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Slight temperature increase can trigger significant migration - study

Slight temperature increase can trigger significant migration – study

A 1°C temperature increase can cause a tenfold increase in displaced people, according to new research led by the University of Oxford, which studied the effects of conflict, weather, and drought, on forced displacement in Somalia.  According to the research, a typical reduction in rainfall of 50mm per month mm can also cause displacement to double. But, …

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Smoking increases the risks of 56 diseases in Chinese adults

Smoking increases the risks of 56 diseases in Chinese adults

Smoking increases the risks of 56 diseases and kills more than 1 million adults in China each year from 22 different causes, according to new research. Tobacco smoking is projected to cause one billion deaths worldwide this century, mainly in low and middle income countries (LMICs) such as China. Two thirds of adult men in …

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Bacterial armour plating has implications for antibiotics

Bacterial armour plating has implications for antibiotics

Bacterial armour plating has implications for antibiotics says new study A new study sheds light on how Gram-negative bacteria like E. coli construct their outer membrane to resemble body armour, which has far-reaching implications for the development of antibiotics.  Professor Colin Kleanthous in the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Oxford led the interdisciplinary …

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Language learning difficulties in children linked to brain differences

Language learning difficulties in children linked to brain differences

A new study using MRI has revealed structural brain changes in children with developmental language disorder (DLD), a common but under-recognised difficulty in language learning. Children with DLD aged 10-15 showed reduced levels of myelin in areas of the brain associated with speaking and listening to others, and areas involved in learning new skills. This …

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