March 2018

Maintain and Extend Accreditation

John Ringrow and Al Bryant follow on from their December 2017 article on approaching UKAS assessments with a feature on maintaining and extending your scope of accreditation post-grant.

The end is nigh?

Several self-created threats are coming together to create an existential threat to human dominance on Earth, argues Stephen Mortlock.

Under the microscope

What is the MIND diet? 

Preventing allergic reactions

Researchers have discovered a new mechanism in which an antibody can prevent allergic reactions in a broad range of patients.

No antibiotics for sore throats

Doctors should not prescribe antibiotics for most people with sore throats, say new guidelines. While most sore throats are caused by viral infections, research suggests antibiotics are prescribed in 60% of cases.

"Like travelling to another planet"

Pathology Services Manager Sue Alexander wanted a holiday that would also make a good CPD opportunity, so she booked a break with a difference: a trip to Antarctica.

The enzyme that defines colon cancer

Researchers have identified an enzyme that is absent in healthy colon tissue but abundant in colon cancer cells. It appears to drive the conversion of normal tissue into cancer by attaching sugar molecules, or glycans, to proteins in the cell.

Repurposed Zika drug

A drug used to treat hepatitis C effectively protected and rescued neural cells infected by the Zika virus. The results were consistent across cell cultures and mouse models. It also blocked transmission of the virus to mouse foetuses, the research found.

Bacteria and immune responses

Genetic differences between different strains of the same pathogenic bacterial species appear to result in widely varying immune system responses, it is reported.

Investing in medical research pays

A new study suggests that every £1 invested in medical research benefits society by 25p per year, every year.

Cancer screening revolution?

A new US-developed blood test could help detect eight common cancers before they spread.