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Dr Lucy Spain

Dr Lucy Spain was previously a Volunteer Writer at BioNews, having originally joined the publication under the auspices of its writing scheme. She is a clinical research technician at Lancaster University where she investigates a new diagnostic technique for osteoarthritis. She obtained her PhD in Medicine at the University of Sheffield, where her research focuses on the potential for physical therapies to treat low bone mass, and in particular the effects of whole body vibration on the ageing skeleton. Previously, she studied Biomedical Science at Sheffield, and undertook a research placement focusing on the development of the nervous system.


BioNews Review articles written by Dr Lucy Spain:
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TV Review: Science Club - Reproduction
19 November 2012 - by Dr Lucy Spain
Have you ever wondered how to extract your own DNA? Or if there's a scientific theory behind what makes the most attractive partner? If so then Dara O'Briain's Science Club is the (only?) programme for you.... [Read More]

BioNews News articles written by Dr Lucy Spain:
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Racehorse-tested stem cell therapy to be used against Achilles tendon condition
30 June 2014 - by Dr Lucy Spain
A stem cell therapy that is highly successful at keeping race horses in the fast lane is to be trialled in humans for the treatment of Achilles tendinopathy... [Read More]
Big breakfast might help counter common fertility problem
7 October 2013 - by Dr Lucy Spain
Eating a hearty breakfast can improve fertility in women with a common menstrual disorder, a small study suggests... [Read More]
Men 'caused menopause' by seeking younger women
17 June 2013 - by Dr Lucy Spain
Men's preference for younger partners has led to the development of the menopause in women, according to a recently published theory in PLOS Computational Biology.... [Read More]
Australia: successful pregnancy after 'groundbreaking' ovarian tissue transplant
3 December 2012 - by Dr Lucy Spain
A former cancer patient has become the first woman in Australia to become pregnant following the pioneering procedure of ovarian tissue transplantation... [Read More]
Genes linked to high blood pressure identified
26 November 2012 - by Dr Lucy Spain
Mutations in the genes for aldosterone and cortisol, hormones that regulate the circulatory system, have been identified as risk factors for hypertension, or high blood pressure... [Read More]
Gene therapy approved in Europe for first time
5 November 2012 - by Dr Lucy Spain
The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has approved Glybera, a gene therapy to treat a rare genetic condition, lipoprotein lipase deficiency (LPLD), for sale across Europe. Glybera is the first gene therapy to be approved for the Western market and offers the first therapeutic treatment for people with LPLD.... [Read More]
Chromosome screening may increase IVF success in older mothers
29 October 2012 - by Dr Lucy Spain
Using a new IVF technique could considerably increase older women's chances of pregnancy, a small clinical trial presented at a fertility conference suggests... [Read More]
Stem cell transplants: blood and bone marrow yield similar survival
22 October 2012 - by Dr Lucy Spain
Survival rates of patients needing bone marrow transplants are unaffected by whether they receive stem cells from blood or bone marrow, say scientists... [Read More]
Reversible gene expression gets the blue light
15 October 2012 - by Dr Lucy Spain
Using blue light as the trigger, scientists have developed a laboratory technique to control where and when genes are expressed within cells... [Read More]