The story Researchers in California have successfully converted mouse skin cells into brain cells, eliminating the need for stem cells. It is hoped that the same procedure could be carried out on human cells, bringing the possibility of stem cell therapy for conditions such as Alzheimer’s closer to reality. This is a great story to […]
The story I received an interesting letter in the post last week inviting my two year old daughter to take part in an international research study. Feeling rather proud that scientists have realised her potential so early, I read on wondering what research they would exactly need her to carry out.
World Health Day
The story Today is World Health Day and the theme this year is antimicrobial resistance. The World Health Organisation (WHO) is introducing a six-point policy package to combat the spread of antimicrobial resistance in order to slow down not only its effect on the health of people today but to safeguard the effectiveness of antibiotics […]
Mending broken hearts
The story Hope has arrived in the UK – hope that is for the thousands of people who suffer from heart failure. You may have seen the British Heart Foundation’s new campaign on TV recently
Is alcohol the most dangerous drug?
The story The headlines that hit every news broadcast that I heard on Monday reported that ‘alcohol is more dangerous than heroin’. This was taken from a report put together by the Independent Committee on Drugs of which Professor Nutt, the sacked government chief drugs advisor, is a member.
Kill germs dead to stop the spread
The story Now the new school year is in full swing how long will it be before the latest nasty pathogen sweeps through the corridors causing illness in both staff and students? Fingers crossed that the latest antibiotic resistant superbug decides not to further its education and stays out of schools.
Can our genes tell us our death date?
Another genetics story hit the headline this week. A few weeks ago I reported that scientists were sequencing Ozzy Osborne’s genome to find out how the hell-raiser has managed to survive so long, now we hear that scientists have discovered a way of carrying out a genetic test to find out if you will make […]
Malaria vs lasers
Ten years into the new millennium shouldn’t we be closer to cracking the problem that is malaria? It is one of the world’s biggest killers but it is proving incredibly difficult to eradicate.
The world’s most dangerous drink?
The PB&C milkshake may look harmless enough but it has caused outrage amongst some people including UK TV chef, Jamie Oliver. Not because of its taste, which by all accounts sounds delicious (the PB&C stands for its main constituents-peanut butter and chocolate) but because this drink packs a whopping 2010 calories per serving.