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Persian shallot 'could help fight TB antibiotic resistance'

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption A type of shallot used in Iranian cooking could help “reverse the tide” of drug-resistant TB, researchers found A type of onion could help the fight against antibiotic resistance in cases of tuberculosis, a study has suggested. Researchers believe the antibacterial properties extracted from the Persian shallot could increase […]

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Church of England warns future of Down's 'under question'

Image copyright Science Photo Library The Church of England has warned the future existence of people with Down’s Syndrome is “under question”. It has called for expectant mothers to be given “comprehensive, unbiased information” ahead of the NHS roll-out of Non-Invasive Prenatal Testing (NIPT) in England and Wales this year. The blood test for high-risk […]

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Horse trampling woman's face rebuilt

A woman who was trampled on by her own horse has had her face rebuilt by nine surgeons during a 10-hour operation. Libby Keating, from Streatham, was unrecognisable when her face was crushed by Barney, last October in woodlands in Esher, Surrey. She was taken to St George’s Hospital, in Tooting, where the operation was […]

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Under the weather

Image copyright PeopleImages Flu comes along every winter, but how many people it will infect – and just how poorly they will be – is incredibly difficult to predict. What makes one flu outbreak worse than another? After Australia experienced its worst flu season in more than a decade, it was widely expected that the […]

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Adolescence now lasts from 10 to 24, scientists say

Image copyright Getty Images Adolescence now lasts from the ages of 10 to 24, although it used to be thought to end at 19, scientists say. Young people continuing their education for longer, as well as delayed marriage and parenthood, has pushed back popular perceptions of when adulthood begins. And changing the definition is vital […]

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Cancer blood test ‘enormously exciting’

Image copyright Getty Images Scientists have taken a step towards one of the biggest goals in medicine – a universal blood test for cancer. A team at Johns Hopkins University has trialled a method that detects eight common forms of the disease. Their vision is an annual test designed to catch cancer early and save […]

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Should there be a right to die?

In the UK it is illegal to help anyone to end their life – but it is a contentious issue. Two women – one with terminal breast cancer, the other disabled by arthritis – explain their opposing views on the debate on the day terminally ill man Noel Conway has been given permission by the […]

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Pressure 'easing' on busy A&E units

Image copyright Getty Images Pressures on busy A&E units have begun to ease in England, but hospitals remain over-crowded, NHS bosses say. Latest figures from NHS England, for the week up to last Sunday, showed ambulances experienced fewer delays waiting outside hospital compared to the previous week. The number delayed beyond 30 minutes fells by […]

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Under pressure

Image caption Staff in the emergency department’s assessment unit Cardiff’s University Hospital of Wales is the country’s biggest hospital and its emergency department is the busiest, with more than 140,000 people attending in the past year. So how does it manage to perform consistently better than Wales’ other major A&Es? BBC Wales went behind the […]

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The choir helping people with dementia

New evidence showing the benefits music can offer people with dementia will be presented the House of Lords today. It is thought that around 850,000 people in the UK live with different types of dementia – of which Alzheimer’s disease is the most common. The Singing for the Brain choir has had transformative effects on […]