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Molecule removed Alzheimer’s plaques from brains of mice

Wednesday Dec 9 2015

"A molecule can clear Alzheimer's plaques from the brains of mice and improve learning and memory, Korean scientists have found in early tests," BBC News reports. However, the Daily Express’s claim of a "wonder pill" are premature…

Antibiotic use in farm animals 'threatens human health'

Wednesday Dec 9 2015

"Farmers need to dramatically cut the amount of antibiotics used in agriculture, because of the threat to human health, a report says," according to BBC News. The concern is agricultural antibiotic use is driving up levels…

Researchers investigate the 'pathways of pain'

Monday Dec 7 2015

"Breakthrough could lead to 'super painkillers'," the Mail Online reports. Researchers have investigated a particular sodium channel that plays a key role in transmitting pain signals along sensory nerves to the brain…

Experts call for more research into ADHD drug Ritalin

Friday Nov 27 2015

"The drug Ritalin should be prescribed with caution as the quality of evidence available about its benefits and risks is poor," the Mail Online reports. A review found no high-quality evidence about both the benefits and risks…

Last line in antibiotic resistance under threat

Thursday Nov 19 2015

"The last line of antibiotic defence against some serious infections is under threat," The Guardian reports, after researchers found that E.coli bacteria from food products in China has developed resistance to colistin, a polymixin antibiotic…

Will a cholesterol-busting vaccine work for humans?

Thursday Nov 12 2015

"Could a vaccine replace the need for daily statins?" asks the Mail Online. An experimental vaccine has been found to lower low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol in a small number of mice and macaque monkeys, but has not yet been tested in humans...

Ovarian cancer drug 'can help with some types of prostate cancer'

Thursday Oct 29 2015

"Ovarian cancer pill 'effective' at treating men with prostate cancer," The Independent reports after a small trial found the drug olaparib slowed tumour growth in men with a certain type of prostate cancer…

Cheap Alzheimer's drug 'may help keep people out of care homes'

Tuesday Oct 27 2015

"Alzheimer's drug may keep late-stage sufferers out of nursing homes," The Guardian reports. A study found people with Alzheimer's who continued to take a drug called donepezil were less likely to be admitted into care than...

Could anti-inflammatory drugs prevent schizophrenia?

Monday Oct 19 2015

"It may be possible to prevent schizophrenia by calming the brain's immune system," BBC News reports after researchers found raised levels of immune activity in people thought to be at high risk of developing schizophrenia…

Reports of HIV 'breakthrough' and 'cure' are premature

Monday Oct 12 2015

"HIV breakthrough could lead to a cure," the Mail Online says, reporting on a study which looked at the phenomenon known as post-treatment control – where people with HIV remain in remission, even after treatment…

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