HEALTH

Vaping nearly killed me, says British teenager

Vaping nearly killed me, says British teenager

A teenage boy nearly died after vaping caused a catastrophic reaction in his lungs, doctors in Nottingham say. Ewan Fisher was connected to an artificial lung to keep him alive after his own lungs failed and he could not breathe. Ewan told BBC News e-cigarettes had “basically ruined me” and urged other young people not […]

Ebola: Attackers kill DR Congo journalist shining light on virus

Ebola: Attackers kill DR Congo journalist shining light on virus

A Congolese journalist who had been raising awareness about the Ebola virus in the Democratic Republic of Congo has been killed at his home. The army said unidentified attackers raided Papy Mumbere Mahamba’s home in Lwebma, in the north-eastern province of Ituri, killing him, wounding his wife and burning their house down. DR Congo is […]

Prime editing: DNA tool could correct 89% of genetic defects

Prime editing: DNA tool could correct 89% of genetic defects

A new way of editing the code of life could correct 89% of the errors in DNA that cause disease, say US scientists. The technology, called prime editing, has been described as a “genetic word processor” able to accurately re-write the genetic code. It has been used to correct damaging mutations in the lab, including […]

Head injuries: Cheap drug ‘could save thousands of lives a year’

Head injuries: Cheap drug ‘could save thousands of lives a year’

A cheap and widely available drug could save hundreds of thousands of lives a year worldwide if it was routinely given to people brought into hospital with head injuries, UK doctors say. Tranexamic acid helps stop bleeding in and around the brain when blood vessels have been torn. A large international study in The Lancet now suggests […]

Slow walking at 45 ‘a sign of faster ageing’

Slow walking at 45 ‘a sign of faster ageing’

How fast people walk in their 40s is a sign of how much their brains, as well as their bodies, are ageing, scientists have suggested. Using a simple test of gait speed, researchers were able to measure the ageing process. Not only were slower walkers’ bodies ageing more quickly – their faces looked older and […]

How our cells sense oxygen wins Nobel prize

How our cells sense oxygen wins Nobel prize

Three scientists who discovered how cells sense and adapt to oxygen levels have won the 2019 Nobel Prize. Sir Peter Ratcliffe, of the University of Oxford and Francis Crick Institute, William Kaelin, of Harvard, and Gregg Semenza, of Johns Hopkins University share the physiology or medicine prize. Their work is leading to new treatments for […]

‘Revolutionary’ drug for prostate cancer

‘Revolutionary’ drug for prostate cancer

Olaparib could become a revolutionary treatment for prostate cancer – the first genetically targeted drug for fighting the disease, say experts. The precision medicine is already used by the NHS for ovarian cancer and has been called a game-changer by cancer doctors. A cancer conference heard how, in trials, it slowed tumour growth in men with advanced […]

‘Time outs’ don’t do any harm, parents told

‘Time outs’ don’t do any harm, parents told

Using “time outs” to discipline children is not going to harm them or your relationship with them, US research suggests. Despite criticism of the “naughty step” strategy, children’s anxiety did not increase and neither did their aggressive behaviour, the eight-year study of families found. But a UK psychologist said the key was how the technique […]

Heavy menstrual bleeding: Keyhole hysterectomy technique ‘more effective’

Heavy menstrual bleeding: Keyhole hysterectomy technique ‘more effective’

A keyhole-surgery technique for treating heavy menstrual bleeding is more effective and just as safe as a non-invasive alternative, a study of more than 600 UK women suggests. Those who had a laparoscopic supra-cervical hysterectomy, removing part of the uterus, were more satisfied than a group that had endometrial ablation. And they were less likely […]

Alzheimer’s blood test ‘one step closer’

Alzheimer’s blood test ‘one step closer’

Researchers say they can accurately identify people on track to develop Alzheimer’s disease before symptoms appear, which could help the progress of drug trials. US scientists were able to use levels of a protein in the blood to help predict its build-up in the brain. UK experts said the results were promising – and a […]

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