LONDON, May 22 (Reuters) – For a pathogen with such a short
history, the mysterious new virus killing people in the Middle
East and Europe has already had an amazing array of names.
It first surfaced last year as “human betacoronavirus 2c
EMC”, but the suffixes “2c England-Qatar, “2C Jordan-N3″,
“England 1″ have also appeared and many scientists have resorted
to “novel coronavirus” – new crown-shaped virus – instead.
LONDON, May 20 (Reuters) – Britain launched a research
programme on Monday that should eventually allow all cancer
patients to have access to the kind of genetic analysis that led
Hollywood star Angelina Jolie to decide to undergo a double
The project, involving the Institute of Cancer Research
(ICR) in London, the U.S. gene sequencing firm Illumina
, geneticists and cancer doctors, aims to find a way to
allow more cancer genes be tested in more people.
LONDON (Reuters) – British fertility experts have devised a new IVF technique that takes thousands of snapshots of a developing embryo that they say can help doctors pick those most likely to implant successfully and develop into healthy babies.
At a briefing in London before publishing their results, the researchers said they are already using the technique to select “low risk” embryos that are the least likely to have chromosomal abnormalities that could hamper their development.
LONDON (Reuters) – Applying painless but targeted electrical stimulation to parts of the brain that play a role in number manipulation may in future be a way to help people who struggle with maths, scientists said on Thursday.
Researchers who experimented with a type of brain stimulation called transcranial random noise stimulation (TRNS) found that in less than a week it improved students’ performance in both calculation and rote learning of mathematical tasks.
LONDON, May 16 (Reuters) – Bereaved parents who do not want
to see their dead babies go through a conventional autopsy could
in future be offered a less invasive option which uses magnetic
resonance imaging and blood tests to establish the cause of
Scientists who investigated using a combination of full body
scans and sample tests found this so-called minimally invasive
autopsy (MIA) was as effective in determining the cause of death
as a conventional procedure, which involves an open dissection
of the baby’s body to examine the organs.
LONDON, May 15 (Reuters) – Two health workers in Saudi
Arabia have become infected with a potentially fatal new
SARS-like virus after catching it from patients in their care -
the first evidence of such transmission within a hospital, the
World Health Organization said.
The new virus, known as novel coronavirus, or nCoV, is from
the same family of viruses as those that cause common colds and
the one that caused the deadly outbreak of Severe Acute
Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) that emerged in Asia in 2003.
LONDON (Reuters) – Drugmakers Merck and GlaxoSmithKline have cut the price of cervical cancer shots in a deal that will deliver them to poor countries for less than $5 a dose.
The new record low price for human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccines should mean millions of girls in developing countries can be protected against the disease, the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisations (GAVI) said on Thursday.
LONDON, May 6 (Reuters) – Scientists have worked out the way
in which stress hormones reduce the number of new brain cells -
a process linked to depression – and say their work should help
researchers develop more effective antidepressants.
The scientists identified a protein largely responsible for
the long-term detrimental effect of stress on cells.
LONDON (Reuters) – Human cases of a deadly new strain of bird flu that has killed 27 people in China are likely to crop up in Europe and around the world but that should not cause undue alarm, Europe’s leading flu expert said on Thursday.
In his first media interview since returning from an international scientific mission to China last week, Professor Angus Nicoll said the H7N9 flu outbreak in humans was one that should be taken extremely seriously and watched closely.
LONDON (Reuters) – A new strain of bird flu that is causing a deadly outbreak among people in China is a threat to world health and should be taken seriously, scientists said on Wednesday.
The H7N9 strain has killed 24 people and infected more than 125, according to the Geneva-based World Health Organization (WHO), which has described it as “one of the most lethal” flu viruses.