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expert reaction to air pollution and risk of dementia

Reactions to a cohort study published in BMJ on the relationship between air pollution and dementia.   Prof Martie Van … read more

expert reaction to study looking at nutritional quality of food and risk of cancer

Reactions to a study published in PLOS on the link between nutrition and risk of cancer. Dr Elizabeth Lund, Independent … read more

expert reaction to NHS Digital report on childhood vaccination coverage

Reactions to a report published by the NHS from Public Health England (PHE) on the coverage of childhood vaccinations.   … read more

expert reaction to conference abstract on paracetamol in infants and asthma in teenagers

Reaction to the conference abstract from the European Respiratory Society International Congress. Prof Kevin McConway, Emeritus Professor of Applied Statistics, The … read more

expert reaction to schizophrenia and immune cells in the brain

Research published in Molecular Psychiatry on the relationship between schizophrenia and immune cells. Dr Mark Dallas, Associate Professor in Cellular Neuroscience, University … read more

expert reaction to three studies looking at aspirin use in healthy old people and bleeding, disability-free survival, cardiovascular events and death

Reports published in the New England Journal of Medicine on the impact of regular aspirin use among the elderly. Prof … read more

expert reaction to study looking at BPA (Bisphenol A) replacements in plastics and potential reproductive problems in lab mice

Research published in Science on the impact of a plastic additive (Bisphenol A)  on reproductive capability. Dr Oliver Jones, Associate … read more

student suicide – what does the science say?

Suicide is one of the leading causes of death in adolescents and young adults in the UK and there is … read more

expert reaction to study looking at dairy consumption, cardiovascular disease and death

A study published in The Lancet looking into the association between cardiovascular disease and mortality in low and middle income … read more

expert reaction to HFEA report on trends in egg freezing

A Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) report on the value and success rate of egg freezing.   Dr Raj … read more

expert reaction to greenhouse gas removal report

A joint report by the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Royal Society presents an ambitious plan for how the … read more

foundation for responsible robotics report on drones in the service of society

Like all new technologies drones can be used for good or ill. Drones are frequently used to target militants in … read more

Water, weather and climate change

This summer’s much vaunted hosepipe ban was called off at the eleventh hour as was the SMC’s emergency briefing on the ban. The briefing was adjusted to discuss broader issues including the likelihood of future bans, the influence of climate change and what is being done to protect water resources. read more

expert reaction to study on use of statins in older people

Researchers, publishing in the BMJ, have reported that statins do not have a protective effect against cardiovascular disease in healthy adults between the ages of 75 and 84. read more

expert reaction to potential new antibiotic

Researchers, publishing in Nature Communications,  reported a potential new antibiotic candidate called albomycin δ2.  read more

air pollution and death

Researchers, publishing in PNAS, looked at global estimates of mortality associated with longterm exposure air pollution. A roundup accompanied this Before the … read more

expert reaction to air pollution and death

Researchers, publishing in PNAS, looked at global estimates of mortality associated with longterm exposure air pollution.  read more

water, weather and climate change

This summer’s much vaunted hosepipe ban was called off at the eleventh hour this summer. But even so, three experts came … read more

expert reaction to children born through ivf and risk of hypertension as published in journal of the american college of cardiology

Researchers, publishing in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, reported that adolescents who were born through assisted reproductive technologies had higher blood pressure than those who were conceived naturally. read more

expert reaction to using cripsr/cas9 genome editing to target duchenne muscular dystrophy mutations in a canine model

Researchers, publishing in Science, reported that they were able to restore the expression of dystrophin using genome editing in a canine model of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.  read more