Kirsty Oswald is a freelance journalist specialising in medicine and genetics. She has previously worked as a healthcare copywriter and was a news reporter at medwireNews, where she covered respiratory medicine, public health and general practice. She is the current Genetics Editor of BioNews, a newsletter on genetics, stem cell research and assisted conception, published by the Progress Educational Trust. She has a degree in Human Sciences from UCL.
Following a change in the law, all schools in the UK can now purchase adrenaline auto-injector (AAI) devices from their local pharmacy without a prescription for emergency use on children at risk of anaphylaxis who do not have access to a working device.
A study has identified a common genetic variant of the LILRB5 gene that predisposes people to developing muscle aches regardless of whether they have been taking a statin
Analysis of genome-wide association studies shows that how genes interact with each other has a bigger impact on disease than single-gene effects which makes drug discovery a more difficult task.