Research Briefs 091107

Gene protection against epilepsy
Inheriting two genetic mutations - Kcna1 and Cacna1a - may offer protection against epilepsy, according to US research. Researchers bred mice with the two genes, and when they occurred in the same mouse the animal did not suffer the sudden death associated with epilepsy (Nature Neuroscience Online 2007).

Heart problems worsen Alzheimer's memory loss
Alzheimer's disease sufferers who have high BP might suffer greater memory loss than those without vascular symptoms, US research suggests. The study, involving 135 Alzheimer's patients, found those who reported vascular factors saw their rate of cognitive decline accelerate twice as fast as those who had none (AAN Online 2007).

The sweet answer to infection
Honey could drive down rates of MRSA infection, according to UK research. Consultants from Bangor, North Wales said honey could be used where antibiotics have failed. Researchers treated wounds with honey and found they became sterile in three to 10 days.

Comment below and tell us what you think 

Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles and free email bulletins

Register

Already registered?

Sign in

Follow Us:

Just published

UK Houses of Parliament

Scrapping partnership model will not solve crisis in general practice, say NHS leaders

Scrapping the partnership model and moving to a salaried service will not solve the...

Dr Jackie Applebee

Doctors tell BMA to pull GP practices out of PCNs by 2023

The BMA has been told to organise the withdrawal of GP practices from PCNs by 2023...

GP consultation

3 in 10 doctors fear being blamed or facing legal action after admitting mistakes

Three in 10 doctors are worried about the repercussions of admitting to clinical...

BMA House entrance

Only 55% of Romney review recommendations on BMA sexism fully implemented

Only just over half of recommendations from the 2019 Romney review into sexism in...

BMA House entrance

GPs face pension tax penalties worth 'half their post-tax income'

Rapid swings in inflation could leave GPs facing pension tax penalties worth 'half...

Banknotes

BMA to demand significant pay rises to combat 15 years of real-term cuts

The BMA is set to demand significant pay rises for all doctors to undo over a decade...