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expert reaction to study investigating the long-term outcomes associated with traumatic brain injury in childhood

Researchers publishing in PLOS Medicine have assessed the long-term impact of traumatic brain injury (TBI) in young people and looked at the effect on early death, educational attainment, welfare requirements and need for psychiatric care. The study involved a large number of Swedish people who recorded a TBI (including concussion) before the age of 25 and compared them to siblings and others who had not had these injuries. read more

expert reaction to modelling study looking at incomplete personal protection coverage in vector-borne disease

Publishing in the Journal of the Royal Society Interface a group of scientists have used a model to analyse the use of personal protection techniques, such as netting and insect repellents, for the avoidance of diseases spread by carriers like mosquitoes. From this model they suggested some circumstances under which such devices might increase disease in the unprotected portion of the population. read more

expert reaction to new study on ‘naturally occurring GM butterflies’

A group of researchers have published their work into the transfer of genes between species in nature, and report in the journal PLOS Genetics that the genomes of some species of butterfly have acquired genes from a virus associated with parasitic wasps, some of which they report protect the caterpillar species from infection by a separate virus. read more

personalised medicine for cancer: from mantra to reality

Personalised medicine has been the mantra for cancer researchers for several years, but it’s only now – with an explosion in our knowledge of the genetics of cancer – that we’re beginning to put that ambition into action through techniques like tumour profiling. read more

vitamin D and Multiple Sclerosis: New research published in PLoS Genetics

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a complex neurological disease that is thought to affect around 85,000 people in the UK. There is a strong genetic component to MS, but it is also thought that the environment plays a key role. In particular, vitamin D has been proposed as one environmental factor that might influence the risk of MS. The authors of new research in this area descibe their work examining the interaction between vitamin D and a particular gene associated with MS, which is published in the journal . read more

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