Activity the key to optimising stroke recovery

Emphasising the importance of sustained rehabilitation can help health services cope with rising numbers of people surviving a stroke, a University of Dundee expert has said. Dr Jacqui Morris, Reader in Rehabilitation Research at the...

Learning more about the human GPS

The human brain may have its own GPS system, according to new research funded by the Wellcome Trust. The study found that one part of the brain calculates the straight line to a destination but...

Shoals of sticklebacks differ in their collective personalities

Research from the University of Cambridge has revealed that, among schooling fish, groups can have different collective personalities, with some shoals sticking closer together, being better coordinated, and showing clearer leadership than others. For centuries,...

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...

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,...

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...

Animal disease laboratories are officially opened

Business Secretary Vince Cable has officially opened the BBSRC National Virology Centre, a containment laboratory based at The Pirbright Institute in Surrey. The £135m laboratories have been developed to strengthen the UK’s ability to prevent...

Cost has to be a factor in vaccination programme

University researchers say that there needs to be a realistic approach to the cost of a meningitis vaccination programme. In March 2014, the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI),  the  expert group that advises...

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...

Gene editing research bid overcomes crucial hurdle

The UK is leading the world after the national Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) approved a research application from the Francis Crick Institute to use new gene editing techniques on human embryos. decision after...

Research centres are confirmed

Two Cambridge institutes have been confirmed as major research centres by biomedical research charity Wellcome. The Wellcome/CRUK Gurdon Institute and Wellcome/MRC Cambridge Stem Cell Institute have been named as two of 14 Wellcome Centres which...

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...

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...

Study in mice suggests personalised stem cell treatment may offer relief for progressive MS

Scientists have shown in mice that skin cells re-programmed into brain stem cells, transplanted into the central nervous system, help reduce inflammation and may be able to help repair damage caused by multiple sclerosis...

Scan Change

Medical Research Council scientists have developed a new approach to speed up MRI scans for those who cannot hold their breath. Patients need to lie still and, in some cases, hold their breath for...

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...