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New Study Examines Brexit’s Effect on ‘Sugar Tax’ and Coronary Heart Disease

A new study published in Public Health Nutrition examines the potential effects of Brexit on the ‘Sugar Tax’ and coronary heart disease (CHD) in England.

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Link between Gut Flora and Multiple Sclerosis Discovered

Multiple sclerosis is an autoimmune disease in which the body’s own immune system attacks and damages the protective coating around nerve cells. This coating is made up of myelin – a biological membrane of protein and fatty substances – which is why research efforts to find the disease’s target antigen have so far focused on the myelin membrane’s components. New findings made by the research group of Mireia Sospedra and Roland Martin from the University of Zurich’s Clinical Research Priority Program Multiple Sclerosis now suggest that it is worth broadening the research perspective to gain a better understanding of the pathological processes.

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‘Sentinels of the Sea’ at Risk from Changing Climate

Climate change’s effect on coastal ecosystems is very likely to increase mortality risks of adult oyster populations in the next 20 years.

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Measuring Glaciers in the Himalayan Mountains

Technology pioneered in Antarctica could soon be providing much-needed data on the amount of ice in the glaciers of High Mountain Asia thanks to an ingenious helicopter-mounted, low-frequency radar developed by researchers at British Antarctic Survey.

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Geoengineering, Other Technologies Won’t Solve Climate Woes

The countries of the world still need to cut their carbon dioxide emissions to reach the Paris Agreement’s climate targets. Relying on tree planting and alternative technological solutions such as geoengineering will not make enough of a difference.

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New Technique for Turning Sunshine and Water into Hydrogen Fuel

A research team led by DGIST Professor Jong-Sung Yu’s team at the Department of Energy Science and Engineering has successfully developed a new catalyst synthesis method that can efficiently decompose water into oxygen and hydrogen using solar light. It is expected that this method will facilitate hydrogen mass production due to higher efficiency than the existing photocatalyst method.

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Physical Activity Has Respiratory Health Benefits for Smokers, Regardless of Air Pollution Levels

Regular physical activity is associated with better lung function among current smokers in European cities, regardless of air pollution levels. This is the main conclusion of a new study comprising over 4,500 people from nine European countries, led by the Barcelona Institute of Global Health (ISGlobal), an institution supported by ”la Caixa” Foundation, and conducted as part of  the "Ageing Lungs in European Cohorts" (ALEC) project*, coordinated by Imperial College London.

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Reprise of Worst Known Drought, Famine Possible — WSU Vancouver Researcher

A Washington State University researcher has completed the most thorough analysis yet of The Great Drought — the most devastating known drought of the past 800 years — and how it led to the Global Famine, an unprecedented disaster that took 50 million lives.

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Nice People Finish Last When It Comes To Money

Nice people may be at greater risk of bankruptcy and other financial hardships compared with their less agreeable peers, not because they are more cooperative, but because they don’t value money as much, according to research published by the American Psychological Association.

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Wheat and Barley Shortage Devastates Iraq

Iraq’s farmlands are declining due to lack of rainfall and depleted soils, a report by the country’s Central Bureau of Statistics has revealed. Wheat and barley were affected particularly hard, the report said, but it also observed a general decline in the yield per acre of Iraq’s farmland due to “off-season rainfall and dust storms”.

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