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Australia is launching a space agency, but what will it do?

New Scientist - Ve, 29/06/2018 - 15:00
The Australian Space Agency, which officially launches this week, has a modest budget but hopes to encourage start-ups to get in on the space gold rush

Biggest study of vaginas shows there’s no such thing as ‘normal’

New Scientist - Ve, 29/06/2018 - 14:25
A study measuring labia and clitoris size in hundreds of women has found they vary widely, potentially helping to curb rising cosmetic surgery rates

Freak accident created a massive army of super-fertile clones

New Scientist - Ve, 29/06/2018 - 13:58
A new species of bigger and super-fertile all-female crayfish originated almost instantaneously because of a genetic accident

Polycystic ovary syndrome linked to mother’s health in pregnancy

New Scientist - Ve, 29/06/2018 - 13:09
Women who are overweight or smoke during pregnancy are more likely to have daughters who develop polycystic ovary syndrome, a nationwide study has found.

New form of gold is much golder than normal gold

New Scientist - Ve, 29/06/2018 - 13:06
Gold never loses its lustre because it is so chemically unreactive, and now microscopic gold crystals have been made that are even less reactive

Cuba has a hidden internet system based on trading USB sticks

New Scientist - Ve, 29/06/2018 - 10:30
In Cuba millions of people use El Paquete to get their weekly internet fix - a new study has uncovered how it is bought and spread throughout the country

Is an AI chatbot really better than a human doctor?

New Scientist - Ve, 29/06/2018 - 09:00
AI firm Babylon Health claims its chatbot scores higher on a medical exam than the average human doctor, but it’s not clear this was a fair test

People who keep seeing the same doctor have lower death rates

New Scientist - Ve, 29/06/2018 - 02:01
An analysis of 22 different studies has found that seeing the same family doctor, GP, or specialist over time is associated with better health outcomes

[Correspondence] Reducing NCDs globally: the under-recognised role of environmental risk factors

The Lancet - Ve, 29/06/2018 - 00:30
This month, the WHO Independent High-Level Commission on Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) published a set of recommendations to accelerate progress towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals Target 3.4 for reducing NCDs by 2030.1 Unfortunately, this globally important report had a major omission: recognising the detrimental role of environmental risk factors, beyond the conventional behavioural factors (tobacco and alcohol use, physical inactivity, and unhealthy diet), in enhancing global NCD burden and health inequality.

[Correspondence] The how: a message for the UN high-level meeting on NCDs

The Lancet - Ve, 29/06/2018 - 00:30
This September's UN General Assembly high-level meeting (HLM) on non-communicable diseases (NCDs) provides a strategic opportunity to propel the response—from “where do we want to be” to “how do we get there”.

[Comment] Patient-centred care for multimorbidity: an end in itself?

The Lancet - Ve, 29/06/2018 - 00:30
Multimorbidity, which is defined as living with two or more chronic health problems, is a major and growing problem, especially in societies with ageing populations and substantial socioeconomic disparities.1 It is associated with reduced quality of life, impaired functional status, poor physical and mental health, and increased mortality.2

[Comment] Discontinuing tumour necrosis factor inhibitors in non-radiographic axial spondyloarthritis

The Lancet - Ve, 29/06/2018 - 00:30
Patients with axial spondyloarthritis are classified according to the 2009 Assessment of SpondyloArthritis international Society classification criteria—which are the basis for the differentiation between the classical ankylosing spondylitis or radiographic axial spondyloarthritis and non-radiographic axial spondyloarthritis—on the basis of the presence or absence of definite radiographic changes in the sacroiliac joints.1 Although the clinical significance of this difference has been challenged,2 the two subsets have been accepted by the European Medicines Agency, which has led to the approval of biologicals for non-radiographic axial spondyloarthritis in Europe but not in the USA to date.

[Articles] On the road to universal health care in Indonesia, 1990–2016: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2016

The Lancet - Ve, 29/06/2018 - 00:30
Over the past 27 years, health across many indicators has improved in Indonesia. Improvements are partly offset by rising deaths and a growing burden of non-communicable diseases. To maintain and increase health gains, further work is needed to identify successful interventions and improve health equity.

[Articles] Efficacy and safety of continuing versus withdrawing adalimumab therapy in maintaining remission in patients with non-radiographic axial spondyloarthritis (ABILITY-3): a multicentre, randomised, double-blind study

The Lancet - Ve, 29/06/2018 - 00:30
In patients with active non-radiographic axial spondyloarthritis who achieved sustained remission with adalimumab, continued therapy was associated with significantly fewer patients flaring than was treatment withdrawal.

[Articles] Management of multimorbidity using a patient-centred care model: a pragmatic cluster-randomised trial of the 3D approach

The Lancet - Ve, 29/06/2018 - 00:30
To our knowledge, this trial is the largest investigation of the international consensus about optimal management of multimorbidity. The 3D intervention did not improve patients' quality of life.

How old could humans get? We probably haven’t hit the limit yet

New Scientist - Gi, 28/06/2018 - 21:00
The idea that we have reached the maximum possible human lifespan is highly divisive. New evidence adds fuel to a fiery debate, says Tom Kirkwood

The US has an anti-drone gun that shoots drones at other drones

New Scientist - Gi, 28/06/2018 - 18:46
A new anti-drone system built by the US can fire interceptor drones from a tube as well as jam the controls of potential incoming attackers

You can tell how tall or strong a person is by hearing them roar

New Scientist - Gi, 28/06/2018 - 18:00
Both men and women can tell how much taller or stronger another person is by listening to them roar, though men were more sensitive to differences in height

Crows make the right tool by remembering the last one they saw

New Scientist - Gi, 28/06/2018 - 16:00
New Caledonian crows made bespoke food vouchers from memory with their beaks and claws, ripping pieces of card into exactly the right size to get a reward

How the weird scoring system in tennis gives underdogs a boost

New Scientist - Gi, 28/06/2018 - 14:02
A mathematical analysis reveals exactly how much of an advantage the odd scoring system of tennis gives to the underdog
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