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Belgian foreign minister steps down to support husband after brain cancer diagnosis

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Belgium’s foreign minister, Sophie Wilmès, announced on Thursday she was temporarily stepping down to support her husband who has been diagnosed with an aggressive brain cancer. Wilmès, 47, who has been in her post si...

My sleepy brain loves the sound of permanent daylight savings. But do scientists agree?

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Sleep-deprived Americans may be rejoicing this week, if they have the energy: it could be the last time daylight saving time kills a precious hour of snoozing. But those extra hours of evening light could come at a co...

The impotent fury of watching the war in Ukraine is giving us all brain fog

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When you have known someone for a long time, you can cover a lot of ground extremely fast. I met a friend of 30 years, by the recycling bins. She had just been on the phone to someone who was going with a fleet of amb...

Cutting back on final drink of day ‘could improve brain health’

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Cutting back on the final drink of the evening could substantially improve brain health, scientists have said. A major study of more than 36,000 adults suggests that the negative effects of alcohol consumption grow st...

Does life flash before your eyes? Brain scan of dying man suggests it’s possible

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When Harry Stamper sets off a bomb to save planet Earth in the film Armageddon, his life flashes before his eyes. Now research has revealed tantalising clues that such recall may not be Hollywood hyperbole. An interna...

Elon Musk’s brain chip firm Neuralink lines up clinical trials in humans

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The billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk’s brain chip startup is preparing to launch clinical trials in humans. Musk, who co-founded Neuralink in 2016, has promised that the technology “will enable someone with paralysi...

‘We see what’s happening in their brain’: inside the ToddlerLab

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With her Mickey Mouse backpack, coloured Duplo blocks and disarmingly cute smile, Serena could be any young child constructing a toy house for an imaginary character – were it not for the wires and nodules sticking ou...

Brain surgeons and rocket scientists no brighter than the rest of us, study finds

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It may not be rocket science, but researchers have found aerospace engineers and brain surgeons are not necessarily brighter than the general population. Researchers examined data from an international cohort of 329 a...

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Pacific nurses in the desert: Kiribati brain drain is outback Australia’s gain

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Every night, sitting in her room in the remote Queensland town of Doomadgee, Bwerere Sandy Tebau calls her husband and daughter 4,300km away in Tarawa, the capital of Kiribati. “There is no sea!” Sandy says, when aske...

Like the prime minister, I have had a public brain freeze. The fear never leaves you

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The first time it happened to me I was staring at a blank wall. It was nearly 30 years ago now and I was presenting a new live programme called Working Lunch on BBC Two, my first on-screen gig. After each of the first...

Funk star Leo Nocentelli: ‘Segregation leaves an indelible stain on your brain’

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You can’t pin Leo Nocentelli down. When I ask the legendary funk guitarist how his extraordinary solo album Another Side has come to be released after 50 years in oblivion, he tells the whole story in a seven-minute m...

Judge awards £27m to boy who suffered ‘catastrophic brain injuries’

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A high court judge has approved a £27m settlement of a clinical negligence claim after a boy was left with “catastrophic brain injuries”. The boy’s father sued Alder Hey children’s NHS foundation trust in Liverpool on...

White British brain tumour patients ‘more likely to die in a year’

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White British people diagnosed with brain tumours are more likely to die within 12 months than patients from other ethnic groups, a study suggests. The research is the first of its kind to examine the impact of ethnic...

Dual-drug treatment offers hope to children with rare brain cancer

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Scientists have successfully combined two existing cancer drugs to create a treatment for children diagnosed with deadly brain tumours. Diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG), a rare and fast-growing type of brain tu...

Covid-19 virus does not infect human brain cells, study suggests

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The virus that causes Covid-19 does not infect human brain cells, according to a study published in the journal Cell. The findings will raise hopes that the damage caused by Sars-CoV-2 might be more superficial and re...

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