Research & medical benefits
Skin cells to brain cells for better treatments
Skin cells have been transformed directly into functioning brain cells for the first time in a new study using mice.
Pregnancy malaria risk shows need for research
A new study which estimates that approximately 60% of global pregnancies are at risk from malaria will highlight the need for continued research into treatments for the disease.
Exercise boosts brain power
Running a few days a week can stimulate the brain to grow new cells, research on mice has revealed.
Zebrafish are good models for human disease
Recent studies show zebrafish to be a useful animal model in studying mental illness and neurological diseases.
Eyes and sense of smell could act as indicators of Alzheimer's
Examining patients eye cells and ability to smell may help detect Alzheimer's disease earlier on, research on mice suggests.
New drug reverses effects of stroke
Stroke victims could regain near complete restoration of movement thanks to a new drug, research on rats has shown.
Potential cause of migraine identified
Rays of light act as a potential trigger for migraine attacks, a study on rats has found.
Radiation benefits for Alzheimer's mice
Mobile phone radiation has been found to decrease the severity of Alzheimer's disease in mice, according to new research.
Leukaemia vaccine ready for patients
A new vaccine which successfully treated mice with leukaemia will undergo the first human trials this year.
Pork products aid foetal mouse brain development
Eating pork that contains a micronutrient could help a growing brain develop, according to a recent study on mice.
Gel may help heart disease patients
A gel made of compounds found naturally in the body could be used to grow new blood vessels, research on rats has shown.
Gene therapy eases breathing problems
Delivering genes to specific cells which cause the lung disease emphysema could be key to alleviating breathing difficulties, research on mice suggests.
Rabies vaccine protects monkeys against HIV
A vaccine based on the one used to prevent rabies can be used to protect against the monkey form of HIV (SIV), a new study has found.
Artificial blood cells help clotting
Patients who are unable to form blood clots could be aided by a newly designed blood cell, research on rats has found.
Childhood diabetes, food sweetener link
A new study has shown that the food sweetener fructose can cause dangerous body fat deposits and trigger diabetes and heart disease in humans.
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