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Booster Ebola vaccine enters first trials at Oxford University

Oxford University scientists have begun testing the safety of a candidate booster vaccine against Ebola, to find out whether it could further increase the immune responses seen in 30 healthy volunteers.

Five extra days this winter... not to be sniffed at!

Mums could gain five extra days this winter if they took steps to protect themselves from cold and flu according to new research by Boots UK.

New deal brings Aberdeen drug for rheumatoid arthritis nearer to patients in need

A new drug discovered in the laboratories of the University of Aberdeen to treat the common and painful condition of rheumatoid arthritis will be tested on patients next year.

One in ten over 50s feel their health has been affected by living in a cold house

As temperatures drop and the winter weather looks set to stay, new research by Saga shows that more than half (53%) of over 50s are worried about the cost of heating their home this winter and an estimated 2.4million (11% of over 50s) feel their health has been affected by living in a cold house.

New test to predict chances of developing cancer

New test to predict chances of developing cancer

Scientists at the University of Aberdeen and NHS Tayside are breaking new ground in developing procedures to help predict the likelihood of developing cancer of the colon.

Scientists find same regions in brain are vulnerable to both Alzheimer’s and schizophrenia

Scientists find same regions in brain are vulnerable to both Alzheimer’s and schizophrenia

In the largest study of its kind, researchers have found a specific network of brain regions that is not only more vulnerable to unhealthy ageing – for example, Alzheimer’s disease – but also to disorders that emerge in young people, such as schizophrenia.

Christmas cure

Christmas cure

Christmas may be filled with ‘joy and laughter’, but for many this is accompanied with sneezing and streaming eyes, as Christmas trees, relatives’ pets and flower arrangements cause allergies to flare up.

New vaccine generates strong immune response against hepatitis C

A new hepatitis C vaccine has shown promising results in an early clinical trial at Oxford University, generating strong and broad immune responses against the virus causing the disease.

Research suggests shape of our spines is key to lifting correctly

Research suggests shape of our spines is key to lifting correctly

'Bend your knees and keep your back straight' is the mantra for lifting heavy objects but new research led by University of Aberdeen academics suggests this approach may not work for everyone when it comes to back care.

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.