Young People & Brain

Academic Freedom Enables Puberty Blocker Win

In 2011 Michael Biggs, an associate professor of sociology at the University of Oxford was concerned when Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust’s Gender Identity Development Service (GIDS) started an experiment giving puberty blockers to adolescents as young as 12.  In 2018 he sought out results of this experimental treatment but could not find anything until […]

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Bad Bacteria Have Broken Genes

Bad bacteria have broken genes.  We all carry an enormous population of microbes, known as the “microbiome,” in our digestive systems and on other internal and external body surfaces.  These include some bacteria that can cause serious disease if they get into body tissues and organs, but most of the time they are harmless or […]

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Shark Teeth

Shark Toothache

Researchers from North Carolina State University and the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences have studied a deformed tooth from the extinct giant shark Otodus megalodon (used to be Carcharodon megalodon)and compared it with similarly deformed teeth from a shark named Carcharhinus leucas, which still lives today. The teeth all show a “double tooth pathology” […]

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Dinosaur Walking

Limping Lumping Sore-a-saurs

As more methods are developed for studying the fine detail and internal structure of dinosaur bones scientists are finding abundant evidence of disease and trauma.  Here are some recent examples.  Researchers in Spain analysed a trackway of dinosaur footprints and found some anomalies, described as: “wide-steps, and a set of equally deformed left footprints (with […]

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Smelling Roses

Pleasant Smells are Multi Cultural

An international team of scientists asked people from 10 widely different cultures to rate how pleasant they found 10 distinctive scents.  The research was carried out in diverse communities across the world, including hunter-gatherer societies, agricultural societies and urban societies. The scents were presented in the form of identical odour dispensers shaped like pens, so […]

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Depressed Person

Lockdown Suicidal Thoughts Jump

Lockdown suicidal thoughts jump, found by study of people in lockdown in the State of Victoria (Australia) last year, according to ABC News 25 June 2021 and Journal of Psychiatric Research 4 June 2021, doi: 10.1016/j.jpsychires.2021.05.080. The research team reported: “In September-2020, among 1157 Victorians, one-third reported anxiety or depressive disorder symptoms, one-fifth reported suicidal […]

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Graveyard Shadows

Aging and Death Inevitable

Aging and death inevitable, claim scientists, according to reports in ScienceDaily and University of South Denmark (SDU) News 16 June 2021 and Nature Communications 16 June 2021, doi: 10.1038/s41467-021-23894-3. A large international team of scientists has analysed data on patterns of births and deaths from nine human populations and 30 primate (gorillas, chimps, baboons, etc.) […]

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Bacteriophages

140 Thousand Viruses Found in Human Guts

140 thousand viruses found in human guts, according to reports in ScienceDaily 18 February 2021, Science Alert 28 February 2021, and Cell 19 February 2021 doi: 10.1016/j.cell.2021.01.029.  Scientists at Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute have analysed 28,060 samples of gut microbiomes from around the world and found 142,809 bacteriophage viruses.  Bacteriophages are a type of virus […]

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Street Trees

Street Trees Reduce Depression

Street trees reduce depression, according to Science Alert 30 January 2021 and Scientific Reports 31 December 2020 doi: 10.1038/s41598-020-79924-5.  A group of researchers in Germany “analysed the association of street tree density and species richness with antidepressant prescribing for 9751 inhabitants of Leipzig, Germany.  They found “for individuals with low socio-economic status, high density of […]

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Cemetary

What was the biggest killer in 2020?

What was the biggest killer in 2020? No, it wasn’t Coronavirus, nor was it cancer or heart attacks. “According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), around 73.3 million abortions take place every year, with almost 30 per cent of pregnancies ending in abortion. The data group Worldometer estimates all other causes of death totalled nearly […]

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