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Missing microbes 'cause' childhood cancer

Image copyright SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY Our modern germ-free life is the cause of the most common type of cancer in children, according to one of Britain’s most eminent scientists. Acute lymphoblastic leukaemia affects one in 2,000 children. Prof Mel Greaves, from the Institute of Cancer Research, has amassed 30 years of evidence to show the […]

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DR Congo Ebola outbreak 'not global emergency'

Image copyright AFP Image caption Suspected cases are being treated at isolation hospitals in the Democratic Republic of Congo An Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo is not yet an international public health emergency, the World Health Organization has said. It said there was a “strong reason to believe that the outbreak can […]

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The little girl who can't enjoy the summer

Image caption Harper Mitchell Hyslop is not looking forward to the summer An incurable lung condition means a seven-year-old girl may never be able to enjoy the summer. Harper Mitchell Hyslop is the only person in the UK, and possibly in Europe, who suffers from a particular type of children’s interstitial lung disease (chILD). Sunny […]

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US birth rates drop to lowest since 1987

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The US still has a high fertility rate and the slowdown does not mean the population will shrink Births in the US have dropped to their lowest rate in 30 years, marking a cultural shift as women delay motherhood, experts say. Some 3.85 million babies were born in the […]

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Furness hospital baby deaths: Midwifery council criticised

Image copyright PA Image caption Joshua Titcombe died from sepsis nine days after being born at Furness General Hospital Avoidable deaths occurred at a hospital while regulators took too long to act on concerns about midwives, a report has said. Eleven babies and one mother died at Furness General Hospital in Barrow, Cumbria, between 2004 […]

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Housebound woman 'forced to crowdfund' for wheelchair

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionCharlotte Walton suffers from Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS) which means her joints easily dislocate A woman who is housebound due to a rare genetic condition has been refused an electric wheelchair on the NHS, and has resorted to crowdfunding. Charlotte Walton, 24, from Newbury, Berkshire, has Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome […]

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Drug target for curing the common cold

Image copyright SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY UK scientists believe they may have found a way to combat the common cold. Rather than attacking the virus itself, which comes in hundreds of versions, the treatment targets the human host. It blocks a key protein in the body’s cells that cold viruses normally hijack to self-replicate and spread. […]

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Foreign worker charge 'tears families apart'

Image copyright Science Photo Library Foreign nurses who work in the NHS and their families should not be charged to receive healthcare, union leaders say. The Royal College of Nursing said the £200 overseas health surcharge, which is paid per family member for every year on the main sponsor’s work permit, was tearing families apart. […]

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Woman with Down's contributes to Alzheimer's research

Amy is part of a Cambridge University study tracking 40 people with Down’s syndrome to try to find a treatment for Alzheimer’s. People with Down’s syndrome are at greater risk of Alzheimer’s, and of developing it earlier than others, and Amy told the Today programme she hopes she can help scientists find a treatment for […]

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Junior doctors' job offers withdrawn after blunder

Image copyright Getty Images Up to 1,500 junior doctors offered posts as registrars have had their job offers withdrawn, following a mistake in the recruitment process. Doctors say they have been left stressed and in limbo, and potentially out of pocket over plans to move home. The Royal College of Physicians, which oversees recruitment, apologised […]