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DOMESTIC DADS: A new study from Oxford University has found that a father’s emotional attachment and strong bond with a child — as opposed to how much practical childcare they carried out — had the strongest effect on whether a child suffered problems.

The researchers, writing in the journal BMJ Open, concluded: “The findings of this research study suggest that it is psychological and emotional aspects of paternal involvement in a child’s infancy that are most powerful in influencing later child behaviour and not the amount of time that fathers are engaged in childcare or domestic tasks in the household.”

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BAD BLOOD: A ‘vampire’ treatment which involves rejuvenating ageing bodies with young blood would not work in practice, new research has shown.

In the study, precise measurements were made of the way old mice responded to young blood, and vice-versa. 

It showed that young blood made little or no difference to indicators of ageing and health in older mice.

In contrast, young mice receiving older blood experienced significant deterioration of their tissues and organs. Lead scientist Dr Irina Conboy, from the University of California at Berkeley, US, said: “Our study suggests that young blood by itself will not work as effective medicine. It’s more accurate to say that there are inhibitors in old blood that we need to target to reverse ageing.”

PSORIASIS TREATMENT: A vitamin D cream for psoriasis can improve the treatment of pre-cancerous skin patches on the face by more than 60%, research has shown.

Combining calcipotriol with a widely used chemotherapy ointment triggered a strong immune response against the abnormal cells, scientists found.

The drug is a synthetic version of the “active” form of vitamin D, calcitriol. It is normally used to treat psoriasis, an auto-immune condition marked by red, scaly skin patches.

Study co-author Dr Lynn Cornelius, director of dermatology at Washington University in the US, said: “Our study shows this combination therapy is more effective and better tolerated than current treatment practices.”


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