Perfect painkiller? Safe alternative to opiates may have been found

The Independent has claimed: "Scientists discover what could be a `perfect` painkiller without side effects".

Opiate-based painkillers such as morphine are extremely effective in relieving pain. The problem is that they are also addictive if taken on a medium- to long-term basis. Also morphine, if taken at high

Posted On August 19, 2016

New weapon in superbug war may be right under our noses

"Antibiotic resistance: `snot wars` study yields new class of drugs," BBC News reports.

Researchers studying a type of bacteria found in many people`s nostrils have used this knowledge to develop a possible new antibiotic called lugdunin.

While it has not yet been tested in humans, this is a development

Posted On July 28, 2016

Chlamydia vaccine research `shows early progress`

"Could a nose spray prevent chlamydia?" asks the Daily Mail, one of several media outlets reporting on promising research to develop a vaccine for the sexually transmitted disease (STI).

Canadian researchers found mice treated with an experimental vaccine given as a nasal spray fought off infection with a mouse

Posted On July 20, 2016

Reduced antibiotic prescribing did not raise serious infection rates

"Surgeries that handed out the fewest pills do not have higher rates of serious illnesses," the Daily Mail reports.

A new study looked at the impact of prescribing patterns of antibiotics by GPs. The researchers were particularly interested in seeing what happened in practices

Posted On July 07, 2016

Proof opiates are useful for chronic back pain `lacking`

"Powerful painkillers doled out in their millions are ineffective against back pain," the Daily Mail reports.

An Australian review found evidence for the effectiveness of opiate-based painkillers, such as tramadol and oxycodone, for chronic back pain was "lacking".

The review pooled the findings of

Posted On May 24, 2016

Review calls for global action to tackle antibiotic resistance crisis

"Superbugs will kill someone every three seconds by 2050 unless the world acts now," BBC News reports.

A review commissioned by the UK government says wide-ranging action is required at a global level to prevent a post-antibiotic future.

The review panel, chaired by economist Jim O`Neill, warns that without

Posted On May 20, 2016

New drug `effective` for those with intolerable statin side effects

"A breakthrough drug can slash levels of bad cholesterol by half without the side effects of statins," the Daily Mail reports.

Statins are a class of drug used to reduce high cholesterol levels, they are often given to people thought

Posted On April 04, 2016

Paracetamol `useless` in treating osteoarthritis pain

"Paracetamol is next to useless at alleviating arthritic pain," The Times reports. A comprehensive review of existing data suggests paracetamol should not be used in cases of osteoarthritis as there are far more effective treatments available.

Osteoarthritis is now the

Posted On March 18, 2016

Could statins treat common cause of vision loss?

"Statins could be miracle cure for blindness," reports the Express, following a new study into dry age-related macular degeneration (AMD), one of the leading causes of blindness in adults.

AMD is a condition caused by damage to part of the back

Posted On February 05, 2016

Last line in antibiotic resistance under threat - News update

News update – December 22 2015

BBC News has reported that "bacteria that resist the most common antibiotic of last resort – colistin [see below] – have been discovered in the UK".

Researchers from Public Health England found resistant strains in 15 of the 24,000 bacterial samples it ke

Posted On December 22, 2015

Antibiotic use in farm animals `threatens human health`

"Farmers need to dramatically cut the amount of antibiotics used in agriculture, because of the threat to human health, a report says," according to BBC News.

The concern is agricultural antibiotic use is driving up levels of antibiotic resistance

Posted On December 09, 2015

Experts call for more research into ADHD drug Ritalin

"The drug Ritalin should be prescribed with caution as the quality of evidence available about its benefits and risks is poor," the Mail Online reports. A review of available evidence found no high-quality evidence about both the benefits and risks.

Researchers aimed to assess the beneficial and harmful effects

Posted On November 27, 2015