Have scientists solved the mystery of the itch? Nerve cell breakthrough could lead to radical new treatments

Have scientists solved the mystery of why we itch The amazing images that could lead to radical new treatments Researchers believe they have found specialised nerve cells that detect itchy sensationsUsed flourescent cells in mice to track their reactions and pinpoint itch cells Hope to develop new anti-itch treatments | UPDATED: 19:20 GMT, 28 December 2012 Scientists have discovered nerve cells that deal solely with itching sensations in a major breakthrough for pain relief.

A spoonful of sugar really CAN help the medicine go down

Mary Poppins was right! A spoonful of sugar really CAN help the medicine go down Babies given sugar before jabs show less distressBut it's not yet clear if sugar also helps relieve pain By Emily Payne PUBLISHED: 19:55 GMT, 12 December 2012 | UPDATED: 20:11 GMT, 12 December 2012 Childhood favourite Mary Poppins had some great advice Mary Poppins may well have been onto something.

Smoking cigarettes DOES make your hangover worse

Another reason to rethink that late-night cigarette: Smoking DOES make your hangover worse People who smoke before drinking more likely to experience a hangover and more intense symptoms than those who don'tCigarette smoke contains the chemical acetaledhyde, which is also present in alcohol and has been linked to hangoversResearchers suggest the nicotine in cigarettes could have a negative effect on the nervous system | UPDATED: 12:19 GMT, 5 December 2012 You could regret it tomorrow: Smoking was found to worsen hangover symptoms among students in a U.S study For anyone who has had one too many drinks on a night out, a dry mouth, pounding head and nausea will be all too familiar symptoms the morning after.

Why your BRAIN could be making you fat: Scientists discover some people lack a brain receptor linked to obesity

It's not all about calories and exercise – your BRAIN could also be making you fat Some people's brains unable to process hormone that regulates appetite, leading to weight gain Discovery paves way for targeted obesity drugs | UPDATED: 10:34 GMT, 15 October 2012 We are constantly told it’s a consequence of eating too much and not moving enough.

Scientists "unlock secret of how long-term memories are formed": Identification of molecules may herald new treatments for Alzheimer"s…

Scientists solve the mystery of long term memory in breakthrough that could lead to new treatments for Alzheimer's and Parkinson'sMemories of places and objects are believed to be formed in the hippocampusExperiments with mice were able to isolate context memories from audio cue memoriesResearch may lead to new treatments for debilitating diseases | UPDATED: 16:14 GMT, 10 September 2012 Scientists believe they have discovered the molecules which help form long term memory Scientists have taken a major step towards understanding how human long-term memories are formed, offering hope to Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s victims.

Pregnancy is safe for women after breast cancer – and may even have a protective effect

Pregnancy is safe for women after breast cancer – and may even have a protective effect Pregnancy boosts oestrogen levels but did not trigger cancer's return | UPDATED: 10:19 GMT, 21 March 2012 Breast cancer sufferers in remission have been told for the first time it is safe for them to become pregnant.

Ancient plant remedy used by Inca tribes could end pain of toothache – and even help with irritable bowel syndrome

Rainforest remedy to cure toothache: Amazonian plant is turned into painkilling gel The plant has no known side effects and might even replace uncomfortable anaesthetic injections | UPDATED: 00:58 GMT, 14 March 2012 The agony of toothache can leave you willing to go to the ends of the earth in search of a cure.

Cannabis compound "eases nerve pain caused by cancer drugs"

Cannabis compound “eases nerve pain caused by cancer drugs” Cannabis can help ease the pain suffered by cancer patients after chemotherapy, say scientists. They found a chemical in the class B drug prevents some of the side effects that develop following treatment, particularly for victims of breast tumours. Dr Sara Jane Ward and a team from Temple University, Philadelphia, found the second most abundant compound in the cannabis plant, stopped nerve pain caused by the drug Paclitaxel in female mice.