Drug target for curing the common cold

UK scientists believe they may have found a way to combat the common cold.

Rather than attacking the virus itself, which comes in hundreds of versions, the treatment targets the human host, according to BBC.

It blocks a key protein in the body's cells that cold viruses normally hijack to self-replicate and spread.

This should stop any cold virus in its tracks if given early enough, lab studies suggest. Safety trials in people could start within two years.

Forget the expensive anti-ageing skin creams! An apple a day keeps the wrinkles at bay – for women

Forget expensive face creams or anti-ageing lotions.

The secret to staying young-looking can actually be found in your fruit bowl – if you are a woman, according to Daily Mail.

Scientists have found women who eat a diet rich in fresh fruit and vegetables have fewer wrinkles when they pass the age of 50 than those who don't eat as healthily.

But eating well apparently makes no difference to a man's facial appearance, researchers found.

Women who ate more bread, red meat and sweets had more wrinkles. 

Why you MUST get your seven hours' sleep

Getting just six hours, or less, sleep a night raises people's risk of depression by up to 80 percent, new research suggests, according to Daily Mail.

Having just one hour under the recommended seven hours of shut eye a night also increases people's risk of feeling nervous, helpless or restless by between 60 and 80 percent, a study found.

Women are particularly sensitive to the effects of insomnia, which the researchers believe may be due to their hormones making them more at risk of depression anyway. 

Bath additives for child eczema ineffective

Bath oils used to help treat eczema in children offer no meaningful benefit as part of their care, study finds.

Emollient bath additives are estimated to make up as much as a third of the cost of treating eczema in the UK, according to BBC.

Eggs not linked to cardiovascular risk, despite conflicting advice

Researchers aim to help clear up conflicting dietary advice around egg consumption, as a new study finds eating up to 12 eggs per week for a year did not increase cardiovascular risk factors in people with pre-diabetes and type 2 diabetes, according to Science Daily.

The research extends on a previous study that found similar results over a period of three months.

In the initial trial, participants aimed to maintain their weight while embarking on a high-egg (12 eggs per week) or low-egg (less than two eggs per week) diet, with no difference in cardiovascular risk markers identified at the end of three months.