Nearly half of people with potential cancer symptoms in first wave of pandemic did not contact GP, study finds

Nearly half of people who experienced possible cancer symptoms in the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic did not contact their GP, the initial findings of a UK-wide survey have suggested. The research was carried out by Cardiff University and Cancer Research UK, with preliminary findings focusing on the experiences […]

Why telling stories could be a more powerful way of convincing some people to take a COVID vaccine than just the facts

Scientists don’t know exactly what percentage of the population will need to get a COVID vaccine to achieve herd immunity. Some diseases, such as whooping cough, need very high rates of vaccination between 90-95%. The rise of new, more infectious coronavirus variants might mean even more people may need to […]

Survey taken after France’s first COVID-19 wave indicates almost one-third of working-age people could reject a vaccine

Nearly one in three working-age adults in France (29%) surveyed in July 2020—when lockdown restrictions had been eased—were outright opposed to being vaccinated against the virus, according to new research published in The Lancet Public Health journal. Researchers found that more than two-thirds of people (71%) could accept a vaccine […]

Genetic studies of alcohol consumption could be spoiled by people who misreport their behavior

A team of researchers with members affiliated with multiple institutions in Australia and China has found evidence that genetic studies of alcohol drinking could be tainted by people under study who misreport their behavior. In their paper published in the journal Nature Communications, the group describes using statistical analysis on […]

Young people with autism show cognitive gains from childhood to early adult life

Individuals diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) face a lifelong challenge characterized by qualitative impairments in both communication and social interaction. However a new study appearing in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (JAACAP) reports that in a cohort of 126 individuals with ASD, IQ […]

Early signs of Alzheimer’s disease in people with Down’s syndrome

Researchers at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden have studied the incidence and regional distribution of Alzheimer’s disease biomarkers in the brains of people with Down’s syndrome. The results can bring new possibilities for earlier diagnosis and preventive treatment of dementia. The study is published in Molecular Neurodegeneration. While medical advances and […]