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2014-04-08 11:41:02

Researchers have discovered a way of reducing the fertility of malaria-carrying mosquitoes, potentially providing a new tactic to combat the disease. Anopheles gambiae mosquitoes are the main transmitters of malaria, which affects around 200 million people every year. The females mate only once during their lives. They store the sperm from this single mating in an organ called the spermatheca, from which they repeatedly take sperm over the course of their lifetime to fertilize the eggs...

2014-04-01 14:58:41

A new discovery suggests it could one day be possible to chemically reprogram and repair damaged nerves after spinal cord injury or brain trauma. Researchers from Imperial College London and the Hertie Institute, University of Tuebingen have identified a possible mechanism for re-growing damaged nerve fibres in the central nervous system (CNS). This damage is currently irreparable, often leaving those who suffer spinal cord injury, stroke or brain trauma with serious impairments like loss...

3D Movie From Inside Live Flying Insects
2014-03-31 09:11:47

[ Watch The Video: Three-Dimensional Visualization of the Insect Thorax ] University of Oxford The flight muscles moving inside flies have been filmed for the first time using a new 3D X-ray scanning technique. 3D movies of the muscles were created by a team from Oxford University, Imperial College London, and the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI), using the PSI's Swiss Light Source, a powerful X-ray source. The movies offer a glimpse into the inner workings of one of nature's most...

2014-03-26 10:53:36

Millions of children in the UK are potentially receiving penicillin prescriptions below the recommended dose for common infections, according to new research led jointly by researchers at King's College London, St George's, University of London and Imperial College London. The authors are calling for an urgent review of penicillin dosing guidelines for children - which at the time of study had not changed in over 50 years - after discovering wide variation in current prescribing practice....

Caesarian Births Linked To Increased Risk Of Childhood Obesity
2014-02-27 11:00:53

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online While a caesarian section may be a life-saving operation for a mother, the artificial mode of birthing could increase the risk of the child becoming overweight later in life. According to a new study from the Imperial College London and published in the journal PLOS ONE, the chance of being overweight or obese increases 26 percent for a child when it is born by caesarean section compared to vaginal delivery. "There are good reasons...

2014-01-10 10:46:44

Scientists have made an important advance in understanding how a subset of bacterial cells escape being killed by many antibiotics. Cells become "persisters" by entering a state in which they stop replicating and are able to tolerate antibiotics. Unlike antibiotic resistance, which arises because of genetic mutations and is passed on to later generations, this tolerant phase is only temporary, but it may contribute to the later development of resistance. In a new study in the journal...

Researchers Devise Method To Set Sustainable Quotas For Hunting Lions
2013-12-17 06:53:22

Imperial College London Trophy hunting occurs in 9 of the 28 African countries that have wild populations of lions. Hunting is legal in these countries but quotas are set to restrict the numbers of lions that can be killed. Whilst such hunting is controversial, evidence suggests that it can help conservation efforts because it generates substantial revenue. Hunters can pay up to US$125,000 to shoot a male lion. This enables governments to leave wilderness areas as habitats for wildlife,...

2013-11-27 09:57:23

UK researchers have discovered a gene that regulates alcohol consumption and when faulty can cause excessive drinking. They have also identified the mechanism underlying this phenomenon. The study showed that normal mice show no interest in alcohol and drink little or no alcohol when offered a free choice between a bottle of water and a bottle of diluted alcohol. However, mice with a genetic mutation to the gene Gabrb1 overwhelmingly preferred drinking alcohol over water, choosing to...

2013-11-25 09:48:09

Steroid injections given to pregnant women before premature birth may increase the child's risk of later behavioral and emotional difficulties, a study has found. Mothers who are expected to give birth prematurely are often given an infusion of glucocorticoids, which mimic the natural hormone cortisol. This treatment is vital for helping the baby's lungs mature, but the new research suggests it may also increase the risk of mental health problems including attention-deficit/hyperactivity...

Three Key Risk Factors Heart Disease
2013-11-22 11:09:24

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A new research review published by The Lancet from the Harvard School of Public Health and Imperial College London has found that blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood glucose are critical factors for determining the risk of cardiovascular disease linked to being overweight or obese. The review included 97 studies from around the world, 1.8 million people, and more than 57 years of research. It found that controlling hypertension,...