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Liver transplants ‘may be unnecessary thanks to new drug treatment’

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images A potential treatment for sudden liver failure could cut the need for transplants, say scientists at the University of Edinburgh. The liver has an incredible natural ability to repair itself, but this can be lost in some injuries including severe drug overdoses.The therapy is a cancer drug that restores this regenerative potential.The work is at a very early stage, but the team say alternatives to
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Sick babies at risk from lack of breathing tube monitoring

[ad_1] Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption About 120,000 babies and children are admitted to paediatric or neonatal intensive care units each year Some intensive care units are putting sick babies at risk by not monitoring breathing tubes correctly, according to a study which interviewed staff at hospitals across the country.This could lead to death or serious harm to babies from lack of oxygen, the researchers said.Doctors needed to
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Surgeons’ warning over Botox on High Street

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Surgeons have warned about the health risks of Botox and fillers, after a High Street retailer said it would start offering the cosmetic treatments.Superdrug said it would provide the injections at one of its London branches, following feedback from nearly 10,000 customers. But surgeons warned that the procedures were not "casual beauty treatments".The injections could sometimes result in infection and potentially even paralysis in facial
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Effects of psychedelic DMT ‘similar to near-death experiences’

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption DMT is the major psychoactive compound in ayahuasca, a drink made from vines The effects of a powerful psychedelic drug are similar to a near-death experience, research suggests. Answers to a questionnaire showed a "striking similarity" between people describing a near-death experience and volunteers given DMT. The Imperial College London researchers concluded the near-death or "complex subjective" experiences had been caused by physical
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Cystic fibrosis boy, 8, urges firm to lower Orkambi drug price

[ad_1] Image caption Luis Walker wrote to the Prime Minister asking for her help to make the drug available An eight-year-old boy with cystic fibrosis has urged a pharmaceutical firm to lower the price of a drug so it can be made available on the NHS.Luis Walker, from Horam in East Sussex, told Vertex Pharmaceuticals, Orkambi would make him "feel much better".The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice)
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Poor hospital discharge process puts patients ‘at risk’

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption A report describes a "fragmented approach" being taken around Wales with no national policy Patients are being put at risk because of a lack of staff awareness about discharging them from hospital, a report has said.Poor relationships between GPs and hospitals also meant patients staying in longer than necessary, it added.The Healthcare Inspectorate Wales (HIW) report said "significant attention" was needed at hospitals.A
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How the humble cabbage can stop cancers

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Scientists say they have discovered why some vegetables - including cabbage, broccoli and kale - can reduce the risk of bowel cancers. That cruciferous veg is good for the gut has never been in doubt but a detailed explanation has been elusive. The team at the Francis Crick Institute found anti-cancer chemicals were produced as the vegetables were digested.Cancer Research UK said there were plenty
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Mum battling rare form of dementia at the age of 33

[ad_1] A mother is battling a rare form of aggressive dementia at the age of 33.Rachel Potter, from Chesterfield in Derbyshire, inherited Gerstmann-Sträussler-Scheinker (GSS) syndrome from her mother June who is now in palliative care.There is no cure for the condition. Her father Kevin, from Nottinghamshire, is now fundraising to take her and his granddaughter on holiday to Florida, so the family can make memories. [ad_2] Source link
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Babies in prams ‘exposed to more pollution’

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Babies and young children in prams can be exposed to up to 60% more pollution than adults, a study suggests.Experts said infants were exposed to dirtier air in prams because they were lower to the ground and closer to exhaust pipes. They are also more at risk from the health dangers of dirty air because their bodies are small and developing.The study's authors said avoiding
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Mums of quadruplets meet for the very first time

[ad_1] Two mothers have met to compare what it is like to raise quadruplets. Following IVF treatment Selina Torbett from Winchester and Carla Crozier from Essex and their partners, became parents to quads last year. They became friends on social media during their pregnancy and got together for the first time to compare bottles, bibs and nappies.Of 700,000 births in the UK in 2017, only five couples had quadruplets. [ad_2]