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£6m pledge for children of alcoholics

£6m pledge for children of alcoholics

Media captionJon Ashworth MP in 2017: ‘Dad would pick me up from school drunk’ The government has announced £6m of funding to help children with alcoholic parents get support and advice. Plans include fast access to mental health services for children – and programmes to treat parents’ addiction. An estimated 200,000 children in England live […]

Why a faecal transplant could save your life

Why a faecal transplant could save your life

The faecal transplant, also known as trans-poo-sion, surely has the title of medicine’s most disgusting procedure. It is pretty much what you are imagining – part of a faecal stool is taken from one person and given to another. The purpose is to introduce new beneficial microbes to the receiving patient’s digestive system. And it […]

Cystic fibrosis: Company urged to lower cost of life-changing drug

Cystic fibrosis: Company urged to lower cost of life-changing drug

Image caption More than 10,000 people in the UK suffer from cystic fibrosis, which causes fatal lung damage Health ministers have urged a pharmaceutical company to drop the price of a life-changing cystic fibrosis (CF) drug for NHS patients. Vertex Pharmaceuticals’ Orkambi costs £100,000 a year per patient, and has been deemed too expensive for […]

‘World’s worst’ super-gonorrhoea man cured

‘World’s worst’ super-gonorrhoea man cured

Image copyright Getty Images A man in the UK who caught the world’s “worst-ever” case of super-gonorrhoea has been cured. Sexual health doctors say he was “very lucky” and the case was a “major wake-up call for everybody”. He picked up the superbug having sex with a woman in South East Asia, despite having a […]

Is marathon running bad for you?

Is marathon running bad for you?

Image copyright PA On Sunday some 40,000 runners are due to take part in the London Marathon. But can marathon running do more harm than good? Barry Trott, 57, was nearing the end of his first marathon in Bilbao, Spain, in 2014, when his dehydration turned into sudden sickness. With only a few miles left […]

London Marathon: How to run in the heat

London Marathon: How to run in the heat

Image copyright Getty Images This year’s London Marathon is likely to be the hottest yet, so how do you run a marathon in the heat? On Sunday some 40,000 people are expected to take part in the race in temperatures that are forecast to reach up to 23C (73F), which would break the previous record […]

Scientists discover mechanism behind motor neurone disease

Scientists discover mechanism behind motor neurone disease

Image copyright Getty Images Scientists say they have made a breakthrough in understanding the cause of both motor neurone disease and a rare form of dementia. They have discovered what causes a protein called FUS to stay in a jelly-like state, killing off brain cells. The researchers, from Cambridge and Toronto, said they were cautiously […]

Alfie Evans case: Supreme Court rules against parents for second time

Alfie Evans case: Supreme Court rules against parents for second time

Image copyright ACTION4ALFIE Image caption Alfie Evans is in a “semi-vegetative state” in Alder Hey Children’s Hospital The parents of terminally ill toddler Alfie Evans have lost the latest stage of their legal battle over his life support. Tom Evans and Kate James failed to persuade the Supreme Court that Alfie was being unlawfully detained […]

Keeping livers ‘alive’ boosts transplant success, trial finds

Keeping livers ‘alive’ boosts transplant success, trial finds

Image copyright David Nasralla Image caption The normothermic perfusion machine pumps oxygenated blood and nutrients into livers outside the body Keeping donated livers “alive” with a machine prior to transplants boosts the chances of a successful operation, a landmark trial has found. Usually livers are kept in ice prior before the surgery, but many become […]

Thalassaemia gene therapy trial shows ‘encouraging’ results

Thalassaemia gene therapy trial shows ‘encouraging’ results

Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption High blood iron levels from regular blood transfusions require treatment in patients with thalassaemia Scientists say they are “excited” by the results of a gene therapy trial for the inherited blood disorder beta-thalassaemia, which reduced the need for blood transfusions. In 22 patients, blood stem cells were extracted, […]

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