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High cholesterol ‘does not cause heart disease’

Cholesterol does not cause heart disease in the elderly and trying to reduce it with drugs like statins is a waste of time, an international group of experts has claimed. A review of research involving nearly 70,000 people found there …

Self-driving truck acts like an animal

Researchers at Chalmers University of Technology are finding inspiration in evolution’s biological counterparts in the development of a driverless truck. The first public demonstration of the vehicle will take place on a Dutch motorway on 28 May. That’s when the …

Uncovering the secrets of Arctic seabird colonies

Seabirds nest by the hundreds of thousands in colonies along the Norwegian coast. Now, scientists have uncovered the factors that help determine the location of seabird nesting colonies. Ninety per cent of Norway’s two million pairs of cliff-nesting seabirds are …

Air pollution can mess up your brain

Air pollution is a known culprit in lung and heart disease. Fine particulate matter, tiny particles, 1/30th the width of a human hair, are released into the air by power plants, factories, cars and trucks. These fine particles somehow invade …

Glucocorticoids may increase risk of serious blood infection

Current users of systemic glucocorticoids experienced 2.5 times higher odds of infection with Staphylococcus aureus bacteria than non-users, a Danish study published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings has found. Glucocorticoids are potent immunosuppressive drugs used widely in treating acute and chronic …

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