Medical Research

Stifling Scientific Criticism of Animal Research Is a Desperate Maneuver

Troy Seidle | Posted 23.11.2014 | UK
Troy Seidle

Open and honest discourse and the free exchange of views is the cornerstone of scientific enquiry. Without it, ideas stagnate, progress is delayed, and the status quo prevails -- not because it deserves to, but because alternate viewpoints have been stifled.

Doctors Put A 'Dead' Heart Inside A Living Person, And It Worked

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 24.10.2014 | UK Tech

Doctors at St Vincent's Hospital in Sydney have successfully transplanted dead hearts into living people in what might be one of the technological and...

If This Disease Was a Cancer, We'd Be Spending Millions to Fight It - So Why Are We Ignoring It?

Dr Penny Woods | Posted 05.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Penny Woods

This cancer kills most people it strikes, often with devastating speed. While around 85% of breast and prostate cancer patients are still alive five years after diagnosis, just 20% survive as long with this cancer. Barely half survive just three years.

Better Science Without Animal Suffering Showcased at World Congress on Alternatives 2014

Troy Seidle | Posted 10.11.2014 | UK
Troy Seidle

Humane Society International's global #BeCrueltyFree team has just returned from the World Congress on Alternatives and Animal Use in the Life Science...

6 Million UK Adults have never had an eye test, shocking research reveals neglect of eye health

Antonia Mariconda | Posted 13.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Antonia Mariconda

Could an eye test really signal the end of an era of perfect vision? me in glasses?, surely not, suddenly I found a multitude of vain reasons to avoid an eye test.

Your iPad Could Be Giving You A Rash

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 14.07.2014 | UK Tech

Got a strange rash? Well it turns out the cause could well be your iPad Air. New research has suggested that Apple's tablet could contain traces of ni...

Memories Are Worth Fighting for - the 21st Century Way

Troy Seidle | Posted 21.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Troy Seidle

Progress is urgently needed in understanding Alzheimer's disease and in finding effective treatments. Available drugs can help stabilise memory loss and confusion for a few months in about half of patients, but no preventative treatments exist and none that slow the inexorable development of the disease.

World Day for Animals in Laboratories 2014

Victoria Martindale | Posted 23.06.2014 | UK
Victoria Martindale

Countries like the EU, Israel and India have already banned the use of animals in cosmetic testing because animals don't predict the human response. We know this. We know that animals do not provide biologically meaningful human substitutes- and yet we continue to sustain these methods in medical research with our funds and faith.

Robin Hood 2.0: A New Hope for Cancer Patients?

Dr Penny Woods | Posted 13.06.2014 | UK
Dr Penny Woods

It is estimated that more than 60,000 people will die from this dreadful disease over the next 30 years unless new treatments are discovered. Yet research into meso - the only thing that is likely to find those treatments - is shamefully underfunded, receiving a fraction of the investment received by diseases that kill similar number of people, such as skin cancer.

Biomedicine's Male Bias Is Yet Another Example of Everyday Gender Inequality... and More

Victoria Martindale | Posted 25.05.2014 | UK
Victoria Martindale

If the differences between sexes of the same species are so profound and diverse then imagine the differences with other species with whom we share even less genetics, biochemistry and physiology.

Medical Research Is Not Funded By Selfies

Emma Watts | Posted 19.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Emma Watts

My facebook timeline was flooded with selfies this morning. Bare-faced, no-filter (ahem) selfies, posted by friends in the name of cancer awareness and asking others to do the same. In my usual bleary-eyed, early morning confusion I couldn't understand why, on a social networking site where most of us scroll mindlessly through the interminable selfies of the people on our friends list every single day, another selfie would help cure cancer.

Stem Cell 'Breakthrough' Could Lead To New Era Of Personalised Medicine

Huffington Post UK | Posted 29.01.2014 | UK Tech

A "revolutionary" new approach to creating stem cells in the laboratory could open up a new era of personalised medicine, it is claimed. Scientists...

How Your Medical Records Could Save Lives

Professor Peter Weissberg | Posted 16.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Professor Peter Weissberg

We've seen examples of this in the past where researchers have been able to highlight aspects of lifestyle that affect the risk of developing disease. This past week marked the 50th anniversary of the US Surgeon General report on smoking, which for the first time in the US highlighted the significant health harms to the general public from smoking.

Is Cruelty the Institutionalised Standard in Animal Research?

Victoria Martindale | Posted 16.02.2014 | UK
Victoria Martindale

If it takes an undercover investigation, a review by an independent committee of experts, 65,000 signatures on a petition and an ongoing Home Office inquiry to bring these shameful acts of cruelty in one of our most prestigious Universities to light what hope is there for animal welfare standards in laboratories across the country?

Cures for the Leading Diseases in the Western World are on the Horizon

Troy Seidle | Posted 03.02.2014 | UK
Troy Seidle

Instead of gambling our medicines -- and our lives -- upon these dismal stakes, scientists can make more meaningful predictions about the effectiveness of new therapies in humans and about their safety that are relevant to people in the real world, and intercept the progression of disease before a patient even receives their diagnosis.

Stop Monkeying Around and Find Us an AIDS Vaccine

Victoria Martindale | Posted 29.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Victoria Martindale

'Breakthrough in hunt for HIV vaccine!'' read the headlines earlier this month. It makes for an exciting time in AIDS research. Ever since the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) was identified as the cause of AIDS over 30 years ago the world has thrown itself into a battle to beat AIDS.

One In Five People With HIV Unaware They Have The Virus

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 21.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle

Around one in five people living with HIV in the UK are unaware they have the virus, figures show. Some 21,900 people out of 98,400 with HIV do not...

China Takes First Steps on Path to Beauty Without Cruelty

Victoria Martindale | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Victoria Martindale

Humane Society International's Be Cruelty-Free campaign team has been working hard with Chinese policymakers, regulators and scientists to change the requirement to test cosmetics on animals, and this latest development is testament to our efforts.

The Human Breast Really Is Best: The 21st Century Approach to Breast Cancer Research

Victoria Martindale | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Victoria Martindale

While it is thought that less than 5 percent of breast cancer cases are related to a woman's genes and many cancers are largely preventable -- approximately 42 percent of new breast cancer cases in the UK and 38 percent in the US could be prevented.

Unlocking Access to Clinical Trial Data - What Are We Afraid of?

James Shannon | Posted 03.11.2013 | UK Tech
James Shannon

In recent months the words 'data transparency' have found their way into our vernacular, with calls for pharmaceutical companies to be more transparent about their research and to publish results from all their clinical trials.

With Attitudes Like This, Will We Ever Beat HIV?

Dr Steve Taylor | Posted 07.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Steve Taylor

Walking into the room, I saw eight people - predominantly doctors - and I could tell that at least five had already made up their minds to reject the project. It started predictably: "Well, we have spent a lot of time discussing this very interesting project, but have some significant concerns." That was why I was there - to allay their fears and get on with this important project. That was not to be.

Down's Syndrome Could Be 'Switched Off' Say Scientists

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 18.07.2013 | UK

A way to "switch off" the genetic defect responsible for Down's syndrome has been developed by scientists. The technique has only been tried on lab...

TV Dinners vs. TV Chefs and the Curious Mating Habits of Bottle-Nosed Dolphins

Patrick Drake | Posted 25.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Patrick Drake

The men in white coats took 100 recipes from the most popular celebrity cookbooks and laid them alongside 100 randomly selected brand name ready meals, then went to town on them with their slide rules. The conclusion to this culinary Pepsi Challenge was that on almost all nutritional counts, from fat to fibre and everything in between, the ready meals came out on top.

Why the Animal Testing Licensing System Is Not Working

Michelle Thew | Posted 23.06.2013 | UK
Michelle Thew

The tragic situation for the animals at Imperial College also shows the need for more transparency, with publication of full project licences (with names and confidential information removed) instead of sanitised PR summaries.

New Research That Proves Just How Devastating Hair Loss Can Be

Dr Asim Shahmalak | Posted 11.03.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Asim Shahmalak

A major new study has revealed that hair loss can in fact trigger serious psychological breakdown - something my colleagues and I have believed for a long time. Furthermore, researchers found it could even lead to exaggerated feelings of ugliness and, in the worst cases, trigger body dysmorphic disorder, where sufferers experience acute anxiety about their looks.