Innovation, Research & Development

Could the coronavirus mutate if a vaccine can’t be found in time?

Could the coronavirus mutate if a vaccine can't be found in time? As scientists race to trace out paths the virus might take we ask the crucial questions. An illustration of the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Photograph: AP In just a month, the coronavirus outbreak has snowballed from a handful of cases to more than 40,000, reaching four continents and prompting an all-out battle to stop the spread across China and beyond. As those in [...]

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 [...]

Artificial neurons developed to fight disease

Artificial neurons developed to fight disease. UNIVERSITY OF BATH Scientists have made artificial nerve cells, paving the way for new ways to repair the human body. The tiny "brain chips" behave like the real thing and could one day be used to treat diseases such as Alzheimer's. A team from the University of Bath used a combination of maths, computation and chip design to come up with a way to replicate in circuit form what nerve cells (neurons) do naturally. Neurons carry signals to [...]

Prostate cancer breakthrough: New drug could extend life of patients by ‘two years’

Prostate cancer breakthrough: New drug could extend life of patients by 'two years' - study. Researchers found some men, who exhausted all other options, were alive and well even after a clinical trial ended. The so-called 'super responders' reacted to the humanised antibody pembrolizumab. File pic Some men with advanced prostate cancer could survive for at least two more years on immunotherapy, according to a new study. Researchers discovered a small proportion of men - one in 20 - who exhausted all other [...]