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Austrian biotech plans Zika vaccine clinical trials in 12 months

An Austrian biotech company working with the Institut Pasteur said on Tuesday it planned to start clinical trials with an experimental Zika vaccine in the next 12 months, marking a further acceleration of research in the field.

Living near high levels of greenery may reduce aggressive behavior in teens

A new US study has found yet another health benefit of "green space," finding that adolescents who live in neighborhoods with more greenery may have less aggressive behaviors.

Vaccines block Zika in mice, boosting hopes for human jab

New research in lab animals, including Zika vaccines successfully tested on mice, boosted hopes Tuesday for a jab to shield humans against the brain-damaging virus.

Life & Style

Broccoli could soon be giving you an even bigger health boost, suggests new research

Already known for its super health benefits, scientists have found a way to give broccoli even more of a boost, by identifying the genes which control the vegetable's phenolic compounds.

Make changes to your pre-bed routine for a better night's sleep: study

New Australian research suggests that sleep could be another important lifestyle factor for athletes wanting to improve their sporting performance, with the findings also providing some insight into how all of us can help get a better night's sleep.

X-rays in the cloud a symbol of the future‚ says Makhura

Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital has rolled out a new IT system to ensure all digital X-rays‚ MRI and CAT scans are kept in the digital cloud.

Breastfeeding linked to better childhood behavior: study

Children breastfed exclusively for their first six months of life have an easier time behaving as primary school students, according to new research.

Exercise could improve muscle repair in seniors: study

A team of Canadian researchers studying mice have found that exercising into old age could help muscles repair themselves as quickly as possible after injury.

Whole grain consumption could lead to longer life: study

A diet that includes three daily servings of whole grains appears to help people live longer, including by reducing the rates of death from heart disease and cancer, according to findings.

Durex study shows 52% expect better sex on holiday but most are disappointed

A survey out of London by sexual wellbeing brand Durex has revealed that 52 percent of adults expect better sex on holiday, but 60 percent are left disappointed, admitting that the reality didn't quite live up to their expectations.

Moving home too much harms kids' maths marks

Every time a family moves home a child's reading and maths results suffer and their behaviour becomes more disruptive, new research has revealed.

Water Works: The Ganges of the future

''Ideas change history" - the phrase is a little trite but its truth is self-evident. If the idea of communism had not taken root, there's a good chance the world would not have spent decades on tenterhooks due to the threat of imminent nuclear destruction.

Health

Deep brain stimulation can improve Parkinson's symptoms by 70%

By stimulating the brains of Parkinson's patients using electrodes, neurologists at France's CHU Saint-Étienne University Hospital found that this surgical technique could improve motor performance by 70% and reduce medication-based treatment by 40 to 60%.

Omega-3s cut fatal heart attack risk 10 percent: study

Consuming foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids, such as salmon, sardines and anchovies, can reduce risk of a deadly heart attack by 10 percent, a study said.

Antibodies found which 'neutralise' Zika virus: study

European scientists announced that they had discovered antibodies which attack Zika, a step they hope will pave the way for a protective vaccine against the brain-damaging virus.

Pregnant women with Zika have up to 13% risk of microcephaly: study

Pregnant women infected with the Zika virus during the first trimester have a risk of up to 13 percent that their infant will be born with the microcephaly birth defect, a new study says.

Spanish scientists use skin cells to create human sperm

Scientists in Spain on Wednesday say that they have created human sperm from skin cells, a medical feat which could eventually lead to a treatment for infertility.

Gene-editing to beat HIV

A cure for HIV and Aids could be a few years away now that scientists have proved that they can snip the virus off infected cells and prevent it returning.

US performs its first uterus transplant

The United States has completed its first uterus transplant surgery, following on a technique already proven in Sweden that could help women suffering from infertility, the Cleveland Clinic said Thursday.

Loss of Y chromosome linked to Alzheimer's disease: study

About one in five men over age 80 lose the Y chromosome from their blood cells, and this condition has now been linked to an increased risk of Alzheimer's disease, researchers said.

Older men giving young girls HIV‚ says study

Young schoolgirls in South Africa are contracting HIV from older men‚ a study released on Monday reveals.