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Nanoparticles could improve immune system response to vaccination

Researchers from the US have developed a nanoparticle which may be able to boost the immune system’s response to a vaccination. The particles are based on the function performed by mast cells which are found in the skin. These cells are thought to release a chemical called tumour necrosis factor (TNF) when they are exposed [...]

By | 2012-01-23T19:27:40+00:00 January 23rd, 2012|Healthcare|Comments Off on Nanoparticles could improve immune system response to vaccination

Scientist announce potential meningitis B jab

Scientists from Chile have found evidence that a potential new vaccine can protect against meningitis B. In the UK, the current childhood vaccination programme includes a jab which protects against meningitis, but it doesn’t protect against all forms of the disease. A vaccine for meningitis B has been difficult to come by and it is [...]

By | 2017-05-18T20:19:14+00:00 January 21st, 2012|Healthcare|Comments Off on Scientist announce potential meningitis B jab

Campaigners warn of poor neurological care services

The Neurological Alliance have warned that poor services and a rise in the number of people with neurological conditions is a potential ‘time bomb’ for the NHS. A recent report by the National Audit Office highlighted problems in care services for people with neurological conditions. These included delayed diagnosis times, poor information, poorly coordinated follow [...]

By | 2017-05-18T20:19:14+00:00 January 20th, 2012|Healthcare|Comments Off on Campaigners warn of poor neurological care services

Rise in younger patients needing knee replacements

Data from the UK, US and Finland has indicated that there has been a big rise in the number of knee replacement operations. It also suggests that the rise has been especially prominent in younger patients. Experts point to both an increase in the number of people who are living longer and an increase in [...]

By | 2012-01-19T13:49:40+00:00 January 19th, 2012|Healthcare|Comments Off on Rise in younger patients needing knee replacements

MHRA recall nasal spray over contamination fears

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) have recalled a saline nasal spray over fears of a bacterial contamination. The health watchdog have been notified that batches of the Sterimar Isotonic (100ml) nasal spray, which is available at high street chemists, may have been contaminated by two types of bacteria which are commonly found [...]

By | 2012-01-18T09:43:32+00:00 January 18th, 2012|Healthcare|Comments Off on MHRA recall nasal spray over contamination fears

Scientists develop food detector tests

University scientists from Newcastle and Aberstwyth are developing a food detector test that can analyse samples of urine and indicate what people have been eating in the previous few days. The researchers point out that many people find it difficult to accurately report their food eating habits and the test could provide a vital tool [...]

By | 2017-05-18T20:19:14+00:00 January 17th, 2012|Healthcare|Comments Off on Scientists develop food detector tests

Internet addicts and substance addicts share brain changes

  The researcher performed MRI scans on 35 people between the age of 14 and 21. In total, 17 of them had been diagnosed as having internet addiction disorder (IAD). The results found that those diagnosed with IAD had changes in the white matter of the brain. The white matter in the brain contains nerve [...]

By | 2017-05-18T20:19:14+00:00 January 15th, 2012|Healthcare|Comments Off on Internet addicts and substance addicts share brain changes

Taking regular Aspirin may cause more harm than good

Researchers from the UK have indicated that whilst taking regular doses of Aspirin helps to reduce the risk of heart attack or stroke, the increased risk of suffering potentially fatal internal bleeding outweighs the benefits. Aspirin can help to prevent blood clots from forming, which can lead to heart attack and stroke. It is also [...]

By | 2017-05-18T20:19:14+00:00 January 14th, 2012|Healthcare|Comments Off on Taking regular Aspirin may cause more harm than good

Government say private clinics should remove faulty breast implants

The government have said that private clinics have a moral duty to remove any banned PIP breast implant from women who visited them for breast augmentation surgery. Approximately 40,000 women in the UK have received one of the now-banned PIP breast implants. The implant was found to have used non-medical grade silicone. Whilst test have [...]

By | 2012-01-10T19:45:15+00:00 January 10th, 2012|Healthcare|Comments Off on Government say private clinics should remove faulty breast implants

Trial of Hepatitis C vaccine shows promise

Researchers from Oxford University have indicated that a trial of a potential vaccine for the Hepatitis C virus has shown promising results. Over 40 healthy patients were involved in the Phase 1 trial which aims to determine the safety of the treatment. The researchers confirmed that those treated with the vaccine showed a strong immune [...]

By | 2012-01-08T10:23:08+00:00 January 8th, 2012|Healthcare|Comments Off on Trial of Hepatitis C vaccine shows promise