The rising cost of alcohol-related hospital admissions

The number of alcohol-related NHS admissions reached almost 10 million in England during 2012-13, according to recently-published statistics.  A total of 9.9million admissions were reported in findings taken from Alcohol Concern’s Alcohol Harm Map with...

Stem cell research shows promise

Experts atThe University of Nottingham have discovered the first fully synthetic substratewith potential to grow billions of stem cells. Their research could pave the way for the creation of ‘stem cell factories’, the mass production...

Team unlocks secrets of infections

A team led by Oxford University has identified genes that make some children more susceptible to bacterial infections, by performing a large genome-wide association study in African children. Bacteraemia, bacterial infection of the bloodstream, is...

Enzyme research

Scientists at the University of York were part of a research team which found that a recently-discovered family of enzymes can degrade resistant forms of starch. Earlier research established that the enzymes – lytic polysaccharide...

NEW TECHNIQUE ALLOWS SCIENTISTS TO ‘LISTEN IN’ ON CANCER CELLS

Scientists have a developed a new technique to decipher how millions of individual cells are communicating with each other in miniature tumours grown in the lab, known as organoids, according to new research published...

HIV research provides cause for optimism

Research into vaccines to prevent HIV infection are offering new hope for those vulnerable to the condition, an international conference was told. Delegates attending the 21st International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2016) in Durban, South Africa,...

Making a difference to patients with debilitating conditions – new Healthcare Technologies Institute opened

A new Institute where research will look into improving healing and make a difference to patients with debilitating conditions has opened at the University of Birmingham. The Healthcare Technologies Institute (HTI) will strive to advance...

Stroke research programme under way

Treating stroke patients with antibiotics and paracetamol could save up to 25,000 lives each year, researchers atthe University of Edinburgh have said. A £4m study is to investigate whether routinely offering these drugs to stroke...

Alzheimer’s research unlocks secret

New research has unlocked one of the secrets of Alzheimer’s Disease. Researchers at the Medical Research Council Laboratory of Molecular Biology (LMB) have, for the first time, revealed the atomic structures of one of the...

Trial starts

F-star, a UK biopharmaceutical company working in oncology and immuno-oncology, has started a phase 1 clinical study of FS102, its lead compound for treatment of HER2-positive breast and gastric cancer. The clinical study is being...

University’s Thailand link

The School of Life Sciences at Sussex University has been awarded British Council funding to develop its teaching and research collaboration with Mahidol University, one of the leading research institutions in Thailand. The School received...

Patients join project

Cancer patients have joined those with rare diseases as part of the 100,000 Genomes Project, which aims to sequence 100,000 complete sets of DNA from 70,000 NHS patients. By recruiting cancer patients, scientists will be...

Welcome for packaging

The Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI) has welcomed the Government’s proposal to publish the cost of medicines to the NHS on packs of those costing more than £20. Alison Clough, ABPI Acting...

Collaboration targetsdegeneration in MS

University of Edinburghscientists are setto workwith leading biotechnologybusiness Genzyme, a Sanoficompany,to carry out drugdiscovery research that couldreduce neuron damage inthe brain. The collaboration – brokered by Edinburgh BioQuarter’s Business Development team - will focus on...

Cell research could lead to more targeted cancer treatment

Scientists at the Babraham Institute in Cambridge have found a way to detect large-scale changes to the structure of the genome in cancer cells, which could enhance cancer diagnosis and the use of targeted...

Hope for sufferers

Researchers at the University of Liverpool have found that a well-established anti-epileptic drug could also be a treatment for neurodegenerative diseases. Neurodegeneration, which involves the progressive loss of nerve structure and function, is a common...