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Non-terminal patient fights right to die law

Image caption Omid says “even animals are treated better than me” A man has started a legal challenge to win the right to die for people with incurable diseases who have potentially years to live. Omid was diagnosed in 2014 with the non-terminal neurological condition multiple system atrophy. He told the Victoria Derbyshire show he […]

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Night-time loo trips 'linked to salt in diet'

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Not again… People who wake at night with an urge to go to the loo may need to cut back on salt in their diets, doctors from Japan are suggesting. The problem – called nocturia – which mainly affects the over-60s, leads to disrupted sleep and can significantly affect […]

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British scientists in world-first TB breakthrough

Media captionBritish scientists claim major advance in TB treatment British scientists have made a world-first breakthrough in the diagnosis of tuberculosis. Researchers in Oxford and Birmingham say they can isolate different strains of the disease using a process called genome sequencing. It means patients who may have waited months to get the right drugs can […]

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Let them eat cake!

Image copyright KINGSTON HOSPITAL Image caption Serving cakes to patients in the afternoons was a welcome move at Kingston Hospital Patients at Kingston Hospital, in south-west London, used to say the food was a major disappointment. When patients were asked for feedback, the poor quality of hospital meals was mentioned more often than anything else. […]

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Major pancreatic cancer study launched

Image copyright SPL A new pancreatic cancer project has been launched to find ways to speed up scientific discovery to improve the survival rates of patients. Cancer Research have invested £10m in the PRECISION-Panc project, which aims to find quick ways of finding the right treatment for individual tumours. Researchers at Glasgow University will receive […]