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Better education needed for patients’ improved understanding of gene therapies

A new review of research bringing together patient, carer and public views of cell and gene therapies has highlighted a need for appropriate education to better inform people including how clinical trials work and the risks and benefits of various treatments. Over the last decade, new cell, gene and tissue-engineered therapies have been developed to […]

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How mathematics can help us understand tumor growth

In daily life, we unfortunately have become used to seeing images of tumors and melanomas. You may have noticed that they’re are not entirely symmetric. This asymmetry is useful to doctors in their diagnoses, but why are they asymmetric? Instinctively, we think that symmetric objects are most often found in nature, but perhaps assymetry is […]

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Predicting epilepsy from neural network models

Within the staggeringly complex networks of neurons which make up our brains, electric currents display intricate dynamics in the electric currents they convey. To better understand how these networks behave, researchers in the past have developed models which aim to mimic their dynamics. In some rare circumstances, their results have indicated that ‘tipping points’ can […]

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Metabolic confusion diet won’t boost metabolism – but it could have other benefits

The “metabolic confusion” diet is one of the latest fad diets to be blowing up on social media. Like many fad diets, it promises you can lose weight while still eating what you want. Fans of the diet claim that by switching between very low calorie days and high calorie days, you can lose weight […]

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Researchers target thyroid cancer with triple threat drug combination

Combining a gene-targeted drug, a cancer-bursting virus and a drug that removes the immune system’s brake pedal can tackle thyroid cancer with newfound gusto, research has found. The triple-threat combination attacks cancer’s ability to develop resistance to a single drug by launching a multi-pronged attack, backing it into a corner with strong results in mice. […]

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New method for evaluating vaccine safety

A research group at the University of Turku, Finland, has led the development of a new method to evaluate vaccine safety. The new method may significantly reduce the use of animal testing in the vaccine industry. Vaccines are safe and potent pharmaceutical products that prevent infectious diseases caused by viruses and bacteria, and reduce the […]

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Are ‘immunity passports’ a good idea?

Vaccinations against COVID-19 are getting underway in England and will soon follow elsewhere. This is great news, but just the start of a long program that could extend well into the middle of 2021β€”and beyond. In the meantime, the number of people protected from symptomatic COVID will steadily grow as more people are vaccinated. The […]