Super-surgeries of 40 GPs are in the pipeline
'Cure grown for Parkinson's'
Brain cells grown in the laboratory could provide a cure for Parkinson's, epilepsy and Alzheimer's, report The Independent and Metro.
US researchers reported in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that they had
generated fully mature adult brain cells in the laboratory. So far the work has only been done with animal cells.
Professor Chris Higgins, director of the MRC Clinical Sciences Centre, said: 'These studies are often reported as breakthroughs but in reality there has been an accrual
of data. There's a lot of work being done but it will be five to 10 years before any treatments come on the market.'
'Chlamydia vaccine in a sniff'
A vaccine that can be sniffed could protect against chlamydia infection, the Daily Mail claims.
US researchers told delegates at the American Microbiology Society meeting in Atlanta that a nasal vaccine to protect against chlamydia led to the production of antibodies in animal tests. The vaccine comprises the chlamydia vaccine attached to a weakened form of flu.
Dr William Ford-Young, RCGP sexual health spokesman, said: 'We'd welcome any development to reduce the transmission of STIs, but immunisation against one STI does not protect against the others. We would still need to think carefully about the risks we take with our sexual behaviour.'
'Chemicals ruining fertility'
Chemicals and hormones could be to blame for falling male fertility, according to the Daily Mail.
A feature in the newspaper discusses recent
studies linking a mother's exposure to chemicals with the fertility of offspring. Research suggests exposure can reduce sperm count in future generations.
Dr Allan Pacey, senior lecturer in andrology at the University of Sheffield, said: 'We know today's men generally have lower sperm counts than their fathers, but a direct link with chemical
exposure is still largely lacking. Patients should be reassured
that a lower sperm count does
not necessarily mean lower fertility.'
'Diet prevents Alzheimer's'
You can avoid Alzheimer's disease simply by changing your diet, the Daily Mail claims.
The feature includes extracts fromThe Alzheimer's Prevention Plan by a nutritionist. It lists 14 contributing causes to Alzheimer's and claims everything except genetic predisposition can be prevented with a special diet.
Professor Clive Ballard, director of research at the Alzheimer's Society, said: 'The evidence base for dietary changes affecting many of the factors mentioned is weak. GPs should advise patients that we do not know yet exactly what causes Alzheimer's, nor are there ways that we can reverse it, but as we carry out more research we would recommend leading a healthy lifestyle.'