Antonia Waterfield

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Scientists want to turn our gut bacteria into medicine

Bugs not drugs.<p>The bacteria inside our guts—which collectively make up the so-called gut microbiome—are incredibly diverse, with countless species and strains. But they also differ depending on the individual, with one person’s microbiome having little to do with another’s. And scientists have …

New antibody promises single unified treatment for many neurological diseases

Scientists believe that the underlying cause of many neurological diseases, including Alzheimer's and Parkinson's, is the buildup of misfolded …

F.D.A. Approves First Gene-Altering Leukemia Treatment, Costing $475,000

The Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday approved the first-ever treatment that genetically alters a patient’s own cells to fight cancer, a milestone that is expected to transform treatment in the coming years.<p>The new therapy turns a patient’s cells into a “living drug,” and trains them to …

Cancer

Modified T cells that attack leukemia become first gene therapy approved in the United States

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today approved a new cancer therapy that involves genetically modifying a patient’s immune cells. The …

Cancer

Britain at the cutting edge of cancer research

With every breakthrough in the research labs, Cancer Research UK pioneers new cutting-edge technology to improve diagnosis, treatment and prevention of more than 200 types of the disease.<p>In recent years, science has unlocked many of cancer’s complex secrets. From precisely targeted treatments …

All Antigens Are Not Created Equal | GEN

Imagine that you’re groping around wildly in a pitch-black room. You grab hold of what feels like a foot, and you decide to investigate further. Your …

2 skin cancer sufferers given HPV vaccine see big change

He was in his 70s, she in her 80s. Both had had spots of skin cancer identified and removed, and both are the subjects of a very small study published Wednesday in <i>JAMA Dermatology</i> that suggests the HPV vaccine could help protect against certain types of skin cancer.<p>Previous research has suggested a …

3D Printing Skin Is Real: Here's What You Need to Know

NBD if you had to read that twice. But it’s true: Scientists at the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid have developed a bioprinter that prints real, human flesh. While this sounds like it could be a freaky prequel to <i>Silence of the Lambs</i>, it’s actually a game-changer in the skin-care world, and we …

An aspirin a day may keep deadly cancer away

Come painkiller aspirin could be the “wonder drug” that stops tumors growing, experts claim.<p>While aspirin is not part of mainstream treatment for …

Biomedicine

Scientists Grow Beating Human Heart From Stem Cells

However, there's still a long way to go before we'll have individualized replacement hearts.<p>Over a third of Americans who need a new heart will not …

Brain Structure Might Explain Why Boys Are 5 Times More Likely to Develop Autism

A brain-based divide.<p>Researchers have discovered that girls with brain structures that are more "male typical" are more likely to develop autism than …

Autism

We Asked an Expert: Why Haven't We Cured Cancer Yet?

​We pump millions of pounds into research, they always tell us we're having breakthroughs: so why haven't we found the magic cure for the Big C?<p>Cancer is fucking shit. If you made everyone rank the top three things they wanted removed from the world, it'd probably make every list. The Big C has …

Cancer

Scientists Find Evidence That Aspirin And Ibuprofen Don't Actually Help Spinal Pain

They're no better than a placebo.<p>Back pain is an ailment most of us will suffer at some point in our lives. But while we might be tempted to reach …

Would you take a new £1,300 DNA test that could save your life?

On a wet Wednesday morning I’m reading a glossy, A3-sized health report that promises to unpack the secrets of my DNA. It informs me that I’m twice as likely to get heart disease as the average person. How cheery: I’m in my mid-30s and have so far had a reasonably clean bill of health, so seeing …

Sharing Is Caring: How Blogging About Cancer Can Be The Best Medicine

I work on Macmillan's Online Community and I can't think of a more interesting and inspiring place to work. Every day I edit and publish blog posts …

Cancer

As a GP, let me tell you – there are parts of the NHS crisis that nobody is talking about

Recently, it seems as though Jeremy Hunt and Theresa May really have a thing against GPs. Headlines such as “May demands seven day GPs” unearth anger …

Doctor who asked dementia patient's family to hold her down while she gave lethal injection cleared

A Dutch doctor who ordered an elderly dementia patient’s family to hold her down as she was given a lethal euthanasia injection has been cleared of …

My journey through the big C – when doctor became patient

The autumn of 2015 was meant to be yet another passing season. I should have known something was badly wrong when I started finding the morning …

How gene editing is revolutionising the pharmaceuticals industry

Fourteen years ago the first human genome was sequenced. It cost somewhere in the region of $2.7bn (£2.16bn). It was a collaborative effort across the globe that started in 1990 and took 13 years to complete. Fast forward to today, and companies are offering genome sequencing at a mere $1,000 a …

Study: Women who have more sex have better word memory recognition

New research published in the Archives of Sexual Behavior suggests that frequency of sex and improved memory are linked in young women. “Previous …

Here's what everyone in the drug industry is talking about right now

We're only one month into 2017, and yet there have already been a bunch of headlines focused on the healthcare sector.<p>From the impact Donald Trump will have on the sector to increasing drug pricing (yes, that again), there has already been enough news to suggest that the industry is in for a big …

World's Smallest Pacemaker Is The Size Of A Vitamin Capsule

Before long, people suffering from bradycardia will only need a very quick trip to the operating room to have a pacemaker installed into their …

Marcus Krause's lung cancer wouldn't stop growing. Then he took a new kind of blood test

<b>In late August 2014, Marcus Krause, a 53-year-old photographer from Atlanta, received a phone call from his oncologist.</b> Krause had been waiting for …

Cancer

No longer a myth: a part human, part pig chimera

Scientists have created the first human-pig chimera. The team used stem cells from humans and inserted them into pig blastocytes, which in turn were …

Researchers Design DNA With Completely New Shapes and Structures

And they're going to 3D print it.<p>​ The shape of DNA is a double helix, right? That's what we are taught. Well, now the answer is "not always." Researchers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology have discovered how to program DNA so that it's shaped like a bowl, or a spiral, or a ring, or a tile, …

Genetics

Antibiotic resistance: Superbugs can be killed by modifying existing drugs, scientists discover

In the evolutionary arms-race between deadly bacteria and the antibiotics used by doctors to kill them, the bugs have very definitely been gaining …

Understanding genetic differences between breast cancer tumors is key to better treatment

Breast cancer is not a single disease. It is in fact, a collection of genetic changes that all lead to the same outcome: a tumor in the breast.<p>This …

Cancer

Cancer: many suffering and dying prematurely due to slow diagnosis says WHO

Millions of people are suffering and dying prematurely because their cancer has not been detected swiftly enough.<p>That is the finding of a report launched by the World Health Organisation to coincide with World Cancer Day on February 4.<p>The organisation is calling for efforts to be stepped up to …