Antibiotic restores cell communication in brain areas damaged by Alzheimer's-like disease in mice

New research has found a way to partially restore brain cell communication around areas damaged by plaques associated with Alzheimer's disease according to Science daily.

The findings, demonstrate a possible target and a potential drug treatment to reduce damage to the brain that occurs in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease. Using Ceftriaxone, an FDA-approved antibiotic used to treat bacterial infections, researchers were able to reduce synaptic disruption and clear the lines of neuronal communication in mice.

Drink to your health? Alcohol may prevent stroke & cardiovascular disease

Those who enjoy raising a glass after a hard day's work may now be justified. A new study has found that consuming a moderate amount of beer or spirits each day could help reduce the risk of stroke and cardiovascular disease.

The study, conducted by researchers at Pennsylvania State University and presented at the latest meeting of the American Heart Association, examined more than 80,000 healthy Chinese adults over a period of six years, according to RT.

Children who don't eat fruit and vegetables are more at risk of asthma

Having plenty of fruit and vegetables in your diet could prevent you from developing asthma, scientists claim according to Daily mail.

Children living in an area with a lack of healthy options are more at risk of having the common condition, new research suggests.

Nutrient rich foods help ward off the condition by boosting the immune system, it is believed.

Asthma is a common lung condition that causes occasional breathing difficulties in both adults and children.

Sore throat sufferers urged to take pharmacy test

Sore throat sufferers will be encouraged to visit their pharmacist instead of their GP for an on-the-spot test to see if they need antibiotics.

The walk-in service is aimed at reducing doctor appointments and to help reduce the over-use of antibiotics, NHS England said, according to BBC.

It is hoped the scheme could result in fewer visits to GPs -potentially saving the NHS mllions of pounds a year.

But pharmacies say cuts in funding to the sector could jeopardise the scheme.

Blood pressure, cholesterol drugs fail to slow cognitive decline

Taking medicines to lower blood pressure and cholesterol failed to prevent cognitive and functional declines in older adults with moderate risk of heart disease, according to results of a clinical trial presented.

The study was an offshoot of a more than 12,000-patient trial called Hope-3 released earlier this year. Patients in the study with hypertension and moderate risk of heart disease slashed their long-term risk of heart attack and stroke by 40 percent by taking a blood pressure medication as well as a cholesterol-lowering statin.