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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.

Diabetics could live eight years longer with special treatments

There is light on the horizon for some type 2 diabetic patients, shows new research. Patients lived significantly longer when following an intensive form of treatment that tackles a broad range of symptoms.

Scientists find possible cause for Alzheimer's

New results suggest a potential cause of Alzheimer’s, which could one day lead to early detection and treatment of this debilitating disease.

Diabetes epidemic threatens Greenland

GREENLAND: Type-2 diabetes barely existed in Greenland 50 years ago. But today the health system is struggling to control an emerging epidemic.

Scientists want to collect your DNA when you die

It will take 10 years to gather genetic information on half a million dead people. But is it ethical? And how will they do it?

Tick sequencing may eradicate Lyme disease

Scientists have mapped the tick genome. They now hope to eradicate the animal that infects humans with deadly Lyme disease.

Breakthrough for depression, schizophrenia, and high blood pressure

Scientists have mapped the enzyme that transforms dopamine into noradrenaline. The discovery may lead to better treatment options for diseases such as depression, schizophrenia, and high blood pressure.

Possible breakthrough in the treatment of atherosclerosis

A new treatment of atherosclerosis with the drug cyclodextrin shows ‘promising’ results in mice.

Fibre and protein enhance gut bacteria in children

Diet is crucial when a child transitions from breast-milk to solid food and helps ensure they develop a rich diversity of gut bacteria, shows new research.

One in three chronic patients do not understand their illness

One in three patients with a chronic disease struggle to understand what their doctor tells them and don’t understand their own illness.