GM pigs take step to being organ donors

GM pigs take step to being organ donors

Image copyright EGENESIS The most genetically modified animals in existence have been created to help end a shortage of organs for transplant, say US researchers. The scientists successfully rid 37 pigs of viruses hiding in their DNA, overcoming one of the big barriers to transplanting pig organs to people. The team at eGenesis admits preventing […]

Eggs scandal: 700,000 sent to UK but risk is ‘unlikely’

Eggs scandal: 700,000 sent to UK but risk is ‘unlikely’

Image copyright Getty Images About 700,000 eggs have been sent to the UK from potentially contaminated Dutch farms, up from an early estimate of 21,000, the food watchdog has said. The Food Standards Agency (FSA) said it was very unlikely that there was a risk to public health. However, 13 products containing egg – including […]

Vitamin B3 may prevent miscarriages and birth defects, study suggests

Vitamin B3 may prevent miscarriages and birth defects, study suggests

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Study finds taking niacin might help prevent miscarriages Taking Vitamin B3 could prevent miscarriages and birth defects, a study on mice suggests. Researchers from the Victor Chang Institute in Sydney called it “a double breakthrough”, as they found both a cause and a preventative solution. With 7.9 million babies […]

Widow shocked over husband’s ‘avoidable’ death

Widow shocked over husband’s ‘avoidable’ death

Image copyright FAMILY HANDOUT Image caption Father-of-two Stefanos Vavalidis died after a private GP failed to monitor the effects of a prescribed drug Barbara Vavalidis had been planning a carefree retirement after decades of hard work and a busy family life. Instead she is mourning the loss of her partner of 45 years, the father […]

Surgery waiting numbers highest in decade, says NHS England

Surgery waiting numbers highest in decade, says NHS England

Image copyright Getty Images The number of people waiting for routine surgery in England is at its highest level for a decade, figures from NHS England show. It is estimated more than four million people were waiting for operations in June – a figure last seen in 2007. The rise is partly because of growing […]

Hundreds more surviving heart failure in hospital, study shows

Hundreds more surviving heart failure in hospital, study shows

Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption Fewer patients are now dying from heart failure in hospitals in England and Wales Hundreds more people are surviving heart failure through better treatment after being admitted to hospital in England and Wales, a study suggests. The National Heart Failure Audit found that 8.9% of patients had died […]

Medical school places to increase next year

Medical school places to increase next year

Image copyright Science Photo Library An extra 500 medical school places in England have been confirmed for next year by the government. The Department of Health announced in October it planned to add up to 1,500 more places each year – a boost of 25% on current student doctor numbers – and says it will […]

NHS to fund baby Oliver’s US heart operation

NHS to fund baby Oliver’s US heart operation

Image caption Oliver’s heart condition causes his pulse to race dangerously fast The family of a baby boy who have been fundraising for him to have life-saving heart surgery in the US has been told the NHS will now fund his treatment. Doctors in Boston have agreed to operate on Oliver Cameron, who was born […]

Third of men with poor mental health blame jobs, says Mind

Third of men with poor mental health blame jobs, says Mind

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Women found home and work equally stressful Men are more likely than women to suffer mental health problems brought on by work and less likely to seek help, the charity Mind has said. Its survey of 15,000 employees found 1,763 had poor mental health. A third of men attributed […]

PKU funding battle: Family wins High Court challenge over drug

PKU funding battle: Family wins High Court challenge over drug

Image caption If the seven-year-old boy ate normally, protein would accumulate in his blood in dangerous concentrations The family of a seven-year-old boy whose condition could cause brain damage have won a High Court challenge over an NHS decision not to fund a life-changing drug. The child, “A”, has a rare condition that means he […]

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