Science in the News: Super-smellers: the EU march, Brexit and implications for medicine supplies in the UK, an animal version of Marie Kondo and are nature documentaries too sugary?
Round-up of this week’s news: spinal cord implants used to treat paralysis; children’s climate lawsuit to progress; and scientist to feature on new £50 note.
The 2017 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine was awarded jointly to Jeffrey C. Hall, Michael Rosbash and Michael W. Young “for their discoveries of molecular mechanisms controlling the circadian rhythm”.
Some of the greatest parasitic killers and diseases in the world are neglected. However, a new collaborative framework of chemistry students may be about tackle these overlooked killers.
Doctors develop AI that diagnoses tuberculosis with 96 percent accuracy, and may lead to improved screening and better treatment success rates
Researchers have discovered that low levels of the protein NPTX2 and a build-up of amyloid plaques in the brain may play a role in dementia.
Robot assisted surgery is being embedded in to a range of medical procedures. Marcela Leite visited the Guardian Live Robot Surgery event at the Science Museum to find out more.
It’s that time of year when outstanding advances in science are acknowledged and celebrated by awarding the Nobel prizes. Here’s all you need to know about the science behind the prizewinners. Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine This year, the Nobel Prize for medicine has been awarded to Japanese cell biologist, Yoshinori Ohsumi. The 71 […]
Ingredients in magic mushrooms may have profound therapeutic potential in the treatment of psychological disorders, but under current UK law, it’s almost impossible to study them. We ask Professor David Nutt where scientists can get their hands on some…
A group of researchers are developing a tiny foldable robot, to be used as a non-invasive tool in medicine.
A new study uncovers hidden complications of the Zika virus, as risk of developing neurological disease GBS increases amongst those infected.
Why is urbanisation increasing disease prevalence? Tim Ellis looks to South Africa for answers.
The blood of Vietnamese patients suffering from dengue fever has allowed scientists to discover a new way to potentially vaccinate against the deadly virus..
The malaria parasite reshuffles its DNA to evade our immune systems
Some inspiring talks came out of this marathon Easter Monday session at the Royal Albert Hall …
The UK needs to adopt the Breakthrough Therapy model, which allows super drugs into the market faster …
Ten thousand years ago, human life expectancy was only 30 years. The discovery of new medicines has extended this life expectancy …
Some festive fun. Jo Poole takes an imaginative look at how the twelve days of Christmas song relates to drug discovery from anti-depressants to paracetamol …
Who really decides your medical treatment? The government wants it to be you, but are you really the best judge? Lies, damned lies, and statistics. A household catchphrase referring to the deceptive nature of statistical studies. People are easily seduced by science when it is presented as logic and reason. After all, numbers shouldn’t lie. […]
Does the solution to paralysis emulate an infant’s developing nervous system? Can we regrow spines? Medicine has come a long way in the past century, and like most technology, progress has been exponential with the addition of automated machinery and global research collaboration. However, there remain conditions stubbornly resistent to the physician’s intent to cure. […]
Medicine Man / Medicine Now Wellcome Collection, Euston Road, London Permanent exhibitions Rather than stick around at their newest exhibition – Miracles and Charms, which I found to be frankly rather uninspiring – on my recent visit to the Euston Road mega-structure that is the Wellcome Trust, I ventured upstairs to their longer term exhibition: […]
Regenerative medicine is the field of research devoted not just to healing illness, but to replacing body parts from scratch. Consider it the equivalent of getting your car door re-sprayed or getting a new door. Just as the colour might not be right, organ and tissue transplants rarely perfectly match their recipients. Our individual genetic […]