April 2020

"Cancer cells hibernate in lungs"

Healthy lung cells support the survival of breast cancer cells, allowing them to hibernate in the lung before forming secondary tumours.

"Childhood vaccines enhance cancer treatment"

Scientists claim new research shows that pre-immunisation, acquired through common childhood vaccines, can be used to enhance therapeutic cancer treatment.

Blood test for Alzheimer's

A point-of-care blood test is being developed to swiftly reveal if a patient with memory issues has Alzheimer’s disease or mild cognitive impairment.

April science news in numbers

A breakdown of science news this month, in numbers.

Journal-based learning

Please select your choice of correct answers and complete the exercises online at: www.ibms.org/cpd/jbl

The emerging pandemic

Sarah May, IBMS Deputy Chief Executive, says that in times of panic and hysteria, we need to look at the evidence and listen to the scientists.

British Journal of Biomedical Science Synopsis

Deputy Editor Guy Orchard outlines the content in the latest issue, which includes a variety of subjects and a wide range of discipline-specific papers.

Here to help: CPD opportunities are everywhere

What can be classed as CPD? Jocelyn Pryce, Deputy Head of Education at the IBMS, looks at opportunities, barriers and a day of discussion.

The first UK lab to identify COVID-19

Biomedical scientist Martine Jensen gives a guided tour of her lab at of the Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust.

Omega-3 fats: major reviews, minor effects

Lee Hooper takes us behind the headlines to look at the findings of two systematic evidence reviews of the benefits of omega-3 fats.

The big question: "What could labs do to be more environmentally sound?”

This month we ask: 'What could labs do to be more environmentally sound?'