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Marmite might be good for your brain

York, England It’s the spread that people either love or hate but now Marmite munchers may feel justified as their controversial condiment of choice might be good for their brains. Researchers based in the University of York have claimed that they have identified a...

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Pregnancy reveals tumour beneath mum-of-five’s birthmark

West Lancashire, England Pregnancy saved the life of a mum of five who has lived with a birthmark on her forehead all her life. Nicknamed “the unicorn” in school, Sam Davies thought little of the blemish on her face until she noticed that it flared up each time she...

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Let there be sight thanks to new retinal implant

ITALY Scientists who have created a retinal implant that has restored lost vision in rats are planning a clinical trial on humans later this year.The implant converts light into an electrical signal that then stimulates retinal neurons. The hope is that it could...

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Ireland ‘food alerts’ highest last year in a decade

Ireland Ireland experienced the highest rate of food alerts in a decade during 2016. Food alerts generally follow the identification of pathogens like bugs or chemicals, which leads to products being taken off shelves or even withdrawn from the Irish market...

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Meningitis outbreak in Nigeria

Lagos, Nigeria An outbreak of meningitis in Nigeria has killed 489 people this year, according to recently released figures from the World Health Organisation (WHO). The country's Center for Disease Control reported 4,637 suspected cases of cerebrospinal meningitis....

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Let there be sight thanks to new retinal implant

ITALY Scientists who have created a retinal implant that has restored lost vision in rats are planning a clinical trial on humans later this year.The implant converts light into an electrical signal that then stimulates retinal neurons. The hope is that it could...

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Scientists make strides in developing artificial life

INTERNATIONAL Scientists have successfully synthesised six out of 16 yeast chromosomes, making significant progress in the development of artificial life. This places them over one-third of the way to building custom-made yeast genomes. Over 200 scientists are...

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Japan tackle issue of 5 million dementia sufferers

Tokyo, Japan A city in Tokyo has engaged in the unique experiment of bar-coding its elderly, in a bid to cope with its growing numbers of elderly people with dementia. Over five million of Japan’s elderly are suffering with dementia. 10,000 dementia patients are...

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Mercury pollution still being felt in Ontario

Ontario, Canada The effects are still being felt from the mercury pollution that came from a pulp and paper mill, poisoning hundreds of kilometres of waterways in northwestern Ontario.  The Asubpeeschoseewagong First Nation, also known as Grassy Narrows, frequently...

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