Plants ‘hijacked’ to make polio vaccine

Image copyright John Innes Centre Image caption A close relative of tobacco has been turned into a polio vaccine “factory” Plants have been “hijacked” to make polio vaccine in a breakthrough with the potential to transform vaccine manufacture, say scientists. The team at the John Innes Centre, in Norfolk, says the process is cheap, easy […]

‘Fat but fit’ still risk heart disease

Image copyright Getty Images People who are overweight or obese are at increased risk of heart disease even if they appear medically healthy, experts are warning. The work, in the European Heart Journal, is further evidence against the idea people can be “fat but fit”. The researchers studied health data on more than half a […]

Apology over Indian blood donation ’embarrassment’

Apology over Indian blood donation ’embarrassment’

Image caption The Blood Transfusion Service has now clarified its malaria testing rules for Indian-born blood donors The Blood Transfusion Service has apologised after 120 members of the Indian community were turned away from giving blood. The blood drive was organised specifically for the Indian community last year, but confusion over criteria meant many were […]

Anger and hatred can make us feel happy, says study

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Study finds the secret to happiness may lie in feeling more negative emotions People are happier if they are able to feel emotions they desire – even if those emotions are unpleasant, such as anger and hatred, a study suggests. The results of the study, compiled by an international […]

Breast cancer helpline founder paid herself £31,000

Image caption Wendy Watson founded a helpline for people seeking advice on breast cancer and its treatment A national breast cancer charity is being investigated after its founder paid herself £31,000, in breach of charity law. Wendy Watson, who launched the National Hereditary Breast Cancer Helpline in 1996, has resigned as a trustee. Financial irregularities […]

Scottish ministers urged to lead fight against ‘period poverty’

Scottish ministers urged to lead fight against ‘period poverty’

Image copyright Getty Images Ministers are being urged to make Scotland a world leader in fighting “period poverty” by making sanitary products free for those who need them. Labour MSP Monica Lennon says access to the products should be “a basic right”. She wants schools, colleges and universities to be required to provide free items […]

Type 2 diabetes rise in children ‘disturbing’

Image copyright Getty Images More than 600 children and teenagers are being treated for type 2 diabetes in England and Wales, and the rise in cases is a “hugely disturbing trend”, local councils are warning. The figures come from a report by child health experts which found 110 more cases among under-19s in 2015-16 than […]

GM pigs take step to being organ donors

Image copyright EGENESIS The most genetically modified animals in existence have been created to help end a shortage of organs for transplant, say US researchers. The scientists successfully rid 37 pigs of viruses hiding in their DNA, overcoming one of the big barriers to transplanting pig organs to people. The team at eGenesis admits preventing […]

Pioneering type 1 diabetes therapy safe

Image caption Aleix was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes aged 18 The first trial of a pioneering therapy to retrain the immune system and slow the advance of type 1 diabetes has shown it is safe. The disease is caused by the body destroying cells in the pancreas that control blood sugar levels. The immunotherapy […]

Medical school places to increase next year

Image copyright Science Photo Library An extra 500 medical school places in England have been confirmed for next year by the government. The Department of Health announced in October it planned to add up to 1,500 more places each year – a boost of 25% on current student doctor numbers – and says it will […]