A ‘REMARKABLY BRAVE’ student who battled brain cancer while studying for her degree has walked away with first-class honours. Former Myton School pupil Lucy Salt was diagnosed with cancer just months after she left home to study pharmaceutical science at the University of Salford. Doctors said she could return to Warwick and undergo surgery and chemotherapy or stay in Manchester and take part in a clinical trial to reduce the tumour. Lucy, who was just 19-years-old at the time, chose to stay in Manchester where she had her first round of treatment over the school holidays. She said: “I was experiencing ear problems, headaches and dizzy spells but you could never imagine it might be cancer at my age.” And after six weeks she felt well enough to return to university that September. Apart from missing part of her placement year at Nottingham University hospital, Lucy completed all her assignments and exams, securing firsts for everything. She even managed to fit in … [Read more...] about Student who battled brain cancer while studying for degree gets first class honours
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The 1960s advertising slogan, "Go to work on an egg," may have offered sound dietary advice, according to new research that found an egg a day may reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. Consumption of up to one egg daily was linked with lower rates of strokes and heart disease, according to the research published in journal Heart. Daily consumers also had a lower risk of death from cardiovascular disease when compared to those who did not eat eggs. The researchers, from Peking University Health Science Centre, examined data from 416,213 participants in China. At the start of the study, 13.1% of participants reported daily consumption of eggs and 9.1% said they never or rarely ate them. The group were followed up around nine years later, with daily egg consumption found to be linked to a lower risk of cardiovascular disease overall. Those who ate up to one a day had a 26% lower risk of haemorrhagic stroke, 28% lower risk of haemorrhagic stroke … [Read more...] about An egg a day may keep heart disease away, according to new study
While physical exercise may stave off dementia, it does not delay mental decline in people after they've been diagnosed, a study in nearly 500 people with the condition reported Thursday. While a fitness regime improved physical fitness in people with mild to moderate dementia, it "does not slow cognitive impairment," researchers reported in The BMJ medical journal. It is generally accepted that exercise can delay the onset of Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia. But whether or not it can slow symptoms after the onset of mental decline, has been the subject of much debate. For the latest study, researchers took 494 people in England who had been diagnosed with dementia, and assigned 329 of them to an exercise programme. They took part in 60-90-minute group sessions in a gym twice a week for four months, and home exercises for an additional hour per week. The average age of the group was 77. Participants were assessed at six and 12 months after starting the programme. The … [Read more...] about Exercise does not delay decline in people with dementia: study
There's no debating it: Puppies are adorable. But is there an age when they reach "peak" cuteness? A new study may have an answer. The study, which aimed to determine the "optimal age" of puppy cuteness, found that puppies are most appealing to humans at around 6 to 8 weeks of age. That's around the time when puppies are weaned from their mothers, leading the researchers to hypothesize that puppies reach peak cuteness right when they need human care the most. "Just as their mother is getting sick of them and is going to kick them out of the den and they're going to have to make their own way in life, at that age, that is exactly when they are most attractive to human beings," lead study author Clive Wynne, a professor of psychology and director of Arizona State University's Canine Science Collaboratory, said in a statement. The new findings may help scientists better understand how dogs evolved to rely on human care, the researchers said. "This attraction of humans to … [Read more...] about Peak puppy cuteness achieved at 8 weeks, scientists say
By Dr Naomi LavelleAt this time of year we can see lots of birds returning to our shores for the summer months. The swallows and house martins are back and have started building their nests and the distinctive sound of the cuckoo fills the air during many country walks. These birds mark the arrival of the seasons and the passing of time in cycles. Of course, not all birds migrate, but for those that do, come autumn we will watch them flock together before taking off on another epic journey back to warmer climates for the winter months. But how do they do it? How do birds know when to go and how to get there?ENVIRONMENTAL CUESThe migration of certain birds is probably triggered by a number of environmental cues such as changes in food supply, daylight hours and temperature. These parts are easier to understand; but the idea that they can all suddenly take to the skies and fly thousands of kilometres over many weeks is a little more baffling.HOW DO THEY … [Read more...] about Appliance of Science: How do birds know where to go when they migrate?