UK funding increased to fight neglected tropical diseases

UK funding increased to fight neglected tropical diseases

Image copyright Imperial College London Image caption More funding means tablets can be distributed to millions of children to treat neglected tropical diseases The UK government is investing an extra £200m in programmes to fight neglected tropical diseases, which affect more than a billion people in the world’s poorest countries. Without treatment, river blindness, guinea-worm […]

Swansea University smart bandage trials ‘within 12 months’

Swansea University smart bandage trials ‘within 12 months’

Bandages which can detect how a wound is healing and send messages back to doctors could be trialled within the next 12 months, scientists have said. The bandages would use real-time 5G technology to monitor what treatment is needed and also keep track of a patient’s activity levels. The work is being led by Swansea […]

‘Touchscreen-toddlers’ sleep less, researchers say

‘Touchscreen-toddlers’ sleep less, researchers say

Image copyright Getty Images Toddlers who spend time playing on smartphones and tablets seem to get slightly less sleep than those who do not, say researchers. The study in Scientific Reports suggests every hour spent using a touchscreen each day was linked to 15 minutes less sleep. However, those playing with touchscreens do develop their […]

Parents’ anger at baby deaths NHS trust

Parents’ anger at baby deaths NHS trust

Image copyright Kotchkiss family Image caption Sophiya Hotchkiss was born prematurely An NHS trust at the centre of an investigation into its maternity services has been accused of failing to properly investigate the deaths of at least two babies. Jack Burn and Sophiya Hotchkiss died within six months of each other. Both families say their […]

Cluster of baby deaths probe ordered

Cluster of baby deaths probe ordered

Media captionIvy Morris died in May 2016 from complications associated with her birth A cluster of baby deaths at the same NHS trust will be investigated, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has said. BBC News has learned of at least seven deaths later deemed as avoidable in less than two years at the Shrewsbury and Telford […]

Dying man Noel Conway can fight right-to-die law

Dying man Noel Conway can fight right-to-die law

Image caption Noel Conway was diagnosed with motor neurone disease in 2014 A terminally ill man has won the right to bring a High Court challenge over the law on assisted dying. Noel Conway, 67, asked the Court of Appeal to overturn a decision that prevented a judicial review over the blanket ban on providing […]

Charlie Gard case: Doctors can withdraw baby’s life support

Charlie Gard case: Doctors can withdraw baby’s life support

Image copyright PA Image caption Charlie’s rare disease has left him with irreversible brain damage and largely unable to move Doctors can withdraw life support from a sick baby with a rare genetic condition against his parents’ wishes, a High Court judge has ruled. Specialists at Great Ormond Street Hospital said eight-month-old Charlie Gard has […]

Is Komodo dragon blood the key to new antibiotics?

Is Komodo dragon blood the key to new antibiotics?

Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption The Komodo dragon is the largest living lizard in the world Komodo dragon blood contains an important compound which scientists think could offer a new treatment for infected wounds. The reptile’s saliva harbours many different types of bacteria, which somehow do not affect the dragon. Scientists at George […]

Brain cell therapy ‘promising’ for Parkinson’s disease

Brain cell therapy ‘promising’ for Parkinson’s disease

Image copyright SPL Scientists believe they have found a way to treat and perhaps reverse Parkinson’s disease, by making replacement cells to mend the damaged brain. They say human brain cells can be coaxed to take over the job of the ones that are destroyed in Parkinson’s. Tests in mice with Parkinson-like symptoms showed that […]

‘I could have been paralysed’

An emergency treatment for strokes is being rolled out in England which could decrease the risk of long-term disability. Margaret Kirkland says she could have been paralysed if it wasn’t for the thrombectomy doctors carried out on her. ‘I could have been paralysed’

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