New Medical Research Society
Non-technical summaries of research: Non-technical summaries of all research projects sponsored by public bodies should help readers without a medical or scientific background better understand recent advances.
Research Publications Database
Research publications databases consist of the summary data (including abstracts) of over research publications on specific conditions, derived from sources such as medical publications including the Journal of Medicine, sorted by year and linkable to form one large database to download. It is intended to be an easily accessible database of research record for researchers, healthcare professionals and patients who study an illness or who are involved with the management of patients.
Projects dealing with the verification of potentially important genes continue to receive substantial contributory funding from private and public backers alike. The project at the University of Glasgow is one of a number of ongoing research projects seeking to identify a 'biomarker' using novel microarray technology.
Research report — Increased neutrophil apoptosis in people with chronic fatigue syndrome.
A new study is described in The British Medical Journal. The short report says, "Evidence is emerging that people with chronic fatigue syndrome may have a detectable immunological abnormality..." Read the item in full at the BMJ website; and the comments at the Journal of Clinical Pathology, including a response by the authors. The original paper, in the August 2014 issue of the Journal of Clinical Pathology, reports evidence of increased neutrophil apoptosis (programmed cell death) in patients.
Recent Brain research: Brain gray matter reduction
In the July 2014 issue of the journal Neuroimage, scientists in the Netherlands report reductions in 'gray matter' in the brain in two groups of ill patients compared with matched healthy people. Together with a recent Japanese report of reduced gray-matter volume in the bilateral prefrontal cortex of the brain in patients, the results raise the intriguing possibility of a new objective and quantitative tool for clinical diagnosis.
New biomedical study of young people
A unique study of biochemical markers in the blood of young people is to begin later in the year.. The investigation will test whether biochemical abnormalities similar to those already observed in adults also exist in a group of children.