Is violence in schizophrenia on the increase?

Is violence in schizophrenia on the increase?
According to research in the new Psychiatry journal from The Lancet, schizophrenia is associated with violent crime, premature death and suicide and the trend is rising. Matthew Owens reports. more »

Chile: One of the fattest nations on earth

Chile: One of the fattest nations on earth
Chilean children are the fattest in Latin America according to international research published today in the The Lancet. The results show a disturbing global trend of rising obesity. more »

Fog-catchers in the desert: Confessions of a cultural anthropologist

Fog-catchers in the desert: Confessions of a cultural anthropologist
Professor Horacio Larrain reflects on his time working on the fog-catching projects in northern Chile and asks whether enough has been done to help local communities in providing them with water. What is the end point of science? Should it also be applied? more »

New population of critically endangered Darwin’s fox discovered in Chile

New population of critically endangered Darwin’s fox discovered in Chile
Chilean scientists have been on the trail of the elusive and critically endangered Darwin's fox endemic to the temperate forests of southern Chile. A new population has been discovered, raising questions over the conservation status of the species. more »

Scientists discover new species off Chilean coast

Scientists discover new species off Chilean coast
Chilean scientists discover a new species of clam off the coast of Chile. The authors of the study decided to name it after Nobel Prize for Literature winner Pablo Neruda. more »

Where galaxies collide: star-forming regions of NGC 92

Where galaxies collide: star-forming regions of NGC 92
Chilean astronomers unlock some mysteries of the universe by studying an interacting galaxy. more »

Intelligent crows rival 7 year old children in tests of logic

Intelligent crows rival 7 year old children in tests of logic
Study shows that New Caledonian crows may be smarter than 7 year-olds. more »

Biomarker could help boys at risk of clinical depression

A large study on adolescent depression is to be published this week in the academic journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, revealing a biological signpost for the disorder. The finding is thought to be particularly important for males. more »

Fighting Chagas Disease in South America: 15 million infected

A new report published today in the scientific journal PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases details the progress made in combatting  the most socially and economically impacting parasitic disease in Latin America. Chagas disease, a highly prevalent and pot… more »

Dead end for new prostate cancer treatment

Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer for males and the fifth most common overall. Prevalence rates are shown in the figure below. Although genes and environmental factors can confer differential risk for individuals, in general 1 in 8 men more »

Nicotine mummies of Chile

Nicotine mummies of Chile
Chilean scientists find evidence for tobacco use in mummies found in the Atacama Desert. more »

Investing in science: The Guardian

Following our recent publication of the debate going on in Chile on the need for investment in research, The Guardian have published a follow-up article with Pablo Astudillo Besnier from the advocacy group mas ciencia para chile. more »

Cervical cancer screening in Chile

Recently published in the International Journal of Cancer, a Chilean study has compared traditional and newer molecular screening methods for cervical cancer with findings that may have profound impact on clinical practice and health policy in Latin Ame… more »

Science in Chile: Falling short or aiming high?

You may have seen our recent post where the pressure group mascienciaparachile argued for more planning and spending on research in Chile. The group published a letter in Science which can be found here outlining their argument. On Friday the Chilean go… more »

The abortion controversy

Regular readers will be aware of the study recently published in PLoSONE on maternal mortality rate (MMR) trends in Chile and the American  continent. Professor Koch from Universidad Católica, Concepción and colleagues from Universidad de Chile and othe… more »

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