Education, Research & Development

How the new coronavirus will finally get a proper name

How the new coronavirus will finally get a proper name. REUTERS - Volunteers disinfect a railway station in Hunan province, China. It has infected thousands of people, closed borders and put parts of China into lockdown. But the virus causing the outbreak of illness does not yet have a proper name. It has been referred to as the coronavirus. But that is the name of the group of viruses it belongs to. It has also been given the temporary title 2019-nCoV. But just [...]

IBS trial to test amitriptyline as potential common treatment

IBS trial to test amitriptyline as potential common treatment. GETTY IMAGES - IBS can cause abdominal pain among other issues. A medical trial is being held to see if a drug developed as an anti-depressant could become a common treatment for Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). Amitriptyline has sometimes been prescribed to people with IBS when other treatments have been ineffective. But experts said they needed to know more about why the drug helps before it can become more widely used. A group of 500 volunteers is [...]

Concerns over new ‘menopause delay’ procedure

Concerns over new 'menopause delay' procedure. Savannah hopes to delay the onset of the menopause. Experts have raised concern over a new medical procedure that claims to allow women to delay the onset of the menopause by over a decade. Its long-term safety and success remains untested - but some women have already paid at least £6,000 for the procedure. Prof Simon Fishel, the leading IVF expert behind ProFam, the Birmingham-based company that has created the procedure, says it increases their chances of [...]

Magic mushroom compound provides anti-anxiety and antidepressant effects

Magic mushroom compound provides anti-anxiety and antidepressant effects lasting years, study finds. Single dose of psilocybin leads to decreased demoralisation and improved spiritual wellbeing among cancer sufferers, long-term research indicates. A glimmer of hope? A compound found in magic mushrooms has had a "significant" positive impact on the lives of cancer sufferers in a long-term US study ( Getty ) A single dose of psilocybin, a compound found in psychedelic mushrooms, can result in “significant improvements” in reducing stress and anxiety in cancer patients for as long [...]

Mental health issues in ‘younger and younger’ primary pupils

Mental health issues in 'younger and younger' primary pupils. DAVE THOMPSON/PA Mental health issues are manifesting in "younger and younger" students, NI's children's commissioner has said. Koulla Yiasouma has called for an expansion in the mental health services available to primary school students. She called for services currently available at post-primary level to be made available for younger pupils. It comes as the principal of a north Belfast primary said she has graves concerns about the mental health issues her school, and others, are [...]