New US study suggests ketamine has rapid benefits for patients suffering with depression

April 17th, 2018
New US study suggests ketamine has rapid benefits for patients suffering with depression

A new study suggests that ketamine has rapid benefits for patients who are suffering with depression. Researchers in the US found that trials showed “promise” when using ketamine to treat severe depression. Ketamine is often referred to as a party drug, but it is licensed as an anaesthetic in the USA. The research team discovered […]

Charity raises concerns over late prostate cancer diagnoses

April 10th, 2018
Charity raises concerns over late prostate cancer diagnoses

A charity has raised concerns over late prostate cancer diagnoses, after a study revealed that 37 percent of cases are diagnosed at an advanced stage. A report by the charity, Orchid, revealed that almost 4 in 10 cases of prostate cancer are diagnosed at a late stage (stages three and four). A quarter of cases […]

Paramedics will be able to prescribe drugs under new laws

April 3rd, 2018
Paramedics will be able to prescribe drugs under new laws

Paramedics with advanced training will be able to prescribe drugs under new laws, which were introduced in England on Sunday 1st April. Under new regulations, advanced paramedics will soon be able to provide prescription medications to patients who require assistance without needing to go to hospital. Up to 70 percent of patients who are seen […]

Research reveals an increase in weight-related cancer cases

March 27th, 2018
Research reveals an increase in weight-related cancer cases

New research suggests that there has been an increase in the number of cases of cancer that are related to carrying excess body weight. Cancer Research UK claims that the number of cases of cancer caused by smoking is falling, while those associated with obesity and being overweight are increasing. The charity found that 6.3 […]

Scientists claim stem cell transplants could be a ‘game changer’ for MS sufferers

March 20th, 2018
Scientists claim stem cell transplants could be a ‘game changer’ for MS sufferers

Scientists claim that stem cell transplants could be a ‘game changer’ for patients who suffer from multiple sclerosis. The results of international trials show that a stem cell transplant can help to stop the development of the disease and ameliorate symptoms. The treatment works by using cancer drugs to “wipe out” the immune system and […]

Researchers link exercise in old age to improved immunity

March 13th, 2018
Researchers link exercise in old age to improved immunity

Researchers have revealed that exercise in old age can have a dramatic impact on immunity. Scientists who followed more than 100 cyclists found that regular exercise in old age led to incredible benefits for the immune system. A team of researchers tracked 125 long distance cyclists and discovered that some who were in their 80’s […]

NHS England reveals breakthrough in prostate cancer diagnosis

March 6th, 2018
NHS England reveals breakthrough in prostate cancer diagnosis

NHS England has shared details of a significant breakthrough in trials used to find a more effective, quicker prostate cancer diagnosis method. CEO of NHS England, Simon Stevens, said that a ‘one-stop service’, which is currently under trial in London, could reduce diagnosis time from around six weeks to a few days. The testing process […]

Major Government Report into Vaccine Funding Has Been Published

February 27th, 2018
Major Government Report into Vaccine Funding Has Been Published

A major government report into how they decide which vaccines will be funded by the NHS has been published. The report has been long-awaited after calls for transparency into why a vaccine to protect children against meningitis B has not been made more widely available after Faye Burdett, 2, was deemed too old to have […]

Scientists take a step closer to more effective autism testing

February 20th, 2018
Scientists take a step closer to more effective autism testing

Scientists have taken a major step forward in the quest to find more effective tests for autism. Researchers claim to have taken the first steps in a bid to use blood and urine tests as a means of diagnosing autism in children. The study, which was led by the University of Warwick’s Dr Naila Rabbani, […]

University of Edinburgh researchers grow human eggs in a laboratory for the first time

February 13th, 2018
University of Edinburgh researchers grow human eggs in a laboratory for the first time

Researchers from the University of Edinburgh have successfully grown human eggs in a laboratory in a world first. Teams have been working on pioneering techniques, which could help to boost the fertility of children affected by cancer. This marks the first time human eggs have been developed in a laboratory setting and could give hope […]

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