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How bacteria are changing your mood

How bacteria are changing your mood

If anything makes us human it’s our minds, thoughts and emotions. And yet a controversial new concept is emerging that claims gut bacteria are an invisible hand altering our brains. Science is piecing together how the trillions of microbes that live on and in all of us – our microbiome – affect our physical health. […]

Alfie Evans parents lose ‘last-ditch appeal’ over life support

Alfie Evans parents lose ‘last-ditch appeal’ over life support

Image copyright ACTION4ALFIE Image caption Alfie Evans is in a “semi-vegetative state” in Alder Hey Children’s Hospital The parents of seriously ill toddler Alfie Evans have lost a “last-ditch appeal” over his life support. A High Court judge dismissed fresh submissions heard in private from lawyers representing Alfie’s parents via telephone link on Monday evening. […]

The foods that might help with dementia

The foods that might help with dementia

Image copyright Getty Images A man has told of how he “got his mum back” after a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease, in part, by getting her to follow a diet high in berries and leafy green vegetables. But how realistic is it that dementia can be tackled through diet? The bulk of research had been […]

Why a faecal transplant could save your life

Why a faecal transplant could save your life

The faecal transplant, also known as trans-poo-sion, surely has the title of medicine’s most disgusting procedure. It is pretty much what you are imagining – part of a faecal stool is taken from one person and given to another. The purpose is to introduce new beneficial microbes to the receiving patient’s digestive system. And it […]

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 […]