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Cystic fibrosis: Company urged to lower cost of life-changing drug

Cystic fibrosis: Company urged to lower cost of life-changing drug

Image caption More than 10,000 people in the UK suffer from cystic fibrosis, which causes fatal lung damage Health ministers have urged a pharmaceutical company to drop the price of a life-changing cystic fibrosis (CF) drug for NHS patients. Vertex Pharmaceuticals’ Orkambi costs £100,000 a year per patient, and has been deemed too expensive for […]

‘World’s worst’ super-gonorrhoea man cured

‘World’s worst’ super-gonorrhoea man cured

Image copyright Getty Images A man in the UK who caught the world’s “worst-ever” case of super-gonorrhoea has been cured. Sexual health doctors say he was “very lucky” and the case was a “major wake-up call for everybody”. He picked up the superbug having sex with a woman in South East Asia, despite having a […]

London Marathon: How to run in the heat

London Marathon: How to run in the heat

Image copyright Getty Images This year’s London Marathon is likely to be the hottest yet, so how do you run a marathon in the heat? On Sunday some 40,000 people are expected to take part in the race in temperatures that are forecast to reach up to 23C (73F), which would break the previous record […]

Scientists discover mechanism behind motor neurone disease

Scientists discover mechanism behind motor neurone disease

Image copyright Getty Images Scientists say they have made a breakthrough in understanding the cause of both motor neurone disease and a rare form of dementia. They have discovered what causes a protein called FUS to stay in a jelly-like state, killing off brain cells. The researchers, from Cambridge and Toronto, said they were cautiously […]

Alfie Evans case: Supreme Court rules against parents for second time

Alfie Evans case: Supreme Court rules against parents for second time

Image copyright ACTION4ALFIE Image caption Alfie Evans is in a “semi-vegetative state” in Alder Hey Children’s Hospital The parents of terminally ill toddler Alfie Evans have lost the latest stage of their legal battle over his life support. Tom Evans and Kate James failed to persuade the Supreme Court that Alfie was being unlawfully detained […]

Bedford Hospital nurse struck off for ‘squeezing’ patient’s breasts

Bedford Hospital nurse struck off for ‘squeezing’ patient’s breasts

Image caption Gbadebo Olasunkanmi Alabi started working at Bedford Hospital in 2004 A nurse who “squeezed” a patient’s breasts has been struck off for “completely unacceptable” behaviour. Gbadebo Olasunkanmi Alabi, who worked in A&E at Bedford Hospital, was found to have made “sexually-motivated” advances in October 2012. A Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) fitness to […]

Skin implant could help warn of cancer, scientists say

Skin implant could help warn of cancer, scientists say

Image copyright ETH Zurich Image caption The implant causes a mole to form when high levels of calcium are detected Scientists have created a skin implant they say could one day be used to help detect some of the most common cancers. It works by looking for elevated levels of calcium in the blood, which […]

Being a patient ‘a full-time job’

Being a patient ‘a full-time job’

Image copyright Getty Images Being a patient is a “full-time job”, say researchers, because more people are likely to have multiple conditions. The Academy of Medical Sciences said doctors were seeing a clustering of different physical and mental health conditions in a single patient never previously seen together before. It means people can end up […]

Thalassaemia gene therapy trial shows ‘encouraging’ results

Thalassaemia gene therapy trial shows ‘encouraging’ results

Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption High blood iron levels from regular blood transfusions require treatment in patients with thalassaemia Scientists say they are “excited” by the results of a gene therapy trial for the inherited blood disorder beta-thalassaemia, which reduced the need for blood transfusions. In 22 patients, blood stem cells were extracted, […]

Hospitals recruit managers faster than doctors and nurses

Hospitals recruit managers faster than doctors and nurses

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption There are about 3,600 more management staff in NHS trusts than in 2013 Hospitals in England have recruited managers at a higher rate than doctors and nurses, BBC analysis of official figures reveals. Since 2013, an additional 3,600 managers started at NHS trusts compared with 8,300 more doctors and […]

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