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GM pigs take step to being organ donors

GM pigs take step to being organ donors

Image copyright EGENESIS The most genetically modified animals in existence have been created to help end a shortage of organs for transplant, say US researchers. The scientists successfully rid 37 pigs of viruses hiding in their DNA, overcoming one of the big barriers to transplanting pig organs to people. The team at eGenesis admits preventing […]

Eggs containing fipronil found in 15 EU countries and Hong Kong

Eggs containing fipronil found in 15 EU countries and Hong Kong

Media captionHow safe are Dutch eggs to eat? Fifteen EU countries as well as Hong Kong and Switzerland have received eggs contaminated with the insecticide fipronil, the European Commission says. The commission will hold a meeting with ministers and regulators on 26 September. Its food safety chief has called countries to stop “blaming and shaming” […]

Vitamin B3 may prevent miscarriages and birth defects, study suggests

Vitamin B3 may prevent miscarriages and birth defects, study suggests

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Study finds taking niacin might help prevent miscarriages Taking Vitamin B3 could prevent miscarriages and birth defects, a study on mice suggests. Researchers from the Victor Chang Institute in Sydney called it “a double breakthrough”, as they found both a cause and a preventative solution. With 7.9 million babies […]

Widow shocked over husband’s ‘avoidable’ death

Widow shocked over husband’s ‘avoidable’ death

Image copyright FAMILY HANDOUT Image caption Father-of-two Stefanos Vavalidis died after a private GP failed to monitor the effects of a prescribed drug Barbara Vavalidis had been planning a carefree retirement after decades of hard work and a busy family life. Instead she is mourning the loss of her partner of 45 years, the father […]

Widow shocked over husband’s ‘avoidable’ death

Widow shocked over husband’s ‘avoidable’ death

Image copyright FAMILY HANDOUT Image caption Father-of-two Stefanos Vavalidis died after a private GP failed to monitor the effects of a prescribed drug Barbara Vavalidis had been planning a carefree retirement after decades of hard work and a busy family life. Instead she is mourning the loss of her partner of 45 years, the father […]

Surgery waiting numbers highest in decade, says NHS England

Surgery waiting numbers highest in decade, says NHS England

Image copyright Getty Images The number of people waiting for routine surgery in England is at its highest level for a decade, figures from NHS England show. It is estimated more than four million people were waiting for operations in June – a figure last seen in 2007. The rise is partly because of growing […]

Hundreds more surviving heart failure in hospital, study shows

Hundreds more surviving heart failure in hospital, study shows

Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption Fewer patients are now dying from heart failure in hospitals in England and Wales Hundreds more people are surviving heart failure through better treatment after being admitted to hospital in England and Wales, a study suggests. The National Heart Failure Audit found that 8.9% of patients had died […]

Surgeon had no consent for boy’s genital op

Surgeon had no consent for boy’s genital op

Media caption‘Surgeon had no consent for my son’s genital op’ A decorated military surgeon operated on a 12-year-old boy’s genitals without the consent of his parents. Cdr Anthony Lambert OBE admitted carrying out the procedure during an unrelated operation at Derriford Hospital in Plymouth, Devon. Cdr Lambert, who will no longer perform non-emergency operations on […]

Pioneering type 1 diabetes therapy safe

Pioneering type 1 diabetes therapy safe

Image caption Aleix was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes aged 18 The first trial of a pioneering therapy to retrain the immune system and slow the advance of type 1 diabetes has shown it is safe. The disease is caused by the body destroying cells in the pancreas that control blood sugar levels. The immunotherapy […]

NHS access to IVF being cut in England

NHS access to IVF being cut in England

Image copyright Science Photo Library Some areas of England are cutting back on IVF fertility treatment to save money, a charity believes. Fertility Network UK, which monitors provision, says the situation is worsening and in stark contrast to that in Scotland, where women can get three full cycles of NHS-funded treatment. An NHS England spokesman […]