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Assisted Dying

From the BBC: Lord Falconer, whose private member’s bill would legalise the practice for some terminally ill patients, said a “limited” change was needed to the law to give people choice on their deaths. But Lord Tebbit said it would create “too much of a financial incentive for the taking of life”. The bill passed … Continue reading

Beating the Bacteria

From the BBC: Scientists have found a new route to attack antibiotic-resistant bacteria by blocking the mechanism they use to build their exterior coating. The bugs construct this defensive barrier in a complex process that depends on a key dual-protein molecule. Its structure has been mapped using the intense X-rays of the Diamond Light Source … Continue reading

Targetting Cancer

From the Press Association, via Yahoo News: A targeting molecule that zeroes in on a wide range of tumours could revolutionise cancer diagnosis and treatment, scientists believe. The agent, known as APC (alkylphosphocholine), can deliver a radioactive “warhead” directly into the heart of cancer cells. Alternatively, it can be labelled with a fluorescent “tag” to … Continue reading

Molecular Monitoring

From the Press Association, via Yahoo News: A molecule that changes colour in the blood could provide a simple and accurate way of monitoring drug dosages for patients, say researchers… Ensuring patients get the correct doses of medicines can be critically important… But since patients differ in their tolerance to drugs this can be tricky. … Continue reading

Sectioned to get a bed?

From the BBC: Pressure on mental health beds is so severe that some patients are having to be sectioned to secure necessary care, a survey of junior doctors suggests. The Royal College of Psychiatrists questioned 576 trainees working in psychiatry across the UK. The college said its findings suggested mental health services were approaching a … Continue reading

The ethics of e-cigarettes

From the BBC: Smokers who use e-cigarettes to quit are more likely to succeed than those who use willpower alone or buy nicotine replacement therapies, such as patches or gum, a study suggests. The survey of nearly 6,000 smokers found a fifth had quit with the aid of e-cigarettes. That was 60% higher than those … Continue reading

Purpose = Life

From the BBC: Having a sense of purpose may add years to your life, regardless of what the purpose is, research suggests. Not only does it contribute to healthy aging, but it may also stave off early death, according to a study of 7,000 Americans. The research, published in Psychological Science, applies across adult life, … Continue reading

UKCAT For Dummies – Second Edition now available!

UKCAT For Dummies Second Edition is now available! Building on the popular & successful first edition, the second edition has been updated and expanded to include: MORE information – including the new Situational Judgement Test MORE practice questions than ever MORE exclusive online practice content (to come later in the year) Get it now from … Continue reading

Creating New Life

From the BBC: Scientists have produced a semi-synthetic version of a bacterium that has an extended genetic code. All Earth’s lifeforms use four chemical units, or bases, arranged in pairs within DNA, to drive their biology. The modified E. coli bug produced at The Scripps Research Institute in California incorporates two more bases that were … Continue reading

Germ Resistance Rising

From the BBC: Dr Keiji Fukuda, assistant director-general at WHO, said: “Without urgent, coordinated action by many stakeholders, the world is headed for a post-antibiotic era, in which common infections and minor injuries which have been treatable for decades can once again kill.” He said effective antibiotics had been one of the “pillars” to help … Continue reading

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