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The Science Media Centre is not restricted to reacting to the headlines, and has helped scientists to more proactively set the agenda by bringing new science or evidence to journalists. This comes from our regular briefings, which take a variety of forms and cover a wide range of topics. Many are background briefings introducing journalists to the best experts and science on controversial issues like nuclear waste, nanotechnology, emerging diseases, or animal research, for example. They may also be news briefings where the SMC works with scientists to give the national media a new story on developments within science, whether it’s a report on climate change, a paper on stem cells being published in a leading journal, or science funding cuts in the latest budget. In addition, the SMC encourages leading experts to ‘speak out’ to the media about developments they believe may pose a threat to scientific research – not something science has been renowned for.

AI in healthcare: reality vs science fiction

Artificial intelligence (AI) represents a fascinating new frontier in medicine, promising faster and more accurate diagnoses, an increased ability to identify and treat vulnerable patients, and a more efficient and streamlined service that can free up the time of health care professionals. read more

The future of food and health research

Lifespan is increasing but healthspan is not.  Diet-related illness is a cause of 350 million deaths each year globally, and is now the number one cause of death and ill health in the UK. read more

Britain’s mammals 2018

The first comprehensive review of British mammal populations for more than 20 years will be launched by The Mammal Society … read more

Prof Mel Greaves – why do children get leukaemia?

We’ve heard from scientists that childhood leukaemia may be a rare response to a common infection.  Others have aired their theories that things like electromagnetic radiation, power lines, and pollution may be responsible.  But what does the evidence show?  Do we know why some children get leukaemia and others don’t? read more

Cochrane review on the HPV vaccine

Recent media stories have aired the argument that teenage boys should be given the HPV vaccine as well as girls.  And some campaign groups believe the HPV vaccine has damaged some teenage girls.  But what does the evidence say about how well the vaccine works at preventing cervical cancer in women? read more

Biosimilars for cancer

The development and use of biologic drugs – such as Herceptin and Mabthera – has revolutionised the treatment of many cancers, and biological medicines now make up the largest spending area in the NHS medicines budget. read more

Male fertility- the issues and the evidence

Plenty of attention has been given female infertility over the years, leading to a variety of interventions for women with reproductive difficulties. However historically there has been much less recognition that male fertility may be equally as important to reproductive success, and subsequently comparatively little research in the field. read more

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