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Synairgen slumps by a third as AstraZeneca ditches asthma drug study

Synairgen Plc said its partner AstraZeneca Plc stopped a mid-stage study for testing Synairgen's drug candidate as a potential treatment for severe asthma, putting the brakes on the lead product in Synairgen's pipeline.

The drug developer's shares slumped more than a third to trade at 22.01 pence at 0722 GMT on the London Stock Exchange, becoming the biggest drag on the FTSE AIM Healthcare Index, according to Reuters.

Teenagers' brain connections 'make them learn differently'

Teenagers are often portrayed as thrill-seekers, but research suggests their brains are wired to learn from their experiences, which makes them better prepared for adulthood.

In a small study, they performed better than adults at a picture-based game and brain scans showed a higher level of brain activity, according to BBC.

Researchers said the role of the hippocampus in the brain was key.

Prescribing holidays 'could help fight infections'

Scientists are investigating whether prescribing holidays, music or a change of scene might boost our immune system and help us to fight off disease.

In tests on mice, they discovered that sprucing up their living space, with a running wheel, toys and a colourful box, did wonders for their T cells, according to BBC.

These cells are essential for immunity and help to protect against disease.

Do you really need eight glasses a day?

A multi-institute study has revealed for the first time the mechanism that regulates fluid intake in the human body and stops us from over-drinking, which can cause potentially fatal water intoxication. The study challenges the popular idea that we should drink eight glasses of water a day for health.

The study showed that a 'swallowing inhibition' is activated by the brain after excess liquid is consumed, helping maintain tightly calibrated volumes of water in the body.

Breast cancer risk 'not increased' by night shifts

Working night shifts has "little or no effect" on a woman's risk of developing breast cancer, new research suggests.

In 2007, a World Health Organization committee said shift work "probably" had a link to breast cancer, based on studies of animals and people, according to BBC.

But this new work by leading UK cancer experts looked at data on 1.4m women and found there was no association with night shift work.

Cancer Research UK (CRUK) said it hoped the findings would reassure women.