Why hating creepy crawlies is a sign you're healthy: Sensing unwelcome objects ...
Do cockroaches and rats make you flinch? That doesn't necessarily make you a wimp - it could mean you're less likely to become ill. The reason we flinch is down to a mechanism called the behavioural immune system. It is stimulated by sensing unwelcome ...
May 25, 2015
Enzyme that triggers muscle wasting could be key to REVERSING signs of ageing
Volunteers underwent physical and biochemical tests, including body composition analysis (how much fat they had), grip strength analysis, biochemical profiling, urine tests and biopsy of the large, outer thigh muscle. The expression of the enzyme was ...
May 21, 2015
Healing gel made with your own blood contains platelets important for clotting
Blood is largely made up of a clear yellowish liquid, called plasma, but it also contains small, solid compounds - red cells, white cells and platelets. The platelets are important for clotting, but they also contain hundreds of proteins called growth ...
April 27, 2015
Jolt of electricity that fights migraines AND helps you lose weight
Here, it's usually given via a surgically-implanted electrode, but in recent years external devices have been used, too. It is thought to send messages to the brain which interfere with the chemicals that cause seizures. 'It doesn't always work ...
February 17, 2015
Part of Jahfari Martin's skull implanted into his STOMACH in op to save his life
After attempting to reduce the swelling by putting the nine-year-old into a medically induced coma, specialists decided to attempt the unusual procedure a bi-frontal decompressive craniectomy and insertion of bone flap into anterior abdominal wall ...
January 12, 2015
Two Cardiff men dead after kidney transplants infected with parasitic worm
Two patients died after being given kidney transplants infected with a parasitic worm, it was revealed today. Darren Hughes, 42, and Robert 'Jim' Stuart, 67, were each given a kidney from a transplant donor who was carrying the deadly worm in his ...
November 14, 2014
Woman claims air con saved her life after discovering cancerous lump in breast ...
After a double mastectomy, Ms Delaney found out she couldn't have reconstructive surgery until it was certain she was cancer-free. This flattens the breast tissue against the chest wall and makes it easier to evaluate. Use the Your last line ...
October 27, 2014
Enzyme that triggers muscle wasting could be key to REVERSING signs of ageing Scientists identify the enzyme that causes age-related muscle wasting By inhibiting enzyme they can reduce levels of hormone that triggers it Could pave the way for... Women across the world yearn for it and major pharmaceutical companies long for their scientists to be the ones responsible for achieving it. Now, British researchers claim they are one step closer, after identifying the specific enzyme which... They believe their discovery - switching off the enzyme that triggers muscle wasting - could pave the way to develop ways to prevent, or reverse, the adverse effects of ageing. The University of Birmingham study explored the role played by the enzyme '11β-HSD1' in the degenerative effects of ageing, including sarcopenia - age-related muscle wasting. Volunteers underwent physical and biochemical tests, including body composition analysis (how much fat they had), grip strength analysis, biochemical profiling, urine tests and biopsy of the large, outer thigh muscle.
A gel made from patients' own blood could help heal burns more quickly - and stop wounds getting worse. The gel contains platelet-rich plasma (PRP) - a concentrated mix of substances in the blood that play a role in healing. It is made by taking a small amount of blood from a patient's arm (amounts vary depending on wound size, but typically no more than a couple of tablespoons) and then processing it in a machine that spins the blood at high speed until it separates... Blood is largely made up of a clear yellowish liquid, called plasma, but it also contains small, solid compounds - red cells, white cells and platelets. Platelet-rich plasma is sometimes used to treat tendon injuries and is also used in some cosmetic procedures that claim injecting it into the face can rejuvenate skin - nicknamed the 'vampire facelift'. This can mean a burn that had initially caused damage to the outer layer of skin (the epidermis) and the underlying tissue containing the hair follicles and sweat glands and smaller blood vessels (dermis) can become a 'full-thickness' burn.
Also known as 'suicide' headaches, these are said to cause the most severe pain known to man (female sufferers say it's far worse than childbirth). 'One Thursday the pain hit me at work,' says Andrew, now 46. 'It felt as if there was a knife going through my eyeball. Since that first attack, he has three or four cluster headaches every day, lasting from between 40 minutes to three hours. He's tried 15 types of medications, and clinical trials, to treat them, but none worked and some caused severe side-effects including blood poisoning, heart palpitations and vomiting. The attacks were so debilitating that Andrew had to quit his job as senior manager at an accountancy firm in March 2010. No longer earning, he was forced to sell his home, and has rarely been able to go out. It targets the vagus nerve, which runs from the brain to the abdomen and relays messages to and from the heart, lungs and digestive system. The nerve helps regulate key functions such as breathing and heart rate - but scientists increasingly believe it plays a role in a range of conditions, from depression to asthma and heart failure. In September 2013, Andrew took part in a clinical trial at the Walton Centre NHS Trust, Liverpool, testing the use of the device, called GammaCore.