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Scientists have made a breakthrough in understanding what causes motor neurone disease and a common form of dementia. Motor neurone disease is a progressive and terminal disease that damages the function of nerves and muscle, while frontotemporal dementia is a form that causes changes in personality and behaviour along with…
Dame Tessa Jowell "feels a deep sense of responsibility" to give a voice to patients and pave the way for other cancer sufferers, her daughter has said. Jess Mills said she was inspired by her mother's "ferocious sense of mission", as the Labour peer became the first patient to donate…
The first study examining the role of feedback in health research projects involving patients and members of the public (PPI research*) has found that a fifth of PPI contributors never received feedback on how their input has shaped the research project. The NIHR-funded study, which has been published in the…
Scientists have pinpointed nearly 80 genes which they believe could help explain why some people are more susceptible to depression. A team of experts led by the University of Edinburgh analysed the genetic codes of 300,000 people to identify areas of DNA which may be linked to the condition. They…
Weaknesses in prostate cancer that could be targeted by drugs have been identified by scientists, in the most comprehensive study of its kind. An international team, led by the Institute of Cancer Research in London, analysed genetic information from the tumours of nearly a thousand patients, and found 80 potential…
A new "state-of-the-art" cancer research facility will be built at the Christie Hospital in Manchester, on a site which was devastated by fire. The blaze started on the roof of the Paterson building, home to the Cancer Research UK Manchester Institute, on April 26 last year, causing significant structural damage.…
Theresa May has set out plans to help ensure that prostate cancer patients are "treated earlier and faster". The Prime Minister has pledged £75 million towards clinical trials for the disease which will focus on improving early diagnosis and survival rates as well as exploring options for different treatments for…
A major health data resource will be able to dramatically expand potential research into mental disorders after receiving responses from thousands of members of the public on mental health. UK Biobank originally recruited 500,000 volunteers whose health data is used in scientific research to improve the prevention, diagnosis and treatment…
Nine leading universities from across the UK will be the recipients of multi-million pound grants from the Medical Research Council (MRC) to help researchers harness the power of data science for mental health research. Funding for the grants, which totals £10 million, was secured by the MRC as part of…
Children exposed to epilepsy drugs in the womb may achieve poorer test results at school, a study has found. Those born to women who were prescribed certain treatments to control seizures during pregnancy went on to perform worse than their peers in Key Stage One tests, according to research published…
Scientists believe a new antibiotic which is capable of killing superbugs and has been successfully used to treat an infection could lead to the first new class of antibiotic drug in 30 years. A team at the University of Lincoln has created a simplified, synthesised form of teixobactin, a natural…
Thousands of older people in low and middle-income countries are at risk of abuse and human rights violations when being admitted to care homes, according to new research led by the University of East Anglia (UEA). The study provides the first systematic analysis of admissions practices for residential long-term care…
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