HEALTH

Coronavirus: One in five Americans ordered to stay at home

Coronavirus: One in five Americans ordered to stay at home

A number of US states have ordered shutdowns with one in five Americans soon set to be under a “stay at home” order. Connecticut and New Jersey on Friday joined Illinois and California in ordering residents to stay at home in order to combat coronavirus. New York State ordered non-essential businesses to close. The virus […]

Coronavirus: Doctors urge conversations about dying

Coronavirus: Doctors urge conversations about dying

Palliative care doctors are urging people to have a conversation about what they would want if they, or their loved ones, became seriously unwell with coronavirus. We should discuss all possible scenarios – even those we are not “comfortable to talk about”, they said. Medics said the virus underlined the importance of these conversations. New […]

Coronavirus: Nigeria confirms first case in sub-Saharan Africa

Coronavirus: Nigeria confirms first case in sub-Saharan Africa

The first case of the coronavirus in sub-Saharan Africa has been confirmed in Nigeria. The patient is an Italian citizen who works in Nigeria and flew into the commercial city of Lagos from Milan on 25 February. Authorities say he is stable with no serious symptoms and is being treated at a hospital in the […]

Germany overturns ban on professionally assisted suicide

Germany overturns ban on professionally assisted suicide

A five-year-old law banning professionally assisted suicide has been rejected as unconstitutional by Germany’s top court. The court backed complaints by a group of terminally ill patients and doctors who challenged the law that made “commercial promotion of assisted suicide” a criminal offence. Assisted dying had been legal. But the law change prompted terminally ill […]

Drug hope for people with chronic cough

Drug hope for people with chronic cough

Millions suffering from a chronic cough could have their debilitating symptoms relieved by a new treatment, according to a study. Up to 10% of adults worldwide experience symptoms with no clear underlying cause. Some suffer for decades and there is currently no effective treatment. Researchers at the University of Manchester said a clinical trial resulted in […]

Ketamine may reduce heavy drinkers’ craving

Ketamine may reduce heavy drinkers’ craving

A one-off dose of ketamine may help heavy drinkers cut back on alcohol, an experimental trial by University College London suggests. When the sedative was used to disrupt people’s memories of why they wanted to drink, they drank less and their urge to drink lowered over nine months. The researchers say ketamine could be a […]

Huntington’s disease: Woman who inherited gene sues NHS

Huntington’s disease: Woman who inherited gene sues NHS

A woman who was not informed that her father had a fatal, inherited brain disorder has told the High Court that she would have had an abortion if she’d known at the time of her pregnancy. She is suing three NHS trusts saying they owed a duty of care to tell her about her dad’s […]

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 […]

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