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Viruses act like ‘self-packing suitcases’

Researchers at the University of Leeds have identified a crucial stage in the lifecycle of simple viruses like polio and the common cold that could open a new front in the war on viral disease.

Gastric bypass surgery just as effective in teenagers as in adults

Teenagers with severe obesity can benefit from gastric bypass surgery just as much as adults. A study by Sahlgrenska Academy and Karolinska Institutet found that 81 teenagers lost an average of 96.8 pounds following surgery, significantly...

Prion protein hints at role in aiding learning and memory

Scientists from the University of Leeds have found that the protein called prion helps our brains to absorb zinc, which is believed to be crucial to our ability to learn and the wellbeing of our memory.

New treatment of gastrointestinal disease

The intestine is the largest organ in the human body and fulfills vital functions in the breakdown and utilisation of food. If for some...

Pacemaker could help more heart failure patients

A new study from Karolinska Institutet in Sweden demonstrates that a change in the ECG wave called the QRS prolongation is associated with a higher rate of heart-failure mortality.

MEDICA TECH FORUM illuminates the trends in medical technology

This year MEDICA TECH FORUM, an integral part of the world's largest medical trade fair MEDICA in Düsseldorf ( 14-17 November ), will again address a wide range of topical medical technology themes in its seminars in Hall 12, some of them...

Modern living leads to an increase in asthma sufferers

Asthma is one of the most common respiratory diseases worldwide. During an asthma attack, the airways become constricted, leading to symptoms ranging from wheezing and coughing to severe shortness of breath.

Leeds-led project unravels the structures of membrane proteins

Potential new treatments for heart disease and infections by parasites or bacteria are now in the pipeline thanks to a €12m European project coordinated by the University of Leeds.

Secrets in small blood vessels could reveal the risks of heart disease and diabetes

Researchers at the University of Southampton together with colleagues at King’s College London have embarked on a unique study that will shed new light on the risk of heart disease and diabetes in later life.

More white blood cells in cardiac patients with depression

Cardiac patients suffering from depression are at greater risk for new cardiac events or cardiac death than patients without depression. It is still unclear which underlying mechanisms play a role in this adverse relationship. Researchers...

Light-activated reversal of anesthesia

In a new study, a light-sensitive moiety has been added to propofol, a commonly used anesthetic, allowing its narcotic effect to be controlled by light. The compound also offers a possible route to the treatment of certain eye diseases.

Human stem cells cure common form of deafness

A cure for deafness is a step closer after University of Sheffield scientists used human embryonic stem cells to treat a common form of...

World Medtech Forum Lucerne

A visit to the World Medtech Forum Lucerne, September 25 to 27, 2012 is an introduction to the full range of exciting innovations in medical technology.

Scientists in quest to unravel health secrets of the DNA twist

People suffering from genetic conditions such as cancer and premature aging could benefit from new research that seeks to explain how...

DNA encyclopedia scraps the junk

An international team of researchers reveal that much of what has been called ‘junk DNA’ in the human genome is actually a massive...

New ‘traffic light’ test could save lives with earlier diagnosis of liver disease

A new ‘traffic light’ test devised by Dr Nick Sheron and colleagues at University of Southampton and Southampton General Hospital could be used in primary care to diagnose liver fibrosis and cirrhosis in high risk populations more...

New insights into placebo effect

Mathematical models developed by scientists at the University of Bristol are providing new insights into why the placebo effect exists and when it should occur.

Flu is transmitted before symptoms appear, study suggests

Research at Imperial College London examining influenza transmission in ferrets suggests that the virus can be passed on before the appearance of symptoms. If the finding applies to humans, it means that people pass on flu to others before...

Scientists identify mechanisms in kidney disease that trigger heart attacks and strokes

Up to 15% of the population in the UK are affected by kidney disease. While a small number of individuals will develop kidney failure, a far greater number will develop circulatory diseases such as heart attacks and strokes. New research...

30 minutes of daily exercise does the trick

Researchers have shown that 30 minutes of daily training provide an equally effective loss of weight and body mass as 60 minutes. Their...

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