Charlie Gard parents hold private talks about his end of life care

Image copyright Featureworld Image caption A specialist doctor has volunteered to give Charlie end of life care in a hospice The parents of terminally-ill Charlie Gard have agreed he should spend his final days in a hospice. Connie Yates and Chris Gard originally asked to be allowed to take their son home to die, after […]

Antibody helps keep man’s HIV at bay for 10 months

Image copyright Science Photo Library An experimental therapy has held back one man’s HIV infection for 10 months, doctors have reported. He was one of 18 people in a small trial testing injections of “broadly neutralising antibodies” – the natural weapons of the immune system. They delayed the resurgence of the virus in other participants […]

Diabetic sight loss cut by screening, research shows

Image caption There are still 20% of diabetics who do not take up the offer of annual eye screening The proportion of diabetics who go blind or suffer sight loss has almost halved since a new national retinopathy screening programme started in 2007. Swansea University research over eight years has now been published in the […]

Diesel and petrol car ban: Clean air strategy ‘not enough’

The government’s £3bn clean air strategy does not go “far enough or fast enough”, campaigners have said. Moves including scrapping new diesel and petrol cars from 2040 and £255m for councils to tackle air pollution locally have been welcomed. Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said the government was determined to deliver a “green revolution”. But environmental […]

Sperm count drop ‘could make humans extinct’

Image copyright JUERGEN BERGER/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY Humans could become extinct if sperm counts in men continue to fall at current rates, a doctor has warned. Researchers assessing the results of nearly 200 studies say sperm counts among men from North America, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand, seem to have halved in less than 40 years. […]

Sperm count drop ‘may lead to human extinction’

Image copyright JUERGEN BERGER/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY Humans could become extinct if sperm counts in men continue to fall at current rates, a doctor has warned. Researchers assessing the results of nearly 200 separate studies say sperm counts among men from these areas seem to have halved in less than 40 years. Some experts are sceptical […]

More than 86,000 NHS posts vacant, says report

Image copyright Science Photo Library More than 86,000 NHS posts were vacant between January 2017 and March 2017, figures for England suggest. Statistics from NHS Digital, which collates data, shows the number of vacancies climbed by almost 8,000 compared to the same period in 2016. Nurses and midwives accounted for the highest proportion of shortages, […]

HIV-prevention ring trial a success among US teens

A vaginal ring to prevent HIV infection is popular with teenage girls, US scientists say. Women and girls aged 15-24 account for a fifth of all new HIV infections globally. Nearly 1,000 are infected every day in sub-Saharan Africa. Infused with microbicides, the ring, which sits on the cervix, has been shown to cut infections […]

Charlie Gard: Court hears hospice best option for baby

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Connie Yates and Chris Gard’s lawyer said Great Ormond Street Hospital was obstructing attempts to take Charlie home Moving Charlie Gard to a hospice to die would be the best option for the terminally-ill baby, a court has heard. The 11-month-old’s parents had returned to the High Court to seek […]

Disgraced surgeon Ian Paterson struck off by tribunal

Image copyright SWNS Image caption Ian Paterson was jailed for 15 years in May Disgraced breast surgeon Ian Paterson who carried out unnecessary cancer operations has been struck off. Paterson, 59, was sentenced in May to 15 years in jail for 17 counts of wounding with intent and three counts of unlawful wounding. Nottingham Crown […]

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