Health

HIV used to cure ‘bubble boy’ disease

April 17, 2019

Image copyright Courtesy of St Jude Children’s Research Hospital Image caption Gael, a patient at St Jude Children’s Research Hospital who received treatment, with his mother US scientists say they used HIV to make a gene therapy that cured eight infants of severe combined immunodeficiency, or “bubble boy” disease. Results of the research, developed at […]

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Salon opens ‘safe space’ for breastfeeding mums in Dereham

April 17, 2019

A beauty salon owner has invited mums to use her business as a place to breastfeed their babies, after her sister was made to feel “uncomfortable” doing it in public. Kay Willmott, who runs Elle Belle’s Beauty Studio in Dereham, Norfolk, said: “You’ve got no control over when your child needs to feed, and you […]

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Pig brains partially revived four hours after death

April 17, 2019

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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Ipswich ‘killing-suicide’: Crisis team ‘missed opportunity’

April 17, 2019

Image copyright Facebook Image caption Thomas and Katherine Kemp were found dead in Ipswich on 6 August A mental health trust has been criticised for failing to prevent a patient killing his wife and then taking his own life. Thomas and Katherine Kemp were found dead in Ipswich on 6 August. An inquest heard Mrs […]

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Mother of 14-year-old who killed herself at the Priory speaks out

April 17, 2019

Amy El-Keria was a patient at Ticehurst House Psychiatric Hospital, which has been fined £300,000 over her death in 2012. In 2016, an inquest found her death may have been prevented if she had received proper care at the hospital in East Sussex. She was found hanged in her room. Priory Healthcare has admitted breaching […]

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The Priory fined £300k over death of 14-year-old girl

April 17, 2019

Image copyright Family handout / PA Image caption Amy El-Keria was found hanged in her room in November 2012 The Priory healthcare group has been fined £300,000 over the death of a child at one of its hospitals. Amy El-Keria, 14, was found hanged in her room at the Priory in Ticehurst, East Sussex, in […]

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‘A wonder drug helped me eat – then for 10 years I had to go without’

April 17, 2019

Because of rare illness, Louise Moorhouse is on a special diet of pills or foul-tasting shakes. There’s a drug that would allow her to eat like anyone else – she took it for three years during a clinical trial. But the NHS won’t pay for it, reports the BBC’s Deborah Cohen – and the drug […]

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Technology to keep dementia patients out of hospital

April 17, 2019

Image copyright Imperial College London Sensors small enough to fit in the ear, robotic devices and sleep monitors could all become standard technology in the homes of people with dementia, scientists say. The idea is to keep people safe and independent in their own homes, rather than needing to go to hospital. Scientists, engineers and […]

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A rasher of bacon ‘ups cancer risk’

April 17, 2019

Image copyright Getty Images Even small amounts of red and processed meat – such as a rasher of bacon a day – can increase the risk of bowel cancer, according to research. The latest study led by Oxford University and funded by Cancer Research UK, adds to evidence, including from the World Health Organization, that […]

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‘Circumcision caused my son’s suicide’

April 16, 2019

Image copyright Lesley Roberts Image caption Alex Hardy sent his mum Lesley Roberts an email explaining his decision “Know that I went peacefully and am now in a state of peace that was impossible following this mutilation. I died in 2015, not now.” Lesley Roberts was stunned as she read the devastating final email from […]

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