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Non-O blood group ‘linked to higher heart attack risk’

Non-O blood group ‘linked to higher heart attack risk’

Image copyright Science Photo Library People with a non-O blood group have a slightly increased risk of heart attack and stroke, research suggests. Scientists say it could be because higher levels of a blood-clotting protein are present in people with A, B and AB blood. The findings could help doctors better understand who is at […]

Smartphone ‘orders’ body to treat diabetes

Smartphone ‘orders’ body to treat diabetes

Image copyright J SHAO Scientists have used a smartphone to control the activity of the living cells inside an animal. The fusion of biology and technology was used to control blood sugar levels in mice with diabetes. The idea, described in Science Translational Medicine, could be applied to a wide range of diseases and drug […]

Breast surgeon Ian Paterson case: ‘Hundreds’ of other victims

Breast surgeon Ian Paterson case: ‘Hundreds’ of other victims

Image copyright SWNS Image caption Hospital authorities have been accused of failing to protect patients from Ian Paterson Hundreds of patients will seek compensation after a breast surgeon was convicted of carrying out needless operations, solicitors have said. Ian Paterson, 59, was found guilty of 17 counts of wounding with intent, relating to nine women […]

Cancer Drugs Fund ‘huge waste of money’

Cancer Drugs Fund ‘huge waste of money’

Image copyright Thinkstock The Cancer Drugs Fund in England was a “huge waste of money” and may have caused patients to suffer unnecessarily from the side effects of the drugs, according to UK researchers. The fund ran from 2010 to 2016, costing £1.27bn, following an election promise made by the Conservatives to pay for cancer […]

Postpartum haemorrhage: Cheap lifesaver ‘cuts deaths by a third’

Postpartum haemorrhage: Cheap lifesaver ‘cuts deaths by a third’

Media captionSevere bleeding after childbirth is the leading cause of maternal death worldwide A cheap drug has been shown to stop women bleeding to death, in a discovery that should change practice around the world, say researchers. Every year, 100,000 women die from massive bleeding in the moments after giving birth. But an international study, […]

Premature lambs kept alive in ‘plastic bag’ womb

Premature lambs kept alive in ‘plastic bag’ womb

Image copyright Partridge, E. A. et al. / Nature Communications Image caption The premature lambs matured and grew a wool Scientists have been able to keep premature lambs alive for weeks using an artificial womb that looks like a plastic bag. It provides everything the foetus needs to continue growing and maturing, including a nutrient-rich […]

Alcohol binge can upset heart’s rhythm, say researchers

Alcohol binge can upset heart’s rhythm, say researchers

Image copyright Getty Images Drinking lots of alcohol in a short space of time will not only get you drunk but may also upset your heart rhythm, say researchers. They did a field experiment in Germany with 3,000 adults at Munich’s famous annual Oktoberfest. The odds of heart arrhythmia increased as beer consumption went up. […]

Exercise ‘keeps the mind sharp’ in over-50s, study finds

Exercise ‘keeps the mind sharp’ in over-50s, study finds

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Moderate physical exercise such as cycling or jogging can help boost brain power Doing moderate exercise several times a week is the best way to keep the mind sharp if you’re over 50, research suggests. Thinking and memory skills were most improved when people exercised the heart and muscles […]

Welsh patient waits four years to leave hospital

Welsh patient waits four years to leave hospital

Image copyright Getty Images A hospital patient has been waiting nearly four years to leave hospital after being declared fit for discharge. The unnamed patient, who has a “serious mental health condition”, learning disability and physical health problems, has been in a hospital bed for more than 1,338 days. The patient is expected to leave […]

Malaria: Kenya, Ghana and Malawi get first vaccine

Malaria: Kenya, Ghana and Malawi get first vaccine

Image copyright D Poland/PATH Image caption The vaccine has been tested extensively in more than 15,000 children The world’s first vaccine against malaria will be introduced in three countries – Ghana, Kenya and Malawi – starting in 2018. The RTS,S vaccine trains the immune system to attack the malaria parasite, which is spread by mosquito […]