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EXPERT ENCOUNTER: PROF SEENA FAZEL - MENTAL ILLNESS AND VIOLENCE

There was no news story or study pegged to this briefing, but it was an opportunity for journalists to hear about the latest research...

EXPERT REACTION TO PAPER QUESTIONING WHETHER US FRACKING COULD BE A CAUSE OF THE GLOBAL METHANE SPIKE

Research, published in Biogeosciences , reports that shale gas extraction through fracking may be responsible for increases in methane...

 
 
 

EXPERT REACTION TO STUDY LOOKING AT METHOD OF SEPARATING X AND Y SPERM IN MICE

Research, published in PLOS Biology , reports on a new technique to separate X-bearing sperm from Y-bearing sperm, allowing alteration...

EXPERT REACTION TO STUDY ON SOCIAL MEDIA USE AND THE ROLE OF CYBERBULLYING, SLEEP AND PHYSICAL ACTIVITY IN THE WELLBEING IN YOUNG PEOPLE

Research, published in The Lancet Child & Adolescent Health, reports on the relationship between wellbeing and social media use, cyberbullying,...

 
 
 

SOCIAL MEDIA AND YOUNG PEOPLE'S MENTAL HEALTH AND WELLBEING

The majority of young people in the UK use social media and there are concerns around the potential harms to wellbeing this may have....

EXPERT REACTION TO STUDY LOOKING AT ADHD MEDICATION AND BRAIN DEVELOPMENT IN CHILDREN

Research, published in the journal Radiology, reports that a drug, Methylphenidate , used in the treatment of ADHD may impact the brain...

 
 
 

EXPERT REACTION TO STUDY LOOKING AT GLUTEN INTAKE IN CHILDHOOD AND RISK OF COELIAC DISEASE IN CHILDREN WITH A GENETIC RISK

A study, published in JAMA , reports an association between eating gluten in early life and an increased risk of coeliac disease among...

EXPERT REACTION TO TWO STUDIES LOOKING AT BLOOD PRESSURE AND DEMENTIA

Research, published in two separate papers in JAMA, reports on the connection between high blood pressure and dementia risk. Dr Jana...

 
 
 

EXPERT REACTION TO STUDY LOOKING AT AIR POLLUTION IN PEOPLE WITH EMPHYSEMA, AND MAKING COMPARISONS WITH SMOKING

Research, published JAMA, reports a connection between the level of air pollution where a person lives, and their risk of developing...

EXPERT REACTION TO TAKING ASPIRIN BEFORE DIAGNOSIS AND BREAST CANCER OUTCOMES

Research, published in Cancer, reports on the possible connection between taking aspirin before a breast cancer diagnosis, and the...

 
 
 

EXPERT REACTION TO STUDY LOOKING AT E-CIGARETTE USE AND MARIJUANA USE IN YOUNG PEOPLE

Research, published in JAMA Pediatrics, reports that adolescents who have a history of using e-cigarettes are more likely to use marijuana. Prof...

EXPERT REACTION TO THE MAJOR UK POWER FAILURE

On Friday 9th August the UK experienced major electrical power failures effecting transport and infrastructure across the country. Prof...

 
 
 

IPCC SPECIAL REPORT ON CLIMATE CHANGE AND LAND

A selection of authors will be present at this briefing to discuss the conclusions of the IPCC Special Report on Climate Change and...

EXPERT REACTION TO BORIS JOHNSON'S PLAN TO ‘CEMENT THE UK AS A SCIENCE SUPERPOWER', INCLUDING PROPOSALS FOR A NEW FAST-TRACK VISA ROUTE TO ATTRACT THE BEST RESEARCHERS

Boris Johnson has announced plans to ‘cement the UK as a science superpower', including proposals for a new fast-track visa route to...

 
 
 

EXPERT REACTION TO STUDY LOOKING AT ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS OF PLANT-BASED AND MEAT-BASED DIETS

Research, published in Scientific Reports, reports on the environmental impacts of diet, concluding that by replacing meat with protein-conserving...

EXPERT REACTION TO DRAFT NICE RECOMMENDATIONS ON THE USE OF CANNABIS-BASED MEDICINAL PRODUCTS AND THE NHS ENGLAND REVIEW ‘BARRIERS TO ACCESSING CANNABIS-BASED PRODUCTS FOR MEDICINAL USE ON NHS PRESCRIPTION'

NHS England have published a review called ‘Barriers to accessing cannabis-based products for medicinal use on NHS prescription' ±...

 
 
 

EXPERT REACTION TO REPORTS THAT THE LAWYERS FOR THE TEENAGER ACCUSED OF THROWING A CHILD OFF THE TATE MODERN VIEWING PLATFORM WILL OBTAIN A PSYCHIATRIC REPORT

Comments in response to the news that lawyers for the teenager accused of throwing a child off the Tate Modern viewing platform will...

EXPERT REACTION TO STUDY LOOKING AT AIR POLLUTION AND CHILDHOOD ASTHMA IN EUROPE

Research, published in the European Respiratory Journal, reports that 33% of new childhood asthma cases in Europe are attributable...

 
 
 

EXPERT REACTION TO STUDY LOOKING AT TOXIN ACCUMULATION IN FISH, AND OVERFISHING AND CLIMATE CHANGE

Research, published in Nature, reports that ocean warming and changes in the diets of some fish, due to overfishing, may result in...

EXPERT REACTION TO BLOOD TEST TO HELP TAILOR TREATMENT FOR BREAST CANCER PATIENTS

Research, published in Science Translational Medicine, reports on a new blood test that may be much more sensitive than previous tests...

 
 
 



British Airways pilots to strike for 3 days throwing travel plans into chaos

British Airways pilots to strike for 3 days throwing travel plans into chaos

Pilots working for the airline have announced they will strike in September British Airways pilots have confirmed they will go on strike in September throwing thousands of... Read more ...

Aston Villa 2-0 Everton: £22million Wesley and El Ghazi score goals for...

Aston Villa 2-0 Everton: £22million Wesley and El Ghazi score goals for first Villa win

Wesley opened the scoring in the 19th minute, finishing with composure following Jota's perfectly weighted through ball and Anwar El Ghazi secured three points with a late second. Read more ...

England warned they 'must get better' after dismal second day in third Test

England warned they 'must get better' after dismal second day in third Test

Australia are already 283 runs ahead at Headingley and to make matters worse England's fast bowler Jofra Archer is struggling with cramp Read more ...

Prince Andrew 'has had more than 1,000 lovers' but would never sleep with...

Prince Andrew 'has had more than 1,000 lovers' but would never sleep with teenagers, friends claim

Prince Andrew has had more than 1,000 lovers according to close friends, but has not slept with any teenagers, as he faces more allegations following the suicide of Jeffrey... Read more ...

Andy Roddick gives verdict on how Serena Williams will cope on return to US Open

Andy Roddick gives verdict on how Serena Williams will cope on return to US Open

Serena Williams rowed with Carlos Ramos in the 2018 US Open final A year on from one of the most dramatic sporting events in living memory, Serena Williams will return to the... Read more ...

Florida mom teaches 'ungrateful' daughter, six, a lesson after she threw...

Florida mom teaches 'ungrateful' daughter, six, a lesson after she threw pencil case in the garbage 

A Florida mom has gone viral on Facebook after detailing the lesson she taught her daughter, left, who tossed a new pencil case in the bin, right. Haley Hassell is now making... Read more ...

BREAKING Bury owner agrees deal to sell club hours before EFL deadline

BREAKING Bury owner agrees deal to sell club hours before EFL deadline

Bury were set a deadline of Friday to find new owners or face expulsion from the Football League Read more ...

Bury bid under consideration from EFL after Alastair Campbell's son leads...

Bury bid under consideration from EFL after Alastair Campbell's son leads rescue mission for troubled club

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Former Bachelor star Chris Soules gets a two-year suspended prison term for...

Former Bachelor star Chris Soules gets a two-year suspended prison term for his role in a 2017 crash

Former Bachelor star Chris Soules, 37, pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of fleeing the scene of a personal injury accident earlier this year to avoid going to trial for his... Read more ...

Commuters have to walk along Tube tracks in the dark to be evacuated near St...

Commuters have to walk along Tube tracks in the dark to be evacuated near St Pancras

Commuters were seen being led through the tunnel at St Pancras International as Thameslink Railway revealed there had been problems with overhead wires at Kentish Town. Read more ...