Kate Kelland

Scientists map African genetics to learn more about diseases

Gene sequencing tools allows scientists to untangle the genetic roots of many diseases and they're looking at genetic variation in Africa.

Questions over ethics in rush to release Ebola vaccines

In an effort to combat the deadly Ebola outbreak, scientists and authorities are aiming to roll out vaccines, raising questions of ethics.

Ebola: More African regions at risk of animal infection

A new map has shown that more regions in Africa are at risk of animal-related Ebola infections than previously feared.

UN agency calls air pollution leading cause of cancer

The World Health Organisation has classified air pollution as carcinogenic to humans.

Magic mushroom depression trial hits stumbling block

The world's first clinical trial designed to explore using a hallucinogen from magic mushrooms to treat people with depression has stalled.

Scientists race to get ahead of mutating bird flu

Genetic sequence data on a strain of bird flu has shown the virus has acquired mutations that might make it more likely to cause a human pandemic.

Large dengue fever outbreak in Madeira spreads cases in Europe

Europe is experiencing its first sustained transmission of dengue fever since the 1920s, with more than 1 300 people infected in Madeira, Portugal.

New Sars-like virus found in Middle East

A Qatari man struck down with a previously unknown virus related to the deadly Sars infection is critically ill in hospital in Britain.

Compete to the beat: Tunes take athletes to the top

Science shows music has a profound effect on an athlete before and during a major sports event.

Cancer: Africa’s nameless enemy

Most of Africa's languages don't have a word for cancer. How can a continent hope to treat, let alone fight, a disease that has no name?

‘Loss aversion’ studies point the way for gambling addicts

Studies into a chemical involved in the brain's sensory and reward systems could help in the development of drugs to treat gambling addicts.

Autistic children encouraged to mentally ‘talk things through’

British scientists say teaching autistic children to "talk things through" in their heads might help them solve tricky day-to-day tasks.

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