World-renowned researchers from the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine at Florida Atlantic University as well as Harvard Medical School address the possible but unproven link between statins and diabetes, as…

When horses are in trouble they ask humans for help

Public Release: 15-Dec-2016   Kobe University   IMAGE: Horse with caretaker at the equestrian club. Credit: Kobe University Research Fellow Monamie RINGHOFER and Associate Professor Shinya YAMAMOTO (Kobe University Graduate School of Intercultural Studies) have proved that when horses face unsolvable problems they use visual and tactile signals to get human attention and ask for…

Saturated fat could be good for you ?

“Participants on the very-high-fat diet also had substantial improvements in several important cardiometabolic risk factors, such as ectopic fat storage, blood pressure, blood lipids (triglycerides), insulin and blood sugar.” Public Release: 2-Dec-2016 A Norwegian study challenges the long-held idea that saturated fats are unhealthy The University of Bergen A new Norwegian diet intervention study (FATFUNC),…

Viruses revealed to be a major driver of human evolution

Public Release: 13-Jul-2016 “The discovery that this constant battle with viruses has shaped us in every aspect–not just the few proteins that fight infections, but everything–is profound. “ Study tracking protein adaptation over millions of years yields insights relevant to fighting today’s viruses Genetics Society of America   Aminopeptidase N is a protein that acts…

Fish can recognize human faces, new research shows

Public Release: 7-Jun-2016   University of Oxford A species of tropical fish has been shown to be able to distinguish between human faces. It is the first time fish have demonstrated this ability. The research, carried out by a team of scientists from the University of Oxford (UK) and the University of Queensland (Australia), found…