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Aircraft noise linked to higher risk of heart disease and stroke

Aircraft noise linked to higher risk of heart disease and stroke

October 10, 2013 6:30 pm by | 0 Comments

LONDON (Reuters) – Exposure to high levels of aircraft noise near busy international airports has been linked to a higher risk of heart disease and strokes in two separate studies from Britain and the United States.
Researchers in London studied data …


30 years in the making, GSK to seek European approval for first malaria vaccine

30 years in the making, GSK to seek European approval for first malaria vaccine

October 8, 2013 11:02 am by | 0 Comments

LONDON (Reuters) – British drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline will seek marketing approval for the world’s first malaria vaccine next year after trial data showed the shot significantly cut cases of the disease in African children.
The vaccine known as RTS,S w…



Scientists say no difference between exercise and drugs for heart disease

Scientists say no difference between exercise and drugs for heart disease

October 2, 2013 7:58 am by | 0 Comments

LONDON (Reuters) – Exercise may be just as good as medication to treat heart disease and should be included as a comparison when new drugs are being developed and tested, scientists said on Wednesday.
In a large review published in the British Medical…


Severe limitations for tests assessing risk of violence in psychopaths

Severe limitations for tests assessing risk of violence in psychopaths

October 1, 2013 1:34 pm by | 0 Comments

LONDON (Reuters) – Assessment tools used to predict how likely a psychopathic prisoner is to re-offend if freed from jail are “utterly useless” and parole boards might just as well flip a coin when deciding such risks, psychiatrists said on Tuesday.
P…


‘Radical solutions’ needed to fix global burden of cancer

‘Radical solutions’ needed to fix global burden of cancer

September 30, 2013 7:43 am by | 0 Comments

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – The world faces a rapidly growing burden of cancer which will overwhelm governments unless the medical and pharma industry takes the lead on a multi-billion dollar private-public fund, oncologists said on Monday.
In a report on h…


Immunotherapy skin cancer treatments: A melanoma breakthrough?

Immunotherapy skin cancer treatments: A melanoma breakthrough?

September 28, 2013 2:46 pm by | 0 Comments

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – A new generation of drugs designed to trigger the immune system to fight cancer is offering the prospect of a “clinical cure” for some melanoma skin cancer patients who until a few years ago were more likely to be facing a swift …


Europe should use breast, prostate cancer screening funds for bowel tests

Europe should use breast, prostate cancer screening funds for bowel tests

September 28, 2013 10:10 am by | 0 Comments

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – European governments should divert funds to routine bowel cancer tests from less effective breast and prostate screening programs, scientists said on Saturday, presenting what they called “irrefutable”…



Deaths from HIV/AIDs decrease as access to treatment increases

Deaths from HIV/AIDs decrease as access to treatment increases

September 23, 2013 4:05 am by | 0 Comments

LONDON (Reuters) – The global rate of HIV infection and the number of AIDS-related deaths have been dramatically reduced, thanks to expanding access to treatment, the United Nations said in…


The universal power (and benefits) of being disgusted

The universal power (and benefits) of being disgusted

September 23, 2013 2:01 am by | 0 Comments

LONDON (Reuters) – Valerie Curtis is fascinated by faeces. And by vomit, pus, urine, maggots and putrid flesh. It is not the oozing, reeking substances themselves that play on her mind, but our response to them and what it can teach us.
The doctor of …


MERS genetic analysis: Virus has jumped from animals to humans multiple times

MERS genetic analysis: Virus has jumped from animals to humans multiple times

September 20, 2013 4:13 pm by | 0 Comments

LONDON (Reuters) – Genetic analysis of samples of the deadly MERS virus that has killed 58 people in the Middle East and Europe shows the disease has jumped from animals to humans several times, scientists said on Friday.
At least 132 people have been…


MX2 gene may play key role in controlling HIV, discovery could lead to new treatments

MX2 gene may play key role in controlling HIV, discovery could lead to new treatments

September 18, 2013 1:06 pm by | 0 Comments

LONDON (Reuters) – Scientists have identified a gene which they say may have the ability to prevent HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, from spreading after it enters the body.
In an early-stage study in the journal Nature, researchers said the gene, cal…


Study finds no increased leukemia risk for children living near nuclear power plants

Study finds no increased leukemia risk for children living near nuclear power plants

September 16, 2013 7:02 pm by | 0 Comments

LONDON (Reuters) – Despite fears to the contrary, children who live near nuclear power plants have no greater risk of developing leukaemia or a type of cancer known as non-Hodgkin lymphoma, according to a large British study published on Friday.
Resea…


Global Fund report: $15B investment could avert $47B in extra treatments for AIDS, TB, and malaria

Global Fund report: $15B investment could avert $47B in extra treatments for AIDS, TB, and malaria

September 12, 2013 12:07 pm by | 0 Comments

LONDON (Reuters) – The world’s biggest funder of the fight against AIDS, tuberculosis (TB) and malaria said on Thursday it needs $15 billion over the next three years to begin bringing “the three big global pandemics” under control.
In a report releas…


New possibilities in regenerative medicine: Researchers grow new stem cells in living mice

New possibilities in regenerative medicine: Researchers grow new stem cells in living mice

September 11, 2013 1:01 pm by | 0 Comments

LONDON (Reuters) – Scientists have succeeded in generating new stem cells in living mice and say their success opens up possibilities for the regeneration of damaged tissue in people with conditions ranging from heart failure to spinal cord injury.
Th…


When depression treatments fail, new research offers hope for a different approach

When depression treatments fail, new research offers hope for a different approach

September 9, 2013 4:54 am by | 0 Comments

LONDON (Reuters)- As Susan sits chatting to a nurse in a London clinic, a light tapping sound by her head signals that parts of her brain are being zapped by thousands of tiny electro-magnetic pulses from a machine plugged into the wall.
The 50 year-o…