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  • ‘A new lease on life’

    A man whose cancer left him with severe damage to the top of the head has received what his doctors in Houston describe as the first skull and scalp transplant, the MD Anderson Cancer Center said. James Boysen, a 55-year-old software developer...

  • Tattoos ‘behind blood donor drop’

    Tattoos ‘behind blood donor drop’

    A huge increase in people getting tattoos has been blamed for a massive decline in new blood donors in the UK. Foreign travel to exotic places and people living busier lives are also thought to be reasons why there are 40 per cent fewer new people...

  • Ears op boy fulfils sunglasses wish

    Ears op boy fulfils sunglasses wish

    A boy born without any ears has fulfilled his simple wish to be able to wear a pair of sunglasses for the first time after having a new pair of ears created from his own ribs. Nine-year-old Kieran Sorkin was born deaf and also had a rare condition...

  • ‘World still unpreparedfor future pandemics’

    ‘World still unpreparedfor future pandemics’

    While man’s ability to treat disease is better than ever before, the Ebola epidemic serves as a reminder that as international travel gets easier, the risk of similar outbreaks increases The global health system is unable to handle another mass...

  • West Africa is on alert for meningitis

    An epidemic of meningitis has killed 545 people in Niger, out of 8,234 people who caught the disease, but has now peaked, the World Health Organisation said. The WHO had said that the epidemic was worrying and unprecedented because it was a strain...

  • Contact lens wearers have unique eye microbes

    Contact lens wearers have unique eye microbes

    People who wear contact lenses have different microorganisms living on the surface of their eyeballs than those who do not, according to new research. That may explain why contact wearers tend to have more eye infections, the researchers reported...

  • Drugs getting stronger - EU agency report

    Drugs getting stronger - EU agency report

    The annual report of the EU’s official drugs monitoring agency, European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA), warned that a “marked rise” in the purity and potency of some of the most commonly used illicit drugs ˗ cannabis,...

  • Sedentary behaviour at work continues to cause concern

    Sedentary behaviour at work continues to cause concern

    Research conducted among employees in the UK revealed 70 per cent of office workers want their employer to support them in taking regular breaks at work for the sake of their health.    Younger members of Britain’s workforce aged 18-34 are most in...

  • Screening cuts cancer deaths by 40%

    Screening cuts cancer deaths by 40%

    Breast cancer screening between the ages of 50 and 69 leads to a 40 per cent reduction in women dying of the disease, according to a major international review. Overall, women invited to attend mammography screening have a 23 per cent reduction in...

  • Bullying 'linked to depression'

    Bullying 'linked to depression'

    Young adults who were bullied during childhood are more than twice as likely to suffer from depression, research has suggested. A study, which analysed more than 6,700 young people in the UK, concluded that almost a third (29.2 per cent) of...

  • Antidepressants linked to condition

    The use of antidepressants by mothers during late pregnancy may be associated with a small increased risk of their baby developing a potentially-fatal condition that makes it difficult for their heart to pump blood through their arteries, research...

  • Poor sleep may cause Alzheimer’s

    Poor sleep could be a cause of Alzheimer’s disease, research has suggested. A lack of regular deep sleep allows a toxic protein known as beta-amyloid to increase in the brain, attacking the mind’s memory faculties. The study by Berkeley,...

  • Exercise in pregnancy 'beneficial'

    Exercise in pregnancy 'beneficial'

    Women who exercise during pregnancy are around a third less likely to develop gestational diabetes, and put on less weight - even if they normally do little or none, a study has found. Gestational diabetes is a common pregnancy complication with...

  • Statins 'cut cancer death risk'

    Statins 'cut cancer death risk'

    Statins could cut the risk of dying from cancer by up to 55 per cent, according to research. A 15-year study of almost 150,000 people found that those taking the cholesterol-lowering drugs were more likely to survive the illness. Experts at the...

  • Tests for new cancer drugs not reliable enough, doctors say

    Tests for new cancer drugs not reliable enough, doctors say

    Drug makers including Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. and Merck & Co. are testing which patients will most benefit from new cancer treatments based on a protein found in their tumours, but that guide, known as a biomarker, may be too unreliable,...

  • Urgent action needed to lessen the future impact of AF in Europe

    Urgent action needed to lessen the future impact of AF in Europe

    With an ageing population in Europe and the prevalence of atrial fibrillation expected to double in the continent by 2060, Atrial Fibrillation (AF) looks likely to become a future health issue for millions of people in Europe. The Future of...

  • Breastfeeding ‘cuts leukaemia risk’

    Breastfeeding ‘cuts leukaemia risk’

    Babies who were breastfed for at least six months had a 19 per cent lower risk of going on to develop leukaemia in childhood than those who were breastfed for a shorter period or not at all, research found. Scientists said they made the findings...

  • New era in war on cancer

    New era in war on cancer

    Experts have hailed a “new era” for cancer treatments after achieving “spectacular” results from trials on a new class of drugs. Immunotherapy, which harnesses the body’s immune system to attack cancerous cells, is proving so effective that in one...

  • Good diet ‘key in prostate battle’

    Men with prostate cancer significantly increase their chances of dying from the disease if they fail to eat healthily after being diagnosed, a study has found. Those most wedded to a Western diet containing a lot of red and processed meat, fat and...

  • Drug boost in fight against lung cancer

    A drug that frees the immune system to attack a devastating form of lung cancer has been shown to double the life expectancy of genetically targeted patients. Nivolumab is one of new generation of immunotherapy drugs that release cancer-applied...

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