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There Is No Link Between Epidurals And Autism, Study of Over 120,000 Births Suggests

There Is No Link Between Epidurals And Autism, Study of Over 120,000 Births Suggests

A large, longitudinal study in Canada has unequivocally refuted the idea that epidural anesthesia increases the risk of in children. Among more than 120,000 vaginal births, researchers found no evidence for any genuine link between this type of pain medication and autism spectrum disorder. The notion was first put forward last year in a of Southern California hospitals. The results were immediately met with and "" by thousands of obstetricians, gynecologists, anesthesiologists, and experts in maternal-fetal medicine.Because the research was retrospective, it could not confirm causation, and...

Apr 26
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Jaw-Dropping Fossil Find Contains a Dinosaur Sitting on an Entire Clutch of Eggs

Jaw-Dropping Fossil Find Contains a Dinosaur Sitting on an Entire Clutch of Eggs

An international team of scientists has announced the discovery of an extraordinary fossilized nest in China, preserving at least eight separate from 70 million years ago.  The clutch of ancient eggs belongs to a medium-sized adult , and we know that because the parent is actually part of the fossil. The skeleton of this ostrich-like theropod is positioned in a crouch over two dozen eggs, at least seven of which were on the brink of hatching and still contain embryos inside. The ancient scene is unprecedented, and provides the first hard evidence that dinosaurs were brooding parents, laying...

Mar 10
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These Cockroaches Start Eating Each Other After Sex, And Not Because They're Hungry

These Cockroaches Start Eating Each Other After Sex, And Not Because They're Hungry

Male and female wood roaches are one of the few insect couples suspected of truly . The secret to one species' long-lasting love? A bit of mutual cannibalism.In a revelry of post-coital bliss, mating cockroaches (Salganea taiwanensis) have been filmed chowing down on each other's wings for days on end, taking turns to eat and be eaten. What's more, out in the field, over 99 percent of roach parents appear to possess chewed stumps for wings, which suggests the practice is common.Collecting wild specimens in the woods of Japan, researchers have now filmed 24 pairs of insects over the course...

Feb 18
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Vaccines Have Saved 37 Million Children's Lives Since 2000

Vaccines Have Saved 37 Million Children's Lives Since 2000

Vaccinations are medicine's greatest lifesavers. Since the turn of the century, new modelling shows immunisations for 10 major diseases have prevented the deaths of 37 million people in nearly a hundred low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). By 2030, that number could double, and many of the lives saved will be young children.Without access to certain vaccinations, which protect humans against diseases like measles, rotavirus, HPV and hepatitis B, kids born in 2019 (in the 98 LMICs investigated) who are not vaccinated are 45 percent more likely to die before the age of five, researchers...

Jan 29
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Now We Know Why Platypus Are So Weird - Their Genes Are Part Bird, Reptile, And Mammal

Now We Know Why Platypus Are So Weird - Their Genes Are Part Bird, Reptile, And Mammal

The first complete map of a platypus genome has just been released, and it's every bit as strange as you'd expect from a creature with 10 sex chromosomes, a pair of venomous spurs, a coat of , and skin that 'sweats' milk. The duck-billed platypus is truly one of the oddest creatures on Earth. Along with the spiky echidna, these two Australian animals belong to a highly-specialised group of mammals, known as monotremes, which both lay eggs but also nurse their young with milk.The genes of both are relatively primitive and unchanged, revealing a bizarre blend of several vertebrate animal...

Jan 9
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A Scary Amount of Nutrition Science Has Deep Ties to The Food Industry, Study Reveals

A Scary Amount of Nutrition Science Has Deep Ties to The Food Industry, Study Reveals

The food industry has their fingers all over our nutrition research. According to a new analysis, one out of every eight leading, peer-reviewed studies on nutrition is tied to business. Even worse, this conflict of interest, although acknowledged explicitly within the scientific journals, tends to produce results that favour business, and potentially with misleading consequences."This study found that the food industry is commonly involved in published research from leading nutrition journals," researchers ."Where the food industry is involved, research findings are nearly six times more...

Dec 27
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Researchers Find a Way to Pull Carbon Out of The Air And Turn It Into Jet Fuel

Researchers Find a Way to Pull Carbon Out of The Air And Turn It Into Jet Fuel

The , but it's going to take before the average environmentalist can fly guilt free on a fully electric long haul jet.In the meantime, scientists are trying to make the commercial planes we already have more sustainable, and one of the best ways to do that is to change the fuel they consume. Instead of spitting carbon dioxide (CO2) out into the atmosphere, researchers at the University of Oxford and the University of Cambridge in the UK have now come up with a way for airplanes to capture this gas from the air and burn it for fuel.Instead of creating a whole new fleet of electric planes,...

Dec 27
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Catastrophic Oil Spill From Abandoned Ship in The Red Sea Could Happen Any Second, Study Warns

Catastrophic Oil Spill From Abandoned Ship in The Red Sea Could Happen Any Second, Study Warns

If the coral refuge of the Red Sea can survive local pollution, scientists think these reefs might be the last ones standing on a rapidly warming planet. But that's a big 'if'. Right now, life in this region is moored to the fate of a 45-year-old tanker, gradually rusting away off the western coast of Yemen, with a million barrels of oil in its hold.Neglected by its owners for more than five years, this massive old ship – the FSO Safer – represents serious danger, ironically enough.Ever since war broke out on the mainland between Iran-allied Houthi rebels and Saudi-led forces, the...

Dec 16
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Depressing Study Shows a Big Issue With Using Cloud Seeding to Solve Global Warming

Depressing Study Shows a Big Issue With Using Cloud Seeding to Solve Global Warming

The clouds that hang low and thick in our sky, reflecting sunlight back out into space, are melting into thin air as the world warms.The loss will not only trigger greater climate changes than we expected, but new research suggests it could also undermine the potential of future geoengineering solutions.  The idea of seeding clouds with an injection of light-reflecting particles to reflect sunlight back into space – thereby 'cooling' the planet – is a controversial one, yet to be proven useful or even feasible in the real world.Some scientists worry about the of meddling in our planet's...

Nov 21
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Endometriosis Takes a Toll on The Careers of Women, Finnish Study Reveals

Endometriosis Takes a Toll on The Careers of Women, Finnish Study Reveals

is not a 'career woman's disease', as it used to be known, but it very much does impact the careers of women.A two-year-long study among almost 4,000 women in Finland has found those with endometriosis took 10 or more sick days, even at the age of 46, compared to those without endo. They also claimed, on average, 10 more disability days.  The good news is that scientists in Finland found no patterns of early retirement or unemployment when examining data from 348 participants with endometriosis. Still, this research was conducted in a country with relatively good healthcare, welfare, and...

Jul 12
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