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New drug could make vaccines more effective in the elderly

New drug could make vaccines more effective in the elderly

Scientists have developed a new method of boosting the ageing immune system using a naturally occurring chemical compound. Early tests in mice, published in the journal eLife, show that the compound restores the immune system’s inbuilt ‘memory’ enabling it to mount a more powerful protective response following vaccination.

UK tobacco controls a success in cutting smoking among adolescents

UK tobacco controls a success in cutting smoking among adolescents

A new study has revealed a significant drop in the number of young people taking up smoking over the last 20 years, as the UK has introduced a range of tobacco controls.

Researchers use simple chemicals to minimise organ damage following heart attack and stroke

Researchers use simple chemicals to minimise organ damage following heart attack and stroke

Scientists have identified chemicals that could protect vital organs from long-term damage following a heart attack or stroke, according to new research in mice, part-funded by the British Heart Foundationopens in new window (BHF) and Medical Research Council (MRC).

Stress costs employers £690m in wasted wages each day

The financial cost of stress in the workplace has been revealed by new research from life insurance and pension company Friends Life.

Free consultation leads to diagnosis of vein disease

Free consultation leads to diagnosis of vein disease

A special open day held at a new Clifton clinic has led to 28 patients being diagnosed with underlying vein conditions.

Research shows frequency of addiction to over-the-counter medicines

Research shows frequency of addiction to over-the-counter medicines

Participants are being sought for a new phase of a ground-breaking study into addiction to over-the-counter medicines, also known as non-prescription medicines.

One in three retirees see health worsen in first five years of retirement

Significant life changes occur for millions of Britain’s retirees in the early years of their retirement, according to research from retirement specialist LV=.

Brits’ bizarre everyday fears

With news this week breaking about a woman suffering from ‘Simon Cowell-itis’ (a unique, bizarre fear of seeing the music mogul himself on the small screen) OVO Energy has surveyed 2,000 Brits to find a list of all the peculiar things that strike fear into the hearts of the nation.

IQs on the up

IQs on the up

Human intelligence is thought to improve with each generation and a unique study of people born and raised in Aberdeen has proved that those in north-east Scotland are getting smarter.

Social stigma around dementia hinders diagnosis, care and research

Social stigma around dementia hinders diagnosis, care and research

The social stigma which surrounds dementia is impeding early diagnosis, care and research into the disease, according to a new report championed by the Medical Research Council (MRC).

£230 million for technologies to revolutionise research into disease

£230 million for technologies to revolutionise research into disease

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, has announced that a partnership led by the Medical Research Council (MRC) will invest over £230 million in a range of revolutionary technologies aimed at identifying the causes of diseases such as cancer and dementia, and dramatically speeding up diagnosis and treatment.

The age of content is fifty-eight

The age old cliché that we get grumpier as we age is a myth according to a new study which suggests that we finally get life sussed at the age of 58 - that’s when we are the most likely to achieve a winning work/life balance and feel the most content with our lives.

Non-smokers exposed to three times above safe levels of particles when living with smokers

Non-smokers exposed to three times above safe levels of particles when living with smokers

Non-smokers who live in a house with smokers are exposed to three times the officially recommend safe levels of damaging air particles, according to a study published online in the journal Tobacco Control.

Freshen up for Indoor Allergy Week

Freshen up for Indoor Allergy Week

Indoor Allergy Week runs from 20th to 26th October and is organised by Allergy UK to support allergy sufferers and raise awareness of the issues they face.

Ebola - What it means for a business community feeling at risk

Before the current outbreak of Ebola, West Africa was best known as an area rich in minerals – in Liberia, iron ore and timber were the main exports, Sierra Leone was well known as a source of diamonds, chromite and rutile, a form of titanium dioxide, Guinea for bauxite and iron ore and Nigeria for oil, which accounts for 35% of its GNP.