- By: Maggie Butler, Sally Carter
Eyespy brings you the latest quirky medical stories from around the world
>> Researchers at Imperial College, London, have bred a mouse that can catch a cold. Until now the lack of a rodent model has been an obstacle to understanding pathogenesis and developing treatments. The scientists hope that their mouse model will help find ways to treat the virus and the serious conditions that it can trigger, such as bronchitis and asthma. The sniffling mouse was created by modifying the surface receptor through which the virus enters cells (Nature Medicine 2008;14:199-204; doi: 10.1038/nm1713).
>> Too much fast food and too little exercise harm the liver, says a study in the journal Gut (2008 Feb 14; doi: 10.1136/gut.2007.131797). The researchers asked 18 slim and healthy people to take the “fast food challenge” for four weeks and compared them with a group of people matched for age and sex who ate