Campaign to tackle ‘botched’ cosmetic procedures

Campaign to tackle ‘botched’ cosmetic procedures

Image copyright Rachael Knappier Image caption There have been calls for more regulation of non-surgical cosmetic procedures, such as lip fillers A campaign to tackle “botched” cosmetic procedures is to be launched shortly by the government in England. It follows a rise in people seeking surgeries such as a “Brazilian butt lift” abroad, which has […]

Parkinson’s results beyond researchers’ wildest dreams

Parkinson’s results beyond researchers’ wildest dreams

Media captionGail Jardine: “I can walk, I can turn… it’s really helped me” A treatment that has restored the movement of patients with chronic Parkinson’s disease has been developed by Canadian researchers. Previously housebound patients are now able to walk more freely as a result of electrical stimulation to their spines. A quarter of patients […]

Older women exploited by IVF clinics, says fertility watchdog

Older women exploited by IVF clinics, says fertility watchdog

Image copyright Science Photo Library Older women are being exploited by IVF clinics “trading on hope”, the fertility watchdog has warned. Sally Cheshire, chairwoman of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA), told the Daily Telegraph some private clinics were using “selective success rates” to target older women. IVF is less likely to be successful […]

The profoundly deaf girl who found her voice after brain surgery

The profoundly deaf girl who found her voice after brain surgery

Image copyright Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Seven-year-old Leia Armitage lived in total silence for the first two years of her life, but thanks to pioneering brain surgery and years of therapy she has found her voice and can finally tell her parents she loves them. “We were told you could put a bomb behind […]

Targeted checks ‘prevent one-in-10 heart attacks’

Targeted checks ‘prevent one-in-10 heart attacks’

Image copyright Getty Images Nearly one in 10 heart attacks and strokes in England and Wales could be prevented if routine check-ups were better targeted, say researchers. Currently, people aged 40 and over are eligible to have their heart health assessed every five years. But UCL scientists say people at low risk are being checked […]

Sore knee? Maybe you have a fabella

Sore knee? Maybe you have a fabella

Image copyright Imperial College London Image caption The arrow on the scan shows where the fabella is – behind the knee A little bone in the knee scientists thought was being lost to evolution seems to be making a comeback, say experts from Imperial College London. The fabella is found in some people buried in […]

People with learning disabilities ‘trapped’ in hospitals as target missed

People with learning disabilities ‘trapped’ in hospitals as target missed

Image copyright Getty Images An NHS target to reduce the number of people with learning disabilities being treated in long-stay hospitals has been missed, resulting in more than 2,200 remaining in-patients in England. Charities say they are at risk of abuse and neglect in hospital units and should be cared for in homes in the […]

Mother ‘felt suicidal’ after baby death news reports

Mother ‘felt suicidal’ after baby death news reports

Image copyright Holly Eastall Image caption Holly Eastall and her baby son Louie who died from sudden infant death syndrome A mother who lost her son to cot death says she wants a change in how such cases are reported after misleading headlines left her feeling “suicidal”. Holly Eastall, 23, from Kingston, south-west London, was […]

HIV used to cure ‘bubble boy’ disease

HIV used to cure ‘bubble boy’ disease

Image copyright Courtesy of St Jude Children’s Research Hospital Image caption Gael, a patient at St Jude Children’s Research Hospital who received treatment, with his mother US scientists say they used HIV to make a gene therapy that cured eight infants of severe combined immunodeficiency, or “bubble boy” disease. Results of the research, developed at […]

Pig brains partially revived four hours after death

Pig brains partially revived four hours after death

Image copyright Getty Images US scientists have partially revived pig brains four hours after the animals were slaughtered. The findings could fuel debate about the barrier between life and death, and provide a new way of researching diseases like Alzheimer’s. The study showed the death of brain cells could be halted and that some connections […]

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