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Child sight loss ‘on the increase’

Child sight loss ‘on the increase’

unable to retrieve full-text contentIncreasing numbers of British children are being registered as blind or partially sighted as more very premature babies survive, say campaigners. Continue reading

Packaged batches of stem cells for regenerative medicine

Packaged batches of stem cells for regenerative medicine

The Spanish start-up Aglaris Cell is close to launching onto the market the world’s first bioreactor that cultures cell in a fully automated way, without using toxic additives. The device has attracted interest from the University of Oxford and the pharmaceutical giant, Merk. David Horna, a 33-year-old from Madrid and one of the co-founders of Aglaris Cell, whose offices are located in the Madrid Scientific Park (PCM), is in London this week to meet with investors to secure a second round of funding Continue reading

Packaged batches of stem cells for regenerative medicine

Packaged batches of stem cells for regenerative medicine

The Spanish start-up Aglaris Cell is close to launching onto the market the world’s first bioreactor that cultures cell in a fully automated way, without using toxic additives. The device has attracted interest from the University of Oxford and the pharmaceutical giant, Merk Continue reading

Many mental illnesses reduce life expectancy more than heavy smoking

Many mental illnesses reduce life expectancy more than heavy smoking

Oxford researchers say their figures on life expectancy should galvanize governments and health and social services to put a much higher priority on how mental health services can prevent early deaths. Mental health has not seen the same public health priority as smoking, say the Oxford scientists, despite these stark figures and the similar prevalence of mental health problems. One in four people in the UK will experience some kind of mental health problem in the course of a year, it is estimated. Continue reading

Biofilm defense: Mechanisms and actions of a new class of broad-spectrum antimicrobials

Biofilm defense: Mechanisms and actions of a new class of broad-spectrum antimicrobials

Last month WHO issued a report that warned of an increase of antimicrobial-resistance and the renewed threat of bacterial infections world-wide and called for a concerted effort to develop new and better antimicrobial drugs. A study published on May 22nd in PLOS Pathogens reveals how a new type of anti-microbial substance interferes with biofilms formed by several dangerous bacteria. When growing on surfaces (including human skin, lung, heart, or bladder) many bacteria form so-called biofilms that consist of structured communities of identical bacteria Continue reading

Biofilm defense: Mechanisms and actions of a new class of broad-spectrum antimicrobials

Biofilm defense: Mechanisms and actions of a new class of broad-spectrum antimicrobials

Last month WHO issued a report that warned of an increase of antimicrobial-resistance and the renewed threat of bacterial infections world-wide and called for a concerted effort to develop new and better antimicrobial drugs. A study published on May 22nd in PLOS Pathogens reveals how a new type of anti-microbial substance interferes with biofilms formed by several dangerous bacteria. When growing on surfaces (including human skin, lung, heart, or bladder) many bacteria form so-called biofilms that consist of structured communities of identical bacteria. Continue reading

GPs say no to charging patients

GPs say no to charging patients

unable to retrieve full-text contentCalls to charge patients for GP visits in the UK have been rejected by family doctors at the British Medical Association’s annual conference. Continue reading

First ‘heavy mouse’ leads to first lab-grown tissue mapped from atomic life

First ‘heavy mouse’ leads to first lab-grown tissue mapped from atomic life

Scientists have created a ‘heavy’ mouse, the world’s first animal enriched with heavy but non-radioactive isotopes — enabling them to capture in unprecedented detail the molecular structure of natural tissue by reading the magnetism inherent in the isotopes. This data has been used to grow biological tissue in the lab practically identical to native tissue, which can be manipulated and analysed in ways impossible for natural samples. Researchers say the approach has huge potential for scientific and medical breakthroughs: lab-grown tissue could be used to replace heart valves, for example Continue reading

Panel to investigate statin articles

Panel to investigate statin articles

unable to retrieve full-text contentArticles published by the British Medical Journal suggesting that statins could harm patients are to be investigated, the periodical says. Continue reading

Panel to investigate statin articles

Panel to investigate statin articles

unable to retrieve full-text contentArticles published by the British Medical Journal suggesting that statins could harm patients are to be investigated, the periodical says. Continue reading