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Bedroom battleground

In our series of letters from African journalists, Ghanaian writer Elizabeth Ohene considers a dilemma over possible malaria prevention. About the most exciting news story I have heard in recent times is the report that the scent of chicken keeps … Continue reading

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How have Dolly the Sheep's 'siblings' fared?

The prospect of using cloning to treat humans has been boosted by new evidence that suggests it can be used safely in animals. Scientists had been worried that cloning could make animals age prematurely, after Dolly the Sheep, the first … Continue reading

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Binging on TV for hours 'could kill'

Watching too much TV can kill you, according to a new study. Japanese scientists say that watching TV for hours can raise the risk of dying from a blood clot in the lungs. Researchers studied the viewing habits of 86,000 … Continue reading

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Stem cell match for 'one in nine million' toddler Joey Ziadi

A toddler with a “one in almost nine million” blood disorder has found a matching stem cell donor after a two-year search. Two-year-old Joey Ziadi was diagnosed with Diamond Blackfan Anaemia when he was six months old – one of … Continue reading

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Saved premature baby Sophie Proud returns to ward as student nurse

Born at just 24 weeks, Sophie Proud was for a long time Britain’s youngest surviving premature baby. Now the Teesside University student from County Durham has started a student placement – as a nurse – at that very same baby … Continue reading

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Arthritis patients experience referral delays, audit finds

Only 20% of patients who see a GP with suspected inflammatory arthritis are referred to a specialist within the target three days, an audit suggests. The report, based on data from 5,000 patients in England and Wales, said awareness of … Continue reading

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Touchy subject

Recent studies have suggested that condom use is on the decline in South Africa, which has one of the highest HIV prevalence rates in the world. Some 2,700 young South Africans are infected with HIV every week – 74 % … Continue reading

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Loss of EU funding 'could cost children's lives' warns hospital

The loss of European funding for medical research could cost the lives of some vulnerable children, London’s Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) has said. It claims leaving the European Union (EU) poses a “serious risk” to its research funding. The … Continue reading

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Brain map carves cortex into twice as many areas

A new brain map, based on multiple scans of more than 400 individuals, has carved the “cortex” into 180 different compartments – 97 of which are new. This crumpled outer layer of the brain is home to our advanced cognition, … Continue reading

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England NHS multi-million pound contract consultants axed

An “award winning” team of consultants linked to a series of failed multi-million pound NHS deals is to be scrapped. The Strategic Projects Team, which boasts of delivering “over £6bn of major projects,” was set up to deliver the first … Continue reading

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