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New tool in the fight against tropical diseases

A novel tool exploits baker’s yeast to expedite the development of new drugs to fight multiple tropical diseases, including malaria, schistosomiasis, and African sleeping sickness.

Paving the way for pioneering new cancer treatment

Scientists at the University of Sheffield are fighting an incurable type of cancer with a pioneering new approach which could not only halt...

Pain from the brain

Study reveals how people with a severe unexplained psychological illness have abnormal activity in the brain - New research from the University of Cambridge and UCL suggests that individuals with psychogenic disease, that is to say physical...

Scientists identify molecular system that could help develop potential treatments for conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease

Scientists have identified the molecular system that contributes to the harmful inflammatory reaction in the brain during neurodegenerative diseases.

Tumour blood vessels prevent the spread of cancer cells

A lack of the protein endoglin in the blood vessels of tumour-bearing mice enables the spread of daughter tumours, according to researchers at Karolinska Institutet and Lund University, Sweden.

Gut microbes could determine the severity of melamine-induced kidney disease

Microbes present in the gut can affect the severity of kidney disease brought on by melamine poisoning, according to an international study.

Researchers pioneer treatment for viral infection common in children

Researchers at Imperial College London have discovered a new way in which a very common childhood disease could be treated. In the first year of life, 65 per cent of babies get infected by Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV). This causes...

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.

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