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Breast cancer survival improving following HRT scares, figures show

Breast cancer survival is significantly improving in the UK following scares over the safety of hormone replacement therapy (HRT), a major international study has found. The analysis reveals Britain’s survival rate has gone from the worst among Europe’s biggest countries to second best in the last five years. Improved screening for middle-aged women is partly the reason, however the authors also credit a reduction in take-up of HRT by menopausal women. The treatment is used to ease uncomfortable...
Tags: Europe, UK, Science, Eu, Spain, Britain, Italy, Poland, University of Milan, HRT, France Germany, Fabrice André, Baroness Delyth Morgan


Why there's nowhere better to look up than Britain – plus the best stargazing locations on home soil

Something strange happened on the way to the pub: the sky burst into life. Walking down the unlit lane through the barely lit village on the edge of the inky North Sea, I was blindsided by the depth of the darkness and, with every passing second, by the intensifying brightness up above. Every time my eyes scanned a different patch of the heavens, a new pinprick appeared, as if by merely looking I was magicking the stars; every glimpse conjured another constellation, another fanciful join-the-dot...
Tags: Europe, UK, Science, Wales, Aberdeen, Britain, Greater Manchester, Orion, Cambridgeshire, National Trust, Namibia, North Sea, Norwich, Scilly, Cumbria, Great Britain


Your Kids Are Absolutely Right to Go On Strike

(Bloomberg Opinion) -- John Lanchester’s new novel “The Wall” imagines Britain after “The Change.” Following a dramatic shift in temperature and sea levels, the U.K. has barricaded off what remains of the coastline; in Lanchester’s dystopia, there aren’t any beaches left.
Tags: Science, Bloomberg, Britain, John Lanchester, Lanchester


Risk of developing Alzheimer’s rises by almost 50 per cent if people have distant relatives with disease

The risk of developing Alzheimer’s rises by almost 50 per cent if people have distant relatives with the disease, a new study has shown. Although it was known that having a parent with dementia raises the risk, new research shows that even distant cousins, great uncles or great-grandparents with the condition should be treated as a warning sign. Researchers made the link by studying more than 270,000 people from the Utah Population Database, which includes information of Utah pioneers and their ...
Tags: Utah, Science, Britain, Salt Lake City, Alzheimer, University of Utah School of Medicine, Lisa Cannon Albright, Cannon Albright


Cholesterol-fighting drug which does not cause aching muscles could be alternative to statins

A cholesterol-fighting drug which does not cause aching muscles could help patients who cannot take statins because of debilitating side-effects. Bempedoic acid stops the body being able to create the building blocks of cholesterol. A new trial, led by Imperial College London, which tested the drug on 2,200 patients over 12 months found that the drug was safe, produced fewer side effects than statins, and lowered cholesterol by 18 per cent. Although statins can lower cholesterol by 50 per cent, ...
Tags: Science, Britain, Imperial College London, British Heart Foundation, Nilesh Samani, Kausik Ray, Imperial College London 's School of Public Health


Spring statement policies focus on Brexit and hi-tech future

Chancellor promises a global Britain and announces funds for science and digital projectsThe chancellor outlined a package of measures at the spring statement designed to prepare Britain for life outside the EU, as well as for the hi-tech digital jobs of the future.Alongside the central update on the economy, other announcements made by Philip Hammond included: Continue reading...
Tags: Politics, Science, Technology, Eu, Communities, Society, UK News, Immigration and asylum, Britain, Digital Media, Philip Hammond, Brexit, Digital Britain, Spring statement 2019


Alzheimer’s disease can be spotted through simple eye test

Alzheimer’s disease may soon be spotted through a simple eye test, after scientists discovered tell-tale alterations in the retina and blood vessels when dementia is present. Currently diagnosing Alzheimer’s is tricky, requiring an expensive brain scan, a risky spinal tap or in most cases a behavioural assessment by a doctor based on symptoms. But US scientists at the Duke Eye Centre in North Carolina, wondered if changes might also be visible in the retina, which is an extension of the brain an...
Tags: UK, Science, US, Britain, North Carolina, Duke, MCI, Octa, Rosa Sancho Head, Duke Eye Centre, Sharon Fekrat Professor of Ophthalmology, Dr James Pickett Head of Research


Increasing human lifespan could turn people into walking zombies, warns expert

Increasing human lifespan risks turning huge numbers of people into walking zombies because experts are not close to solving the problem of dementia and brain cell loss, a leading scientist has warned. Labs across the world are trying to tackle the causes of ageing, and have recently made important breakthroughs in understanding why cells grow old and die, and how to stop the process. Likewise improvements in treating diseases like cancer, and advances in vaccination and nutrition, mean populati...
Tags: Science, London, Britain, Jeanne Calment, King 's College London, The Francis Crick Institute, Mauro Giacca, Cardiovascular Sciences, Prof Giacca


Fierce, realistic, intimidating – the VR T-Rex experience changing the way we learn about dinosaurs

Queuing in a low-lit room, I was startled by the sharp yelp from the hipster in front of me. He ducked in a sort of fancy basketball-style dodge, whispered “Oh, God!” and then straightened up and somewhat sheepishly shook himself out. Normally in museums, cries of alarm are about as welcome as a loud conversation in a library. The audience around the cordoned-off area laughed and I pitied him, slightly, as I stepped up for my turn at the American Museum of Natural History’s new virtual reality T...
Tags: New York, Science, London, Vienna, Britain, Paris, Rex, American Museum of Natural History, Imperial War Museum, Mark Norell, American Museum of Natural History Credit, Barnum Brown, Hell Creek Montana


UK, Japan scientists study radioactive Fukushima particles

Eight years after the Fukushima nuclear meltdown in Japan, radioactive particles collected from the site are undergoing new forensic investigation in Britain in an effort to understand the exact sequence of events. A 9.0 magnitude earthquake struck on March 11, 2011, off the Japanese coast, triggering a tsunami that killed some 18,000 people and the world's worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl in 1986. Meltdowns at three of the Fukushima Daiichi plant's six reactors spewed radiation into the...
Tags: Japan, Science, Britain, Fukushima, Chernobyl, Fukushima Daiichi, UK Japan


Weekly Roundup, Friday 8 March 2019

An Avro Lancaster and a Boeing B-17. See item below. Good morningHappy International Women’s Day.I’ve been struggling this week to write a review on what, in the opinion of many main stream media reviewers, have now become the very best set of noise cancelling headphones out there.  As longer time readers know, I’ve been reviewing noise cancelling headphones pretty much right since Day One, way back in 2001.During that time, I’ve reviewed the original Bose Quiet Comfort, and then just about ever...
Tags: Travel, Google, UK, Science, London, China, Miscellaneous, US, Newsletter, David, Canada, Britain, New Zealand, Sony, New Orleans, Las Vegas


Hunt for alien life given £25m boost by Government

The UK Space Agency had committed £25 million to hunt for Earth-like planets which may hold alien life.  Chris Skidmore, the Science Minister, will on Friday announce that the government was backing a project to launch a space observatory to look for rocky exoplanets orbiting at the perfect distance from their own sun to give life a fighting chance. The mission, called Plato, which stands for Planetary Transits and Oscillations of Stars, will use 26 small telescopes and cameras which act like th...
Tags: UK, Science, London, Earth, Canada, Britain, Hawaii, European Space Agency, Oxford University, Open University, PAUL, UK Space Agency, Hydro Quebec, Skidmore, Chris Skidmore, PLATO Science Management Consortium


Vaping linked to greater risk of heart attack, study suggests

Vapers are significantly more likely to have a heart attack, develop coronary artery disease and suffer depression compared with those who don’t use them, a new study suggests. Researchers from the University of Kansas found e-cigarette users were 34 percent more likely to have a heart attack and 25 percent more likely to have coronary artery disease  They were also 55 percent more likely to suffer from depression or anxiety. The associations held true even when controlling for other known cardi...
Tags: England, Science, US, Britain, Who, World Health Organisation, University of Kansas, University of Kansas School of Medicine Wichita, Mohinder Vindhyal, Vindhyal, American College of Cardiology Sign


Vaping raises the risk of having a heart attack, biggest ever study says

Vapers are significantly more likely to have a heart attack, develop coronary artery disease and suffer depression compared with those who don’t use them, a new study suggests. Researchers from the University of Kansas found e-cigarette users were 34 percent more likely to have a heart attack and 25 percent more likely to have coronary artery disease  They were also 55 percent more likely to suffer from depression or anxiety. The associations held true even when controlling for other known cardi...
Tags: England, Science, US, Britain, Who, World Health Organisation, University of Kansas, University of Kansas School of Medicine Wichita, Mohinder Vindhyal, Vindhyal


UK queen posts Instagram image on Science Museum tour

Britain's Queen Elizabeth entered the world of hi-tech communications on Thursday with a visit to the new "Top Secret" exhibition at London's Science Museum. The 92-year-old monarch saw a World War Two enigma code machine and the original NeXT computer used by Tim Berners-Lee to design the World Wide Web in 1989. Elizabeth first toured the Science Museum in 1938 and, during her last visit in 2014, opened the Information Age gallery by sending her first Tweet.
Tags: UK, Science, London, Britain, Queen Elizabeth, Elizabeth, Tim Berners Lee, Science Museum


HRT may raise the risk of developing Alzheimer's disease, new study suggests

Hormone replacement therapy may raise the risk of developing Alzheimer's disease, a new study suggests, as experts said postmenopausal women should be warned of the possibility. The Finnish research, which looked at nearly 85,000 women with dementia and the same number who did not have the disease, found using HRT raised the risk of a diagnosis by up to 17 per cent. It suggests that for every 10,000 women on HRT, up to 18 would develop Alzheimer’s each year, who would not have been diagnosed...
Tags: UK, Science, Britain, Imperial College London, Royal College Of Gps, HRT, University of Helsinki, David Reynolds, Alzheimer s Society, James Pickett, Helen Stokes Lampard, Channa Jayasena


Gene editing could end HIV, scientists hope, after second patient is 'cured' using rare mutation

Genetically editing HIV patients to stop the virus attaching to their immune system could be the horizon after a British man was ‘cured’ of the disease using mutated stem cells. In 2016 a man dubbed ‘The London Patient’ received stem cells from a donor with natural immunity to HIV at Hammersmith Hospital, and yesterday doctors announced he has been free of disease for 18 months. Natural immunity occurs in some people through a gene mutation which stops the growth of a little docking arm on the o...
Tags: Science, Berlin, Britain, Cambridge, University of Cambridge, University College London, International Aids Society, Queen Mary University of London, Timothy Ray Brown, Ravindra Gupta, Hammersmith Hospital, Prof Gupta, Eduardo Olavarria, Anton Pozniak


U.K. Gambling’s Gibraltar Outpost Braces for Brexit Border Woes

Betting companies with operations in Gibraltar on Spain’s southern flank worry Madrid will restrict land access to the tiny British territory when the U.K. leaves the European Union. GVC Holdings Plc and William Hill Plc have more than 1,400 employees on the rocky peninsula, which has long been an international betting hub because it had a legal framework for gambling before the U.K. mainland and more favorable taxes. Competing claims over the territory have caused tension between Spain and Br...
Tags: Science, Spain, Britain, Gibraltar, Madrid, William Hill plc, U K Gambling 's Gibraltar Outpost Braces, European Union GVC Holdings Plc


U.S. AIDS activists welcome London 'cure' but warn against complacency

Doctors in Britain said on Monday that the HIV-positive man had been cleared after he received a bone marrow transplant from an HIV-resistant donor. Ravindra Gupta, who co-led a team of doctors treating the man, described his patient as "functionally cured" and "in remission," but cautioned: "It's too early to say he's cured." Medical experts hailed the announcement as confirmation that it is possible to cure HIV, a virtual death sentence before advances in treatment made it manageable. More...
Tags: Science, London, Britain, Ravindra Gupta


Tests on London patient offer hope of HIV 'cure'

Man becomes second person in world to be cleared of virus after stem cell donationA man in Britain has become the second known adult worldwide to be cleared of HIV after he received a bone marrow transplant from a virus-resistant donor, his doctors said.Almost three years after receiving bone marrow stem cells from a donor with a rare genetic mutation that resists HIV infection – and more than 18 months after he came off antiretroviral drugs – highly sensitive tests still show no trace of the ma...
Tags: Health, Science, London, Society, UK News, Medical Research, Britain, Aids and HIV


London patient becomes second adult to be cleared of HIV

Tests show no trace of man’s previous infection after stem cells donation A man in Britain has become the second known adult worldwide to be cleared of HIV after he received a bone marrow transplant from a virus-resistant donor, his doctors said.Almost three years after receiving bone marrow stem cells from a donor with a rare genetic mutation that resists HIV infection – and more than 18 months after he came off antiretroviral drugs – highly sensitive tests still show no trace of the man’s prev...
Tags: Health, Science, London, Society, UK News, Medical Research, Britain, Aids and HIV


London patient becomes second man to be cleared of Aids virus

Tests show no trace of the man’s previous HIV infection after stem cells donation A man in Britain has become the second known adult worldwide to be cleared of the virus after he received a bone marrow transplant from an HIV-resistant donor, his doctors said.Almost three years after receiving bone marrow stem cells from a donor with a rare genetic mutation that resists HIV infection – and more than 18 months after he came off antiretroviral drugs – highly sensitive tests still show no trace of t...
Tags: Health, Science, London, Society, UK News, Medical Research, Britain, Aids and HIV


U.K. Public Services Aren’t Ready for Messy Brexit, London Mayor Says

Sadiq Khan will chair a special advisory group meeting on Friday to review contingency plans in the event of a no-deal Brexit, with chiefs of emergency services, Britain’s National Health Service, and other city officials expected to attend. “The threat of us leaving the EU with no deal whatsoever is still there,” Khan said in an interview on the sidelines of the London Business Awards on Thursday evening.
Tags: Science, London, Eu, Britain, National Health Service, Khan, Brexit, Sadiq Khan


When Concorde first took to the sky 50 years ago

When the misty skies cleared over southern France on the afternoon of Sunday March 2, 1969, the green light was signalled for the highly anticipated first ever flight of the Concorde. With French test pilot Andre Turcat at the controls and the event aired live on television, the sleek white plane started off down the runway just after 3:30 pm. It was a source of pride on both sides of the Channel: Britain and France had joined forces in 1962 to build an airliner capable of flying faster than t...
Tags: Science, France, Britain, Andre Turcat


German conservative leader takes aim at SPD over Saudi arms embargo: media

The new leader of Germany's ruling Christian Democrats, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, has accused the Social Democrats (SPD) of jeopardizing Germany's defense industry and jobs by refusing to soften its stance on arms deliveries to Saudi Arabia. The SPD, junior party in the ruling coalition, on Monday said it would extend a unilateral freeze in German arms exports to Saudi Arabia despite pressure by Britain and France to reverse course and the risk of compensation claims.
Tags: Science, France, Saudi Arabia, Germany, Britain, Spd, Christian Democrats, Annegret Kramp Karrenbauer


Withholding antibiotics from over-65s may increases cases of deadly sepsis, study shows

Withholding antibiotics for common infections in over-65s may increases cases of deadly sepsis, researchers have warned. Under new guidelines to fight antibiotic resistance GPs have been discouraged from giving pills for infections, leading to a 7.4 per cent reduction in the amount of antibiotics prescribed between 2014 and 2017. But new research from Imperial College London which looked at 150,000 patients over 65 between 2007 and 2015 found that for every 37 patients not given antibiotics for ...
Tags: Science, London, Britain, Brighton, University of Bristol, Phe, Dame Sally Davies, Imperial College, Sussex Medical School, Alastair Hay, Public Health England PHE University of Oxford


Webspinners: New order of insects sets up home in UK

Britain has a new order of insects - thanks to stowaways setting up home in the warmth of a glasshouse.
Tags: UK, Science, Britain


‘Baby Bio’ for brain cells trial halted despite Parkinson's patients seeing 'miracle' results

Parkinson’s patients treated with a groundbreaking new therapy to regrow their brain cells have criticised a decision by regulators to stop trials as ‘sinful.’ In the biggest surgical trial ever for the disease, British patients had holes drilled into the heads and special ports implanted so that a naturally occurring protein could be infused directly into the brain over nine months. Described as ‘Baby Bio’ for brain cells, the Glial Cell Line Derived Neurotrophic Factor (GDNF) encourages the gr...
Tags: UK, Science, Bbc, Britain, Bristol, Parkinson, Tyneside, Vicki Dillon, MintMotion, Tom Phipps, Arthur Roach


Crematoriums warned cancer patients may pose radiation risk

Cremating cancer patients who have undergone radiotherapy may inadvertently send radioactive particles into the air, scientists have warned. In the first ever known case, researchers in the US found radiation contamination in a crematorium in Arizona after a 69-year-old man had been cremated following treatment with an intravenous drug for pancreatic cancer. Cancer experts who treated the patient contacted the crematorium because the man had died just five days after treatment. Tests on the oven...
Tags: Science, US, Britain, Arizona, Mayo Clinic, Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Danny Lawson, American Medical Association JAMA, Nathan Yu


Pound leaps on Brexit hopes, shares take breather

Britain's pound hit a 21-month high against the euro on Tuesday on hopes for a delay to Brexit, while world shares took a breather after scaling a five-month peak. Wall Street futures were pointing lower [.N] and oil markets were trying to recover after new a blast from U.S. President Donald Trump at OPEC which triggered their biggest tumble of the year [O/R], but it was the FX moves that dominated. Pound bulls had latched onto reports that May was considering delaying the March 29 deadline f...
Tags: Science, Opec, European Union, Britain, Labour, FX, Brexit, U S President Donald Trump



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