Charlie Gard treatment must continue until next week, court rules

Image copyright PA Image caption Charlie Gard’s rare disease has left him unable to cry Terminally-ill baby Charlie Gard must continue to receive life-support treatment until Tuesday, the European Court of Human Rights has said. His parents, Chris Gard and Connie Yates, have launched a final legal challenge at the European court after their Supreme […]

Charlie Gard: Parents’ appeal for US treatment bid fails

Image copyright PA Image caption Charlie’s rare disease has left him unable to cry and made him deaf The Supreme Court has rejected an appeal by the parents of sick baby Charlie Gard, over plans to take him to the US for treatment. Chris Gard and Connie Yates want the 10-month old, who suffers from […]

Call for drug test services at all UK festivals and clubs after successful pilot

There’s a call for UK festivals to provide drug-testing services, in an attempt to reduce deaths. The Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) says stronger ecstasy in the UK is resulting in “serious health harm”. They want festival-goers to be able to test their drugs on site to make sure they aren’t carrying dangerous substances. […]

Huntington’s disease trial test is ‘major advance’

Image copyright SPL Scientists say they may have found the world’s first blood test that predicts when someone at risk is likely to get Huntington’s disease and tracks how quickly damage to the brain occurs. Experts describe the early research as a “major advance” in this field. The study, in the Lancet Neurology, suggests the […]

Being married ‘protects your health’

Image copyright Kuzmichstudio/getty Marriage appears to be good for your health, boosting your survival chances if you have a major heart risk factor such as high cholesterol, say researchers. A loving spouse might spur you on to look after yourself better, they told a heart conference, based on their study of nearly a million UK […]

London attack: Goodwill and planning got NHS through

Image caption Dr Malik Ramadhan, divisional director of emergency care and trauma at the Royal London Hospital The NHS puts lots of effort into planning for a major incident – whether it is a terrorist attack, a cyber-attack, an outbreak of infectious disease or simply a major power cut. But what the past few months […]

Heart emergencies on planes need better treatment, say doctors

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption An AED is a portable device that checks the heart rhythm and can send an electric shock to the heart Airlines should carry more medical equipment for dealing with in-flight cardiac arrests, say doctors. Such events are rare but account for the majority of deaths on flights, figures reveal. […]

Prostate cancer treatment ‘could help more patients’

Image copyright SPL Image caption Hormone therapy stops more testosterone from reaching the prostate gland One of the largest clinical trials for prostate cancer has given “powerful results”, say UK researchers. A drug for treating prostate cancer that has spread was found to save lives when offered earlier, a study found. The trial looked at […]

Drug shrinks ovarian tumours in early trial

Media captionMarianne Heath: “My tumour shrunk away” A new targeted treatment for ovarian cancer has shown “very promising” results in women in the advanced stages of the disease. It shrunk tumours in around half of women who took part in a small trial. Researchers had only been testing the drug to see if it was […]

TVs in children’s bedrooms ‘increase risk of obesity’

Image copyright Thinkstock Image caption Having a TV in a child’s bedroom might result in poor sleep and eating habits Children who have TVs in their bedrooms are more likely to be overweight than those who do not, a study by University College London scientists suggests. For girls in particular, they found the longer spent […]

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