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Abortion should not be a crime, says doctors’ body

Image copyright SGO/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY Abortions should be treated as a medical issue and not a crime, the UK’s leading pregnancy doctors say. Currently in England, Wales and Scotland it is illegal to have a termination without approval from two doctors and could mean a prison term. Abortions should be ...

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Alarm as ‘super malaria’ spreads in South East Asia

Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption Malaria is caused by a parasite spread by blood-sucking mosquitoes The rapid spread of “super malaria” in South East Asia is an alarming global threat, scientists are warning. This dangerous form of the malaria parasite cannot be killed with the main anti-malaria drugs. ...

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Epilepsy drug’s safety reviewed over pregnancy risk

Image caption The warning has been on the outside of valproate pill packets since last year in Britain Women whose children have been harmed by the epilepsy drug sodium valproate will give evidence to a European-wide safety review in London next week. The European Medicines Agency will examine whether warnings ...

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Papworth Hospital granted royal title by Queen

Image copyright Eirian Evans/Geograph Image caption The pioneering techniques at Papworth Hospital have been recognised by the Queen One of Europe’s leading heart and lung hospitals – Papworth – has been granted a royal title by the Queen. The hospital near Cambridge, which carried out heart surgery on the Duke ...

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Epilepsy drug warnings ‘not reaching women’, survey shows

Image copyright Science Photo Library Almost 70% of women surveyed about a powerful epilepsy drug have not received new safety warnings about the dangers of taking it during pregnancy, the BBC has been told exclusively. Sodium valproate, known as Epilim, carries a 10% risk of physical abnormalities in unborn babies. ...

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Mental health staff on long-term stress leave up 22%

Image copyright PA Image caption Some trusts saw the number of staff taking long-term leave double in five years The number of NHS mental health staff who have had to take sick leave because of their own mental health issues has risen by 22% in the past five years. Those ...

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New antibody attacks 99% of HIV strains

Image copyright SPL Scientists have engineered an antibody that attacks 99% of HIV strains and can prevent infection in primates. It is built to attack three critical parts of the virus – making it harder for HIV to resist its effects. The work is a collaboration between the US National ...

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Chronic fatigue therapy ‘could help teenagers’, study says

Image copyright Thinkstock A training programme tested on children with mild or moderate chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) can reduce fatigue and increase attendance at school, a small study from the University of Bristol suggests. The Lightning Process, a type of brain therapy, was used alongside specialist medical care. But ME ...

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UK scientists edit DNA of human embryos

Image copyright Kathy Niakan Image caption The genetic machinery needed to modify the DNA is injected into the embryo The blueprint for life – DNA – has been altered in human embryos for the first time in the UK. The team at the Francis Crick Institute are unravelling the mysteries ...

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Australian schoolgirl raises alarm over flesh-eating disease

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Cases of a flesh-eating disease have rapidly increased in parts of Victoria (File photo) An Australian schoolgirl suffering from a flesh-eating ulcer is calling for better government funding for research into the infectious disease. Ella Crofts, 13, is slowly recovering from a Buruli ulcer, ...

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My dwarfism

Mary Russell, a black woman with dwarfism, set off on a 21-day, 900-mile trip down the Ho Chi Minh trail with five other disabled people. She imagined it would be a unifying experience, but in fact she felt isolated among people she thought would be more like her. “What made ...

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Quit smoking campaign Stoptober backs e-cigs for first time

Image caption The Stoptober campaign runs from 1 October The annual Stoptober campaign in England is embracing e-cigarettes for the first time – in a sign vaping is being seen as the key to getting people to quit. Health experts have tended to shy away from explicitly promoting e-cigarettes. But ...

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