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Linda Wijlaars

Linda Wijlaars

Linda Wijlaars is a Volunteer Writer at BioNews, having originally joined the publication under the auspices of its writing scheme. She is currently studying for a PhD in Epidemiology and Public Health at University College London's Research Department of Primary Care and Population Health, and she also writes for the Royal Statistical Society's magazine Significance. Her research focuses on the effects of postnatal depression on childhood depression, drawing upon the Health Improvement Network database. Previously, she studied Biomedical Sciences at Radboud University Nijmegen. She blogs at Epidemiologista, and she tweets as @epidemiologista


BioNews Review articles written by Linda Wijlaars:

Film Review: Dance Your PhD

09 December 2013 - by Linda Wijlaars

Dancing cocks (that's male chickens, cheeky) in tight speedos fighting over a scantily clad egg might not be the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about PhD theses. However, that just about describes this year's winner of Science magazine's Dance Your PhD contest... [Read More]

Event Review: Sexuality After Genetics - The New Science of Gender

16 September 2013 - by Linda Wijlaars

It might seem a bit simplistic to start a review of a debate with the dictionary definition, but after watching Professor Tim Spector's and Dr Helena Cronin's debate on the new science of gender, I just had to go back and check.... [Read More]

TV Review: Fat Family Tree

28 May 2013 - by Linda Wijlaars

When a well-known GP promises us 'gene-busting' failsafe diet tips on TV, they should have some serious science backing it up... [Read More]

Event Review: The Population Laboratory

17 September 2012 - by Linda Wijlaars

It is not often that you get the chance attend a seminar organised by an institution that is still under construction. Due to open in 2015, the building that will house the Francis Crick Institute currently comprises a rudimentary basement and ground floor, a handful of towering cranes and a swanky visitor centre... [Read More]

Radio Review: The Sunday Edition - Wanted, Egg Donor in Good Health

05 March 2012 - by Linda Wijlaars

This radio documentary on the potential complications of egg donation would make any woman think twice about donating eggs... [Read More]

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Gene test could minimise low-IQ thyroid risk for thousands

31 March 2014 - by Linda Wijlaars

Children with a common gene variant and lower thyroid hormone levels are four times more likely to have a low IQ, researchers have discovered... [Read More]

Gene mutation protects against type 2 diabetes

10 March 2014 - by Linda Wijlaars

A rare gene mutation lowers the risk of type 2 diabetes by almost two-thirds, an international collaboration of scientists from the US and Sweden has found... [Read More]

IVF less successful for ethnic minorities, study finds

11 November 2013 - by Linda Wijlaars

The outcome of fertility treatment may be influenced by the ethnicity of the mother, a UK study has found... [Read More]

Testicular cancer risk gene protects skin from sun damage

14 October 2013 - by Linda Wijlaars

A specific gene variant more common in caucasian men that protects skin cells from UV damage has been associated with an increased risk of testicular cancer, a study has found... [Read More]

Frozen sperm as effective as fresh when taken directly from testicle

12 August 2013 - by Linda Wijlaars

Sperm taken by biopsy from the testicles of men with a certain kinds of infertility can be cryopreserved without reducing the chances of a successful pregnancy... [Read More]

Two genetic variations linked to post-natal depression

08 July 2013 - by Linda Wijlaars

Two genetic variants that are involved in the stress response have been linked to postnatal depression.

Adjustment problems for surrogate-born children are minimal

24 June 2013 - by Linda Wijlaars

Children born with the help of sperm or egg donation or via surrogacy are well-adjusted at the age of ten, a study says... [Read More]

Birthmark gene find offers hope for rare neurological condition

13 May 2013 - by Linda Wijlaars

A genetic mutation responsible for both Sturge-Weber syndrome, a rare neurological disorder, and 'port-wine stain' birthmarks, has been identified... [Read More]

Genetic markers predict Alzheimer's risk

08 April 2013 - by Linda Wijlaars

Three new genetic markers for Alzheimer's disease have been identified, pointing to a less well-known mechanism to explain how the disease develops... [Read More]

Sofa so bad: too much TV associated with low sperm counts, says study

11 February 2013 - by Linda Wijlaars

Physical activity is strongly associated with men's sperm quality according to a study looking into the effects of TV viewing and exercise... [Read More]

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