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New asthma treatment set for wider NHS distribution

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images A new treatment for severe asthma is set to be made more widely available on the NHS in the UK by the end of 2018. The procedure, bronchial thermoplasty, “melts” away excess muscle tissue in the lungs using radio frequency, making breathing easier. Previously there were strict criteria about who […]

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Gene-editing hope for muscular dystrophy

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Scientists have for the first time used gene-editing to treat Duchenne muscular dystrophy in a large mammal, a significant step towards effective treatment for people with the disorder. The condition, which has no cure, leads to loss of muscle function and strength and ultimately an early death. But in a […]

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Dentists say fines deterring poor patients

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images The British Dental Association says a “huge fall” in people on low incomes going to the dentist in England is because they fear being wrongly fined when they claim for free treatment. The most recent annual figures show almost 370,000 fines for people accused of “misclaiming” for free dental care. […]

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Government proposes energy drinks ban for children

[ad_1] Image copyright Science Photo Library The sale of energy drinks could be banned in England to anybody under 18, amid fears they are damaging children’s health, the prime minister has said. The government has launched a public consultation on its plans to make it illegal to sell the drinks to children. Energy drinks contain […]

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Making Australia care about 'silent epidemic'

[ad_1] Image copyright Syl Freedman Image caption Lesley (L) and Syl Freedman’s petition for a medication drew a massive response Australia recently launched its first “national action plan” targeting endometriosis. It followed the advocacy of many – not least a mother and daughter who used viral success to fuel a wider conversation, writes Gary Nunn […]

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The bladders made from other body parts

[ad_1] James Bullett has cancer of the bladder and needs surgery. But instead of having a bag fitted to collect his urine, his bladder is being replaced – using tissue from other parts of his body. It is carried out at the Alexandra Hospital in Worcestershire where take-up of the procedure is much higher than […]