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‘Baby Grady’ gives fertility hope to boys with cancer

Image copyright Oregon Health and Science UniversityImage caption Grady aged 11 months old Scientists say they have made a significant leap towards helping boys with cancer stay fertile, thanks to a baby monkey called Grady. Cancer treatment can damage a boy’s undeveloped testes and leaves a third of survivors infertile in adulthood. Baby Grady is […]

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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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Assisted dying: Doctors’ group adopts neutral position

Image copyright Getty Images Hospital doctors have dropped their 13-year opposition to the concept of helping terminally ill patients die. Following a poll of its members, the Royal College of Physicians has now adopted a neutral stance on the issue of assisted dying. Some groups have spoken out against the change, saying a respected medical […]

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Hancock criticised over DNA test ‘over reaction’

Image caption England’s Health Secretary, Matt Hancock, wants the NHS to embrace genomics technology England’s Health Secretary, Matt Hancock, has been criticised by doctors for over-reacting to a DNA test he said may have saved his life by revealing a “higher risk of prostate cancer”. Some senior medics said the test had shown his risk […]

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Childcare offered for free to smear-test mums

Image copyright PAImage caption Registered childminders will look after children while mums attend screening appointments Dozens of childcare providers across the UK are offering to look after children for free to enable mothers to attend cervical screening appointments. Public Health England is currently spearheading a campaign to increase take-up rates of tests, said to be […]

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Parkinson’s smell test explained by science

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionJoy Milne can smell Parkinson’s disease before it is medically diagnosed A Scottish woman who astonished doctors with her ability to detect Parkinson’s disease through smell has helped scientists find what causes the odour. Researchers in Manchester said they had identified the molecules on the skin linked […]

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Medicinal cannabis: ‘Patients still in limbo’

Image copyright Getty Images Most patients seeking medicinal cannabis on the NHS will not be able to get it soon, despite recent changes in regulation that allow doctors to give it, a committee has heard. England’s Chief Medical Officer called for robust scientific trials to check safety. These trials can last years. Families with children […]

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Northern Health Trust staff told to clean own offices

Image copyright Getty ImagesImage caption Domestic services will continue to clean communal areas but staff will be responsible for their offices Office staff in the Northern Health Trust have been told they are now responsible for vacuuming, dusting and keeping their own work area clean. A memo seen by BBC News NI said domestic staff […]