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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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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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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.
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.
Governments Must Ramp Up COVID-19 Testing, Says WHO
Catherine Offord | Mar 18, 2020
The World Health Organization warns that a lack of data on how many people have the disease could undermine containment and mitigation efforts in many countries.
UK Government to Boost R&D Spending
Catherine Offord | Mar 13, 2020
The 2020 budget includes a 15 percent increase in public funding for research and development next year, but some scientists want more details on where the money will go.
UK Group Tackles Reproducibility in Research
Emily Makowski | Jan 7, 2020
Last month, 10 UK universities became part of the UK Reproducibility Network, joining researchers, funders, journal publishers, and regulatory agencies.
Increase in Academics Leaving the UK Since Brexit Vote
Emily Makowski | Oct 30, 2019
Higher ed professionals from EU and non-EU countries are departing for jobs elsewhere, perhaps reflecting uncertainty over funding availability.
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Prominent Mouse Genetics Center Could be Shuttered
Shawna Williams | Jun 21, 2019
Staff at the UK’s Harwell Institute were notified that a strategy board recommended halting its academic work, but a final decision is months away.
All Brexit Scenarios Will Be Damaging to UK Health Service: Report
Catherine Offord | Feb 26, 2019
Public health care will take a hit however Britain leaves the European Union, but a no-deal exit will cause the most harm, a new analysis shows.
The UK Pharmaceutical Industry Braces for Brexit
Diana Kwon | Oct 12, 2018
As Britain’s departure date from the European Union approaches, drugmakers are preparing for potential changes to regulatory procedures and border controls.
UK to Legalize Medicinal Cannabis
Catherine Offord | Jul 27, 2018
Patients will be able to access the drug with a prescription, and there are no plans to allow for recreational use.
UK Politicians Propose New “Research Integrity” Watchdog
Catherine Offord | Jul 11, 2018
A report recommends the creation of a national committee to oversee universities’ handling of misconduct investigations.
Many Species of British Mammals at Risk of Extinction
Sukanya Charuchandra | Jun 13, 2018
Numbers of the wildcat, greater mouse-eared bat, and black rat have critically fallen in the U.K.  
Measles Cases On the Rise in England
Jim Daley | May 11, 2018
The increase is associated with travel to Europe, where large outbreaks are occurring.
Sexual Misconduct by Staff Widespread at UK Universities: Report
Diana Kwon | Apr 3, 2018
In a survey of more than 1,000 current and former students, 41 percent indicate experiences with faculty and other employees ranging from sexualized comments to rape.
Brain Prize Laureate Will Donate Some Winnings to Anti-Brexit Group
Shawna Williams | Mar 6, 2018
Alzheimer’s researcher John Hardy calls the departure “an unmitigated disaster” for science and healthcare in Britain.
UK Academics Strike Amid Pension Dispute
Diana Kwon | Feb 22, 2018
More than 40,000 research staff and lecturers are expected to walk out in 14 days of protests.
Secret Eugenics Conference Uncovered at University College London
Jim Daley | Jan 11, 2018
The university says it is launching an investigation into the meeting, which was held by one of its senior lecturers.