Hunt for HIV cure turns to cancer drugs

Hunt for HIV cure turns to cancer drugs

Image copyright SPL Image caption Antiretroviral drugs are currently used in HIV treatment to kill any active virus The outstanding progress in boosting the immune system to treat cancer may help unlock a cure for HIV, according to scientists meeting in Paris. The body’s normal defences struggle to clear the body of HIV and cancer. […]

Blood donation rules relaxed for gay men and sex workers

Blood donation rules relaxed for gay men and sex workers

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption More people will be able to donate blood more easily under the new rules Blood donation rules for sex workers and gay men are being relaxed in England and Scotland after improvements in the accuracy of testing procedures. Men who have sex with men can now give blood three […]

NHS plans to scrap homeopathy treatments

NHS plans to scrap homeopathy treatments

Image copyright Getty Images NHS England has announced plans to stop doctors prescribing homeopathy, herbal and other “low value” treatments. It hopes to save almost £200m a year by ending what the head of the service called a “misuse of scarce” NHS funds. Prescriptions for conditions including diarrhoea, thrush, acne and acute pain are among […]

Boots apologises for morning-after pill response

Boots apologises for morning-after pill response

Image copyright Getty Images Boots has said it is “truly sorry” for its response to calls to cut the cost of one of its morning-after pills. The pharmaceutical company was criticised after telling the British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS) it was avoiding “incentivising inappropriate use”. It now says it is looking for cheaper alternatives to […]

‘Mind-blowing’ cows hold clue to beating HIV

‘Mind-blowing’ cows hold clue to beating HIV

Image copyright Getty Images Cows have shown an “insane” and “mind-blowing” ability to tackle HIV which will help develop a vaccine, say US researchers. In a first for immunisation, the animals rapidly produced special types of antibody that can neutralise HIV. It is thought cows evolved a supreme immune defence due to their complex and […]

‘Mind-blowing’ cows hold clue to beating HIV

‘Mind-blowing’ cows hold clue to beating HIV

Image copyright Getty Images Cows have shown an “insane” and “mind-blowing” ability to tackle HIV which will help develop a vaccine, say US researchers. In a first for immunisation, the animals rapidly produced special types of antibody that can neutralise HIV. It is thought cows evolved a supreme immune defence due to their complex and […]

Nine lifestyle changes can reduce dementia risk, study says

Nine lifestyle changes can reduce dementia risk, study says

Media captionWant to avoid dementia? This might help One in three cases of dementia could be prevented if more people looked after their brain health throughout life, according to an international study in the Lancet. It lists nine key risk factors including lack of education, hearing loss, smoking and physical inactivity. The study is being […]

Rises in life expectancy ‘levelling off’

Rises in life expectancy ‘levelling off’

Image copyright Thinkstock Austerity may be starting to affect how long we live in England, according to a leading health expert. Life expectancy has been rising for decades, but the latest data shows the rate of increase has slowed. University College London expert Sir Michael Marmot said he was “deeply concerned” by the situation, saying […]

Surgeons remove 27 contact lenses from woman’s eye

Surgeons remove 27 contact lenses from woman’s eye

Image copyright BMJ Image caption “A bluish foreign body” turned out to be a “hard mass” of 17 lenses stuck together with mucus Surgeons have removed 27 contact lenses from the eye of a 67-year-old woman who had come to Solihull Hospital for routine cataract surgery. “A bluish foreign body” turned out to be a […]

Charlie Gard: US doctor meets Great Ormond Street medics

Charlie Gard: US doctor meets Great Ormond Street medics

Image copyright PA The US doctor who has offered to treat terminally ill Charlie Gard has attended a meeting at Great Ormond Street Hospital to decide whether he should travel to America for therapy. Dr Michio Hirano will discuss Charlie’s condition with doctors treating him and independent specialists. Great Ormond Street has given Dr Hirano […]

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