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Liver transplant ‘game changing’ treatment approved

Image copyright David NasrallaImage caption The normothermic perfusion machine pumps oxygenated blood and nutrients into livers outside the body A new procedure for storing livers donated for transplant has been hailed a “game changer” and approved for use on the NHS. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) say perfusion machines could increase […]

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The ultrasound scan you can do yourself

US company Butterfly Network has produced an ultrasound scanner that plugs into an iPhone and can be bought by anyone for $2,000 (£1,555). Its inventor, Jonathan Rothberg, claims it will have as much impact on healthcare as the stethoscope did 200 years ago. This is part of the BBC’s Disruptors series. You can read the […]

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Contact lens recycling scheme launched across UK

Image copyright Getty Images Contact lens wearers will be able to recycle their lenses for free in a new UK-wide scheme launching this week. Wearers can dispose of their waste at public drop-off points, offered by Boots Opticians and other selected independent stores, or choose to have their old lenses collected. There are 3.7 million […]

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Breast cancer risk test ‘game changer’

Image copyright Getty Images Experts have developed a potentially “game-changing” test to predict a woman’s risk of breast cancer. It combines information on family history and hundreds of genetic markers with other factors, such as weight, to give the most comprehensive assessment possible, says Cancer Research UK. The test is not yet routinely available on […]

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What is the right age to lose your virginity?

Image copyright Getty Images Having sex too soon is the biggest regret of young people losing their virginity, a survey of British sexual behaviour suggests. More than a third of women and a quarter of men in their teens and early 20s admitted it had not been “the right time” when they first had sex. […]

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Student makes bucket list after cancer diagnosis

Laura Nuttall had just started university when a routine eye test discovered several brain tumours. Soon after the diagnosis, the 19-year-old from Lancashire began creating a bucket list with her friends and family. Fundraising is now under way to obtain experimental treatment to extend her life. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-46868801

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Lens replacement led to ‘blind patches’, says artist

Image caption Landscape painter Denise Di Battista says her sight is both her life and her livelihood An artist whose vision deteriorated after lens replacement surgery is one of dozens of people considering legal action against manufacturer, Oculentis. Denise Di Battista claims she has “blind patches” in her right eye. The BBC has been told […]