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Scientists at the University of Cambridge have completed the world’s largest ever study of typical sex differences and autistic traits. They tested and confirmed two long-standing psychological theories: the Empathising-Systemising theory of sex differences and the Extreme Male Brain theory of autism. Working with the television production company Channel 4,…
Most people living with dementia also have at least one other health condition, and health services need to adapt to optimise their health and quality of life, a new study concludes. In a study led by the University of Exeter, most people with dementia had one or more additional chronic…
A five-minute scan of blood vessels in the neck during mid-life could become part of future dementia screening, researchers have suggested.If confirmed in larger studies, the scan - which predicts cognitive decline 10 years before symptoms appear - could become part of routine screening for people at risk of developing…
Treating men suffering from prostate cancer with radiotherapy on top of regular treatment could extend the life of patients with advanced forms of the disease, research has suggested.One of the largest ever clinical trials into prostate cancer found an 11% increase in the survival rate of some patients.It showed that…
Half of women will develop dementia, Parkinson's disease or have a stroke in their lifetime, new research suggests. About a third of men aged 45 and one in two women of the same age are likely to go on to be diagnosed with one of the conditions, according to a…
Air pollution may be linked with an increased risk of developing dementia, research suggests. A London-based study, published in journal BMJ Open, found an association between the neurodegenerative condition and exposure to nitrogen dioxide and microscopic particles known as PM2.5. Alzheimer's Research UK described it is a "growing area of…
Genetic links to anxiety and depression are to be explored in the largest ever study into the issue, experts have announced. Researchers are calling on people in England to sign up to the Genetic Links to Anxiety and Depression (GLAD) study. It is hoped that 40,000 volunteers aged 16 and…
Young people with learning difficulties have highlighted key areas of research which could help to improve their lives. The 10 priorities include devising approaches to tackle bullying and creating the best learning environments. Academics will use the information to plan new research initiatives at the University of Edinburgh and worldwide.…
Many patients with healthcare associated infections (HAIs) like MRSA have reported feeling “like a leper” or “dirty” after being diagnosed, according to a new study. Researchers at Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) looked at 17 studies from five different countries during a major review. They focused on the experiences of patients…
Collaborative music lessons in schools improve the attitudes of pupils towards their peers with autism, a new study in the journal Autism reports. Led by Anna Cook, PhD student at the University of Surrey, researchers found that the interactive sessions produced findings that could potentially reduce bullying of autistic students.…
The University of Edinburgh's Global Health Policy Unit (GHPU) has launched a new website, making it easier to learn about all its teaching, research and other activities addressing major challenges across the world. The new website features GHPU’s range of taught and research programmes for students, including graduate and postgraduate…
Each year around 800,000 people across the world take their own lives, leading to a huge impact on family, the community and health professionals. Unfortunately it is not easy to identify those at risk of suicide. A large number of variables and complex interactions mean only a trained clinician can…
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