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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.

The enzyme that defines colon cancer

The findings appeared in the Journal of Biological Chemistry after a team at the University of Copenhagen studied a group of 20 enzymes that initiate the first step in a distinct k

Repurposed Zika drug

The authors say that their findings support further investigation of using the repurposed drug as a potential treatment for Zika-infected adults, including pregnant women.

Bacteria and immune responses

Previous research found that people vary in their sensitivity to infection with the same species of pathogenic bacteria.

Investing in medical research pays

The figure is the culmination of a decade-long series of What’s it Worth? studies that explored the economic return of public and charity-funded medical research.

Cancer screening revolution?

CancerSEEK is a non-invasive test that simultaneously evaluates levels of eight cancer proteins and the presence of cancer gene mutations from circulating DNA in the blood. 

Welcome the new Institute President

New IBMS President Alison Geddis was officially inaugurated at a ceremony held at the IBMS offices in central London on 1 February.

Share your NHS story

The aim is to thank them for their hard work and promote the vital role of biomedical science in healthcare.

caution or candour?

Three things happened recently that are unconnected but triggered a train of thought.