Testing treatments in a virtual world

Imagine if your GP or consultant were able to show you, through a computerised model of yourself, the effects of potential treatments on your body.

Exercise changes the genetic identity of your muscle cells

New research may change the way we view our DNA and its ability to change. This could not only help improve the benefits of exercising, but also combat cancer and neurodegenerative diseases.

Kent scientists reveal how world’s smallest DNA virus evolved in rare parakeets

A University of Kent-led team of scientists has gained new insight into a rare virus that is threatening to wipe out the Mauritius parakeet...

Advanced blood glucose monitoring

CEGA Air Ambulance has recently upgraded its blood glucose monitoring system to use the advanced Accu-Chek Inform II test strips from Roche....

£2.7 million to target the nerve centre of the world’s biggest silent killer

High blood pressure is known as the world’s biggest silent killer because most people can’t “feel” their blood pressure going up. To help combat this chronic condition researchers have been awarded £2.7 million to determine...

New indicator diseases reveal hidden HIV

An international study under the leadership of the HIV in Europe initiative has now revealed that a number of diseases, including herpes zoster and certain forms of cancer, should be on the list of indicators for HIV.

Cellular aging increases risk of heart attack and early death

Every cell in the body has chromosomes with so-called telomeres, which are shortened over time and also through lifestyle choices such as smoking and obesity. Researchers have long speculated that the shortening of telomeres increases the...

First clinical trial on bright light therapy channeled via ear canals in seasonal depression

Valkee, the inventor of the bright light headset, and scientists from the University of Oulu published the first results of the clinical and...

Critical stage of embryonic development now observable

A novel approach in the study of the development of mammalian embryos has been reported in the journal Nature Communications. The research, from the University of Cambridge, enables scientists to view critical aspects of embryonic...

Sickle Cell Disorder

Sickle Cell Disorder (SCD) is an inherited blood disorder that has no widely available cure. Nottingham University’s engineering and clinical teams have worked with a SCD patient group through the Sickle Cell Society to develop an imaging...

Major trial gives hope to Motor Neurone Disease sufferers

Patients suffering from a devastating disease are being given fresh hope through an innovative trial being led by the Sheffield Institute...

New findings highlight the benefit of exercise electrocardiograms

In the UK, the exercise electrocardiogram (ECG) is the most common initial test for the evaluation of stable chest pain and has been used widely for almost half a century. However, recent NICE guidelines recommend that it should not be used...

Genetic variant increases risk of common type stroke

A genetic variant that increases the risk of a common type of stroke has been identified by scientists in a study published online in Nature Genetics today. This is one of the few genetic variants to date to be associated with risk of...

Eppendorf & Science Prize for Neurobiology 2012

Eppendorf and the world-renowned journal Science are now accepting applications for the 2012 Eppendorf & Science Prize for Neurobiology.

Singapore scientists lead in 3D mapping of human genome to help understand human diseases

Genome Institute of Singapore has led a continuing study on the human genome spatial/structural configuration, revealing how genes interact/communicate and influence each other, even when they are located far away from each other.

Cambridge team first to grow smooth muscle cells from patient skin cells

A Cambridge University research team has for the first time discovered a method of generating different types of vascular smooth muscle cells (SMCs) - the cells which make up the walls of blood vessels - using cells from patients' skin....

Scientists map one of life’s molecular mysteries

All living organisms are made up of cells, behind these intricate life forms lie complex cellular processes that allow our bodies to function. Researchers working on protein secretion - a fundamental process in biology - have revealed how...

Multi million pound investment in training tomorrow’s bioscience research leaders

The University of Nottingham is to share in a £67m investment in postgraduate training for future bioscientists to learn the skills required to meet economic and social challenges for the future.

Biologists a step nearer to solving the Parkinson's conundrum

Scientists at the University of York have made a significant step forward in isolating the cause of Parkinson’s disease in younger adults.

Artificial tissue - New impetus for the development of implants

The generation of artificial tissue for implants has long been the focus of medical research. One of the biggest challenges has been to create multi-layer tissue structures designed to enable the diffusion of nutrients for surrounding cells...




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