Scientists at the University of Sheffield have found that an arthritis drug could be effective in the treatment of blood cancer patients. Polycythemia vera is a type of blood cancer which affects 3,000 people a year. Current treatments dont slow progression of the disease and provide little relief from symptoms.The University of Sheffield research group found that a commonly used to treatment for arthiritis, Methotrixate, could also slow the blood cancer disease by directly inhibiting the molecular pathway responsible. Sheffield Live! reporter Simon Thake spoke to Martin Zeidler, of the University of Sheffield’s Department of Biomedical Science.
The new Sheffield Recovery Community drop-in centre is giving people with drug and alcohol problems a fighting chance to stay clean and sober. The centre at De Hood, Manor Top opened its doors earlier this month. As well as counselling and peer support, the centre offers free boxing training and fitness classes to help people become more healthy and motivated to stay on the road to recovery. The centre is run by professional boxer Reagan Denton who works with young and old in the community. Sheffield Live! reporter Simon Thake spoke to Mick Hartley, a former Sheffield nightclub owner who has been in recovery from addiction and and is the project manager for the drop-in centre.
The ‘Recover Street Film Festival’ has been to a number of cities, showcasing short films showing how people have recovered from addictions. The festival aims to raise awareness of drug and alcohol related problems. But instead of showcasing the films in a cinema, they were screened on Fargate. Shoppers were invited to grab a pair of headphones and watch the videos.