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Researchers prevent cancer spread by blocking tissue scarring

What to fear most if faced by a cancer diagnosis is the spread of the cancer to other parts of the body. This process called metastasis accounts for over 90% of cancer patient deaths and therefore is a strong focus for cancer researchers.

Discovery in synthetic biology takes us a step closer to new 'industrial revolution'

Scientists report that they have developed a method that cuts down the time it takes to make new 'parts' for microscopic biological factories from 2 days to only 6 hours.

Brain damage can be measured after boxing match

An average of ten professional boxers died every year as the result of injuries in the 1900s. Retirement is often followed by memory problems, anxiety, dementia and other manifestations of brain damage. The degree to which the brain has...

Overlooked ugly cholesterol causes heart disease

The risk of ischemic heart disease - the leading cause of death worldwide - is three times higher in persons with high levels of the so-called 'ugly' cholesterol. This is the finding of a new study of 73,000 Danes, which is shedding light...

Modern sunbeds help combat vitamin D deficiency

Researchers at Leiden University in Holland have carried out a study comparing the effects of low-level UV irradiation and orally-administered vitamin D supplements on participants' vitamin D levels and their likelihood of catching a cold.

Exercise can slow onset of Alzheimer’s memory loss

Keeping active can slow down the progression of memory loss in people with Alzheimer’s disease, a study has shown.

Epigenetic changes can explain rheumatism

A new study by researchers at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden and Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in the US shows that so-called epigenetic changes in the DNA are involved in causing rheumatoid arthritis, and that these changes...

Working together to fight neurodegenerative diseases

Finding a cure for debilitating degenerative diseases, such as Motor Neurone Disease, is moving ever closer thanks to world-class research conducted at the Sheffield Institute for Translational Neuroscience which has the potential to...

New biomarker is better predictor of advanced breast cancer

A University of Hull scientist has discovered a new biomarker that appears to predict advanced breast cancer more accurately than currently used methods.

Centralisation to fewer surgeons results in better survival after oesophageal cancer surgery

Patients who undergo surgery for oesophageal cancer have a much greater chance of long term survival if the operation is carried out by a surgeon who has performed this particular operation many times before. This according to a new,...

International study suggests human genes influence gut microbial composition

New research has identified a link between a human gene and the composition of human gastrointestinal bacteria.

IUD best treatment for heavy periods, major trial shows

The hormone-releasing Mirena coil intrauterine device (IUD) is a better treatment for heavy menstrual periods than other conventional medical approaches, according to results of a major clinical trial led by scientists from the Universities...

Manipulating the Schmallenberg virus genome to understand how it causes disease

Scottish researchers have developed methods to synthesize and change the genome of a recently discovered virus, in a bid to understand how it induces disease among livestock such as cattle, sheep and goats.

Scientists pinpoint molecular signals that make some women prone to miscarriage

Scientists have identified molecular signals that control whether embryos are accepted by the womb, and that appear to function abnormally in women who have suffered repeated miscarriages.

Cholesterol medicine affects energy production in muscles

Up to 75 per cent of patients who take statins to treat elevated cholesterol levels may suffer from muscle pain.

e-Therapeutics provides update on progress of ETS2101 cancer trials

e-Therapeutics plc provides an update on the clinical trials of its cancer drug ETS2101. Two phase I studies, one in patients with primary or secondary brain cancer and the other in patients with various solid tumours, remain on track to...

Treatment of inflammatory diseases

Karus Therapeutics, a leader in the development of innovative medicines for the treatment of inflammatory disease and cancer, has entered into a collaboration with the Babraham Institute, to further characterize novel treatments for...

Eight young scientists receive Society in Science fellowship

Society in Science, ETH Zurich's worldwide fellowship for outstanding postdoctoral researchers, has selected eight new fellows in research fields ranging from philosophy to applied systems biology.

Scientists prove that vitamin D helps to combat breast cancer

Breast cancer is the most frequent type of cancer affecting women worldwide. Since breast-cancer rates increase every year, the diagnosis and treatment options are of particular interest to scientists. It has long been known that high...

Dramatic increase in tick-borne infections

Last year, more than 40,000 people in Western Scandinavia may have been affected by infections caused by ticks. SEK 17 million has now been invested in a joint Nordic project to coordinate initiatives to combat the dramatic increase in...

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