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Drugs ‘can prevent breast cancer’

Drugs ‘can prevent breast cancer’

Women at high risk of developing breast cancer should be given preventative drugs, according to an international panel of cancer experts.Writing in the Lancet Oncology, they said drugs such as tamoxifen could reduce the chances of developing breast cancer.Such a policy would be similar to …

Sleep hormone ‘may slow dementia’

Sleep hormone ‘may slow dementia’

A drug containing the sleep hormone melatonin is to be tested in Scotland to find out if it helps reduce the effects of dementia.Glasgow-based firm, CPS Research, aims to recruit 50 people with Alzheimer’s disease for the clinical trial of the drug, Circadin. Alzheimer’s patients …

Antibiotics have ‘little effect’ on cough and phlegm

Antibiotics have ‘little effect’ on cough and phlegm

Taking antibiotics for a bad cough which produces green or yellow phlegm is of little benefit, says Cardiff University research.A study of over 3,000 adults from across Europe found that patients producing coloured phlegm are more likely to be prescribed antibiotics by their GP. Yet …

Early-warning diabetes test hope

Early-warning diabetes test hope

Experts believe a simple blood test could spot diabetes up to 10 years before the first symptoms of the disease occur.By looking at levels of five amino acids in the blood US researchers were able to correctly identify people who went on to develop type …

Thousands are ‘at risk of alcohol death’

Thousands are ‘at risk of alcohol death’

Poor alcohol regulation could cost up to 250,000 lives in England and Wales over the next 20 years, doctors warn.Writing in The Lancet, leading liver disease specialists say measures including a minimum price of 50p per unit are urgently needed. They also said the coalition …

Protein in brain linked to autism

Protein in brain linked to autism

Scientists have shown how a single protein may trigger autistic spectrum disorders by stopping effective communication between brain cells.The team from Duke University in North Carolina created autistic mice by mutating the gene which controls production of the protein, Shank3.The animals exhibited social problems, and …

Cholesterol drugs could cut clots

Cholesterol drugs could cut clots

Drugs which can regulate levels of cholesterol in the blood may also reduce the risk of dangerous clots, say scientists.Blood clots can result in stroke or heart attack. Researchers, writing in the journal Blood, reduced the size and stability of blood clots in mice and …