Protein levels in spinal fluid correlate to posture and gait difficulty in Parkinson’s

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Levels of a protein found in the brain called alpha-synuclein are significantly lower than normal in cerebrospinal fluid collected in Parkinson’s disease patients suffering from postural instability and gait difficulty, a study has found. Levels of a protein found in the brain called alpha-synuclein (α-syn) are significantly lower than normal in cerebrospinal fluid collected in Parkinson’s disease patients suffering from postural instability and gait difficulty, a study led by movement disorders experts at Rush University Medical Center has found. The results recently were published online in the journal Movement Disorders….

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Serendipitous supernova explosion caught on camera

An Argentine stargazer captured the death of a star in series of nearly 100 images MISSION CRITICAL Support credible science journalism. Subscribe to Science News today. SUBSCRIBE In the Feb. 17 SN: Magnetic knots, the realities of play, cloned monkeys debut, redating humans’ African exit, lessons in DNA packing, Martian water loss, a forager smell test, and more. RIGHT PLACE, RIGHT TIME  In September 2016, an amateur astronomer was looking at spiral galaxy NGC 613 (shown), located about 65 million light-years away in the constellation Sculptor, and caught a supernova…

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Police arrest three after late-night beach chase between towns

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Three people have been arrested after trying to outrun police in a midnight beach dash in Horowhenua.   An officer tried to pull a Toyota Hilux ute over in central Palmerston North about 11.15pm on Wednesday, but what started as a routine random stop became a chase when the driver did not pull over.  Instead the driver led police to Himatangi Beach, about 30 kilometres away, and then south along the sand toward Foxton Beach, a police spokeswoman said. Three police cars joined the chase, but it did not reach high speeds and there were no injuries or damage suffered, the spokeswoman…

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Privacy concerns soar as drones spy without consent in New Zealand

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ANALYSIS: As drones surge in popularity, the number of reports of “drone stalking” has also surged. The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has revealed there were 318 reported drone incidents in 2017, compared with 199 in 2016. Complaints are increasing, but how concerned are the authorities? A CAA spokeswoman said “using drones to stalk people was of concern from a social and ethical perspective”.  Associate Minister of Transport Julie Anne Genter said she was aware of a number of unresolved complaints about drones, including reports of drones flying over private property and…

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Judge blocks outsourcing children’s health contract to Virgin Care due to ‘considerable impact’ on NHS

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Two Lancashire NHS trusts brought legal case against Lancashire County Council saying it failed to apply rules governing the award of public contracts A High Court judge has temporarily blocked a council’s attempt to outsource a £100m contract for providing children’s health services to Virgin Care, because of the “considerable cost and disruption” it would cause the NHS and patients. The Independent reported last year that Lancashire County Council had selected the private health provider, part of Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin empire, to provide mental and physical health services for patients up to…

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More than 100,000 NHS posts unfilled, reveal ‘grim’ official figures

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‘The extent of the Government’s failure to plan the NHS workforce is astonishing’ One in 11 posts across NHS hospital, ambulance and mental health trusts are vacant according to “grim” official figures which lay bare the health services’ workforce and financial problems for the first time. Quarterly data released by regulator NHS Improvement for the financial year up to December, shows the 234 NHS trusts in England “employ 1.1 million whole time equivalent staff but that they have 100,000 vacancies”. It is the first time an official breakdown of workforce gaps across all trusts has…

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Murderer and rapist Sam Tehei granted parole more than 30 years after crimes

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Sam Tehei, who cruelly raped and murdered Colleen Burrows in 1987 has been paroled from prison. A Parole Board report said Tehei, now 55, was serving a life sentence for murder after taking the woman, with some Mongrel Mob associates to a gang pad. More soon.   EXTRA! EXTRA! Sanity strikes Sacramento newsroom on black crimeWe are on PayPal: Make confidential donations to support our work so we can do more! Just click here to find a PayPal link for …

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Humans ‘evolving gene’ that may stop us drinking alcohol

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Researchers believe people have begun evolving so they find it so unpleasant it could stop our species from drinking in the future Humans may be developing a gene that results in an “adverse physical response” to drinking alcohol, according to new research. Scientists believe people have begun evolving so they find it so unpleasant it could stop our species from drinking in the future. Examining recent trends in the positive selection of genes across human populations they discovered that a variant of a gene that results in an “adverse physical response” to alcohol had simultaneously emerged in various…

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Scientists are turning to heart-stopping poison to develop male birth control

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After decades of research, development of a male birth control may now be one step closer. My colleagues and I are working on a promising lead for a male birth control pill based on ouabain – a plant extract that African warriors and hunters traditionally used as a heart-stopping poison on their arrows. STATE OF THE SEARCH While the birth control pill has been available to women in the United States for nearly six decades – and FDA-approved for contraceptive use since 1960 – an oral contraceptive for men has…

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Roger Hanson: The real story behind our mountains

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Mountains are formed when landmasses are squeezed and folded upwards, but, until the 1940s it was incorrectly thought that this was because the Earth was gradually cooling and contracting. It was a New Zealander, Harold Wellman who disproved this idea with a spectacular discovery. This discovery also significantly contributed to the most important theory underpinning much of modern geology. Born in England in 1909, Wellman moved to New Zealand when he was 18. He started work as a clerk with the Union Steam Ship Company of New Zealand but later qualified as a surveyor, however in…

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