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2009-12-01 11:01:40

Sir Peter Mansfield, The University of Nottingham's Nobel Laureate for Physiology and Medicine, is to be recognized, once again, for his part in one of the most important breakthroughs in medical science. Sir Peter, who was co-inventor of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), is to be presented with the Medical Research Council's (MRC) Millennium Medal at an awards ceremony at the Trent Building, The University of Nottingham on Monday November 30 2009. The MRC Millennium Medal recognizes an MRC...

2009-08-13 12:53:40

Medical Research Council (MRC) scientists have made an important advance in understanding the biological processes involved when cells are prompted to die. The work may help scientists to eventually develop new treatments for the many common diseases and conditions which occur when cell death goes wrong.The research, published in leading journal Molecular Cell [1] today (Friday 14 August 2009) was carried out by a team of scientists, at the MRC Toxicology Unit at the University of Leicester...

2009-05-18 10:08:00

Recent stem cell advances and Sir Philip Cohen's groundbreaking research into new drug targets showcase Scotland's life sciences innovation at BIO 2009 ATLANTA, May 18 /PRNewswire/ -- At this year's BIO International Convention, May 18-21 in Atlanta, Scotland will showcase the commercial success of its research collaborations with global pharmaceutical and biotech companies, as well as major scientific advancements in stem cells, drug discovery, translational medicine, medical technology...

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2009-05-14 13:35:00

A new report has linked the use of chemicals found in food, cosmetics and cleaning products to an increased risk of birth defects, testicular cancer and infertility among unborn boys.Professor Richard Sharpe, a reproductive biologist of the Medical Research Council said the chemicals work to "feminize" male infants while still in the womb. The chemicals can block the male sex hormone testosterone, and even mimic the female hormone estrogen.Researchers point to birth defects seen on the penis,...

2008-10-06 21:00:11

Carboplatin, which is often used to treat ovarian and lung cancer, can replace radiotherapy to cure early-stage seminoma, a Medical Research Council study has found.The drug is being hailed as a "safer cure" for the cancer by experts, with fewer long-term risks.About 40 to 45 per cent of testicular cancers are early-stage seminoma and between 780 and 880 men are diagnosed with this stage of the disease each year in the UK.In the early stages the cancer is either confined to the testicle or...

2008-08-22 09:01:11

LEXINGTON, Mass., Aug. 22 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Indevus Pharmaceuticals, Inc. announced today the completion of enrollment in Protocol MDP 301, a Phase III clinical trial of PRO 2000, the Company's candidate vaginal microbicide for the prevention of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections. The trial is sponsored by the United Kingdom's Medical Research Council (MRC) and conducted by the Microbicides Development Programme (MDP), an international partnership of researchers...

2007-04-13 06:00:14

By Park, Joo Hun; Kim, Dong Soon; Park, I-Nae; Jang, Se Jin; Et al Background: To investigate whether the better prognosis of interstitial pneumonias associated with collagen vascular disease (CVD) compared with idiopathic interstitial pneumonia (IIP) is due to higher frequency of the nonspecific interstitial pneumonia (NSIP) pattern in CVD, we compared the outcomes of patients from these two groups with the same histopathologic pattern. Subjects: The clinical features and survival of 362...

2005-11-30 11:05:00

LONDON (Reuters) - A British research body said on Wednesday said it planned to launch a 10 million pound ($17 million) fund to further the study of deadly bird flu. The Medical Research Council, which specializes in new infectious diseases, made the announcement after a team of its scientists returned from southeast Asia on a trip to boost global cooperation on fighting bird flu. Scientists fear the H5N1 bird flu virus could mutate into a strain capable of killing millions of people. The...

2005-10-17 02:20:56

LONDON (Reuters) - British experts from the body that discovered the flu virus in 1933 will travel to southeast Asia to boost global cooperation on fighting bird flu and other new infections, the Medical Research Council said on Monday. Scientists from the MRC, Britain's main publicly funded biomedical research organization, will go to China, Vietnam and Hong Kong to discuss research on infections with epidemic or pandemic potential before a global conference in December. The move...

2005-10-03 09:20:00

LONDON -- People should cut their daily salt intake to 6 grams a day -- one heaped teaspoon -- to reduce their blood pressure levels and the risk of heart disease and stroke, health experts said on Monday. A new report by Britain's Medical Research Council (MRC), which summarizes scientific evidence on the links between salt and health, said cutting salt consumption from the average 9.5 to 6 grams a day could result in a 13 percent reduction in stroke and a 10 percent decrease in heart...


Word of the Day
vermicular
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.
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