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Sources of funding in the development of therapies for Huntington’s disease

Leora Fox, Jennifer Simpson and George Yohrling from the Huntington’s Disease Society of America explore the sources of funding in the development of therapies for Huntington’s disease (HD).
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UK helps in the fight against Ebola virus disease

The UK Public Health Rapid Support Team is being deployed to the Democratic Republic of Congo to help control the outbreak of Ebola virus disease

The Aplastic Anaemia Trust (AAT) launches its new research strategy

Today, The Aplastic Anaemia Trust (AAT) launches their new research strategy, inviting prospective applicants to come forward with proposals for truly translational research into aplastic anaemia (AA), as CEO Grazina Berry reveals
duchenne muscular dystrophy

Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD)

Associate Professor and Director of Medical School Curriculum at the University of Illinois, Dr Ahlke Heydemann underlines Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) – a debilitating, progressive muscle weakening disease.
Cereal Species

The nutritional quality of minor cereals and their role in the human diet

Ismail Čakmak of Sabanci University sheds light on the nutritional quality of minor cereals and their importance in the human diet.
parkinson's disease

New research may benefit patients with early stage Parkinson’s disease

A new study published in the Movement Disorders journal, has paved the way for more research into identifying markers of progression for patients in the early stages of Parkinson’s disease
anti-infectives challenge

An international approach to the anti-infectives challenge

Professor Colin Suckling from the University of Strathclyde discusses the need for global collaboration on the anti-infectives challenge.
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New bovine TB advisory service hopes to protect cattle in the UK

A new advisory scheme will allow UK farmers with at-risk cattle to access expert advice and protect their cows against bovine TB
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Membranous nephropathy: A renal auto-immune disease

Professor Pierre Ronco describes advances in our understanding of membranous nephropathy and the promise of precision medicine to treat the disease A rare disease which affects the kidney, membranous nephropathy is the second-most common cause of nephrotic syndrome, which is characterised by massive protein loss in the urine. The consequence...
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The role of small heat shock proteins in human diseases

Professor Serena Carra and her collaborators are investigating the important role of small heat shock proteins in age-related neurodegenerative diseases Cells are frequently exposed to stress conditions that can damage their proteome, with consequences for their viability. To maintain a healthy proteome and preserve cell function, cells evolved a protein...

Where will our new medicines come from?

A view from one of the drug discovery teams at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland Earlier this year I completed a three-year term as a ‘Public Partner’ on the Scottish Medicines. Consortium (SMC), which is the body that advises the National Health Service in Scotland on the cost-effectiveness of medicines....
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Health research – the Canadian way

Open Access Government looks at how health research can play a pivotal role in preventing major diseases throughout the country  Over the decades we have changed the way we live, which can have a major impact on our health. For example, new technologies we use and the environment can all...

Translating basic immunology to innovative and sustainable solutions for animal health and welfare

Infectious diseases are a major cause for animal suffering and production losses in livestock and at the same time, often being zoonotic, represent a serious hazard for food safety. Combating infectious diseases of livestock is, therefore, a top priority on the veterinary and public health agenda. Mass use of...

Can TB be eliminated altogether?

Dr Masoud Dara, Senior Advisor at the World Health Organization explains the challenges of tackling TB to Editor Laura Evans, and why antibiotic resistance is such a problem… According to the World Health Organization, infectious diseases are caused by ‘pathogenic microorganisms, such as bacteria, viruses, parasites and fungi. Such diseases...

Innovative solutions for healthcare challenges

European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, Vytenis Andriukaitis spoke at eHealth week in Riga about how digital applications are integral to tackling today’s health challenges in Europe When I started as a practising medical doctor, we kept handwritten health records and had face to face consultations. There was no...

The danger of the status quo

Why we need new interventions to battle mosquito-borne diseases Mosquitoes are the most dangerous creature in the world. They kill one person every 12 seconds and infect hundreds of millions of people each year with serious diseases. Aedes aegypti is a particularly harmful species because it mainly bites people and...


In recent decades Dengue has become one of the most uncontrolled and neglected infectious diseases, especially in the tropical and sub-tropical regions of the world. It is believed that societal and ecological changes/movement during the World wars increased vector-borne diseases, and dengue hyperendemicity began in the Southeast Asian regions,...
Fighting back against antibiotic resistance

Fighting back against antibiotic resistance

Danilo Lo Fo Wong, Programme Manager on Antimicrobial Resistance at the World Health Organization (WHO) tells Editor Laura Evans that antibiotic resistance is a global problem and needs to be stopped now Each year it is estimated that around 25,000 people die of antibiotic-resistant bacterial infections acquired in hospitals, throughout...
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EU funding for health, demographic change and wellbeing projects

Sarah Collen-Godman, Senior Policy Manager – NHS European Office at the NHS Confederation discusses how the Horizon 2020 programme will help to address major societal challenges Horizon 2020, Europe’s research and innovation programme, was launched at the beginning of 2014 and will run until 2020. It is the EU’s overarching, multi-disciplinary...
A biosecurity and disease control partnership

DARD sheds light on poultry disease control

The Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD) in Northern Ireland sheds light on how government and the poultry industry are working together to help reduce epizootic diseases. Poultry diseases greatly reduce the efficiency of food production, both in developed and Third World countries. Governments regulate certain diseases where it is in...

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