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U.K. Health Authority Investigates Epilepsy Drug’s Link to Autism
The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency’s investigation comes after a study showed prenatal exposure to topiramate roughly triples a child’s likelihood of having autism or intellectual disability.
U.K. Health Authority Investigates Epilepsy Drug’s Link to Autism
U.K. Health Authority Investigates Epilepsy Drug’s Link to Autism

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency’s investigation comes after a study showed prenatal exposure to topiramate roughly triples a child’s likelihood of having autism or intellectual disability.

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency’s investigation comes after a study showed prenatal exposure to topiramate roughly triples a child’s likelihood of having autism or intellectual disability.

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Q&A: Whole Genomes of 150,000 Britons Reveal Novel Genetic Variants
Sophie Fessl | Aug 5, 2022
Height and onset of menarche are among traits linked to previously unidentified genetic variants in noncoding regions of the human genome.
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Preprints Propose Constellation of Causes for Kids’ Liver Disease
Christie Wilcox | Jul 25, 2022
Two independent groups suggest the suite of recent unexplained hepatitis cases may stem from coinfection with an adeno-associated virus and a helper adeno- or herpesvirus, a duo which may be especially virulent in children with a particular genetic variant.
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EU Cancels Funding for UK Researchers in Ongoing Brexit Fallout
Catherine Offord | Jul 6, 2022
More than 100 grants previously approved for applicants in Britain have been scrapped amid a continuing dispute over the UK’s refusal to fully implement trade arrangements made when the country left the European Union.
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Omicron Half as Likely as Delta to Lead to Long COVID: Study
Christie Wilcox | Jun 17, 2022
People who were vaccinated at least six months prior to infection had the lowest risk of lasting symptoms in a UK study.
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US Case Adds to Unusual Monkeypox Outbreak
Natalia Mesa | May 19, 2022
Experts are scrambling to understand clusters of the normally rare disease that have been reported in Europe and North America in the last month.
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UK Funding Agency Apologizes for Role in Researchfish Controversy
Natalia Mesa | Apr 20, 2022
Researchfish is a platform commonly used to track the status of grants and the impacts of research. When academics were critical of the company online, Researchfish shared these comments with the largest funding agency in the UK, and the scientists’ comments were sometimes shared with their employers.
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Mysterious Hepatitis Cases Reported in Young Children
Natalia Mesa | Apr 18, 2022
Officials have ruled out known hepatitis viruses as the cause of a rash of illnesses in Europe and the US.
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Plants in UK Bloom a Month Earlier Than in 1980s: Study
Natalia Mesa | Feb 2, 2022
Scientists warn that climate change–induced early flowering could have negative effects on wildlife, agriculture, and gardening.
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MRC Lead Apologizes Following Bullying Allegations
Catherine Offord | Dec 17, 2021
In a statement issued by UK Research and Innovation, stem cell biologist Fiona Watt said she was devastated to learn of the impact of her actions and behavior on colleagues.
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West Nile Virus and Climate Change: It’s Complicated
David Adam | Sep 28, 2021
Warmer temperatures are likely to increase the prevalence of the mosquito-borne disease in many places, but not all.
Blood Clots a Very Rare Side Effect of AstraZeneca Vaccine: EMA
Catherine Offord | Apr 8, 2021
The European Medicines Agency emphasizes that the benefits of the jab in protecting against COVID-19 still far outweigh the risks.
UK Announces “High-Risk, High-Reward” Research Development Agency
Lisa Winter | Feb 23, 2021
The program, known as ARIA, will be independent and scientist-led.
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Another Potentially Immunity-Evading SARS-CoV-2 Variant Detected
Asher Jones | Feb 16, 2021
B.1.525 shares a mutation with the B.1.351 variant first detected in South Africa that seems to allow the virus to dodge the immune system.
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Data Hint B.1.1.7 Could Be More Deadly Than Thought
Shawna Williams | Jan 25, 2021
In addition to being more transmissible, the variant now dominant in the UK may be about 30 percent more deadly than previous strains, but much uncertainty remains.
Past SARS-CoV-2 Infection Mostly Protects Survivors
Max Kozlov | Jan 14, 2021
A large study of UK healthcare workers finds that immunity after coronavirus infection lasts for months, but those with antibodies may still be able to carry and spread the virus upon reexposure.
First US Case of UK SARS-CoV-2 Variant Detected
Max Kozlov | Dec 30, 2020
Variant B.1.1.7, though likely more contagious than other strains, does not appear to be more deadly.
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New SARS-CoV-2 Variant Spreading Rapidly in UK
Max Kozlov | Dec 16, 2020
The significance of the variant remains unclear, but experts remain confident that it will not evade the protection offered by a COVID-19 vaccine.
UK Launches Trial of Contact Tracing App on Isle of Wight
Jef Akst | May 6, 2020
Bluetooth-enabled technology will attempt to track people’s interactions on the British island—and potentially elsewhere in the UK—as lockdowns are lifted.
Robert May, Theoretical Ecologist Who Advised UK Gov’t, Dies
Jef Akst | Apr 30, 2020
The Australian physicist-turned-biologist served as a top scientist in the UK government and president of the Royal Society, among other prestigious appointments.