Flu vaccine programme has impact

Early results from the 2013 to 2014 child flu vaccine pilot programme suggest a positive impact on levels of flu in the United Kingdom. Public Health England (PHE), which launched the pilot programme last year,...

‘A step closer to diagnosing early Parkinson’s’

Research funded by Parkinson’s UK has brought medical researchers closer to ways of diagnosing the early stage of the condition. Diagnosing Parkinson’s is difficult and one of the big problems for clinicians is identifying the...

Images deepen understanding of stress in the womb

Fetuses are more likely to show left-handed movements in the womb when their mothers are stressed, according to new research. Researchers at Durham and Lancaster universities say that their findings are an indicator that maternal...

Putting the bite on disease

UK holidaymakers are being urged to use insect repellent to protect themselves against bites and the diseases they can spread as travel to tropical countries rises among Britons. Scientists from repellent testing facility arctec at...

Lifestyle changes that could fend off dementia

A poll has shown that more than a fifth of UK people do not think it is possible to reduce their risk of developing dementia. The findings in the YouGov poll commissioned by the Alzheimer’s...

Agreement offers hope for lung cancer patients

An agreement has been signed to develop technology which can treat lung cancer. Cancer Research UK and Cancer Research Technology (CRT), the charity’s development and commercialisation arm, have reached an agreement with Asterias Biotherapeutics, Inc,....

Step forward in asthma management

More than half of the GP surgeries in the UK are being given a tool that enables them to manage their asthma more effectively. Asthma UK worked with EMIS, the UK leader in clinical IT...

Epilepsy work could throw light on the human condition

New research from the Royal Veterinary College canine epilepsy clinic has provided information on why some dogs do not respond to anti-epilepsy treatments.  The work could shed light on the condition in humans due to...

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...

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...

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...

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...

‘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...

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...

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,...

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...