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Old drugs put under the microscope - Financial Times

Old drugs put under the microscope - Financial Times | MRC research in the news | Scoop.it
Seven of the world’s biggest drugmakers will invite UK researchers to take a second look at experimental medicines that failed to reach market in the biggest deal of its kind between big pharma companies and academia.
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Researchers will be granted access to the 68 deprioritised compounds, through MRC funding.

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MRC research in the news
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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British study aims to catch the early signs of prostate cancer | Daily Mail

British study aims to catch the early signs of prostate cancer | Daily Mail | MRC research in the news | Scoop.it
Current diagnosis methods are painful and often miss deadly tumours. University College London and Imperial College London researchers will try new methods involving MRI scans and blood tests.
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The study is being launched with funding of £4.1m from the Medical Research Council and £1m from Cancer Research UK, as part of the MRC’s Stratified Medicine Initiative.
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Probe launched over babies stem cell storage ‘failure’ | The Sunday Times

Probe launched over babies stem cell storage ‘failure’ | The Sunday Times | MRC research in the news | Scoop.it

Newborn babies’ stem cells that were due to be frozen to help them fight serious illness in later life, were ruined because a Scottish ­laboratory Precious Cells International ran out of basic ­supplies, it has been claimed. The Human Tissue Authority (HTA) is investigating ...

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Tilo Kunath, from Edinburgh University’s MRC Centre for Regenerative Medicine, commented: “Cord blood cells can save lives and these parents have been potentially robbed of the chance to help their families in the future.”
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Scientists discover promising ‘off-switch’ for inflammatory diseases | Irish Times

Scientists discover promising ‘off-switch’ for inflammatory diseases | Irish Times | MRC research in the news | Scoop.it
Trinity College researchers play leading role in breakthrough discovery
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The project was jointly led by Professor Luke O’Neill at Trinity College Dublin and Mike Murphy from the MRC Mitochondrial Biology Unit at the University of Cambridge.
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Dr M Madan Babu of MRC LMB wins prize for insights into the machinery inside our cells | Cambridge Independent

Dr M Madan Babu of MRC LMB wins prize for insights into the machinery inside our cells | Cambridge Independent | MRC research in the news | Scoop.it
Cambridge computational biologist wins Blavatnik Award for work on key proteins in our bodies
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Dr Babu from the the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge has been named Life Sciences Laureate at the 2018 Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists in the United Kingdom for his work.
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Genes discovery opens door to osteoarthritis treatment | Daily Mail

Genes discovery opens door to osteoarthritis treatment | Daily Mail | MRC research in the news | Scoop.it
Scientists have found nine genes which are linked to the painful joint disease.
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The UK Biobank is part-funded by the MRC.
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Can you cheat the ageing process? Secrets of 'super-agers' revealed | Telegraph

Can you cheat the ageing process? Secrets of 'super-agers' revealed | Telegraph | MRC research in the news | Scoop.it
Patrick Cangley covers 160 miles a week in the saddle of his bicycle.
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Professor Ilaria Bellantuono, from the University of Sheffield, explains: “Genes are far less important to ageing well than exercise and nutrition. Genetic components play a very small part compared with lifestyle factors such as obesity, sedentary lifestyles, stress and even inequality. Some genes will give you an advantage, but you can modulate your genes and give yourself the same advantages if you exercise.” 

Prof Bellantuono is a scientist at the MRC/Arthritis Research UK Centre for Integrated Research into Musculoskeletal Ageing.
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Plastic: WHO launches health review | BBC

Plastic: WHO launches health review | BBC | MRC research in the news | Scoop.it

"The World Health Organization is to launch a review into the potential risks of plastic in drinking water. It will assess the latest research into the spread and impact of so-called microplastics - particles that are small enough to be ingested."

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For Dr Stephanie Wright of the MRC-PHE Centre for Environment and Health at King’s College London, the priority is to understand how much microplastic we are exposed to, and exactly what happens to it inside us.
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Diabetes news: New genetic variants could lower Type 2 diabetes risk | Express

Diabetes news: New genetic variants could lower Type 2 diabetes risk | Express | MRC research in the news | Scoop.it

"Scientists have identified seven new genetic variants that could lower a person's risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, it emerged today. The research studied 451,000 people involved in the UK Biobank to find variations in certain genes."

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The UK Biobank is part-funded by the MRC.
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Menopause drug cuts hot flushes in just three days, research finds | Telegraph

Menopause drug cuts hot flushes in just three days, research finds | Telegraph | MRC research in the news | Scoop.it
A new menopause drug could dramatically cut hot flushes and sleeplessness in just three days, scientists say.
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The research was funded by the Medical Research Council and the National Institute for Health Research.
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Cardiovascular factors may up risk of severe urge incontinence | Nursing Times

Cardiovascular factors may up risk of severe urge incontinence | Nursing Times | MRC research in the news | Scoop.it
Patients with cardiovascular risk factors are more likely to also experience urgency urinary incontinence (UUI), according to UK researchers.
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The data was from the MRC National Survey for Health and Development birth cohort.
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£300 million fund will help elderly to stay in homes for longer | Telegraph

£300 million fund will help elderly to stay in homes for longer | Telegraph | MRC research in the news | Scoop.it
The elderly will be able to stay in their homes for longer under a multi-million government scheme to develop products and services to help Britain’s ageing population stay independent.
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The UK Dementia Research Institute is a joint project between the MRC, Alzheimer's Society and Alzheimer's Research UK.
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IVF to fix male infertility 'infringes human rights of women' argue scientists | Telegraph

IVF to fix male infertility 'infringes human rights of women' argue scientists | Telegraph | MRC research in the news | Scoop.it
Women are unfairly paying the price for men's falling fertility, scientists have warned.
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"Professor Richard Sharpe, from the Medical Research Council Centre for Reproductive Health at the University of Edinburgh, said ICSI was a crude method of by-passing a problem instead of treating it."
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Here's how Scotland can lead the UK in preventing birth defects | The National

Here's how Scotland can lead the UK in preventing birth defects | The National | MRC research in the news | Scoop.it

IN January 2016, our previous Public Health Minister announced, with barely a ripple, that Scotland might “go it alone” in preventing some…
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"[T]he foundation stone of international research on the massive preventative effect of sufficient Vitamin B9 at the time of conception was a large random controlled trial (RCT) sponsored by the British Medical Research Council in 1991 .."
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Cot death could partly be down to genetic mutation, say researchers | The Guardian

Cot death could partly be down to genetic mutation, say researchers | The Guardian | MRC research in the news | Scoop.it
Rare mutation associated with breathing muscles is key to sudden infant death syndrome, says study in Lancet
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The rare genetic mutation is associated with the breathing muscles. “Previously the whole focus of trying to understand it was either the heart or the brain cells controlling breathing,” said Professor Michael Hanna of the MRC Centre for Neuromuscular Diseases at University College London, one of the authors of a new paper in The Lancet.
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Three-month chemo as 'effective as six after bowel cancer surgery' | Nursing Times

Three-month chemo as 'effective as six after bowel cancer surgery' | Nursing Times | MRC research in the news | Scoop.it
Many patients receiving chemotherapy following surgery for bowel cancer may only need three months treatment rather than the six months currently given, according to researchers.
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The study was funded through a partnership between the National Institute for Health Research and the Medical Research Council.
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You CAN die of loneliness: Social isolation could raise chance of premature death by 50%, study says | Daily Mail

You CAN die of loneliness: Social isolation could raise chance of premature death by 50%, study says | Daily Mail | MRC research in the news | Scoop.it
A major study published today also suggests that social isolation can increase the chance of a stroke by 39 per cent and premature death by up to 50 per cent.
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The UK Biobank is part-funded by the MRC.
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Poorest 'suffer most' from easy local access to alcohol | BBC

Poorest 'suffer most' from easy local access to alcohol | BBC | MRC research in the news | Scoop.it
Researchers have found those on the lowest incomes are more likely to drink too much if availability is high.
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The Scottish Collaboration for Public Health Research and Policy is co-funded by the MRC and CSO.
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Macular degeneration: 'I've been given my sight back' | BBC

Macular degeneration: 'I've been given my sight back' | BBC | MRC research in the news | Scoop.it
Two patients have had pioneering stem cell therapy to restore their vision.
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The development of this therapy was funded by the MRC.
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The dementia research needed to help cure Alzheimer's | Telegraph

The dementia research needed to help cure Alzheimer's | Telegraph | MRC research in the news | Scoop.it

"Dr David Reynolds, the chief scientific officer for Alzheimer’s Research UK, says now is the time for dementia research to take a crucial step forward and translate scientific findings into treatments."

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"A major part of the Government’s response has been to launch the UK Dementia Research Institute (UK DRI). With a £150 million investment through the Medical Research Council, and a further £50 million from both the Alzheimer’s Society and Alzheimer’s Research UK, more than 400 scientists will take up roles at its network of centres."
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Early menarche and menopause linked to cardiovascular disease risk – study | The Guardian

Early menarche and menopause linked to cardiovascular disease risk – study | The Guardian | MRC research in the news | Scoop.it

"Increase cardiovascular screening for women who start their periods at a young age or those reaching menopause early, experts suggest."

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The UK Biobank is part-funded by the MRC.
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Heart health: This could be a good indicator of your heart being in good condition | Express

Heart health: This could be a good indicator of your heart being in good condition | Express | MRC research in the news | Scoop.it
A STRONG hand grip is a good indicator of a healthy heart, a new study claimed today.
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The UK Biobank is part-funded by the MRC.
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DNA tests can predict intelligence, scientists show for first time | Telegraph

DNA tests can predict intelligence, scientists show for first time | Telegraph | MRC research in the news | Scoop.it
Intelligence could be measured with a swab of saliva, or drop of blood, after scientists showed for the first time that a person’s IQ can be predicted just by studying their DNA.
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The UK Biobank is part-funded by the MRC.
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Inevitable muscle wasting of old age could be stopped, scientists believe | Telegraph

Inevitable muscle wasting of old age could be stopped, scientists believe | Telegraph | MRC research in the news | Scoop.it
The inevitable muscle wasting of old age could be stopped, scientists believe, after discovering why people become frail as they grow older.
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The study was funded by the Lifelong Health and Wellbeing cross-Council initiative, led by the MRC.
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Sir John Sulston human genome pioneer dies | BBC

Sir John Sulston human genome pioneer dies | BBC | MRC research in the news | Scoop.it
Sir John Sulston, a key figure in the race to decode the human genome, has died at the age of 75.
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Sir Sulston joined the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology where he conducted research on C. elegans in 1969.
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Alzheimer’s disease will become manageable like HIV, say award-winning scientists | Telegraph

Alzheimer’s disease will become manageable like HIV, say award-winning scientists | Telegraph | MRC research in the news | Scoop.it
Alzheimer’s sufferers may be able to live with the disease without the devastating symptoms within the next few decades, scientists said as they were awarded the Brain Prize for their work fighting the illness.
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Professor Michel Goedert conducted this award-winning research at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge and Professors John Hardy and Bart De Strooper have received MRC funding during their careers.
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