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Prep: The battle to access 'game-changing' HIV drug

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Prep reduces the risk of HIV-negative people acquiring the infection A “game-changing” drug in the fight against HIV reduces the risk of acquiring the condition. But those at high risk of contracting the virus have struggled to get hold of the medication, despite the NHS trialling it across England. […]

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The lifesaving food 90% aren’t eating enough of

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Is there something in your cupboard that could extend your life? If I offered you a superfood that would make you live longer, would you be interested? Naturally it reduces the chances of debilitating heart attacks and strokes as well as life-long diseases such as type-2 diabetes. And it […]

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The refuge for children with microcephaly

In the coastal town of Kilifi in Kenya, an abnormally large number of children born with microcephaly – a condition that leads to improper development of the brain causing an abnormally small head. Many local communities believe that the children are outcasts who cause natural calamities and are often left to die. But a school […]

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CES 2019: Skin printer wipes years from your face

A handheld printer for the face and hands is on show at the CES tech expo in Las Vegas. Procter and Gamble’s device scans the skin and precisely applies tiny amounts of make-up to hide age spots, burst blood vessels and other blemishes. The BBC challenged the firm to make its technology correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones […]

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Some HRT tablets 'linked to higher blood clot risk'

Image copyright Getty Images Women taking certain types of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) tablets could be more at risk from serious blood clots – although the overall risk is low, BMJ research suggests. It found tablets containing equine oestrogen were linked with a slightly higher risk than other tablets. And patches and gels for HRT […]

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Super-gonorrhoea spread causes 'deep concern'

Image copyright Getty Images Two women in the UK have been infected with super-gonorrhoea, sparking deep concern from sexual health doctors. A European “party destination” is one line of inquiry and health officials are trying to contact subsequent sexual partners in the UK. Both women have since been cured of their infections, which were resistant […]

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Cheap common drugs may help mental illness

Image copyright Getty Images Cheap and widely used drugs for diabetes and heart health have potential for treating severe mental illness, a study hints. It showed the number of times patients needing hospital treatment fell by up to a fifth when they took the drugs. The researchers at University College London say their findings have […]

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Sponge offers hope of 'less toxic' chemotherapy

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Chemotherapy is a treatment for cancer that saves lives but it can also lead to severe side-effects Scientists believe they may have found a way to make cancer chemotherapy treatment less toxic to the body. They have begun testing a tiny sponge that sits inside a vein and removes […]