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Revolutionary investment in microscopy in Oxford gets Wellcome Trust support


The stage is set for revolutionary advances in medicine and biotechnology it is claimed, following substantial investment in cryo-electron microscopy in Oxford awarded by the Wellcome Trust in its April 2016 funding round.
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Florida's homicide rates rise after 'Stand Your Ground' self-defence law


The study published in JAMA Internal Medicine, led by the University of Oxford with the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and the University of Pennsylvania, looked at homicide rates before and after the enactment of State Bill 436, known as the Stand Your Ground law, whic


Health guidance leads to reduction of repeat hip fractures


The adoption of new guidance on osteoporosis medication in 2005 may have been responsible for a 22% drop in the number of over-60s suffering a second fracture after a broken hip.

Is schizophrenia written in our genes?

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Scientists have identified hundreds of regions of the human genome that are linked with schizophrenia. These findings are exciting because they provide clues to the biological basis of this devastating disorder.

Is HRT safe to use for the menopause? What the science says

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The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence launched its first guidelines on how to treat the menopause. But don’t expect this to be the final word on the subject.

Could humans hibernate?

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On cold, dark days it is tempting to imagine shutting yourself away until the warmer weather returns. Many animals do just that by entering a state known as torpor, which reduces their bodily functions to a minimum.

How to win the Euros – with a little help from neuroscience

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It can’t be easy trying to pick a team for a huge football tournament like the Euros, carrying the hopes of an entire nation. Football managers may have great skill and intuition, but it is, after all, not an exact science. But what if their talents could be supported by more precise tools informed by the latest research?
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Non-coding DNA could hold the key to an effective treatment for inflammatory diseases


The non-coding regions of our DNA may play a crucial role in how our genes are expressed in inflammatory diseases, such as ankylosing spondylitis (AS). Yet, very little is known about these genetic associations.
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Study shows direct manipulation of brain can reverse effects of depression

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Manipulating the brain has been a tool used in the treatment of mental illness for centuries, and treatments have often been controversial.

High-fat diet made Inuits healthier but shorter thanks to gene mutations, study finds

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For evolutionary biologists, the best experiments are those already going on in nature. The different conditions in which humans have lived for tens of thousands of years have made us adapt and change.

What’s the point of paracetamol?

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Paracetamol has been around for over 50 years. It’s safe and many guidelines recommend it as the go-to treatment. At least, that’s the conventional view of the drug. It’s a view so ingrained that it’s rarely questioned. The trouble is that the conventional view is probably wrong.

What makes us scratch an itch? Scientists finally have the answer

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Having an itch can be incredibly annoying but it actually serves an important function, protecting us from damage to our skin. However, scientists have long struggled to explain what actually causes the sensation.
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Tetris … and other surprising ways to help emergency workers cope with trauma

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One study found that the worldwide rate of PTSD among first responders is 10%, much higher than the 3.5% rate among those not involved in rescue work.
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UK Trebles Funding To Tackle Zika Virus


UK funding for rapid research into tackling the Zika virus is set to increase to £4million, the government has announced, as British scientists continue to lead the way in tackling this global emergency.

Adoptive Cell Therapy Project Gains EIT Gold Grant Award


An innovative adoptive cell therapy that may treat cancer has garnered Johannes Breuning from Marion H Brown’s group a gold grant award in the EIT health Doctoral Transition Innovation Fellowship competition in London on 8 September 20

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Poorer patients less likely to get hip replacements


Poorer patients and those who require surgery at the weekend are less likely to receive a total hip replacement (THR), despite clear national guidelines setting out who should get one.
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Improving rheumatological care in Oxford and beyond


Professor Peter Taylor’s group brings unique insights into the causes of inflammatory arthritis and osteoarthritis with unrivalled expertise in obtaining information from human tissue leading to identification of potential new treatments for these conditions.


Everything you need to know about chickenpox and why more countries don’t use the vaccine

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Recent calls for the introduction of a vaccine against chickenpox (varicella-zoster virus infection) following a severe case of the disease in Cambridge may surprise many parents who consider the disease to be a mild illness that “everyone gets”.
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UK still using ineffective compulsory treatment for people with mental illness

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CTOs provide a legal means through which people with severe mental illness can be made to accept treatment while living outside of hospital.
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Why Mark Zuckerberg was right to vaccinate his daughter

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Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg recently posted a photo on the social networking site of his two-month-old daughter in the doctor’s surgery waiting to be vaccinated.


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