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Cancer

A question that makes perfect sense once you start thinking of our bodies as a constantly replicating collective of cells.
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Starving cancer

William Li presents a new way to think about treating cancer and other diseases: anti-angiogenesis, preventing the growth of blood vessels that feed a tumor. http://digg.com/video/can-we-eat-to-starve-cancer
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Early access

Severely ill patients and those with rare debilitating conditions could be given new medicines years before they are licensed, under new regulations.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-26553301
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Placebos

They are the miracle pills that shouldn't really do anything. Placebos come in all shapes and sizes, but they contain no active ingredient. And yet, mysteriously, they often seem to work. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-26191713
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Mendeley

A quick guide to using Mendeley is available at the link below:
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Space invaders

Can I let you in on a secret? Typing two spaces after a period is totally, completely, utterly, and inarguably wrong.
http://www.slate.com/articles/technology/technology/2011/01/space_invaders.html
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Expensive drugs

Why drugs are expensive: It's the science, stupid.
http://tinyurl.com/kw2hyrh
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Vitamin E

A daily dose of vitamin E could help people with dementia, research suggests. A study in the journal JAMA found people with mild to moderate Alzheimer's disease on high doses of vitamin E had a slower rate of decline than those given a dummy pill. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-25552768
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Body parts on a chip

It's relatively easy to imagine a new medicine, a better cure for some disease. The hard part, though, is testing it, and that can delay promising new cures for years. In this well-explained talk, Geraldine Hamilton shows how her lab creates organs and body parts on a chip, simple structures with all the pieces essential to testing new medications - even custom cures for one specific person.
http://www.ted.com/talks/geraldine_hamilton_body_parts_on_a_chip.html
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Stroke recovery

Cannabis may help to reduce brain damage after a stroke, new research suggests.
http://tinyurl.com/oc4tlk6
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Arthritis gel

A new topical gel could relieve the agony of arthritis without the side-effects of painkillers
http://tinyurl.com/qhqsw3g
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Post-Antibiotics

After 85 years, antibiotics are growing impotent. So what will medicine, agriculture and everyday life look like if we lose these drugs entirely?
https://medium.com/p/892b57499e77
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Rare disease

The global pharmaceutical industry has long leaned on blockbuster drugs for common ailments like high cholesterol, arthritis and erectile dysfunction for the bulk of its profits. But the looming expiry of patents in the US on many of these drugs, along with slowing approval rates for new mass market drugs in development, is forcing a shift into obscure diseases that affect the few rather than the many.
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Deadly drugs

These days we have access to a huge array of medicines to protect us from pain, disease and death. But, as Michael Mosley has been discovering, the source of many of our more remarkable medicines have been deadly poisons.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-24551945
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Eight cups

Drinking eight cups or two litres of water a day is longstanding advice. But is there any scientific basis for it, asks Dr Chris van Tulleken.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-24464774

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Poor wages

A personal reflection on pharmacy in Northern Ireland. Click here to read blog post.
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E-cigarettes

Electronic cigarettes will not have to be regulated as medicines in the EU following a vote by Members of the European Parliament yesterday (8 October 2013). http://tinyurl.com/ktf4afr
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Alzheimer's

The discovery of the first chemical to prevent the death of brain tissue in a neurodegenerative disease has been hailed as the "turning point" in the fight against Alzheimer's disease. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-24462699

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BNF update

Changes to the influenza vaccination programme to include children aged two to four years are reflected in this month's online update to the British National Formulary and the BNF for Children. http://www.pjonline.com/news/bnf66_updates_vaccination_and_iv_iron_advice
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Ageing

Going on a health kick reverses ageing at the cellular level, researchers say. The University of California team says it has found the first evidence a strict regime of exercise, diet and meditation can have such an effect. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-24111357
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