News An image of a mouse embryo with beating heart generated totally from STAP cells

Experts say the ground-breaking discovery could pave way for routine use of stem cells in medicine

Alzheimer’s treatment breakthrough: British scientists pave way for simple pill to cure disease

Historic ‘turning point’ hailed as UK researchers discover how to halt death of brain cells, opening new pathway for future drug treatments

Alzheimer’s research is promising but there’s a way to go

Good scientists are careful not to overplay the significance of their own research, let alone the research of others. So when leading lights in the field speak of possible “turning points” and “history”, it is worth sitting up and paying attention.

Case Study: Serkan Hussein

'It was helpful to meet someone who motivated me to go out and achieve.'

Trio win Nobel Prize in Chemistry for making Newton's classical physics work side-by-side with quantum physics

Three scientists have shared this year's Nobel Prize in chemistry. Martin Karplus, Michael Levitt and Arieh Warshel won the award for laying the foundation for computer models used to understand and predict chemical processes.

Steve Connor: The results so far arec good, but there's still a long way to go before an effective malaria vaccine is available

The vaccine known as "RTS,S", made by GlaxoSmithKline, was the first "candidate" vaccine against malaria and was initially developed as long ago as 1987. This fact alone indicates just how difficult and tortuous it is to manufacture a safe, reliable and effective vaccine against the malaria parasite.

EU’s ‘shame’ as it caves in to lobbying by tobacco giants over the sale and advertising of cigarettes

MEPs also rejected calls for e-cigarettes to be subject to the same regulation as nicotine replacement therapies such as patches and gum

World's first malaria vaccine which could be available from 2015 should not be viewed as a silver bullet against the disease, say scientists

British drug company GlaxoSmithKline seeking regulatory approval for vaccine to prevent disease which kills around 660,000 people every year

Grandfather picks up the wrong grandchild from school - and does not notice

Grandfather took the wrong six-year-old girl to a doctors appointment

Pregnancy pounds linked to obesity

Piling on pounds during pregnancy can lead to overweight children and might be contributing to rising obesity rates, research suggests.

‘A heaven for clinical trials, a hell for India’: Court orders government to regulate drugs testing by international pharmaceutical companies

Court orders government to regulate medical testing amid fears over industry’s safety

Tories unveil £400m cash boost to extend controversial cancer drugs fund

Controversial drugs scheme to be extended despite criticism from doctors

Former army head General Lord Dannatt: 'The risks are too high'

The Lariam scandal: Former head of army calls for ban on malaria drug

General Lord Richard Dannatt demands action after concerns that  Lariam can cause suicide

Krokodil: The heroin substitute is a real threat. We must warn of the potentially devastating effects

I have only seen one patient where I suspected he’d used Krokodil. But the potential for this drug to worsen the lives of homeless drug users is all too real

Between six and seven million people in the UK take statins every day to lower 'bad cholesterol' in the blood

Commonly prescribed statins can impair memory, says study

Between six and seven million people in the UK take the medicines every day to lower 'bad cholesterol' in the blood

Man’s penis amputated after Viagra overdose

Colombian farmer’s attempt to impress girlfriend ends in tragedy

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