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2011-02-03 08:55:00

Researchers have developed what is being called "the world's first accurate blood test" for the human form of mad cow disease, and their discovery could change the way the illness is screened for and diagnosed, the UK-based Medical Research Council (MRC) announced Thursday. According to an MRC press release, the prototype test proved 100,000 times more sensitive than any previous method used to detect variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD)--a potentially fatal disease that attacks the brain...

2010-12-03 18:09:00

EAST HANOVER, N.J., Dec. 3, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- A newly published study in the Lancet suggested that a first-line treatment regimen including Zometa® (zoledronic acid) significantly improved overall survival (OS) and progression-free survival (PFS) in newly diagnosed multiple myeloma patients compared with a regimen that included oral clodronate. The impact on survival was independent of the effect of Zometa on bone complications (also known as skeletal-related events...

2010-12-01 22:17:16

Scientists and clinicians in Nottingham are to work more closely with industry to develop new ways of diagnosing and treating lung disease. Nottingham has been chosen as one of just nine centres across the UK to host a Government-spearheaded "ËœTherapeutic Capability Cluster', which aims to forge closer links between academia, the NHS and the life sciences industry to speed up the process of getting new drugs from lab bench to bedside. The new cluster will draw on the world-leading...

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2010-10-25 10:24:59

A child's chances of developing allergies or wheezing is related to how he or she grew at vital stages in the womb, according to scientists from the University of Southampton. The new research, funded by the Medical Research Council (MRC) and the British Lung Foundation, and undertaken at Southampton General Hospital, reveals that fetuses which develop quickly in early pregnancy but falter later in pregnancy are likely to go on to develop allergies and asthma as children. Scientists believe...

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2010-10-11 09:30:00

A series of genetic variations linked to fat, obesity, and body shape have been discovered by an international team of 400 experts from more than 250 research institutions. The scientists, who published their findings in the journal Nature Genetics on Sunday, found a total of 30 different variations which could help explain why some people are overweight, as well as why some people have apple or pear shaped physiques. One study, led by researchers at Oxford University and the Medical Research...

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2010-09-02 10:05:00

The practice of giving infants a small amount of sugar when performing invasive procedures does not reduce the amount of pain they feel, and could actually lead to brain damage, according to a new study published Wednesday in the medical journal The Lancet. Previous studies, including a 2001 series of clinical trials performed by doctors, found that by giving one-tenth of a gram of sucrose to babies before completing a procedure such as installing an antibiotic drip or taking a blood sample...

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2010-08-19 10:25:00

Patients suffering from active tuberculosis (TB) have a specific pattern of genes in their blood, according to a new study from scientists which could lead to better diagnostic tests and improved treatment methods for those suffering from the often deadly infectious disease.The so-called "genetic signature"--discovered by a team of researchers led by Anne O'Garra of the Medical Research Council (MRC)--is present in as many as 10% of the approximately 2 billion people worldwide who are...

2010-07-11 18:00:00

LONDON, July 12, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- MRC Technology (UK) announced today that it has entered into an agreement with Genentech, Inc., a wholly owned member of the Roche Group (SIX: RO, ROG; OTCQX: RHHBY) for an exclusive licence to a series of small molecule drug candidates for the potential treatment of neurological disease. This is the first small molecule chemistry programme to come out of MRC Technology's Centre for Therapeutics Discovery (CTD) and the first major small molecule...

2010-02-03 18:01:00

LONDON, February 4 /PRNewswire/ -- A major centre created by the Medical Research Council (MRC) and MRC Technology (MRCT) in order to fast-track the discovery and development of novel drugs, opens its first call for targets today. The MRCT Centre for Therapeutics Discovery (CTD), based in London, is seeking small molecule drug discovery and therapeutic antibody targets from academic researchers. The CTD would like to collaborate with scientists in all universities to develop...

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2009-12-13 15:43:03

New genetics study by consortium led by universities of Leicester and Nottingham Scientists have discovered five genetic variants that are associated with the health of the human lung. The research by an international consortium of 96 scientists from 63 centers in Europe and Australia sheds new light on the molecular basis of lung diseases. The new findings provide hope for better treatment for lung diseases like Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and asthma. In the past it has been...


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  • A beast of burden; also, a beast in general.
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