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Brazil declares emergency after 2,400 babies born with brain damage

More than 2,400 suspected cases of microcephaly have been reported this year in 20 Brazilian states, compared with 147 cases last year. Doctors are investigating 29 related infant deaths. Microcephaly results in babies being born with abnormally small heads that cause, often serious, developmental issues and sometimes early death. As a result, six states have declared a state of emergency. ... Read More »

Sleep study: Our Ancestors only slept for up to 7 hours a day

Lights, TV, smartphones and computers are often blamed for depriving modern humans of sleep. But a new study suggests that our prehistoric ancestors didn’t get any more than 7 hours of a sleep a day. The new study, published in the journal Current Biology, also finds that temperature played a greater role than light in shaping sleeping patterns. Prof Jerome ... Read More »

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