Botox to be Used on Migraines in Scotland

NHS Scotland is taking a radical new approach to the treatment of migraines by using Botox to assist patients. The substance will only be used for those struggling with chronic migraines. Campaigners have called for this move for some time, and it is believed that the decision could have a significantly positive impact on the treatment of migraines in Scotland. Patients involved with the treatment will receive injections of the toxin on the face, head and neck every 12 weeks. Around 4,000... Readmore

Animal Experiments Cut the Spread of Cancer by 75%

Scientists involved with a major new study have been able to reduce the spread of cancer around the body of mice by 75%. The results of the animal experiments have been published in the journal Nature, and indicate that altering the immune system of the animals slows the spread of skin cancers to the lungs. Tumours can "seed" themselves elsewhere in the body, and this process is behind 90% of cancer deaths. But researchers are now fascinated to see whether this reduction in metastasis can be replicated... Readmore

Lancet Study Links Brain Activity to Heart Attacks

A study published in the Lancet journal suggests that there is a strong link between brain structure and activity and an increased risk of heart attacks. A deep-lying region of the brain can help ascertain the level of risk for an individual, according to the published research. Scientists studied 300 people, and those with higher activity in the amygdala were associated with a greater cardiovascular disease risk. While researchers also discovered that stress can be just as important as a risk... Readmore

£130 Million Invested in Updating Radiotherapy Equipment

NHS England has indicated its intention to increase funding for cancer treatment by the largest amount in fifteen years. The healthcare organisation states that £130 million will be spent on upgrading radiotherapy machines. It is hoped that this will have a positive impact on the survival opportunities of cancer sufferers. The upgrade of at least 100 linear accelerator machines across the country will ensure more patients benefit from state-of-the-art intensity-modulated radiotherapy. These... Readmore

Soft Drinks Linked with Diabetes in New Research

Drinking more than two sugary or artificially sweetened soft drinks per day greatly increases the risk of diabetes, according to newly published research from Sweden. Scientists examined sweetened drink consumption, while assessing people with an uncommon form of diabetes known as latent autoimmune diabetes in adults (LADA). LADA has features of type 1 diabetes, where the body's own immune cells destroy the insulin-producing cells in the pancreas. But unlike type 1 diabetes, which normally... Readmore

Researchers Identify Alzheimer’s Gene Patterns

Scientists believe that they have discovered a possible explanation for how Alzheimer's disease spreads in the brain, according to numerous media reports. The Guardian newspaper has particularly picked up on this exciting study emanating from Cambridge University. Researchers believe that gene patterns which are located in specific areas of the brain may help to explain why the disease tends to emanate in certain regions before later spreading. Such patterns were located in the areas of healthy... Readmore

Study Identifies HIV Sufferers With Special Immunity

A new study published in Science Immunology offers an intriguing new insight into the HIV virus. Scientists have identified and described the immunological profile of some people with HIV who are better able to resist the effects of the deadly condition. A team led by researchers from Duke University in Durham, NC, studied blood samples taken from people with HIV. They selected 51 people with high levels of bNAbs and 51 people with few or no bNAbs. They found that many of the changes in immune... Readmore

Chinese Oncologists Trialling Innovative Gene Editing Technique

As gene-editing becomes a more feasible part of healthcare across the planet, a new technique is being trialled for the first time in China. This can be seen as indicative of the increasingly prominent role which China is playing on the world stage, as the world's most populous nation becomes a major player in world affairs. The groundbreaking gene-editing technique will be tested on humans for the first time, with Chinese oncologists trialling the innovation on lung cancer patients. It is hoped... Readmore

Study Suggests Antibiotic Prescription Rate Can Have Negative Influence

A new study suggests that doctors' practices which prescribed relatively small numbers of antibiotics for respiratory infections struggle with a slightly increased infection rate. But scientists involved in the investigation also indicated that the increase was only evident for pneumonia and quinsy, effectively green lighting lower prescription rates. While the impact of this shouldn't necessarily be underestimated, it is notable that both of these conditions can be treated relatively easily, while... Readmore

Could Diabetes Drugs be Used to Treat Alzheimer’s?

"Drugs prescribed to treat diabetes could cure Alzheimer's disease,” The Daily Telegraph reports, but does the headline of the publication stand-up to any scrutiny? A major study found a shared biological process between Alzheimer's and diabetes. However, the research did not assess treatments for the disease, let alone any possible cures. The report highlights a study in genetically engineered mice concerning a human enzyme (BACE1) that is closely linked to the development of Alzheimer's disease... Readmore

Could Brain Scans be the Key to Understanding Antisocial Behaviour?

The Guardian is one of several newspapers which has reported on a new study which could give a new insight into antisocial behaviour. There are "striking' structural differences seen in study which compared brain scans of young men with antisocial behavioural problems with their healthy peers," The Guardian reports. The results of this research indicate that behavioural problems could have a neurological basis, or at least some dimension. Scientists used brain scanning techniques to compare the brain... Readmore

Should Nice and the NHS Drug Acquisition System be Overhauled?

The breaking of a story in the media about two pharmacists who are being particularly blamed for inflating the prices of commonly used NHS drugs has led to a significant debate on the subject. While the press has chosen to focus on the human interest element of this issue, others are questioning whether the entire approach of the NHS to drug acquisition is flawed. NHS buyers have continued to acquire drugs at almost ludicrous levels, using prices set by marketing middlemen, when much cheaper... Readmore
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