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‘Steep rise’ in patients struggling to get epilepsy drugs

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images There has been a "steep rise" in the number of people struggling to get hold of medication which helps control their seizures, the Epilepsy Society says.The charity says "anxiety and stress" are putting patients at greater risk of seizures. It is calling for the government to commission an urgent review of the medicines supply chain. Although uncertainties around Brexit have highlighted medicine shortages, there has
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Precise brain stimulation boosts memory

[ad_1] Image copyright SPL Using electricity to precisely stimulate the brain can boost people's working memory, a study suggests.The team at Boston University, in the US, gave people in their sixties and seventies the working memory of someone in their twenties.The effect lasted at least 50 minutes after the stimulation stopped.But larger studies are now needed to see if stimulation could help people in the "real world" or in treating
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Use a ‘greener’ inhaler if you can, patients told

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images People with asthma are being encouraged to use "greener" inhalers by the NHS, if it is suitable for them.Around 70% of inhalers used in the UK are the types that have high levels of greenhouse gases - compared to around 10% in SwedenThe National Institute for Health and Care Excellence says "environmentally-friendly" dry powder inhalers contain 25 times less pollutants.The guidance says not everyone would
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Jeremy Bowen thanked for bowel cancer ‘bounce’

[ad_1] Image caption The BBC's Middle East editor Jeremy Bowen has talked about his bowel cancer diagnosis Thousands more people have visited the NHS website to find out about bowel cancer after the BBC's Jeremy Bowen revealed he had the disease.Earlier this week, Bowen, 59, warned people not to "die of embarrassment" rather than talking to a doctor.NHS England thanked him for talking frankly about his diagnosis."As a nation we
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Spying on cell eating habits ‘may help cancer diagnosis’

[ad_1] Image copyright SPL Scientists have created new imaging technology to visualise what cells eat, which could help with the diagnosis and treatment of diseases such as cancer.Edinburgh University researchers developed chemical probes which light up when they attach to specific molecules cells eat, such as glucose.They then set up an experiment using transparent fish embryos which enabled them to watch cell-eating habits.They used microscopes to watch cells in see-through
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Beth Francis swims in the sea to ease her migraines

[ad_1] Image copyright @vitaminseafilm Image caption Beth Francis and Andrew Clark have filmed their swims for a documentary about trying to cure Beth's migraines A migraine sufferer who started taking a regular dip in the cold sea to see if it would help ease symptoms is due to complete her 100 day challenge.Beth Francis from Anglesey has seen her migraines reduce from 25 to 15 a month since the project
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Sydney Brenner: Molecular biology pioneer dies

[ad_1] Image copyright SPL Image caption Brenner was part of the hothouse environment at Cambridge's Laboratory of Molecular Biology Sydney Brenner, one of the giants of 20th Century science, has died.The Lithuanian-born South African made many pioneering discoveries in the field of molecular and developmental biology, winning a Nobel Prize in 2002.The Nobel recognised his work with the tiny roundworm Caenorhabditis elegans, which is now widely used by researchers as
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Chemotherapy doses review after 14 NHS Tayside patients die

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty An independent review is to be carried out into chemotherapy given to 14 women who died after NHS Tayside gave lower doses than other Scottish health boards.The health board requested the review after it was criticised in a report by Health Improvement Scotland (HIS).It will be carried out by Dr David Dunlop, senior medical officer for cancer with the Scottish Government.NHS Tayside said dosages were lowered
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Ian Paterson: ‘Sheer volume’ of victims delays breast surgeon report

[ad_1] Image copyright PA Image caption Ian Paterson is serving a 20-year sentence for wounding patients Victims of disgraced breast surgeon Ian Paterson are still coming forward two years after he was jailed following hundreds of botched operations.The "sheer volume" of patients giving evidence to an independent inquiry has pushed back a report into his malpractice, an official said.Paterson is serving a 20-year sentence for 17 counts of wounding with
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Why measles keeps coming back

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Measles is one of the world's most infectious illnesses but until recently cases had been declining. So what's led to recent outbreaks?Rockland County, in New York state, declared a state of emergency last week following a severe re-emergence of the preventable virus. It's far from an isolated case, with the US already on course this year to see the most measles cases since 2000, when