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Scientists on the brink of heart disease cure, 1m patients on hidden waiting list and retraining the brain to ease chronic back pain – this week’s Friday Five

Scientists ‘on brink’ of curing genetic heart disease Scientists believe they are only a few years away from finding a cure to genetic heart conditions that put 260,000 people in the UK at risk of sudden death each year. Researchers have been awarded £30m to develop the first ever cure for inherited heart muscle diseases…

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AI programme discovers structure of all known proteins, closure of the Tavistock clinic and the cause of the child Hepatitis outbreak – this week’s Friday Five

AI programme discovers the structure of almost all proteins known to science DeepMind, an AI company owned by the same parent company as Google, has used its AlphaFold technology to unveil the structure of more than 200 million proteins. The potential of this discovery has beneficial implications for a huge range of disciplines, including vaccine…

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Research questions link between low serotonin and depression, real-terms pay cuts for NHS staff and longer A&E waits for mental health patients – this week’s Friday Five

New research questions the link between chemical imbalance and depression UCL scientists have conducted a major review into if low serotonin levels are responsible for depression, finding that there is ‘no clear evidence’ to support the link. The studies lead author, Joanna Moncrieff, points out that many people take antidepressants as they are led to…