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The HFEA have given the go ahead for the first gene editing trial of its kind to be conducted in the UK.

This is the first time that any form of “gene editing” of DNA in embryos has been approved in the world.

Although it is illegal to implant the modified embryos into a womb, there are fears that this research could lead to the first Genetically Modified (GM) or “designer” babies. Read More →

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Hiking has been linked with a lower incidence of cancer cases.

For many expats across the globe, the new year means resolutions to get into shape and adopt a healthy lifestyle. The gym may seem like the obvious choice, but it can be expensive and committing to go a certain number of times a week is difficult.

How about an alternative solution? Take a hike! If you’re not convinced, let me tell you why you should reconsider: Read More →

WHO declared that "worldwide, ambient air pollution contributes to 6.7 % of all deaths."

WHO declared that “worldwide, ambient air pollution contributes to 6.7 % of all deaths.”

Air pollution is reportedly “the single largest risk of environmental risk in Europe, responsible for more than 430,000 premature deaths.”

Speaking to the Guardian, Maria Neira, Chief of World Health Organization, declared that the air pollution is now “a public health emergency”. This could turn into a catastrophe for governments, overwhelmed by the demand of healthcare.

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In Brazil, only in the recent months, 3’500 cases of microcephaly have been linked with the Zyka virus.

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Zyka reportedly hit “from 440’000 to 1’300’000 people,” so far.

Brazilian Health Authorities believe the Zyka virus could be behind the skyrocketing of microcephaly cases in certain zones of the country. By stinging the woman, the insect would stunt the correct head’s development in the early stages of the pregnancy.

For this reason many have strongly recommended that women, whether they are pregnant or wishing to conceive, stay clear of Brazil.

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The disease has so far affected more than 28,000 people.

On the 12th of January, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared that West Africa was Ebola-free, as all of the channels of transmission had been stopped.

The disease has so far killed more than 11,300 people and infected over 28,500, in three countries.

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The use of marijuana linked to schizophrenia in teenagers.

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One person has been left brain-dead and five more people are in hospital following a medical trial in France.

On Friday 15th January the news broke that one person had been left brain-dead and another five people had been admitted to hospital after a medical trial for a new painkiller went disastrously wrong.

The health minister, Marisol Touraine, has confirmed that the six took part in an oral medical trial conducted by a private European laboratory in Rennes, a city in the North West of France.

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Black pudding has recently been hailed as a superfood.

When the news broke that one of my guilty pleasures, black pudding had been given “superfood” status, english breakfast junkies across the world rejoiced!

A “superfood” is more commonly associated with exotic berries and food that you probably didn’t even know existed.

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