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New prostate therapy recommended on NHS

Image copyright SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY A new treatment for non-cancerous enlargement of the prostate, a very common condition in older men, has been recommended for use by the NHS. It’s called prostate artery embolisation. And it blocks some of the blood supply to the prostate using tiny synthetic beads, causing the troublesome tissue to shrink […]

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Alfie Evans’ life support withdrawn, father says

Image copyright Kate JamesImage caption Alfie Evans’ condition in Alder Hey Children’s Hospital has been described as “semi-vegetative” The life support of seriously ill toddler Alfie Evans has been withdrawn, his father has said. Tom Evans said the 23-month-old’s life support was turned off on Monday but Alfie was breathing on his own and had […]

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New ban on epilepsy drug in pregnancy

Image copyright Science Photo Library An epilepsy drug that can damage unborn babies must no longer be prescribed to girls and women of childbearing age in the UK unless they sign a form to say that they understand the risks. Drug regulator the MHRA says the new measures it’s introducing will keep future generations of […]

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How bacteria are changing your mood

If anything makes us human it’s our minds, thoughts and emotions. And yet a controversial new concept is emerging that claims gut bacteria are an invisible hand altering our brains. Science is piecing together how the trillions of microbes that live on and in all of us – our microbiome – affect our physical health. […]

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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 […]

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Allied Healthcare: Home care provider seeks rescue plan

Image copyright Getty Images One of the biggest providers of UK home care is in financial difficulty. Allied Healthcare, which cares for 13,500 elderly and vulnerable patients across the UK, is set to file for protection from its creditors due to a “highly challenging environment”. The company said it would continue to provide care and […]

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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 […]

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Medic suspended over Tipton mother’s sepsis death

Image copyright Family photoImage caption Natalie Billingham’s family said they want to know why her condition wasn’t diagnosed sooner. A medic has been suspended after a mother-of-six died from a rare form of sepsis. Natalie Billingham, 33, from Tipton died 72 hours after going to A&E at Russells Hall Hospital in Dudley with flu-like symptoms […]