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Measuring babies' heads could predict autism

Measuring babies' heads could predict autism

Measuring babies' heads and their head-tilting reflex appears to be an accurate predictor of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in infants aged between nine and 12 months, according to a new study.
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Bowel cancer risk 'boosted by gene'

Bowel cancer risk 'boosted by gene'

People born with a particular gene mutation are more likely to develop bowel cancer from eating processed meat, according to a US study.
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Brain scan offers hope to coma patients

Brain scan offers hope to coma patients

Belgian researchers say using scanner can help to identify brain-injured patients who have a chance of recovering some consciousness.
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Teenagers risk neck and back pain

Teenagers risk neck and back pain

Slumping over laptops and tablets could be contributing to a rise in neck and back problems among teenagers, a British study says.
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Low weight gain 'results in obese child'

Low weight gain 'results in obese child'

It's known that women with high BMIs or those who gain excessive weight gain during pregnancy are more likely to have overweight children, but now it appears...
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Cannabis use 'alters brain regions': study

Cannabis use 'alters brain regions': study

Scans show that the brains of people who smoke marijuana are markedly differenct from those of non-users, says a study in the Journal of Neuroscience.
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Our brains peak at 24: study

Our brains peak at 24: study

If you're older than 24, we have some bad news for you – you're over the hill in terms of brain performance, according to Canadian researchers.
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Whooping cough 'evolves to beat vaccine'

Whooping cough 'evolves to beat vaccine'

It's likely a new strain of the infectious disease whooping cough has evolved to overcome the vaccine used to fight it, a University of NSW study says.
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Stem cell research uses Silly Putty

Stem cell research uses Silly Putty

Researchers have used the molecule that gives Silly Putty its unusual properties to grow working spinal cord cells on a soft, ultra-fine carpet.
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Dead babies found in Brazil hospital

Dead babies found in Brazil hospital

Investigators have discovered the corpses of 40 newborn babies in a Brazilian hospital, some which had been decaying for up to five years.
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Unnecessary cancer op after lab botch-up

Unnecessary cancer op after lab botch-up

Dunedin's Medlab Dental somehow switched two biopsy samples which meant a 62-year-old woman had mouth surgery for cancer she didn't have.
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Guinea Ebola outbreak under control

Guinea Ebola outbreak under control

Foreign Minister Francois Fall says Guinea has managed to bring an outbreak of the deadly haemorrhagic Ebola virus under control.
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Diet guru claims to eat 50 bananas a day

Diet guru claims to eat 50 bananas a day

Self proclaimed diet guru Freelee the Banana Girl has amassed a huge online following of people wanting her washboard abs and clear skin, which she says is a...
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IVF patient pregnant with wrong embryos

IVF patient pregnant with wrong embryos

A woman treated at Rome's Sandro Pertini Hospital became pregnant with another couple's twins after a fertility treatment mix-up.
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Pee chart give health indicator

Pee chart give health indicator

Doctors and naturopaths have long used urine samples to get an insight into a person's health, and now a US medical clinic has turned the information into a...
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Saturated fat diet increases breast cancer risk

Saturated fat diet increases breast cancer risk

Women who eat a lot of animal fat and high-fat takeaways are more likely to get breast cancer, according to a study.
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The women who 'fake' virginity

The women who 'fake' virginity

It's easy for a woman to have her hymen surgically reconstructed in Tunisia, where brides-to-be are under pressure to prove their virginity.
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Babies cry to stop parents conceiving: expert

Babies cry to stop parents conceiving: expert

Babies cry for a night-time feed to delay their mother's ovulation and prevent another baby that would compete for resources, according to Harvard professor...
Scale errors putting babies at risk: study

Scale errors putting babies at risk: study

Inaccurate recording of mothers' weights in their 12th week of pregnancy could be putting them and their babies at risk, researchers say.
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Doctor calls for rethink on heart disease

Doctor calls for rethink on heart disease

The traditional methods of testing blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol and body mass are failing to pick up danger signs in some people.
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