Athletes’ poor oral health a concern

It’s one of medicine’s strange anomalies. International athletes may be fitter than most people on the planet but many of them suffer from poor oral health. Now researchers say that the problem, which affects athletes’...

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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...

Funding announced for drug development

Cambridge-based Bicycle Therapeutics has secured an equity financing of £20 ($32M) million which will allow for the clinical development of therapeutic bicycle drug candidates in oncology. The funding will allow the company to press ahead...

Can games encourage children to learn science?

A project, investigating whether the uncertainty inherent in games can increase the rate at which children learn science is under way after a 
£650,000 award. Academics from the University of Bristol will work with schools...

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...

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...

The time for stents is here

The use of stents to keep neck arteries open is just as effective as invasive neck surgery for long-term prevention of fatal and disabling strokes, according to an  international trial. Now, the team says that...

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...

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...