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The latest news on Medical Research Council (MRC) funded research.  Founded in 1913 to tackle tuberculosis, the MRC invests taxpayers’ money in some of the best medical research in the world across every area of health.   www.mrc.ac.uk
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Compound 'highly effective' at blocking breast cancer cells - BBC News

Compound 'highly effective' at blocking breast cancer cells - BBC News | MRC research in the news | Scoop.it
A treatment for breast cancer which is more effective than existing medicines could be a step closer thanks to the "promising" findings of a new study.
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The University of Edinburgh researchers say their MRC-funded study proves that this approach offers a powerful and cost-effective method of discovering new medicines for cancer and other diseases.
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Sheffield scientists get immune system funding boost - Sheffield Telegraph

Sheffield scientists get immune system funding boost - Sheffield Telegraph | MRC research in the news | Scoop.it
Sheffield scientists have received a £3.5m funding boost to investigate new ways to combat resistance to the body’s defence system with super white blood cells.
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This is one of three large collaborative grants, totalling £9.5m, have been announced by the MRC as part of a cross-council initiative to tackle AMR.
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Why Pauline Cafferkey's Ebola case is unprecedented - ITV news

Why Pauline Cafferkey's Ebola case is unprecedented - ITV news | MRC research in the news | Scoop.it

"Pauline Cafferkey has had one of the most unprecedented cases of Ebola ever recorded by medical science."

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Dr Emma Thomson, the doctor who led the cutting-edge scientific team, is a clinical senior lecturer at the MRC Centre for Virus Research at the University of Glasgow.
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Magic mushrooms lift severe depression in clinical trial - The Guardian

Magic mushrooms lift severe depression in clinical trial - The Guardian | MRC research in the news | Scoop.it
Results raise hopes that active substance in class 1 drug could be used to treat mental health conditions in future
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The size of the trial and the absence of any placebo means the research, funded by the MRC and published in the Lancet Psychiatry journal, is a proof of principle only.
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Is your marriage making you fat? - Daily Telegraph

Is your marriage making you fat? - Daily Telegraph | MRC research in the news | Scoop.it
In the BBC One series Lose Weight for Love, Professor Tanya Byron, the renowned clinical psychologist behind the programme, set up a radical experiment - physically separating four overweight couples for more than two months - to explore her theory that loved ones can unwittingly sabotage each other’s attempts to lose weight.
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Prof Byron’s belief that your romantic relationship has a significant impact on your weight has since been backed up by research led by Prof Chris Haley of the MRC Human Genetics Unit at Edinburgh University, published in the scientific journal PLOS Genetics in February. Data collected from 20,000 Scottish families suggested that our habits as a couple have a far greater influence on our chances of becoming obese than our upbringing.
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Where you LIVE could be making you dangerously overweight and THIS is why - Daily Express

Where you LIVE could be making you dangerously overweight and THIS is why - Daily Express | MRC research in the news | Scoop.it

"A new study has revealed people who live near takeaway outlets are more likely to be overweight and obese."

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The study was led by the Centre for Diet and Activity Research (CEDAR) at the University of Cambridge, which is part-funded by the MRC.
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Why bad experiences are remembered out of context - Medical Xpress

Why bad experiences are remembered out of context - Medical Xpress | MRC research in the news | Scoop.it

"Bad experiences can cause people to strongly remember the negative content itself but only weakly remember the surrounding context."

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The UCL study was funded by the MRC and the Wellcome Trust.
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Young Brits more likely to drink heavily if they have been to UNIVERSITY - Daily Express

Young Brits more likely to drink heavily if they have been to UNIVERSITY - Daily Express | MRC research in the news | Scoop.it
YOUNG adults in Britain are more likely to drink heavily if they smoke or have attended higher education such as college and university, new research has found.
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The study was led by a team of researchers from the MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit at the University of Glasgow.
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The battle over George Osborne’s tax on sugary drinks is still raging - The Spectator

The battle over George Osborne’s tax on sugary drinks is still raging - The Spectator | MRC research in the news | Scoop.it
George Osborne’s budget announcement that there is to be a UK tax on sugary soft drinks took everyone by surprise.…
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Dr Shona Hilton at the MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit is about to start a research project looking at the messages issued by the anti-sugar tax lobby. ‘I have examined the media coverage around aspects of alcohol and tobacco control, and you start to see similarities in the arguments,’ she says. ‘Our work is about trying to add pieces to the public health jigsaw. If we improve understanding of how the industry operates, we can develop counter-tactics.’
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Taking statins before surgery will NOT reduce heart damage and could harm KIDNEYS - Daily Express

Taking statins before surgery will NOT reduce heart damage and could harm KIDNEYS - Daily Express | MRC research in the news | Scoop.it
EXPERTS have revealed taking statins before or after heart surgery does not prevent heart damage - contrary to recent studies.
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Alongside the BHF, the trial was funded by the European Network for Translational Research in Atrial Fibrillation of the European Commission Seventh Framework Program, the NIHR Oxford Biomedical Research Centre (BRC), and the MRC, and by a small unrestricted grant from AstraZeneca.
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Survival of the fattest: how greedy labradors convinced us they were clever - The Guardian

Survival of the fattest: how greedy labradors convinced us they were clever - The Guardian | MRC research in the news | Scoop.it
According to new research, the popular pooches aren’t as smart as we think – but they will do almost anything for food
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An international team, led by researchers at the Wellcome Trust-Medical Research Council Institute of Metabolic Science at the University of Cambridge, reported the study of 310 pet and assistance dog Labradors.
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Queen's researchers in €2.25m international project to tackle diabetes-related blindness - Irish News

Queen's researchers in €2.25m international project to tackle diabetes-related blindness - Irish News | MRC research in the news | Scoop.it

"Researchers from Queen’s University Belfast are among a team of scientists from the USA and Ireland who are collaborating to develop a novel treatment for diabetes-related blindness."

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Dr Janice Bailie, Assistant Director of the Public Health Agency’s HSC R&D Division, which is funding the Northern Ireland part of this project with support from the Medical Research Council, said: “We are delighted to be funding this project which will tackle an important problem affecting people with diabetes."
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Mindfulness can control depression as well as drugs, study shows - Daily Telegraph

Mindfulness can control depression as well as drugs, study shows - Daily Telegraph | MRC research in the news | Scoop.it
"Mindfulness can control depression as well as mood-boosting drugs, the biggest ever review of the practice has shown."
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Two of the authors of the study are based at the MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit.
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Testing times for antimicrobial resistance - Newsnight

Testing times for antimicrobial resistance - Newsnight | MRC research in the news | Scoop.it

Interview with Dr Tariq Sadiq at St George's Hospital.

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MRC-funded researcher Dr Tariq Sadiq talks about his work on a new diagnostic test to support antibiotic stewardship and stem the spread of superbugs in sexual health. You can read more on his guest blog here: www.insight.mrc.ac.uk/2016/05/19/testing-times-for-antimicrobial-resistance/
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High blood pressure in middle age 'significantly' raises risk of dementia - Daily Express

High blood pressure in middle age 'significantly' raises risk of dementia - Daily Express | MRC research in the news | Scoop.it
HIGH blood pressure in middle age 'significantly' increases the risk of dementia, research shows.
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The research, published in the journal Stroke, was carried out by scientists at The George Institute in Oxford with a coalition of experts including the Wellcome Trust, MRC and Stroke Association.
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The no-surgery 'gastric band' that helps beat diabetes - Daily Mail

The no-surgery 'gastric band' that helps beat diabetes - Daily Mail | MRC research in the news | Scoop.it
The EndoBarrier is tube made from a Teflon-like material that is inserted into the stomach and the small intestine. It stops food being digested and fools patients into feeling full.
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The studies will be funded by the National Institute for Health Research and the MRC.
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8 bad habits that are ruining your sleep - The Independent

8 bad habits that are ruining your sleep - The Independent | MRC research in the news | Scoop.it

"Sleeping late on the weekends resets your body clock to a different cycle, and it's reset again when you go back to waking up early during the work week."

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 "It's the equivalent of taking a flight one direction every Friday and going back every Sunday," Michael Parsons, a behavioral geneticist at the MRC Harwell in England, told Science News.
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Cancer samples from dead patients sought for new study - BBC News

Cancer samples from dead patients sought for new study - BBC News | MRC research in the news | Scoop.it
A study is inviting terminally ill cancer patients across the UK to donate blood and tissue samples when they die.
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Dr John Le Quesne from the MRC Toxicology Unit will also be part of this study.
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Lithium Reduces Self-Harm In People With Bipolar Disorder - Medical Daily

Lithium Reduces Self-Harm In People With Bipolar Disorder - Medical Daily | MRC research in the news | Scoop.it

"Lithium, the oldest form of treatment for bipolar disorder, remains the most effective for reducing self-harm."

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The MRC-funded study of 6,671 patients with bipolar disorder found that using lithium reduces levels self-harm and unintended injury when compared to three other common and newer medications prescribed for the condition.
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Popeye pills could help elderly build muscles and defy ageing process - The Courier

Popeye pills could help elderly build muscles and defy ageing process - The Courier | MRC research in the news | Scoop.it

"Dundee University researchers are investigating whether a commonly available heart pill and food supplement could have other, previously unforeseen benefits."

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The £1.4 million trial, named LACE, is run by Tayside Clinical Trials Unit and is funded by the Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation (EME) Programme – a partnership between the MRC and National Institute for Health Research.
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Larger Placenta During Pregnancy Leads to Bigger Bones in Kids - Health Newsline

Larger Placenta During Pregnancy Leads to Bigger Bones in Kids - Health Newsline | MRC research in the news | Scoop.it
"Placental size during pregnancy matters a lot when it comes to bone development in kids, indicates a new study."
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Researchers at the MRC Lifecourse Epidemiology Unit at the University of Southampton found in their study that mothers with large placentas during pregnancy were more likely to have children with large bones.
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Cycling In London Is Always Good For You, Despite The Pollution, Research Claims - Buzzfeed

Cycling In London Is Always Good For You, Despite The Pollution, Research Claims - Buzzfeed | MRC research in the news | Scoop.it

"The benefits of physical activity from walking or cycling in British cities will always outweigh the risks of air pollution."

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The research was carried out by experts from the University of Cambridge's Centre for Diet and Activity Research and the MRC Epidemiology Unit, along with researchers from the University of East Anglia
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Paranoia 'reduced with virtual reality' - BBC News

Paranoia 'reduced with virtual reality' - BBC News | MRC research in the news | Scoop.it

"Researchers have used virtual reality to successfully treat severe paranoia by showing patients that social situations they feared were actually safe."

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The research at Oxford University, published in the British Journal of Psychiatry, was funded by the MRC.
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Why butter is no longer the bad guy - Daily Telegraph

Why butter is no longer the bad guy - Daily Telegraph | MRC research in the news | Scoop.it
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"Trying to eliminate all fats from our diets has led us to replace even healthy fats with sugars and other simple carbohydrates which may be worse for us" says Dr Nita Forouhi, from the MRC Epidemiology Unit at Cambridge University, who has studied the role of fats and disease for more than 20 years.
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Gene therapy reverses sight loss and is long-lasting - BBC News

Gene therapy reverses sight loss and is long-lasting - BBC News | MRC research in the news | Scoop.it
A genetic therapy improves the vision of some patients who would otherwise have gone blind.
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A follow on trial of 30 further patients has been funded by the Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation (EME) Programme, an MRC and NIHR partnership.
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