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Link between intelligence and longevity is mostly genetic

Monday, 27 July, 2015

The tendency of more intelligent people to live longer has been shown, for the first time, to be mainly down to their genes by new research published in the International Journal of Epidemiology.

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Educational benefits of deworming children questioned by re-analysis of flagship study

Thursday, 23 July, 2015

Deworming children may not improve school attendance and the evidence that informs international policy needs to be re-appraised following a major re-analysis by researchers at the School. The findings are published as two new papers in the International Journal of Epidemiology.

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Mathematical model major aid in family planning

Thursday, 16 July, 2015

Erasmus MC researchers, participating in an international study, have developed a mathematical model that can assist couples in having the number of children that they would ideally like. The model predicts the age at which couples should start having children depending on whether they want one, two or three kids. The results have just been published in the journal Human Reproduction.

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A Dark Matter bridge in our cosmic neighborhood

Tuesday, 14 July, 2015

By using the best available data to monitor galactic traffic in our neighborhood, Noam Libeskind from the
Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) and his collaborators have built a detailed map of how
nearby galaxies move. In it they have discovered a bridge of Dark Matter stretching from our Local Group allthe way to the Virgo cluster - a huge mass of some 2,000 galaxies roughly 50 million light years away, thatis bound on either side by vast bubbles completely devoid of galaxies. This bridge and these voids help us understand a 40 year old problem regarding the curious distribution of dwarf galaxies.

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Dissecting an Enzyme’s Link to Parkinson’s

Thursday, 02 July, 2015

A new study finds that low levels of the glucocerebrosidase enzyme (GBA) may be a risk factor for developing Parkinson’s disease (PD). The results, published in Brain, come from an in-depth study of the relationship between GBA genetic mutations and Parkinson’s disease. The findings point to the GBA enzyme as a potential therapeutic target, and suggest that studying it may help us to understand the underlying causes of PD.

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