Today’s news focuses on a “revolutionary” polypill which combines a commonly used statin with three blood pressure reducing drugs. Trials at Queen Mary, University of London, showed the pill reduced bad cholesterol by 39% and blood pressure by 12% on over-50s. The British Heart Foundation has called for the pill to hit the markets as a matter of urgency, report the BBC, The Telegraph and several other nationals today.
Further good news from The Independent focuses on a cure for aids – the article says researchers believe the time may have come to think the unthinkable as a growing body of expert opinion believes a cure for HIV is no longer a scientific impossibility but a realistic goal that scientists could reach in the very near future. They state the example of the “Berlin patient”, an American gay man called Timothy Brown who received a bone marrow transplant in 2007 while a student in Germany. The transplant was undertaken to treat a type of blood cancer but in the process it also apparently cured Mr Brown of his HIV infection.