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A new technique makes it possible to reduce by half the amount of salt in already desalted cod

Science Daily (US) - 18/11/2011
Researchers have achieved a 50% reduction in the amount of salt in already desalted cod, thus obtaining a final product that preserves all its sensory properties and is particularly suitable for persons with hypertension.

Can crowdsourcing beat the flu?

BBC Health News - 18/11/2011
Can crowdsourcing software beat the flu?

Cancer Research UK launches nine high-tech gene projects

Cancer Research UK - 18/11/2011
Unravelling the genetic secrets behind a range of cancers - from understanding how certain genes control cancer to determining how the disease evades treatment - is the aim of a new initiative from Cancer Research UK.

VIDEO: Trauma teams in transfusion trial

BBC Health News - 18/11/2011
Clinical trials are being conducted in the UK and abroad to test a new blood transfusion procedure for patients with traumatic injuries.

Eggs wake you up? The facts are scrambled

NHS Choices (UK) - 18/11/2011
The proteins in eggs “help us stay awake and feel alert”, the Daily Mail has today reported, adding that the “Go to work on an egg” advertising slogan of the 1960s was good advice. The newspaper says that cracking new research into the effect of nutrients on the brain has suggested that the proteins found in egg whites activate the brain cells that keep us awake and burning calories and trigger the release of a stimulant called orexin.

Hope and hype: stem cells in the media

NHS Choices (UK) - 18/11/2011
Stem cells are often portrayed in the media as a miracle cure for many serious conditions and disabilities. Hugely positive headlines have led significant and understandable public interest in this fascinating cutting-edge science. But are all the claims for stem cells justified? Can stem cell treatments pose dangers to unwary patients? And who has control over this often controversial, pioneering branch of medicine?

Training in 'concrete thinking' can be self-help treatment for depression, study suggests

Science Daily (US) - 18/11/2011
Research provides the first evidence that depression can be treated by only targeting an individual's style of thinking through repeated mental exercises in an approach called cognitive bias modification. The study suggests an innovative psychological treatment called 'concreteness training' can reduce depression in just two months and could work as a self-help therapy for depression in primary care.

How war has driven medical advances

BBC Health News - 18/11/2011
Hot irons to transfusions - how war has driven innovation

Cancer Research UK unites with global research groups to develop treatments for patients with rare cancers

Cancer Research UK - 18/11/2011
Cancer Research UK will today (Friday) join forces with international research groups from the UK, Europe and the US to launch an initiative to boost the development of new treatments for patients with rare cancers.

How Legionnaires' bacteria proliferate, cause disease

Science Daily (US) - 17/11/2011
Scientist have determined for the first time how the bacterium that causes Legionnaires' disease manipulates our cells to generate the amino acids it needs to grow and cause infection and inflammation in the lungs.

What bacteria don't know can hurt them

Science Daily (US) - 17/11/2011
Bacteria enter a self-protective mode when they sense nutrients are low. Starving bacteria resist killing by nearly every antibiotic, even ones they have never been exposed to before. By keeping bacteria that have congregated into a biofilm from warning each other of nutrient shortages, scientists increased the infection-fighting effectiveness of currently available antibiotics.

Scientists identify potential malaria drug candidates

Science Daily (US) - 17/11/2011
Researchers have discovered a group of chemical compounds that might one day be developed into drugs that can treat malaria infection in both the liver and the bloodstream.

How heart attack can lead to heart rupture

Science Daily (US) - 17/11/2011
A new study pinpoints a single protein as the key player in the biochemical cascade that leads to cardiac rupture. The findings suggest that blocking the action of this protein, known as CaM kinase, may help prevent cardiac rupture and reduce the risk of death.

Dukan diet 'tops list of worst celeb diets'

NHS Choices (UK) - 17/11/2011
The popular Dukan diet has been slammed as “ineffective and without scientific basis”, The Daily Telegraph has today reported. The newspaper says that the British Dietetic Association has criticised a range of celebrity diets, including the Dukan diet rumoured to be used by Kate Middleton.

Scientists identify genetic faults behind rare prostate cancer

Cancer Research UK - 17/11/2011
US researchers have uncovered genetic faults behind a rare but particularly aggressive type of prostate cancer, and shown that a drug that's already in clinical trials could be used to treat men with the disease.

New treatment option to prevent bone metastasis in prostate cancer

totalhealth - 17/11/2011
A Phase III trial has found that denosumab significantly reduces the risk of symptomatic bone metastasesSecondary tumours’ that result from the spread of a malignant tumour to other parts of the body.. Almost 1500 men with prostateA gland that surrounds the urethra near the bladder.

Ovarian cancer 'is not detectable' in the blood for years

Cancer Research UK - 16/11/2011
A mathematical model designed by scientists in the US indicates that ovarian cancer may not be detectable in the blood using current technology until 10 years after the cancer first starts to develop.

World COPD Day: Get tested

totalhealth - 16/11/2011
Today is World COPDAn abbreviation for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Day and the British Lung Foundation is encouraging people to get tested for lung disease as millions of people around the country are thought to be undiagnosed. read more

Antibiotic 'could be used to treat leukaemia'

Cancer Research UK - 15/11/2011
Scientists in Canada have discovered that an antibiotic normally used to treat skin and abdominal infections can also kill leukaemia cells.

CyberKnife®’s younger brother now found worldwide

totalhealth - 15/11/2011
Accuray, the makers of CyberKnife®, have announced that over 100 TomoTherapy® systems are now at use throughout the world including ten centres in the UK. read more