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Increased risk of cardiovascular disease for relatives of cancer patients

A current study shows that the risk for coronary heart disease and stroke increases by almost thirty per cent in a person whose partner has cancer. The cause is probably the negative stress to which the cancer patient’s relative is...

Serious complications after oesophageal surgery cause lasting health problems in long-term survivors

Oesophageal cancer is a very serious form of cancer that, if not fatal, requires extensive surgery. A new study from Karolinska Institutet shows that when serious complications arise after surgery for oesophageal cancer, many patients...

How heat helps to treat cancer

Research at Bangor University has identified a switch in cells that may help to kill tumors with heat. Prostate cancer and other localized tumors can be effectively treated by a combination of heat and an anti-cancer drug that damages the...

New research seeks to improve survival for myeloma and lymphoma patients

Researchers at the University of York are launching a major study of lymphoma and myeloma aimed at promoting earlier diagnosis and improving survival for patients with these cancers, which are among the most common in the UK.

Structural analysis opens the way to new anti-influenza drugs

Researchers at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) in Grenoble, France, have determined the detailed 3-dimensional structure of part of the flu virus’ RNA polymerase, an enzyme that is crucial for influenza virus replication....

FDA clears Roche’s vitamin D laboratory test

Roche announced that it has received clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for a fully automated vitamin D test for use on cobas modular platforms, further expanding the company’s bone metabolism test menu.

First major scientific study into rare inflammatory skin condition

Pyoderma gangrenosum (PG) is a rare, disfiguring and very painful skin condition which affects around 360 people each year in the UK.

Of flies and men

What do you get when you dissect 10 000 fruit-fly larvae? A team of researchers led by the EMBL- European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) in the UK and the Max Planck Institute of Immunobiology and Epigenetics (MPI) in Germany has...

Sunlight and vitamin D findings may help understanding of autoimmune diseases

Aberdeen scientists have demonstrated for the first time a clear link between sunlight, vitamin D and an impact on regulatory cells in the immune system in findings that might provide new insights into diseases such as multiple sclerosis.

Millions of diabetics could die of tuberculosis

A third of the world’s human population is infected with a dormant tuberculosis bacteria, primarily people living in developing countries. The bacteria presents a lifelong TB risk.

Eye research paves way for more successful cornea transplants

Scientists at the University of Reading have made a significant breakthrough in cornea transplant research that could make future procedures more successful.

Major asthma study seeks volunteers

The team from the Nottingham Respiratory Research Unit at The University of Nottingham are keen to recruit both asthmatics and healthy adults on to the clinical trial, which is part of a European-wide study into the condition.

Giant raft of data to help us understand disease

Scientists at the Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Protein Research at the University of Copenhagen have used a new method to assemble a massive catalogue of data on proteins. This gives them unprecedented insight into a process called...

Trial into testosterone replacement for male cancer survivors

Cancer Research UK-funded researchers from the University of Sheffield and Weston Park Hospital have launched a trial to see if male cancer survivors could benefit from hormone replacement therapy (HRT) with testosterone.

"Broken heart syndrome" protects the heart from adrenaline overload

A condition that temporarily causes heart failure in people who experience severe stress might actually protect the heart from very high levels of adrenaline, according to a new study published in the journal Circulation.

Agents of haemorrhagic fevers often change host

Biologists at the University of York have helped to discover that one of the world’s most infectious classes of disease – viral haemorrhagic fevers – can spread much more easily than previously thought.

Harnessing the power of killer bacteria

Scientists have discovered new clues about a potential weapon in the fight against a dangerous superbug which is becoming increasingly resistant to usual forms of treatment.

Genetic discovery will help fight diarrhoea outbreaks

Researchers at the University of East Anglia (UEA) have discovered unexpectedly large genetic differences between two similar species of the...

Genetic markers hope for new brain tumour treatments

Researchers at The University of Nottingham have identified three sets of genetic markers that could potentially pave the way for new diagnostic tools for a deadly type of brain tumour that mainly targets children.

Informative guide to gene silencing and delivery

A new guide entitled 'Top Ten Tips for Gene Silencing & Delivery' is available from AMSBIO. Drawing upon extensive experience of gene...

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