NHS pays £6.2m to man brain-damaged in childhood

Image copyright West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS TrustImage caption The man, who cannot be named, was treated at Watford General Hospital in 1997, the court heard A man in his 20s, left disabled by a childhood brain infection, has won an NHS compensation package worth £6.2m. The man contracted encephalitis, a life-threatening inflammation of the brain, […]

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Minister targets anti-vaccination websites

Image copyright Jovanmandic Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock wants new legislation to force social media companies to remove content promoting false information about vaccines. He said the government is working with internet companies to identify misleading material on jabs, including Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR). Artificial intelligence programmes could root out bad science. […]

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Male pill – why are we still waiting?

Image copyright Getty Images A birth control pill for men has passed initial human safety tests, experts at a leading medical conference have heard. The once-daily pill contains hormones designed to stop sperm production. It would be a welcome addition to condoms or vasectomy – the only options currently available to men. But doctors at […]

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New brain cells made throughout life

Image copyright Getty Images People keep making new brain cells throughout their lives (well at least until the age of 97), according to a study on human brains. The idea has been fiercely debated, and it used to be thought we were born with all the brain cells we will ever have. The researchers at […]

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Italy home circumcision kills child

Image caption Circumcision demonstration on a doll. About a third of interventions in Italy are illegal A five-month-old boy has died after parents performed a circumcision at their home in Italy, officials say. The baby was sent to a Bologna hospital in cardiac arrest on Friday night, but died shortly afterwards. Authorities in the northern […]

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Transplant service at ‘breaking point’

Image copyright BSIP/Getty Images “She wanted life to go back to what it was before her kidneys shut down.” Scot Radcliffe’s wife, Gina Ravens, had been waiting four years on the transplant list for a lifesaving organ. The 62-year-old was receiving dialysis three times a week. Then, in the early hours of New Year’s Day […]

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Detailed images of baby heart inside the womb

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionWatch how the foetus jumps around the inside the womb in MRI scan footage Researchers have produced unprecedented images of a baby’s heart while it is still inside the womb. Pregnant women were scanned in an MRI machine and powerful computers built 3D models of the tiny […]

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IVF ethics pioneer Mary Warnock dies

Image caption Mary Warnock: An exuberant philosopher of great intellect who lead the foundations for the widespread use of IVF The philosopher and IVF ethics pioneer Baroness Mary Warnock has died at the age of 94. She chaired a number of inquiries to inform government policy. They included a report which led to the creation […]

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