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

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.

Hubs install POCT analysers

Thame and Marlow Community Hubs, within Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust, have each recently installed HORIBA Medical’s latest point-of-care testing analyser, the Microsemi CRP.

Science news in numbers: February

A breakdown of science news this month.

Cholera vaccine: single dose more effective?

New research shows that giving a stronger single dose of a live oral cholera vaccine could be an effective tool in controlling outbreaks more quickly.

Science news in numbers: January 2018

A breakdown of science news this month.

"HIV vaccine design shows promise"

A novel protein-sugar vaccine candidate has stimulated an immune response against sugars that form a protective shield around HIV.