Silver treats cancer as effectively as chemo

For some time, silver has had something of a folk reputation as a treatment for cancer.

New-found hormone boosts body's fat-burning ability

Medical researchers in Boston say they've discovered a hormone that boosts the amount of energy a body burns, raising hopes of a new treatment for obesity and diabetes.

Brain 'pacemaker' used to treat depression

A new way of stimulating the brains of people with depressive disorders  has been found to be effective in more than half of cases.

Treating cancer... with Viagra

Cancerous mice given sildenafil – the active ingredient in Viagra – survive more than twice as long as untreated animals, scientists have discovered.

Team overrides faulty genetic signalling for first time

Scientists have discovered an entirely new way to change the genetic code, bringing hope of treatments for devastating genetic disorders such as cystic fibrosis, muscular dystrophy and many forms of cancer.

Scientists discover new mechanism for sight

New research has disclosed a completely new mechanism for vision, showing it's still possible to see even when the retina has been completely destroyed.     

Team grows retina from stem cells

UC Irvine researchers have created a retina from human embryonic stem cells, the first time they've been used to create a three-dimensional tissue structure.