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Spider phobia brain ‘processes unconscious fear’

Spider phobia brain ‘processes unconscious fear’

Image copyright Science Photo Library Showing arachnopohobes images of spiders so briefly they remain unaware of them could help them overcome their fear, US researchers suggest. Scans suggested the brain worked harder to regulate emotional and behavioural responses to fear when it was not conscious of it. The women in the small study were shown […]

NHS Health Check: Nine in 10 hospitals ‘overcrowded’ this winter

NHS Health Check: Nine in 10 hospitals ‘overcrowded’ this winter

Image copyright Science Photo Library The number of patients on hospital wards in England has been at unsafe levels at nine out of 10 NHS trusts this winter, BBC analysis shows. To minimise the risk of infections and delays in getting treatment, hospitals are meant to have no more than 85% of beds occupied. But […]

Antibiotics ‘seen using brute force to kill bugs’

Antibiotics ‘seen using brute force to kill bugs’

Image copyright SCIENCE PICTURE CO/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY Scientists say they have witnessed antibiotics using brute, mechanical force to rip apart and kill hard-to-treat bugs. Researchers suggest these aggressive tactics – seen for the first time – could be used to build more effective antibiotics in the future. And this could help tackle the problem of […]

Misophonia: Scientists crack why eating sounds can make people angry

Misophonia: Scientists crack why eating sounds can make people angry

Image copyright Olana Tansley-Hancock Image caption Olana Tansley-Hancock has spent more than two decades with misophonia Why some people become enraged by sounds such as eating or breathing has been explained by brain scan studies. The condition, misophonia, is far more than simply disliking noises such as nails being scraped down a blackboard. “I feel […]

Weekend camping resets body clock

Weekend camping resets body clock

Image copyright University of Colorado Boulder Image caption The researchers dragged volunteers on to a camping trip in the midst of a Colorado winter Spending a weekend out camping resets the clock inside our bodies that influences sleeping habits, scientists at a US university have discovered. The team argue that time in the great outdoors […]

Eye burn injuries risk to children from liquitabs ‘on the rise’

Eye burn injuries risk to children from liquitabs ‘on the rise’

Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption The products contain strong alkalines which result in chemical burns Parents are being urged to store liquid detergent tablets safely after US research found eye injuries in young children had gone up 30-fold in the past few years. When the liquid squirts into children’s eyes, or is rubbed […]

Radio DJ Mark Goodier praises wife’s action after surviving a stroke

Radio DJ Mark Goodier praises wife’s action after surviving a stroke

Image copyright andy boag Image caption Radio DJ Mark Goodier was fortunate that his wife acted quickly when he had a stroke One in four people does not call 999 at the first sign of a stroke, according to Public Health England. For the best chance of recovery, the advice is not to hesitate if […]

Cancer drugs price rise ‘costing NHS millions’

Cancer drugs price rise ‘costing NHS millions’

Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption Tamoxifen is used to treat breast cancer UK prices for generic cancer drugs have risen sharply in the past five years, restricting their use in treating NHS patients, research from the European Cancer Congress has found. Drugs such as tamoxifen and bulsufan are now 10 times more expensive […]

Robots could help solve social care crisis, say academics

Media captionDr Papadopulos tells Today how a culturally sensitive care robot would work Humanoid robots, with cultural awareness and a good bedside manner, could help solve the crisis over care for the elderly, academics say. An international team is working on a £2m project to develop versatile robots to help look after older people in […]

Human-pig ‘chimera embryos’ detailed

Human-pig ‘chimera embryos’ detailed

Image copyright Juan Carlos Izpisua Belmonte Image caption The embryos were allowed to develop for 28 days Embryos that are less than 0.001% human – and the rest pig – have been made and analysed by scientists. It is the first proof chimeras – named after the mythical lion-goat-serpent monster – can be made by […]