Alarm as ‘super malaria’ spreads in South East Asia

Alarm as ‘super malaria’ spreads in South East Asia

Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption Malaria is caused by a parasite spread by blood-sucking mosquitoes The rapid spread of “super malaria” in South East Asia is an alarming global threat, scientists are warning. This dangerous form of the malaria parasite cannot be killed with the main anti-malaria drugs. It emerged in Cambodia but […]

Epilepsy drug warnings ‘not reaching women’, survey shows

Epilepsy drug warnings ‘not reaching women’, survey shows

Image copyright Science Photo Library Almost 70% of women surveyed about a powerful epilepsy drug have not received new safety warnings about the dangers of taking it during pregnancy, the BBC has been told exclusively. Sodium valproate, known as Epilim, carries a 10% risk of physical abnormalities in unborn babies. About 20,000 children have been […]

New antibody attacks 99% of HIV strains

New antibody attacks 99% of HIV strains

Image copyright SPL Scientists have engineered an antibody that attacks 99% of HIV strains and can prevent infection in primates. It is built to attack three critical parts of the virus – making it harder for HIV to resist its effects. The work is a collaboration between the US National Institutes of Health and the […]

Epilepsy drug’s safety reviewed over pregnancy risk

Epilepsy drug’s safety reviewed over pregnancy risk

Image caption About 20,000 babies have been left with disabilities in the UK since the 1970s Women whose children have been harmed by the epilepsy drug sodium valproate will give evidence to a European-wide safety review in London next week. The European Medicines Agency will examine whether warnings about risks to unborn babies are strong […]

Papworth Hospital granted royal title by Queen

Papworth Hospital granted royal title by Queen

Image copyright Eirian Evans/Geograph Image caption The pioneering techniques at Papworth Hospital have been recognised by the Queen One of Europe’s leading heart and lung hospitals – Papworth – has been granted a royal title by the Queen. The hospital near Cambridge, which carried out heart surgery on the Duke of Edinburgh in 2011, will […]

Quit smoking campaign Stoptober backs e-cigs for first time

Quit smoking campaign Stoptober backs e-cigs for first time

Image caption The Stoptober campaign runs from 1 October The annual Stoptober campaign in England is embracing e-cigarettes for the first time – in a sign vaping is being seen as the key to getting people to quit. Health experts have tended to shy away from explicitly promoting e-cigarettes. But the government campaign during October […]

UK scientists edit DNA of human embryos

UK scientists edit DNA of human embryos

Image copyright Kathy Niakan Image caption The genetic machinery needed to modify the DNA is injected into the embryo The blueprint for life – DNA – has been altered in human embryos for the first time in the UK. The team at the Francis Crick Institute are unravelling the mysteries of the earliest moments of […]

Court ruling not needed to withdraw care, judge says

Court ruling not needed to withdraw care, judge says

Image copyright Getty Images Legal permission will no longer be required to end care for patients in a permanent vegetative state, a judge has ruled. Until now, even if medics and relatives agree to withdraw nutrition from a patient, a judge must also consent. But a landmark decision by Mr Justice Jackson means those cases […]

Life-extending lung cancer nivolumab drug approved

Life-extending lung cancer nivolumab drug approved

Image copyright Getty Images A life-extending lung cancer drug will be made immediately available to NHS patients in England, say advisers. Campaigners, including the late Sunday Times restaurant critic AA Gill, have repeatedly called for access to the immunotherapy, which can add months to life. Scotland already offers nivolumab to people with advanced disease who […]

Quarter of 14-year-old girls ‘have signs of depression’

Quarter of 14-year-old girls ‘have signs of depression’

Image copyright Getty Images A quarter of girls and nearly one in 10 boys show signs of depression at the age of 14, say UK researchers. The government-funded study of over 10,000 young people looked at how many experienced the signs of depression not a clinical diagnosis of one. Being from a poorer background or […]

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