The animal impasse

 Must anti aging drugs rely on animal testing? The use of animals in scientific research, including in the development of cosmetics and medicine, has long been a matter of contention. Researchers argue that the developments of...

Child sleeping study reveals obesity risk

One of the most comprehensive studies of the potential link between reduced sleep and childhood obesity finds compelling evidence that children who consistently received less than the recommended hours of sleep during infancy and...

Are genetics the key to arthritis treatment?

New international studies have revealed how genetics could explain why different environmental exposures can trigger the onset of different forms of rheumatoid arthritis. As our joints succumb to wear and tear, chronic pain becomes more...

No time to breathe easy as the battle against asthma intensifies

Asthma is one of those conditions that can strike the very young and stay with them as they head into old age, often developing over many years into the more serious illness Chronic Obstructive...

MenB – RIP

The UK Department of Health has announced that it will work to introduce the meningococcal B (MenB) vaccine into the childhood vaccination programme – But to what impact? Officials made the announcement following independent advice...

The surprising Science of fat: You can get fatter and become healthier

A new study in obese mice suggests that increasing the growth of fat located under the skin (subcutaneous) actually led to an improvement in glucose tolerance and insulin sensitivity, both precursors to diabetes. The...

Research looks at living with dementia

The work being done is not just about diagnosis, some of it focuses on improving the way sufferers and their carers live day to day with the condition. In that field, the UK Economic and...

A soft spot for stem cells helps cornea healing

New research led by scientists at Newcastle University, UK reveals a potential revolutionary way to treat eye injuries and prevent blindness - by softening the tissue hosting the stem cells which then helps repair...

Mighty Mitochondria

Damaged protein could be one of the keys to premature ageing Scientists have found that the condition of key proteins in the mitochondria -the batteries of cells- could be used to predict, and eventually treat,...

Why are obesity rates increasing?

I know what’s been causing obesity rates to rise. So do you. So does just about everyone. Unfortunately, most of us are probably wrong. As I tell my students, correlation doesn’t prove causation, but that’s...

Caring for the carers

The problems associated with the daily challenge of living with dementia is also concentrating scientific minds in Ireland where the health and well-being of partners who care for people with dementia is the subject...

Research offers hope to diabetes sufferers

The insulin-producing cells in the pancreas play a crucial role in the management of our blood sugar levels. If they don’t work properly, the body can no longer cope with glucose. New imaging techniques developed...

Artificial Intelligence – Friend or foe?

Artificial intelligence has come a long way in recent years. Most people would be lost without their GPS systems and robots are already navigating battlefields and doing the housework while drones may soon be...

Why waste plastic bottles are a valuable resource

Dr Timothy Whitehead, Lecturer in Product Design for Low-Income Countries at Aston University, explains how we can add value to waste plastic bottles and how these can be turned into essential products for the...

Think you know Harrogate? Think again!

Harrogate and district has a long established reputation as a tourist destination. Mention of Harrogate brings up images of Bettys famous tearooms; of the Tour de Yorkshire; the beautiful parks and gardens. Spreading out from...

A golden generation

can the precious metal hold the key to killing cancerous cells? In the second century A.D., during the Han dynasty, a Chinese author and alchemist known as Wei Boyang is believed to have written: “Gold...