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Scientists map how the brain fights viruses

New research has identified how the brain fights viral infections. The results may have implications for the fight against everything from multiple sclerosis to Alzheimer's disease, schizophrenia, and depression.

Old drugs can treat new diseases

Scientists find more that 30,000 possible new applications for existing drugs.

Male circumcision greatly increases risk of urinary tract problems

Circumcised boys are 16-26 times more likely to develop urinary tract problems, shows new research.

Scientists discover mechanisms behind aggressive forms of cancer

Scientists have discovered the mechanisms that can explain how cancer genes are switched on and off.

Malaria vaccine halts spread of cancer

Scientists have successfully used a malaria vaccine to neutralise sugars on the surface of cancer cells, preventing cancer from spreading throughout the body.

Sea snail poison holds key to new diabetes medicine

Sea snails use a quick-acting insulin to kill fish, which could be developed into an effective treatment for diabetes.

Scientists close to a cure for sickle cell anaemia

A new cure for sickle cell anaemia could be on the way following a breakthrough in CRISPR technology

2.5 million Europeans die from hospital infections every year

Infections acquired while in hospital cause more disability and premature death than we previously thought, say scientists.

Rural upbringing protects against asthma and allergies

Children born in in the countryside often have fewer allergies and asthma than kids born in cities, shows new research.

New cure for rare childhood diseases enters final phase of trials

If trials prove successful, a cure for previously untreatable rare childhood diseases will follow.