Men with high levels of testosterone have a secret flaw - less effective immune systems, researchers have discovered
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Friday 09 December 2011
The three great names in British drug development for the past half century had the euphonious names of Jack, Black and Vane; and while Sir David Jack was the only one not to win a Nobel Prize this was largely due to chance, as his discoveries were equal to those of Sir James Black and Sir John Vane. Jack's contribution, with his team, was to develop the first inhaled asthma medicine, salbutamol (Ventolin). It relieved the wheezing of asthma almost instantaneously by going straight to the lungs, and only atiny dose was needed as it was not dispersed around the rest of the body. Previously, patients had to take ephedrine or similar compounds, wait up to half an hour for the drug to be absorbed, and put up with several hours of the tremors and palpitations that were the inevitable side-effects.
Tuesday 01 November 2011
DNA date-matching: a scientific shortcut to love?
Monday 05 September 2011
Fritz Bach worked in genetics, immunology and vascular biology, but was widely regarded as one of the pioneers in transplant research.
Saturday 20 August 2011
Baruj Benacerraf, who died on 9 August aged 90, was a Venezuelan immunologist who shared the 1980 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.
Thursday 11 August 2011
MS is one of the most common neurological conditions in young adults but there is a debate about how it is triggered
Friday 08 July 2011
Scientists have for the first time isolated single stem cells that give rise to many different types of blood cell, from the white cells of the immune system and the platelets that help to clot blood, to the red cells that carry oxygen around the body.
Tuesday 24 May 2011
Monday 07 February 2011
Potentially fatal childhood peanut allergies mainly affect better-off boys, research has shown.
Tuesday 11 January 2011
Monday 08 November 2010
Lily Allen’s hospitalisation with septicaemia has focused attention on a little understood but potentially fatal condition which affects thousands of people every year.
Friday 05 November 2010
It has remained a medical mystery for nearly 20 years. Scientists now believe they are close to understanding why a tiny proportion of people with HIV can live for many years without succumbing to Aids.
A cure for the common cold may finally be achieved as a result of a remarkable discovery in a Cambridge laboratory
Tuesday 02 November 2010
In a dramatic breakthrough that could affect millions of lives, scientists have been able to show for the first time that the body's immune defences can destroy the common cold virus after it has actually invaded the inner sanctum of a human cell, a feat that was believed until now to be impossible.
Wednesday 15 September 2010
New research holds out the hope of ending the misery of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) for many thousands of sufferers, it was revealed today.
Wednesday 30 June 2010
Britain's leading leukaemia charity has invented a painless new way to test whether someone is a match for a bone marrow transplant.
Monday 21 June 2010
Thousands of British children afflicted with a painful and crippling disease could have their lives transformed by a drug currently reserved for adults, research suggests.
Climate change: 2015 will be the hottest year on record 'by a mile', experts say
Senior British politicians tell David Cameron: When dead children are being washed up on beaches – it's time to act
Jeremy Corbyn calls Osama bin Laden's killing a 'tragedy' - but was it taken out of context?
If these extraordinarily powerful images of a dead Syrian child washed up on a beach don't change Europe's attitude to refugees, what will?
If you're not already angry about the refugee crisis, here's a history lesson to remind you why you really should be
Theresa May says migrants should be banned from entering the UK unless they have jobs lined up
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- 4 Make your voice heard: Sign The Independent's petition to welcome refugees
- 5 Refugee crisis: Aylan's life was full of fear - in death, he is part of 'humanity washed ashore'