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First glimpse of how genes may cause mental health problems

In autism, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, genes influencing how brain cells called astrocytes function seem more activeNancy Kedersha/Science Photo Library By Jessica Hamzelou Schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and autism seem to have some similar effects on the brain. Analysing gene activity is taking us a step closer to understanding what causes such mental health conditions. Unlike…

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App guesses your emotions to target you with adverts

How are you feeling?EschCollection/Getty By Paul Marks In the mood for love? If so, you probably won’t want your phone to suggest a slasher movie or a thrash metal album. An app that works out how you are feeling could allow recommendation systems to only make suggestions that chime with that mood. Called MoodExplorer, the…

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The truth about what downing energy drinks really does to kids

Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver has called for a ban on energy drinksIan Vogler/Daily Mirror/mirrorpix By Andy Coghlan ARE energy drinks turning teens into hyperactive, unhealthy, disobedient delinquents? Public perceptions seem to be shifting towards believing that. In January, celebrity chef Jamie Oliver launched a campaign calling for a ban on sales of these drinks to…

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