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Government approves new Down’s syndrome test

Government approves new Down’s syndrome test

Image copyright SPL Pregnant women in England will soon be offered a safer, more accurate new test for Down’s syndrome, government ministers have confirmed. The non-invasive prenatal test (NIPT) will be rolled out by the NHS from 2018. It should cut the number of women who need riskier diagnostic tests in pregnancy that can cause […]

Dentists issue ‘Halloween horror’ warning

Dentists issue ‘Halloween horror’ warning

Image copyright Thinkstock Armfuls of confectionery are a delicious, sugary reward for dressing up as devils and witches to scare the wits out of the neighbours. But trick-or-treating will become a “Halloween horror” for children unless parents take steps to protect their teeth, warn dentists. The Royal College of Surgeons has issued tips to ensure […]

Dentists issue ‘Halloween horror’ warning

Dentists issue ‘Halloween horror’ warning

Image copyright Thinkstock Armfuls of confectionery are a delicious, sugary reward for dressing up as devils and witches to scare the wits out of the neighbours. But trick-or-treating will become a “Halloween horror” for children unless parents take steps to protect their teeth, warn dentists. The Royal College of Surgeons has issued tips to ensure […]

UK’s national sperm bank stops recruiting donors

UK’s national sperm bank stops recruiting donors

Image copyright Thinkstock The UK’s first national sperm bank has stopped recruiting donors less than two years after its launch, it has emerged. The National Sperm Bank said it was unable to fund further donor recruitment, having successfully only taken on seven men. It was set up in October 2014 with a government grant to […]

Toddlers ‘should get heart risk test’

Toddlers ‘should get heart risk test’

Image copyright Thinkstock Image caption Doctors check for FH using a heel prick blood test Toddlers should be screened for an inherited form of heart disease when they have their routine jabs, experts suggest. A team from Queen Mary University of London checked 10,000 one-year-olds for familial hypercholesterolaemia (FH). Suzanne Sheppard, who has FH – […]

Vet has animal tuberculosis scare

Vet has animal tuberculosis scare

Image copyright Jonathan Cranstone “If this is it, what am I going to do with my remaining few months?” wondered vet Jonathan Cranston while lying in a hospital bed. He’s one of more than 100,000 people who catch tuberculosis from animals each year – an issue the World Health Organization says has been ignored for […]

HIV Patient Zero cleared by science

HIV Patient Zero cleared by science

Image copyright SPL One of the most demonised patients in history – Gaetan Dugas – has been convincingly cleared of claims he spread HIV to the US, say scientists. Mr Dugas, a homosexual flight attendant, gained legendary status in the history of HIV/Aids when he became known as Patient Zero. But a study, in the […]

‘Super-parenting’ improves children’s autism

‘Super-parenting’ improves children’s autism

Image caption Louisa with her son Frank Giving mums and dads the skills to become “super parents” can dramatically improve their child’s autism, a long-term study has shown. In the training, parents watched films of themselves playing with their child while a therapist gave precise tips for helping their child communicate. “What is remarkable is […]

Mosquito army released in Zika fight in Brazil & Colombia

Mosquito army released in Zika fight in Brazil & Colombia

Image copyright SINCLAIR STAMMERS/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY Image caption Aedes aegypti mosquitoes can spread Zika and dengue Scientists are planning to release an army of millions of modified mosquitoes in areas of Brazil and Colombia. They say the unusual approach is an attempt to provide “revolutionary protection” against mosquito-borne diseases such as Zika and chikungunya. The […]

‘Irresponsible’ Diet Chef weight loss advert banned

‘Irresponsible’ Diet Chef weight loss advert banned

Image copyright PA A television advert in which a tearful woman meets a slimmer and happier version of herself has been banned by the Advertising Standards Authority. It said the “irresponsible” advert for meal delivery service Diet Chef implied happiness and self-confidence could only be achieved through weight loss. The advert featured a woman, Cheryl, […]