Behind The Headlines

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Brain steroids provide MS clue

Friday Sep 23 2011

According to the Daily Mirror, there is a “daily pill to prevent or even cure multiple sclerosis in the pipeline”. The newspaper says that “experts are ready to start human trials on the pills and hope they could be widely available...

New motor neurone disease gene

Thursday Sep 22 2011

The Daily Telegraph reported that there would be a blood test for inherited motor neurone disease ‘in months’. The newspaper reported that a cross-university team has “pinpointed the genetic fault ...

Can vitamin B prevent Alzheimer's?

Wednesday Sep 14 2011

“A daily 10p vitamin pill could prevent millions of people being struck down by Alzheimer’s disease,” the Daily Express has today reported. In a front-page story the newspaper said that vitamin B can...

Brain clots linked to elderly walking problems

Tuesday Sep 6 2011

“Tiny clots in the brain may be the cause of some signs of old age such as stooped posture and restricted movement,” reports the BBC. This story is based on a study that assessed movement problems in older people...

Stroke stem cell trial extended

Friday Sep 2 2011

The world’s first clinical trial of brain stem cells to treat stroke has recorded no adverse effects to date, BBC News has reported. The BBC website reports that research using stem cells to treat strokes “is set to...

Special report: Alzheimer's in the news

Friday Aug 12 2011

Alzheimer's disease is a major topic of health news stories, which regularly cover everything from potential cures to possible ways to prevent the disease in the first place. With an estimated 465,000 of cases of Alzheimer's disease in the UK...

New genetic clues to MS

Thursday Aug 11 2011

“Scientists have discovered 29 new gene variants that are implicated in multiple sclerosis,” The Guardian has today reported. These genetic variants were identified in an international project reported to...

Memory loss 'reversed in monkeys'

Friday Jul 29 2011

“Memory decline reversed in tests on monkeys,” reported The Daily Telegraph. The newspaper went on to say that “a cure for memory loss in middle and old age could be a step closer thanks to a drug which...

Optimism 'reduces stroke risk'

Friday Jul 22 2011

“Being an optimist can cut your risk of stroke,” the Daily Mail has reported today. The newspaper says that looking on the bright side of things can have a direct positive effect on physical health. The news...

Study of seven Alzheimer's risk factors

Tuesday Jul 19 2011

“Half of all Alzheimer’s disease cases could be prevented by lifestyle changes such as exercise, eating healthily and not smoking”, the Daily Mail has today reported. The newspaper says that...

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