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Malaria experts fear disease’s resurgence

Image copyright Science Photo Library For the first time in 10 years, global malaria cases are no longer falling, sparking concerns about a resurgence of the too often deadly disease. Experts, and philanthropist Bill Gates, are urging country leaders gathering at the Commonwealth summit in London to pledge more money to fight the illness. In […]

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NHS ransomware attack response criticised

Image copyright AFPImage caption WannaCry was the biggest cyber-attack to have affected the NHS The government and NHS bodies have been criticised by MPs for failing to implement measures to improve cyber-security nearly a year after a major ransomware attack on the service. Twenty-two recommendations were made after the WannaCry attack led to nearly 20,000 […]

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Alfie Evans case: Court rules against parents again

Image copyright ACTION4ALFIEImage caption Alfie Evans is in a “semi-vegetative state” in the Alder Hey Children’s Hospital The parents of terminally ill toddler Alfie Evans have lost their latest legal battle. Tom Evans and Kate James asked Court of Appeal judges to rule that the 23-month-old should be allowed to receive treatment in Italy. Earlier […]

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Ketamine has ‘fast-acting benefits’ for depression

Image copyright Science Photo Library Ketamine has “shown promise” in the rapid treatment of major depression and suicidal thoughts, a US study says. Ketamine has a reputation as a party drug but is licensed as an anaesthetic. The study found use of the drug via a nasal spray led to “significant” improvements in depressive symptoms […]

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Genes behind deadly heart condition found, scientists say

Image copyright Getty ImagesImage caption Scientists looked at the genes of people with pulmonary arterial hypertension to find out what was causing the condition Scientists say they have identified genes that cause a deadly heart condition that can only be cured by transplants of the heart or lungs. Pulmonary arterial hypertension kills 50% of those […]

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Good bacteria: Why I put my poo in the post

“Good bacteria” – what are they, will they make me healthy and how do I get some? To find out I took the unusual , and rather disgusting, step of donating my poo to science. Microbes live on, and in, all of us and they even outnumber our own human cells. But their favourite spot […]

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‘I lost seven stone to save my liver’

One in eight middle-aged adults in the UK could have a potentially serious form of liver disease because they are overweight. Scans of nearly 3,000 individuals from the UK Biobank research project showed that 12% had inflamed, fatty livers. Frances Carroll needed sticks to walk any distances when she was a size 22. Now she’s […]