HEALTH

Lens replacement led to ‘blind patches’, says artist

Lens replacement led to ‘blind patches’, says artist

An artist whose vision deteriorated after lens replacement surgery is one of dozens of people considering legal action against manufacturer, Oculentis. Denise Di Battista claims she has “blind patches” in her right eye. The BBC has been told that there have been 800 cases of patients in the UK experiencing “opacification” of a particular implanted […]

The athletes starving themselves for success

The athletes starving themselves for success

Anna Boniface seemed to have the world at her feet when finishing as the 2017 London Marathon’s fastest amateur female runner. Her performance earned her an England team place in that autumn’s Toronto Marathon. The then 25-year-old finished the London race in two hours, 37 minutes and travelled to Canada six months later. But 10 […]

Namibia’s success in the fight against HIV

Namibia’s success in the fight against HIV

Harvey Davis comes to open the gate to his dusty, wind swept compound in the remote part of northern Namibia. “Welcome, welcome, it’s been so long since we’ve had visitors,” he exclaims at the two health workers. The 79-year-old summons his wife, Ruth Nasidengo, who is 40, from their home. She emerges with two babies, […]

Philip Morris accused of hypocrisy over anti-smoking ad

Philip Morris accused of hypocrisy over anti-smoking ad

One of the world’s biggest tobacco firms, Philip Morris, has been accused of “staggering hypocrisy” over its new ad campaign that urges smokers to quit. The Marlboro maker said the move was “an important next step” in its aim to “ultimately stop selling cigarettes”. But Cancer Research UK said the firm was just trying to […]

Same-sex mice have babies

Same-sex mice have babies

Baby mice have been made with two mums and no dad, say researchers at the Chinese Academy of Sciences. It took a substantial feat of genetic engineering to break the rules of reproduction. The scientists said the “bimaternal” (two mammas) animals were healthy and went on to have pups of their own. But there was […]

Zimbabwe cholera outbreak: Anger at crowdfunding scheme

Zimbabwe cholera outbreak: Anger at crowdfunding scheme

Zimbabwe has launched a crowdfunding campaign to deal with an outbreak of cholera that has so far killed 25 people, mostly in the capital, Harare. New Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube sent an appeal on Twitter, sharing a mobile payment account number. An emergency has been declared and public gatherings banned in Harare to prevent the […]

Gene-editing hope for muscular dystrophy

Gene-editing hope for muscular dystrophy

Scientists have for the first time used gene-editing to treat Duchenne muscular dystrophy in a large mammal, a significant step towards effective treatment for people with the disorder. The condition, which has no cure, leads to loss of muscle function and strength and ultimately an early death. But in a study on dogs, scientists were […]

No alcohol safe to drink, global study confirms

No alcohol safe to drink, global study confirms

Bad news for those who enjoy what they think is a healthy glass of wine a day. A large new global study published in the Lancet has confirmed previous research which has shown that there is no safe level of alcohol consumption. The researchers admit moderate drinking may protect against heart disease but found that […]

Measles cases hit record high in Europe

Measles cases hit record high in Europe

Cases of measles in Europe have hit a record high, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). More than 41,000 people have been infected in the first six months of 2018, leading to 37 deaths. Last year there were 23,927 cases and the year before 5,273. Experts blame this surge in infections on a drop […]

Vagina rejuvenating therapies ‘pose serious risk’

Vagina rejuvenating therapies ‘pose serious risk’

Women are being warned against risky cosmetic “rejuvenating” procedures to reshape and tighten the vagina. Experts say the “therapies”, offered by some private clinics in the UK and the US, pose a serious risk of burns, scarring and recurring pain. Typically during these procedures, a probe is inserted into the vagina to heat or laser […]

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