Category Archives: Sarah Fox

Night Nurse: The problem of night-time noise in hospitals

Picture the scene: It’s been a long day, you’ve been violently ill and feel like every ounce of strength has been drained from your body. Finally, after being poked and prodded, interrogated and tested, you find yourself in a warm … Continue reading

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Playing at a better future: Could video games improve your life?

Your brain is plastic. No, not like the picture to the right but in the sense that everything which makes us who we are (our thoughts, beliefs and understanding of the world around us) can be subject to change. This … Continue reading

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First patients enrolled on study aimed to improve outcome following brain injury.

Formed from around 80-90 billion neurons and with a consistency so soft you could cut it with a table knife, the brain is a delicate vulnerable organ. Unfortunately, despite its hard outer shell (the skull), the brain is still susceptible … Continue reading

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Should Backyard Brains bug out?

A US company, Backyard Brains, has recently been criticised for marketing a device which allows users to create their own ‘cyborg’ cockroach, using a mobile phone app to control the critter’s movements. The ‘kickstarter’ funded project, headed by graduate students … Continue reading

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Hope for new MS drug which could repair damaged cells.

Researchers from the private biotech firm ENDECE Neural have just announced the development of a new compound they believe may have the potential to repair damage caused by multiple sclerosis (MS). MS is the most common neurological disorder affecting young … Continue reading

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Cancer resistant rodents – the naked truth

The naked mole rat is a quirky little creature. These mouse-size rodents may be curious-looking, but they are fast becoming the rising star of cancer and ageing research. Their unusual lifestyle alone makes them interesting – unlike any other known mammal, … Continue reading

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Welcome to the pleasuredome: How we evolved to love music

In 2008 at Hohle Fels, a Stone Age cave in Southern Germany, archaeologists discovered what is thought to be the oldest example of a man-made musical instrument: a vulture bone flute dating back to the period when ancestors of modern … Continue reading

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