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Campaign girl ‘ineligible’ for muscle wasting drug

[ad_1] Image copyright Katie Prescott Image caption Heidi Prescott-Booth had campaigned for the drug Spinraza to be approved for use on the NHS The family of a girl who campaigned for a drug to treat her muscle-wasting disease to be made available on the NHS said they understand she is not eligible to receive it.Heidi Prescott-Both, 11, has spinal muscular atrophy (SMA).She was vocal in calls for Spinraza to be
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Low trust in vaccines ‘a global crisis’

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Public mistrust of vaccines means the world is taking a step backwards in the fight against deadly yet preventable infectious diseases, warn experts. The biggest global study into attitudes on immunisation suggests confidence is low in some regions.The Wellcome Trust analysis includes responses from more than 140,000 people in over 140 countries.The World Health Organization lists vaccine hesitancy as one of the top 10 threats
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Sickle cell disease: ‘I told mates I was in a crash, but it was a stroke’

[ad_1] Daniel Nwosu, 22, was born with sickle cell disease. He has had seven strokes which left him paralysed – but with regular physio he’s learned to walk again.The NHS says sickle cell disease is "a serious and lifelong health condition". Symptoms include painful episodes that can last up to a week, an increased risk of infection, tiredness and shortness of breath.Daniel's friends – Alwyn Dorkenoo and Olaoluwa Ayoade –
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Measles vaccine fears cost me my children

[ad_1] As cases of measles soar globally, the Philippines in facing a major outbreak.Since a controversy over a dengue fever vaccine, confidence has fallen in the country's immunisation programmes.Arlyn B. Calos told the BBC that misinformation on television and social media led her to ignore government advice to have her children vaccinated against measles, a decision she hopes no other parents make. [ad_2] Source link
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Women not aware enough of breast cancer link to alcohol

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Women know too little about alcohol's role in increasing breast cancer risk, a study suggests.Only one in five women attending a breast cancer clinic knew it was a risk factor.But alcohol consumption is estimated to be responsible for 5-11% of cases.Cancer Research UK said cutting down on alcohol was one of the best things women could do to reduce their breast cancer risk.Two hundred women
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Hyponatraemia whistleblower and health service ‘failed’

[ad_1] Image caption The 14-year inquiry into hyponatraemia-related deaths was set up to examine the deaths of the children - Adam Strain, Raychel Ferguson, Claire Roberts and Conor Mitchell. Lucy Crawford's family chose not to release a photograph An investigation into how a whistleblower's hyponatraemia concerns were handled by officials has found the wrong conclusions were reached.The concerns were on the adequacy of searches in 2004 on Western Health Board
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The gay men breaking blood donation rules

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Men who have sex with are barred from giving blood in England, Scotland and Wales for three months after sexual activity - but some are deciding to break the rules."It galls me every time I hear an advert on the radio asking for people to give blood, when there's a huge section of society that is just denied that for no good reason," says David
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Lives ‘destroyed by NHS eating disorder failures’

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Lives are being lost and destroyed by the failure of the NHS in England to provide care for people with eating disorders, MPs and campaigners say. They say more than a million people have an eating disorder, but specialist help is often difficult to access. It leaves patients relying on GPs who lack the skills and training to help.The warnings have been made in two
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What personalised medicine could mean for your health

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Medicine has always been personal to some extent - a doctor looks for the best way to help the patient sitting in front of them. But with advances in technology, it is becoming possible to use the most unique of characteristics - our genomes - to tailor treatments for individuals.Genomes are made up of a complete set of our DNA, including all of our genes,