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Migraine: New drug works when others fail, researchers say

Image copyright SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY A new migraine medication – one of the first bespoke drugs for decades – appears to work well even when others have failed, researchers have said . Erenumab is a monthly injection that might soon be offered to patients on the NHS if the cost can be justified. The latest […]

Alfie Dingley’s family apply for licence for medical cannabis

Image copyright PA Image caption Alfie’s mother Hannah Deacon met the prime minister last month when she handed over a petition The family of a six-year-old boy with epilepsy has applied to the government to be able to use cannabis oil. Alfie Dingley, from Warwickshire, has a very rare form of the illness that causes […]

Malaria experts fear disease’s resurgence

Image copyright Science Photo Library For the first time in 10 years, global malaria cases are no longer falling, sparking concerns about a resurgence of the too often deadly disease. Experts, and philanthropist Bill Gates, are urging country leaders gathering at the Commonwealth summit in London to pledge more money to fight the illness. In […]

Alfie Evans: Father begs Pope Francis to ‘save our son’

Media captionAlfie’s father Tom Evans met Pope Francis at the Vatican The father of terminally ill toddler Alfie Evans has met Pope Francis, begging him to “save our son”. Tom Evans has flown to Rome asking the Pope to intervene in the legal battle about ending 23-month-old Alfie’s life support. It comes after the family […]

Vaginal mesh surgery: NHS releases new figures

Image caption The mesh implants are used to ease incontinence and to support organs England’s most senior doctor has been told by the government to urgently respond to new data that shows how many women have had vaginal mesh surgery. Since 2008 27,016 have had the implant – which is used to treat incontinence and […]

Jérôme Hamon: Frenchman gets ‘third face’ in new transplant

Media captionMr Hamon is still recovering in hospital in Paris after the January transplant The first person in the world to receive two facial transplants says he is feeling well, three months after his latest groundbreaking operation. Jérôme Hamon had his first transplanted face removed last year after signs of rejection following a treatment with […]

Does vaginal seeding boost health?

Should Caesarean-section babies be smeared with a sample of their mother’s vaginal fluids as soon as they are born? “Vaginal seeding” is not mainstream medicine, but it is growing in popularity. The idea is to give these newborns something they missed when they emerged into the world – the good bacteria that live in their […]

Alfie Evans: Parents appeal to Supreme Court again

Image copyright Alfie’s Army Image caption Alfie has been in Alder Hey since December 2016 The parents of terminally ill toddler Alfie Evans have asked the Supreme Court to consider an appeal on ending his life support for a second time. On Monday the Court of Appeal refused to overrule a decision that would allow […]

NHS apologises to family over mother’s hospital death

Image copyright Family photo Image caption Denise Davies died in hospital after being transferred from a mental health unit in 2013 An NHS trust has apologised to the family of a woman who died in hospital after becoming chronically dehydrated. Denise Davies, 45, from Lowestoft, was being treated at the town’s Carlton Court Mental Health […]

European women twice as likely to be blonde as men, study says

Image copyright Getty Images Women from European descent are twice as likely to be naturally blonde as men, according to new research. The largest ever genetic study on pigmentation looked at nearly 300,000 people of European descent. It found 124 new genes that play a major role in determining human hair colour variation. The report’s […]