Coffee May Lower Inflammation And Reduce Risk Of Diabetes

New research finds drinking coffee may lower inflammation and reduce the risk of developing diabetes. The study, published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, found that people who drank coffee were about 50 percent less likely to develop type 2 diabetes compared to people…

Experimental MERS Vaccine Shows Promise in Animal Studies

Researchers in the United States trying to develop a vaccine against the deadly Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) virus say they have had early signs of success in animal experiments. Using a two-step approach in mice and rhesus macaques, scientists at the vaccine research center…

Clot-busting Stroke Drug Safe, Says Expert Review

A panel of independent experts has decided that a clot-busting drug often used to treat strokes is “safe and effective”.The UK medicines watchdog wanted the benefits and risks of alteplase to be analysed after concerns were raised about its safety. The panel concluded that the…

Cell Transplant ‘Regenerates’ Liver

Transplanting cells into livers has the potential to completely regenerate them, say scientists.The Medical Research Council team showed severely damaged organs in mice could be restored to near-normal function. They say the findings, published in Nature Cell Biology, could eventually help people stuck on a…

Tax Sugary Drinks By 20%, Say Doctors

An extra 20% tax on sugary drinks should be introduced to tackle the obesity crisis, the British Medical Association says. It estimates poor diets are causing around 70,000 premature deaths each year. In a major report on unhealthy diets, the body called for the extra…

Smoking ‘May Play Schizophrenia Role’

Smoking could play a direct role in the development of schizophrenia and needs to be investigated, researchers say.The team at King’s College London say smokers are more likely to develop the disorder and at a younger age. Published in the Lancet Psychiatry, their analysis of…

Industry ‘Must Do More’ To Improve Urinary Catheters

A leading researcher says industry must “wake up and invest more” in urinary cathetersMandy Fader, professor of continence technology at the University of Southampton, says their design has changed “very little” in 80 years. In the Surgical Blog Scrubbing Up column, she criticises low investment…