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Test for autism in children

Researchers have developed two tests that they claim could potentially be used to detect autism in children.

NHS has 100,000 vacancies

One in every 11 NHS posts in England is currently unfilled, which regulators claim has contributed to one of the most challenging winter periods in NHS history.

RIP Sir John Sulston

The pioneering geneticist, Sir John Sulston, who played a pivotal role in the sequencing of the human genome, has died aged 75.

Retinal photography to calculate risk

Scientists have discovered a new way to assess a person’s risk of heart disease using machine learning.

Gut bacteria drive autoimmune disease

Bacteria found in the small intestines of mice and humans can travel to other organs and trigger an autoimmune response, states a new paper.

"Cancer survivors have increased risk"

Survivors of childhood cancer are at increased risk of suffering prematurely from cardiovascular disease in adulthood, says a new study.

Does PSA screening save lives?

Inviting men with no symptoms to a one-off PSA test for prostate cancer does not save lives, according to results from the largest ever prostate cancer trial.

Preventing allergic reactions

Researchers have discovered a new mechanism in which an antibody can prevent allergic reactions in a broad range of patients.

No antibiotics for sore throats

Doctors should not prescribe antibiotics for most people with sore throats, say new guidelines. While most sore throats are caused by viral infections, research suggests antibiotics are prescribed in 60% of cases.

The enzyme that defines colon cancer

Researchers have identified an enzyme that is absent in healthy colon tissue but abundant in colon cancer cells. It appears to drive the conversion of normal tissue into cancer by attaching sugar molecules, or glycans, to proteins in the cell.

Repurposed Zika drug

A drug used to treat hepatitis C effectively protected and rescued neural cells infected by the Zika virus. The results were consistent across cell cultures and mouse models. It also blocked transmission of the virus to mouse foetuses, the research found.

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