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...

Skin odour could lead to early diagnosis of Parkinson’s

A study has been launched to identify small molecules secreted by the skin that are believed to emit a unique scent in people in the early stages of Parkinson’s Disease. Researchers believe that Parkinson’s may affect a change in...

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...

Team observes super-fast process

A team of researchers have observed how a light-activated compound alters the structure of DNA, which could lead to new cancer treatments. for conditions including several cancers and psoriasis, uses light to activate a drug...

Research deepens understanding of eczema

A research programme into genetics has identified new forms of the skin condition eczema and provided useful information that may lead to new treatments. The work involves 16 researchers across four schools at the University...

Midge research

University of Liverpool fellow Dr Stefanos Siozios has been awarded £140,000 from the EU’s Horizon 2020 programme to investigate ways of preventing midges transmitting viruses to livestock. Professor Greg Hurst, from the University’s Institute of...

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...

Researchers develop catalyst to increase the yield of biodiesel

Researchers from the Cardiff Cataylsis Institute have devised a way of increasing the yield of biodiesel by using waste left over from its production process. Using catalysis, the Cardiff University researchers have been able to...

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...

Aspirin could reduce cancer risk

Research has shown that a regular dose of aspirin reduces the long-term risk of cancer in this who are overweight. The findings came out of an international study of people with a family history of...

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...

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...

New procedure offers hope forthose suffering from blindness

A trial of a new treatmentderived from stem cells forpeople with ‘wet’ age-relatedmacular degeneration (AMD) has started at Moorfields EyeHospital in London, followinga successful operation on apatient. The operation is a milestone in the London...

Red grapes could helpcombat cancer

Resveratrol, a chemical found in red grapes, is more effectivein smaller doses at preventing bowel cancer in mice thanhigh doses, according to new research. Previous research looked at high doses of purified resveratrol to study...

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...

Horses and humans ‘share facial expressions’

Horses share somesurprisingly similar facialexpressions to humans andchimps, according to newUniversity of Sussex research. Researchers have shown that, like humans, horses use muscles underlying various facial features - including their nostrils, lips and eyes -...