€8m European research project

A new European research project which aims to heal epilepsy by regenerating brain tissue and ‘training’ neurons is getting underway. The five-year, €8m Hybrid Enhanced Regenerative Medicine Systems project - HERMES, brings together 12 partners...

Findings offer hope of a cure

American company Sangamo BioSciences, Inc. has announced the presentation of preclinical data from its ZFP Therapeutic programme for the treatment and potential cure of both sickle cell disease (SCD) and beta-thalassemia. The data demonstrate that...

Does loud music cause hearing loss?

The Medical Research Council in the UK, working with the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR), have launched a mass participation study to see if listening to loud music is contributing to the increase...

‘Rethink needed on radiotherapy’

Women whose breast cancer has spread to just a few lymph nodes under the arm could benefit from radiotherapy treatment following mastectomy, according to UK scientists. Current NHS guidelines say that women should be offered...

Brain signals translated into speech

NIH BRAIN Initiative-funded project could improve quality of life for paralyzed patients. Scientists used brain signals recorded from epilepsy patients to program a computer to mimic natural speech — an advancement that could one day...

New hope for huntington disease sufferers

A group of researchers has identified a major new pathway thought to be involved in the development of Huntington disease. The findings, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences journal, could eventually...

Flu relief on the way

American company Sangamo BioSciences, Inc. has announced the presentation of preclinical data from its ZFP Therapeutic programme for the treatment and potential cure of both sickle cell disease (SCD) and beta-thalassemia. The data demonstrate that...

The Northern biomedical sector celebrated at prestigious awards ceremony

The best of the North of England’s biomedical companies were honoured at the 2014 Biomedical Awards, hosted by Bionow at the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, on Gateshead Quays on 24 April 2014. Sixteen companies battled...

Alarming rise in lung cancer cases

Lung cancer rates in women have risen by 73 per cent over the past forty years according to new Cancer Research UK figures. Dr Harpal Kumar, Cancer Research UK’s chief executive, said: “These figures provide...

Research offers insight into the ‘silent killer’

UK scientists have discovered where the life-threatening hidden fat surrounding our vital organs comes from. The new insight into this ‘bad’ (visceral) fat may have important implications for future understanding and treatment of obesity and...

Initiative targets research into type 1 diabetes

Charity JDRF and UK Prime Minister David Cameron are supporting a push for ground-breaking type 1 diabetes stem-cell research partnerships between the UK and Israel. Mr Cameron announced plans for BIRAX (the Britain Israel Research...

Study casts new light on arthritis

Researchers from Arthritis Research UK and the Centre for Genetics and Genomics at The University of Manchester have helped discover a further 42 genetic markers associated with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). The findings came in the...

Deal helps two North East firms gain a bigger bite of the market

North East teeth whitening company WhiteWash Laboratories has signed a deal with one of the UK’s largest dental labs, Ashford Orthodontics Ltd, in an agreement that could be worth up to £100,000 a year. WhiteWash,...

High levels of scarlet fever remain across England

Public Health England (PHE) has reported a continuation of the high levels of scarlet fever across the country with 405 new cases reported in the last week (from 21 to 27 April). A total...

Research ‘must be allowed to thrive’

The Parkinson’s Disease Society has embarked on a new drive to ensure that research into the illness, and other conditions, continues to be supported across Europe. As part of the campaign, which is hosted by...

Blood cancer’s Achilles’ heel

New findings about a fatal form of blood cancer could aid the development of new drugs with significantly less harmful side effects than existing chemotherapy. The discovery could lead to novel treatments that efficiently eliminate...