CRISPR treatment successful for muscular dystrophy!

About 10 years ago, researchers at the Royal Veterinary College found a family of King Charles Spaniels that had a canine version of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD). With this, they began research in the hopes of one day finding a cure. Now in a new study, scientists have halted the progression of the disease in some of the dog descendants …

New hope in the fight against Cystic Fibrosis

A new type of cell has been discovered in the human airway, and it may have a central role in cystic fibrosis. There are currently 70,000 people across the world living with cystic fibrosis for which there is currently no cure, and the disease is a major cause of poor health and a shortened life span. What is cystic fibrosis? …

The nutritional myth that’s completely inaccurate

One of the biggest nutritional myths is completely inaccurate Summer is upon us and last-minute holiday diets are everywhere, but does eating ‘negative calorie’ foods such as celery, actually help to increase weight loss? A calorie is a unit of energy, usually expressed as kilocalories (kcal) for the energy content in food. It is commonly believed that in the act …

Preventing Autism in the gut?

There has been a lot of research recently about how the gut microbiome can affect our bodies in ways we wouldn’t even think of. Now, researchers are looking into how the make-up of the mother’s gut can affect the development of autism-spectrum disorders during pregnancy. The gut microbiome of pregnant mothers is very important to how the offspring’s immune system …

New drug gets body to ‘eat’ cancer cells

Cancer research is always ongoing in the hope to find a cure for cancer, but the reality is that one drug or a one-size-fits-all treatment is not enough to fight it. Immunotherapy is considered the next big thing in treating cancer, but cancer is smart has many ways of avoiding treatment. One new drug being developed provides a double whammy, …

Hangry!? Scientists Have Found Out Why

If you’ve ever wondered why you get angry whenever you’re hungry, good news! Science might have found the cause of being “hangry” – and it is not as simple as low blood sugar levels. It’s a complex interplay between your feeling of hunger, your awareness of your feelings, and what’s going on around you. As reported in the journal Emotion, the …

Immunotherapy Success

Immunotherapy has been in the science and health news a lot recently, but it is not a new treatment for cancer. Immunotherapy drugs work by stimulating the immune system to recognise and fight cancer and is already being used to tackle certain cancers. However, the response rate is still relatively low, and is a treatment that is in constant development …

Tea Leaves Kill Lung Cancer?

Accidental Discovery Shows That Tea Leaf Nanoparticles Kill Lung Cancer Cells Scientists from India and Swansea University have recently discovered that nanoparticles derived from tea leaves can inhibit and destroy lung cancer cells. In keeping with some of the most important scientific breakthroughs they came upon this discovery by chance! The discovery is all down to weird but wonderful little …

Organ Transplants

Organ donation and transplantation is a big discussion at the moment. Wales have trialled an opt-out system to help boost numbers on the organ donation list, and similar plans are being discussed for England and Scotland. Last month, Addenbrookes hospital in Cambridge were the first in the UK to use the ‘perfusion machine’ for liver transplants, as this keeps the …

Myths around Hay Fever

What is Hay Fever? Hay fever is an inflammation in the nose which occurs when the immune system overreacts to allergens in the air. It does this as it mistakes pollen for something harmful like bacteria, which triggers the cold-like symptoms that comes with hay fever. It is called ‘hay fever’ as the most common type is triggered by pollen …

15 Wrong Health ‘Facts’

We are always told to ‘avoid that’ and ‘do this’, here’s 15 health ‘facts’ we’re often told which are in fact totally wrong: 1. Your blood turns blue when it’s out of oxygen: MYTH Blood is never blue: It turns dark red when it’s not carrying oxygen. Blood only looks blue because you are seeing it through several layers of …

Evolution of Kidney Cancer

Kidney Cancer is the 7th most common type in the UK, and each year around 12,600 people are diagnosed with it with 4,400 losing their life to it. The disease, which is also known as renal cancer, is mainly diagnosed in people in their 60s or 70s but a new study has identified that the roots of kidney cancer can start …

Snap, Knuckle, Pop

Some people hate it and some people love to do it, but cracking one’s knuckles is a process which seems insignificant to scientific research. That being said, the debate has gone on for around a century now, and until recently the consensus was that we still don’t know what causes the ‘pop’ sound when knuckles crack. Back in the 1970s …

Space changes 7% of Twins DNA

One Identical Twin Spent 1 year in Space and It May Have Permanently Changed 7 Percent of His DNA Scott and Mark Kelly are identical twins with the same two sets of matching DNA. In a unique experiment, NASA sent Scott into space for 1 year in order for them to observe how space flight changes the human body and …

Scientists create Sheep-Human hybrids!

For the first time, researchers have been able to produce a sheep embryo that has a small amount of human genetic code. The scientific breakthrough was recently announced at the American Association for the Advancement of Science meeting in Texas. This could be very important for the future of medical technologies as researchers hope one day to grow human body …

Dry January?

How does going teetotal for 1 month effect your body? After the annual December binge of food and drink, the first day of January always brings resolutions of diets and weight loss targets for the summer, however, millions of brave souls are also preparing themselves for a month-long break from alcohol. With an estimated £4.2bn spent on food and drink …