The BBC reports that a new drug named 'Draco' has the potential to kill cold viruses, swine flu, polio, dengue, and Ebola. Other drugs like interferon which work against viruses tend to produce an immune response that causes intense side effects; Draco appeared not to spark such a response.
Tests done on mice yielded positive results, but they have yet to be tested on actual humans. Says immunologist Hugh Pennington, "No-one can say when the next pandemic will occur, it may be next year or it may be in 100 years' time. [...] If we had a wonder drug like Draco might be, we could sleep much easier at night." However, some scientists are still skeptical, like Dr. Leo James. He says: "It is potentially very exciting but because the results are so unusual and because it was published in an unusual journal it needs to be proven by others."
Should you be taking supplements as part of your daily routine? Our bodies need a regular supply of a whole host of vitamins and minerals for good health, but how can you be sure that you are getting everything you need from your diet? Here, we take a look at some of the most important building blocks for a healthy body, and show you how you can make sure you have enough… Read more
For many of us, life has become much busier than it once was. Maybe now you have kids or you’ve just landed a job that you’ve always wanted. Whatever your reason for becoming busier, health is still of prime importance to all of us. Opting for a takeout after a long day at work, snacking on junk food throughout the day and choosing the couch over exercise are just some of the bad habits we tend to develop when things get a little hectic. Read more
It’s too often that we separate health and divide it into subsections. For example, we might look at a surface wound sustained through an injury different to an ankle pain. That might be because the treatment methods are different - the wound requires surgery while the ankle requires physio. It’s only natural that we see them as different things to be divided into brackets. Mental health is the same - we see stress as something different from an injury. Read more