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Transplant service at ‘breaking point’

Image copyright BSIP/Getty Images “She wanted life to go back to what it was before her kidneys shut down.” Scot Radcliffe’s wife, Gina Ravens, had been waiting four years on the transplant list for a lifesaving organ. The 62-year-old was receiving dialysis three times a week. Then, in the early hours of New Year’s Day […]

Detailed images of baby heart inside the womb

Media captionWatch how the foetus jumps around the inside the womb in MRI scan footage Researchers have produced unprecedented images of a baby’s heart while it is still inside the womb. Pregnant women were scanned in an MRI machine and powerful computers built 3D models of the tiny beating hearts inside their unborn children. The […]

‘Baby Grady’ gives fertility hope to boys with cancer

Image copyright Oregon Health and Science University Image caption Grady aged 11 months old Scientists say they have made a significant leap towards helping boys with cancer stay fertile, thanks to a baby monkey called Grady. Cancer treatment can damage a boy’s undeveloped testes and leaves a third of survivors infertile in adulthood. Baby Grady […]

Advertising watchdog rules fake autism ‘cure’ adverts must stop

Advertising watchdog the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has ordered 150 homeopaths operating in the UK to stop claiming they can cure autism. Five of them face prosecution for advertising a treatment called Cease therapy, which has no scientific basis and is potentially harmful. The National Autistic Society says autism is part of who people are […]

Assisted dying: Doctors’ group adopts neutral position

Image copyright Getty Images Hospital doctors have dropped their 13-year opposition to the concept of helping terminally ill patients die. Following a poll of its members, the Royal College of Physicians has now adopted a neutral stance on the issue of assisted dying. Some groups have spoken out against the change, saying a respected medical […]

Hancock criticised over DNA test ‘over reaction’

Image caption England’s Health Secretary, Matt Hancock, wants the NHS to embrace genomics technology England’s Health Secretary, Matt Hancock, has been criticised by doctors for over-reacting to a DNA test he said may have saved his life by revealing a “higher risk of prostate cancer”. Some senior medics said the test had shown his risk […]

‘Baby Grady’ gives fertility hope to boys with cancer

Image copyright Oregon Health and Science University Image caption Grady aged 11 months old Scientists say they have made a significant leap towards helping boys with cancer stay fertile, thanks to a baby monkey called Grady. Cancer treatment can damage a boy’s undeveloped testes and leaves a third of survivors infertile in adulthood. Baby Grady […]

Advertising watchdog rules fake autism ‘cure’ adverts must stop

Advertising watchdog the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has ordered 150 homeopaths operating in the UK to stop claiming they can cure autism. Five of them face prosecution for advertising a treatment called Cease therapy, which has no scientific basis and is potentially harmful. The National Autistic Society says autism is part of who people are […]

Assisted dying: Doctors’ group adopts neutral position

Image copyright Getty Images Hospital doctors have dropped their 13-year opposition to the concept of helping terminally ill patients die. Following a poll of its members, the Royal College of Physicians has now adopted a neutral stance on the issue of assisted dying. Some groups have spoken out against the change, saying a respected medical […]

Hancock criticised over DNA test ‘over reaction’

Image caption England’s Health Secretary, Matt Hancock, wants the NHS to embrace genomics technology England’s Health Secretary, Matt Hancock, has been criticised by doctors for over-reacting to a DNA test he said may have saved his life by revealing a “higher risk of prostate cancer”. Some senior medics said the test had shown his risk […]

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