Is Komodo dragon blood the key to new antibiotics?

Is Komodo dragon blood the key to new antibiotics?

Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption The Komodo dragon is the largest living lizard in the world Komodo dragon blood contains an important compound which scientists think could offer a new treatment for infected wounds. The reptile’s saliva harbours many different types of bacteria, which somehow do not affect the dragon. Scientists at George […]

Brain cell therapy ‘promising’ for Parkinson’s disease

Brain cell therapy ‘promising’ for Parkinson’s disease

Image copyright SPL Scientists believe they have found a way to treat and perhaps reverse Parkinson’s disease, by making replacement cells to mend the damaged brain. They say human brain cells can be coaxed to take over the job of the ones that are destroyed in Parkinson’s. Tests in mice with Parkinson-like symptoms showed that […]

‘I could have been paralysed’

An emergency treatment for strokes is being rolled out in England which could decrease the risk of long-term disability. Margaret Kirkland says she could have been paralysed if it wasn’t for the thrombectomy doctors carried out on her. ‘I could have been paralysed’

NHS Scotland to fund ‘game-changer’ Prep HIV drug

NHS Scotland to fund ‘game-changer’ Prep HIV drug

Image copyright Getty Images A “game-changing” drug which dramatically reduces the chances of being infected with HIV is to be made available on the NHS in Scotland. The Scottish Medicines Consortium (SMC) has agreed to approve the treatment, which is known as Prep. Scientists have found that a daily dose of the drug can protect […]

Microdosing: The people taking LSD with their breakfast

Microdosing: The people taking LSD with their breakfast

Media captionSimpa says microdosing helps to alleviate his mental health problems There is a small community of people in the UK who “microdose” – or take small amounts of psychedelic drugs as part of their daily lives. They say it boosts creativity and can have medicinal benefits, despite a lack of scientific research. On a […]

‘Diabetic girl’, nine, goes missing from Paddington hospital

‘Diabetic girl’, nine, goes missing from Paddington hospital

Image copyright Google Police are appealing for help locating a sick nine-year-old girl who went missing after being taken to hospital in need of urgent medical care. The girl was with her parents and a younger brother when she attended St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, London, at about 17:40 BST on Sunday. But the family […]

Cancer drug Kadcyla approved for use by NHS Scotland

Cancer drug Kadcyla approved for use by NHS Scotland

Image copyright Breast Cancer Now Image caption Lesley Stephen, Lesley Graham, Anne Maclean-Chnag and Alison Tait led a campaign to have Kadcyla approved A breast cancer drug which is being withdrawn in England because it is too expensive is being made available on the NHS in Scotland. Kadcyla is used to treat an aggressive, advanced […]

Patients with learning disabilities missing out on health checks

Patients with learning disabilities missing out on health checks

Image copyright PA Patients in England with learning disabilities are missing out on vital health checks, NHS data shows. These include cancer screening, blood pressure checks and mental health assessments. Only about half of women with learning disabilities in England received breast cancer screening last year, compared with about 70% of eligible women overall. NHS […]

Rules of memory ‘beautifully’ rewritten

Rules of memory ‘beautifully’ rewritten

Image copyright F WALSH Image caption The human brain is a biological masterpiece What really happens when we make and store memories has been unravelled in a discovery that surprised even the scientists who made it. The US and Japanese team found that the brain “doubles up” by simultaneously making two memories of events. One […]

Sharp rise in A&Es turning away ambulances

Sharp rise in A&Es turning away ambulances

Image copyright iStock Overcrowded hospitals in England were forced to close their doors nearly 500 times to ambulances this winter. The number of diverts was nearly double the level in the previous three winters and has prompted warnings about the pressures facing the health service. Hospitals said closures were a last resort but had to […]

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