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Pig brains partially revived four hours after death

Image copyright Getty Images US scientists have partially revived pig brains four hours after the animals were slaughtered. The findings could fuel debate about the barrier between life and death, and provide a new way of researching diseases like Alzheimer’s. The study showed the death of brain cells could be halted and that some connections […]

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Epilepsy charity calls for social media seizure warnings

Image copyright iStockImage caption Unlike TV programmes, social media platforms do not have to give warnings when potentially harmful flashing images are about to appear A growing number of people with epilepsy have said they are having seizures triggered by flashing images on social media, a charity has warned. The Epilepsy Society wants the government’s […]

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Clampdown planned for British online pharmacies

Image caption Debbie Headspeath bought codeine from online pharmacies New rules to keep people safe when buying medications from online pharmacies have been described as a “big step forward” by Britain’s pharmacy regulator. It comes after patients and relatives raised concerns, as well as an investigation by BBC Panorama. The General Pharmaceutical Council has issued […]

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Sleep myths ‘damaging your health’

Image copyright Getty Images Widely held myths about sleep are damaging our health and our mood, as well as shortening our lives, say researchers. A team at New York University trawled the internet to find the most common claims about a good night’s kip. Then, in a study published in the journal Sleep Health, they […]

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Statins ‘don’t work well for one in two people’

Image copyright Getty Images Cholesterol-lowering “statin” drugs taken by millions of Britons may not work well enough in about half of those prescribed them, research suggests. UK investigators looked at 165,000 patients on statins and found that for one in two, the drugs had too little effect on bad cholesterol – one of the big […]

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Spina bifida womb op baby back home in Essex

Image copyright Bethan SimpsonImage caption Bethan Simpson said Elouise “came out literally kicking and screaming – and peeing all over the place – so she ticked all the boxes” A baby who had surgery on her spine while still in her mother’s womb is home with her family and “doing brilliantly”. Bethan Simpson, 26, from […]

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Is it really worth injecting vitamins?

By Elaine Chong BBC World Service Image copyright Getty Images There is a growing trend for intravenous “vitamin” drips – but what are the risks? And do they even work? Last month, a 51-year-old woman from Hunan, China, nearly died after blending 20 different fruits to create a homemade intravenous (IV) drip. She thought vitamins […]

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Call to end ban on producing immune therapy from UK blood

Image caption Megan, with mother Victoria, has needed immunoglobulins since the age of two Eight-year-old Megan Steadman’s immune system is like that of a newborn and needs a special treatment derived from blood plasma to strengthen it. Production of immunoglobulins was banned in the UK in the 90s over fears about the potential spread of […]