Potential New Treatment for Cocaine Addiction

A team of researchers led by Cardiff University has discovered a promising new drug treatment for cocaine addiction. The experimental therapy, which involves administering a drug currently used in cancer therapy trials, treats cocaine addiction by inhibiting memories responsible for cravings. Professor Riccardo Brambilla from Cardiff University’s School of Biosciences said, ‘We have demonstrated that [...]

By |2016-09-29T09:04:41+00:00September 29th, 2016|Substance Abuse|0 Comments

New Technology Improves Vision for Brain Injury Patients

Researchers have developed a new treatment for patients with blindness associated with brain injury often caused by stroke. The computer-delivered therapy – called NeuroEyeCoach™ – is designed to improve speed and effectiveness of eye movements to better compensate for the visual field loss. NeuroEyeCoach™ can be viewed as being the first evidence-based registered medical device [...]

By |2016-09-28T08:59:31+00:00September 28th, 2016|Ophthalmology|0 Comments

New Tool Helps Identify People at Risk of Heart Disease

A new genetic risk score that could help to identify individuals at risk of coronary heart disease (CHD) much earlier, and potentially improve its prevention, has been developed in research part-funded by the British Heart Foundation (BHF). CHD affects over 2.3 million people in the UK and the disease is responsible for nearly 70,000 deaths [...]

By |2016-09-26T08:48:27+00:00September 26th, 2016|Cardiology|0 Comments

New Method Identifies Existing Drugs with Virus-Fighting Potential

A new, computer-based screening method could reveal the virus-fighting potential of drugs originally developed to treat other conditions, reports a study in PLOS Computational Biology. Every year, viral infections cause millions of deaths worldwide. While traditional drug development can yield powerful new antiviral medications, repurposing existing drugs that are already well understood is an appealing [...]

By |2016-09-23T09:26:04+00:00September 23rd, 2016|Innovation|0 Comments

NHS to Face Rise in Cyber-Attacks

NHS experts have warned of a major growth in cyber-attacks over the next few years, ahead of one of the UK’s largest gathering of healthcare professionals taking place later this month. Thousands of delegates will attend the UK Health Show on 28th September in London’s Olympia, to engage on issues crucial to the future of [...]

By |2016-09-21T09:17:19+00:00September 21st, 2016|Technology|0 Comments

Breakthrough for Chronic Myeloid Leukaemia

Scientists at the University of Glasgow have made a second significant breakthrough in the treatment of chronic myeloid leukaemia – using precision medicine to kill more than 90 per cent of chronic myeloid leukaemia (CML) stem cells. The results are published in the high impact journal, Cancer Discovery. CML is a rare form of blood [...]

By |2016-09-20T10:07:19+00:00September 20th, 2016|Oncology|0 Comments

Vaccination Uptake in Traveller Communities Shockingly Low

Traveller communities have significantly lower uptake of vaccinations compared to the general population, suggesting that more work needs to be done to promote understanding and appreciation of the benefits of vaccination among this population, according to researchers at the University of Cambridge. In a study published today in the Journal of Public Health, researchers from [...]

By |2016-09-16T09:01:14+00:00September 16th, 2016|General practice|0 Comments

Zika Study Could Lead to New Model for Therapies

For the first time, abnormal brain development following a Zika infection during pregnancy has been documented and traced experimentally in the offspring of a non-human primate. The approach could provide a model for testing preventive therapies to protect fetuses from the virus during gestation. The report has appeared in Nature Medicine. The leaders of the [...]

By |2016-09-13T08:42:14+00:00September 13th, 2016|Disease|0 Comments

Revolutionary 3-D Bone-Scanning Technique Devised

Chemists from Trinity College Dublin, in collaboration with RCSI, have devised a revolutionary new scanning technique that produces extremely high-res 3D images of bones -- without exposing patients to X-ray radiation. The chemists attach luminescent compounds to tiny gold structures to form biologically safe ‘nanoagents’ that are attracted to calcium-rich surfaces, which appear when bones [...]

By |2016-09-12T09:14:13+00:00September 12th, 2016|Innovation|0 Comments

Early Life Exposure to Antibiotics Related to Allergies

Research presented at this year’s European Respiratory Society (ERS) International Congress in London shows that exposure to antibiotics early in life is related to increased risk of developing allergies later in life. The research is by Dr Fariba Ahmadizar, Utrecht University, Netherlands and colleagues. Some previous research has suggested that early life exposure to antibiotics [...]

By |2016-09-07T08:23:16+00:00September 7th, 2016|Pharmacy|0 Comments
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