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Girl’s donated organs help a record eight people

Girl’s donated organs help a record eight people

Image copyright Layzell Family Image caption Jemima’s organ donations have helped five different children around the country. A 13-year-old girl who died from a brain aneurysm has helped a record eight different people, including five children, through organ donation. Jemima Layzell, from Somerset, who died in 2012, donated her heart, pancreas, lungs, kidneys, small bowel […]

Belfast scientists say aspirin could reverse tooth decay

Belfast scientists say aspirin could reverse tooth decay

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Tooth decay can lead to cavities forming Aspirin could reverse the effects of tooth decay and could lead to fewer fillings being needed in the future, researchers in Belfast have said. Initial research at Queen’s University has found aspirin stimulates stem cells in teeth, enhancing tooth regeneration. Tooth decay, […]

Anxiety over health ’caused by cyber-chondria’

Anxiety over health ’caused by cyber-chondria’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Worrying excessively about health issues should be picked up and treated, researchers said Worrying excessively about health, and going for unnecessary appointments and tests, is a growing problem – fuelled by looking up symptoms on the internet, researchers say. Health anxiety can also be caused by previous health scares […]

Litigation ‘threatening NHS finances’

Litigation ‘threatening NHS finances’

Image copyright Thinkstock The rising cost of litigation is threatening the financial health of the NHS in England, auditors are warning. The National Audit Office says the bill for clinical negligence has quadrupled in the last 10 years, reaching nearly £1.6bn last year. It is urging the government to do more to curb the costs. […]

‘Pen’ identifies cancer in 10 seconds

‘Pen’ identifies cancer in 10 seconds

Image copyright University of Texas A handheld device can identify cancerous tissue in 10 seconds, according to scientists at the University of Texas. They say it could make surgery to remove a tumour quicker, safer and more precise. And they hope it would avoid the “heartbreak” of leaving any of the cancer behind. Tests, published […]

Spiral drawing test detects signs of Parkinson’s

Spiral drawing test detects signs of Parkinson’s

Image copyright RMIT University Image caption Computer software measures drawing speed and pen pressure to diagnose Parkinson’s A test that involves drawing a spiral on a sheet of paper could be used to diagnose early Parkinson’s disease. Australian researchers have trialled software that measures writing speed and pen pressure on the page. Both are useful […]

Endometriosis: My life full of pain

Endometriosis: My life full of pain

Image copyright Amelia Davies Image caption Amelia hopes that talking about her condition will help others Endometriosis isn’t just painful periods, it’s a chronic condition in a league of its own. One in 10 women has it yet, in the UK, it takes on average seven years to get it correctly diagnosed by a doctor […]

‘We couldn’t see an NHS dentist so we pulled out our own teeth’

‘We couldn’t see an NHS dentist so we pulled out our own teeth’

Media captionNick Oldroyd and Rebecca Brearey say no local NHS dentists would treat them A couple in need of dental care say they had to pull out their own teeth because no NHS dentist will treat them. A BBC News analysis of 2,500 dental practices on the NHS Choices website found half were not accepting […]

Questions raised about prominent FGM campaigner

Questions raised about prominent FGM campaigner

A BBC Newsnight investigation has revealed a series of concerns about some aspects of the work of a celebrated FGM campaigner. Comfort Momoh established one of the UK’s first FGM clinics and has recently retired as a midwife from Guy’s and St Thomas’ Trust in London. She has also received an MBE for her work […]

Zika virus used to treat aggressive brain cancer

Zika virus used to treat aggressive brain cancer

Image copyright Getty Images A harmful virus that can cause devastating brain damage in babies could offer up a surprising new treatment for adult brain cancer, according to US scientists. Until now, Zika has been seen only as a global health threat – not a remedy. But latest research shows the virus can selectively infect […]