Science news: Jan 2014

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Vibrations influence the circadian clock of a fruit fly

A Drosophila fruit fly’s own movements can synchronise its circadian rhythm, according to research which has implications for treating circadian clock related diseases, such as insomnia and depression.
31 January 2014

Heart attack survival far lower in UK than Sweden

UK heart attack patients are far less likely to survive than their counterparts in Sweden, due to slower uptake of new technologies and treatments.
23 January 2014

Promising first results in gene therapy trial for inherited blindness

The first clinical trial of gene therapy for an inherited cause of progressive blindness shows that the therapy can be delivered without damaging the retina.
16 January 2014

Novel approach could prevent infection in patients with liver failure

Inhibiting a protein found in saliva may reduce infection, the most common cause of death, in patients with acute liver failure.
10 January 2014

New clues to how bacteria evade antibiotics

Scientists have made an important advance in understanding how a subset of bacterial cells escape being killed by many antibiotics.
09 January 2014

Infection can cause temporary loss of immunity to other diseases

Immunity following vaccination can be temporarily lost due to another infection, but replenished over time by immune cells called memory B cells.
02 January 2014

Surprising immune cell discovery may have cancer implications

The discovery of a new subset of T lymphocyte immune cells that can respond more quickly to immune threats may have implications for the treatment of cancer and immune disorders.
01 January 2014